Although market cap is a useful measurement, it has some limitations in terms of identifying the true size and worth of a business. Enterprise value is a comprehensive measurement of a company’s worth that considers all aspects of its capital structure including debt and cash.

The formula to calculate the value of a company’s enterprise is simple it is: Current shareholder price (market capitalization) plus the total short- and long-term loan as well as preferred stock and minorities as well as cash and cash-equivalents. Enterprise value is used to assess companies that are in the same sector. It is also a major factor in determining valuation multiples such as EV/EBITDA or EV/Sales.

Investors and large businesses that are looking to purchase a new business rely on the value of the for an exact theoretical calculation of its market value. It also has some key distinctions from market cap such as the fact that it isn’t affected by fluctuations in trading trends.

While market cap is typically used to classify companies into brackets such as large-caps and mid-caps as well as small-caps however EV isn’t. Both can provide valuable information for investors and entrepreneurs in assessing the company’s potential to grow in the market. Enterprise value can help investors identify risks such as debt in relation to cash available. It can also help determine the company’s ability to generate profits relative to its capital. This is especially relevant for companies with significant amounts of debt compared to equity.