Relative Valuation uses the valuation ratios of Comparable of publicly traded companies and applies that ratio to the company being valued subject to necessary adjustments. The valuation ratio typically expresses the valuation as a function of a measure of financial performance or Book Value Multiples (e.g. Revenue, EBITDA, EBIT, Earnings per Share or Book Value).

"A key benefit of Relative Valuation analysis is that the methodology is based on the current market stock price. The current stock price is generally viewed as one of the best valuation metrics because markets are considered somewhat efficient. But applying multiples is not a straight forward technique and many considerations have to be kept in mind when valuing a company. Sanity check is advised by using other valuation methods as well."