How to Value Your Regional or Short-Line Railroad Company

In the railroad industry, Class I public company multiples are often used to estimate the fair market value of private railroads classified as Class II or Class III. In almost every case, this method significantly misrepresents the fair market value of private railroad operations.

In this whitepaper, we explain why public company multiples can be misleading and discuss the mechanics of valuation used by professional business appraisers. We do so in order to provide you with the knowledge and vocabulary necessary to be an informed consumer of business valuation services and, more importantly, to understand the value of your regional or short-line railroad company.