Kohler Co. (A)
Kohler Co., best known for its plumbing fixtures, is a large, private family firm. As part of a recapitalization aimed at preserving family ownership of Kohler Co., nonfamily shareholders, who held 4% of common stock, were required to sell their shares to the company. A group of dissenting shareholders filed a lawsuit claiming that the buyout price undervalued their shares by a factor of five. In April 2000, Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., chairman and CEO, has to decide whether to settle with the dissenters and, if so, at what share price. The decision calls for a detailed valuation of the company at the time of the recapitalization. Provides the necessary data for students to value the company using both a discounted cash flow approach and a multiples (comparable companies) approach. Students must identify and understand the different valuation assumptions that can lead to a wide range in price, including the applicability of discounts for lack of marketability and lack of control. Exhibits are available in electronic form to facilitate analysis of the data (HBS courseware 9-205-707).