Valuating trade Mark

What’s in a Name? How to Value Trademarks and Trade Names  July 10, 2011 – 11:14 am
Trademark Valuation

Valuing Trademarks

When Diamond Foods bought Kettle Foods, nearly 40 percent of its purchase price of $616M was paid for “brand intangibles.” How are such valuations determined and what are the drivers?

On March 31, 2010, Diamond Foods, Inc. completed its acquisition of Kettle Foods, a premium potato chip manufacturer. Diamond paid approximately $616 million for Kettle Foods and $235 million, or nearly 40%, of the purchase price was allocated to “brand intangibles”.

1. Such a high value leads to the question: How are such valuations determined and what are the drivers?

Whether it’s the name of an entire business or a single product, trade names can represent substantial value in business transactions and are recognized as a marketing-related intangible asset under ASC 805. ASC 805 states:

“Trademarks are words, names, symbols, or other devices used in trade to indicate the source of a product and to distinguish it from the products of others.”

2. Generally the relief from royalty method is used to determine the fair value of a trademark or trade name. The relief from royalty method seeks to measure the incremental net profitability generated by the owner of the subject intangible asset through the avoidance of royalty payments that would otherwise be required to enjoy the benefits of ownership of this asset.

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