Michael Wetstone is an equity analyst covering the software industry for a public pension fund. Prior to comparing the fi nancial results of Software Services Inc. and PDQ GmbH, Wetstone discovers the need to make adjustments to their respective financial statements. Th e issues preventing comparability, using the financial statements as reported, are the sale of receivables and the impact of minority interests.
Software Services sold $267.5 million of finance receivables to a special purpose entity. PDQ does not securitize finance receivables. An abbreviated balance sheet for Software Services is presented in Exhibit 1.
A significant portion of PDQ’s net income is explained by its 20 percent minority interest in Astana Systems. Wetstone collects certain data (Exhibit 2) related to both PDQ and Astana in order to estimate the financials of PDQ on a stand-alone basis.
How much of PDQ’s value can be explained by its equity stake in Astana?