FVC1958. You Get What You Pay For: Voting, Non-voting, and Super-voting Shares

Area of Expertise: 
The Trusted Leader
Field of Study: 
Specialized Knowledge
CPE Credit: 
Knowledge Level: 
Advanced Preparation: 
Extensive forensic accounting, business valuation, or litigation knowledge or experience.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

In the event a company has both voting and non-voting classes of stock, there may be an observed (or inferred) price difference between the two – the generally understood concept of “greater value for greater rights” would lead us to assume such would usually be in favor of the voting stock. However, when substantial numbers of both voting and non-voting shares are outstanding, one vote owned by a marginal investor outside the control group is likely not enough to impact corporate decisions. Further, commonly-used methods to measure empirical price differences among listed securities and/or transactions may not adequately express the relevant differential. This panel will discuss our recent research and findings on this topic as regards the relative values of voting, non-voting, and super-voting shares. Session covers Houlihan Lokey’s recent research and filings regarding the potential premia/discounts based on historical studies and more detailed and nuanced analyses. Specific areas of discussion include: -Other factors which may impact price -Analytical frameworks to screen for comparable datapoints -Interpretation of the outputs
Learning Objectives:

  1. Categorize dual-class stock structures as voting/non-voting or one vote/many votes
  2. Interpret public company pricing data to identify appropriate price differentials
  3. Assess observed price differences to formulate discounts


Senior Vice President | Houlihan Lokey Financial Advisors,Inc.
Managing Director | Houlihan Lokey Financial Advisors, Inc.