By Marion A. Brach

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When if you abandon that oil-drilling venture?

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Rarely do real options resemble European options with fixed exercise dates. More often, the exercise time is unknown and very uncertain. For example, the time it takes to complete a major project, such as the construction of a high-rise tower, the design of a new airplane prototype, or a drug development project, is uncertain. A competitive entry may unexpectedly kill all or most of the option value, and the timing of such an entry is also uncertain. 27 Uncertainty surrounding the time needed to implement a project may provoke management to invest very early, especially if resolution of the timing uncertainty has a strong impact on the profitability of the project.

T. P. Selby, “Option Pricing Theory and Asset Expectations: A Review and Discussion in Tribute to James Boness,” Financial Review, November 1986, 399–418. 28. E. Leland and M. , Dynamic Hedging: A Guide to Portfolio Insurance (John Wiley and Sons, 1988). 29. C. A. Ross, “The Valuation of Options for Alternative Stochastic Processes,” Journal of Financial Economics 3:145, 1976. 30. C. Merton, “Option Pricing Where the Underlying Stock Returns Are Discontinuous,” Journal of Financial Economics 3:449, 1974.

For example, we cannot say for sure how long it may take to develop a prototype and we do not know when competitive entry will terminate our option externally and prematurely. The source of option value is also different for financial and for real options. For financial options the value of the option is easily determined as the numerical difference between the upside potential and exercise price. For real options, part of the value arises naturally for a given firm as a result of core competence, existing market or technology position, possible barriers of entry including existing intellectual property, acquired knowledge and experience, technical expertise, or an existing brand name.

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