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BrandZ™ Brand Valuation Methodology 


The brands that appear in this report are the most valuable in China. They were selected for inclusion in the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2016 based on the unique and objective BrandZ™ brand valuation methodology that combines extensive and on-going consumer insights with rigorous financial analysis.

The BrandZ™ valuation methodology can be uniquely distinguished from its competitors by the way we obtain consumer viewpoints. We conduct worldwide, on-going, in-depth quantitative consumer research, and build up a global picture of brands on a category-by-category and marketby-market basis.Globally, our research covers three million consumers and more than 100,000 diferent brands in over 50 markets. This intensive, in-market consumer research diferentiates the BrandZ™ methodology from competitors that rely only on a panel of “experts”, or purely on financial and market desktop research.

Before reviewing the details of this methodology, consider these three fundamental questions: why is brand important; why is brand valuation important; and what makes BrandZ™ the definitive brand valuation tool?

Brands embody a core promise of values and benefits consistently delivered. Brands provide clarity and guidance for choices made by companies, consumers, investors and others stakeholders. Brands provide the signposts we need to navigate the consumer and B2B landscapes.

At the heart of a brand’s value is its ability to appeal to relevant customers and potential customers. BrandZ™ uniquely measures this appeal and validates it against actual sales performance. Brands that succeed in creating the greatest attraction power are those that are:

In any category, these brands appeal more, generate greater “love” and meet the individual’s expectations and needs.DIFFERENTThese brands are unique in a positive way and “set the trends”, staying ahead of the curve for the benefit of the consumer.

They come spontaneously to mind as the brand of choice for key needs.

Brand valuation is a metric that quantifies the worth of these powerful but intangible corporate assets. It enables brand owners, the investment community and others to evaluate and compare brands and make faster and better-informed decisions.Brand valuation also enables marketing professionals to quantity their achievements in driving business growth with brands, and to celebrate these achievements in the boardroom.

BrandZ™ is the only brand valuation tool that peels away all of the financial and other components of brand value and gets to the core – how much brand alone contributes to corporate value. This core, what we call Brand Contribution, diferentiates BrandZ™.



We start with the corporation. In some cases, a corporation owns only one brand. All Corporate Earnings come from that brand. In other cases, a corporation owns many brands. And we need to apportion the earnings of the corporation across a portfolio of brands.To make sure we attribute the correct portion of Corporate Earnings to each brand, we analyze financial information from annual reports and other sources, such as Kantar Worldpanel and Kantar Retail. This analysis yields a metric we call the Attribution Rate.We multiply Corporate Earnings by the Attribution Rate to arrive at Branded Earnings, the amount of Corporate Earnings attributed to a particular brand. If the Attribution Rate of a brand is 50 percent, for example, then half the Corporate Earnings are identified as coming from that brand.

What happened in the past or even what’s happening today is less important than the prospects for future earnings. Predicting future earnings requires adding another component to our BrandZ™ formula. This component assesses future earnings prospects as a multiple of current earnings. We call this component the Brand Multiple. It’s similar to the calculation used by financial analysts to determine the market value of stocks (Example: 6X earnings or 12X earnings). Information supplied by Bloomberg data helps us calculate a Brand Multiple. We take the Branded Earnings and multiply that number by the Brand Multiple to arrive at what we call Financial Value.


So now we have got from the total value of the corporation to the part that is the branded value of the business. But this branded business value is still not quite the core that we are after. To arrive at Brand Value, we need to peel away a few more layers, such as the in-market and logistical factors that influence the value of the branded business, for example: price, availability and distribution.

What we are after is the value of the intangible asset of the brand itself that exists in the minds of consumers. That means we have to assess the ability of brand associations in consumers’ minds to deliver sales by predisposing consumers to choose the brand or pay more for it.

We focus on the three aspects of brands that we know make people buy more and pay more for brands: being Meaningful (a combination of emotional and rational afnity), being Diferent (or at least feeling that way to consumers), and being Salient (coming to mind quickly and easily as the answer when people are making category purchases). We identify the purchase volume and any extra price premium delivered by these brand associations. We call this unique role played by brand, Brand Contribution.

Here’s what makes BrandZ™ so unique and important. BrandZ™ is the only brand valuation methodology that obtains this customer viewpoint by conducting worldwide on-going, in-depth quantitative consumer research, online and faceto-face, building up a global picture of brands on a category-by-category and market-by-market basis. Our research now covers over three million consumers and more than 100,000 diferent brands in over 50 markets. 


Now we take the Financial Value and multiply it by Brand Contribution, which is expressed as a percentage of Financial Value. The result is Brand Value. Brand Value is the dollar amount a brand contributes to the overall value of a corporation. Isolating and measuring this intangible asset reveals an additional source of shareholder value that otherwise would not exist.

Eligibility criteria and definitions

The brands ranked in the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2016 report meet all of these eligibility criteria:
• The brand was originally created by a Mainland Chinese enterprise; and
• The brand is owned by a publicly traded enterprise, or whose financials are audited by major global accounting practice and published in the public domain;
• Bank brands derive at least 20 percent of earnings from retail banking.

Brand Contribution is a BrandZ™ measurement of a brand’s uniqueness in the mind of the consumer and the impact of brand alone, without any other factors, on future earnings. Brand Contribution is expressed as an index on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest.

Brand Power is a BrandZ™ measurement of a brand’s competitive position in its category. It roughly correlates with volume share. Brand Power is a BrandZ™ component of brand equity, which is the consumer predisposition to choose one brand over another.


Consumers feel an afnity for the brand or think it meets their needs.

The brand feels diferent to other brands in the category, or sets trends for the category.

The brand comes to mind quickly and readily when activated by ideas related to category purchase.