Companies which are about to float will often request a valuation. In such cases it is essential to check with The Employee Shares and Securities Unit (ESSU) that any SAYE, SIP or CSOP scheme has been approved.

If the price, or likely price, on flotation is available it will be relevant information. If the likely flotation price is known you will sometimes find that the company will want to use this price with a discount to reflect the risk that the float may take place much later than expected, or even not take place at all. The decision whether a discount is appropriate and, if so, the extent of such discount, will depend on the individual circumstances of the case.

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