Michael D. Moberly February 21, 2017 A business intangible asset blog where attention span really matters!
During several engagements, I observed clients becoming frustrated with some (conventional) methodologies for valuing their IA’s. With the intent to mitigate such distractions, I set about developing a respectfully informative basis upon which IA’s could be distinguished and values (i.e., role, worth, materiality) assigned which I refer to the ‘contributory value’ methodology. This methodology allows IA’s contributory value (role, worth, materiality, etc.) to be distinguished relative to a business, a specific project, research, and/or a transaction.
The ‘contributory value’ methodology itself, is not quantitative, in the conventional sense. That is, there is no (one-size-fits-all) mathematical equation or formula used here to calculate and ultimately assign dollar value (ranges) to IA’s. Instead, this methodology demonstrates – reveals graphically, how, where, when, and which IA’s affect (business) value, competitiveness, and revenue, and therefore, deliver – possess ‘contributory value’.
The distinctive simplicity of the contributory value methodology is very relevant to circumstances other than transactions in which IA’s are being bought, sold, transferred, licensed, etc. For example, conducting a contributory value assessment for a business-company, provides leaders and management teams with practical and strategic insights about how, where, when, and which IA’s are being applied (effectively, efficiently) and if – how they affect value, competitiveness, and revenue as well as lucrative strategies for amending the current situation.
The ‘contributory value’ methodology, applied in this context, also reveals (and unravels) far more about a business’s (IA) operational and financial state than conventional, standalone, snap-shots-in-time methods that do not wholly address IA’s relationship – connection, and contribution to other assets. Desirably, the ‘contributory value’ methodology brings clarity to IA valuation by emphasizing the interactive-collaborative relationship and connectivity to (other) IA’s.
My primary rationale for developing the ‘contributory value’ methodology is that it serve as a respectful segue to clients, unfamiliar with IA’s, to better understand and differentiate the how’s, the when’s, the where’s, and the way’s, which the IA’s they and their business produces, possesses, and uses (individually, collectively, collaboratively) affect and/or translate to value.
Too, the ‘contributory value’ approach, through its graphically descriptive content renders IA ‘contributions’ more recognizable, measurable, monitorable, and predictive, insofar as…
• their compatibility with a company’s mission, strategic planning, and operating culture, etc.
• the rapidity and repetitiveness which specific risks manifest to adversely affect any-all IA’s in play.
• evidence of IA compromise, materiality change, and/or value-competitive advantage erosion or dilution.
• executing new product development, launches, and market entry.
• their incorporation into business continuity/contingency (organizational resilience) planning.
• recognizing IA’s life, value, and functionality cycles.
• a means to kick start enterprise-wide IA intelligent culture.
Another equally valid reason for companies to apply the ‘contributory value’ methodology (product) is that, for the foreseeable future, only 20+/-% of the stock price of S&P firms, is explainable solely by the content of conventional balance sheets – financial statements, ala ‘book value’. (Adapted by Michael D. Moberly from the excellent work of Dr. Nir Kossovsky, CEO, Steel City Re)