Shell has topped the first annual report on the most valuable Dutch brands by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy. With a brand value of US$18.6 billion, an impressive AAA- brand rating and a rank of 30th most valuable in the world, Shell is the Dutch flagship brand.
Heineken takes second place in the rankings with a brand value increase of 30% to $11,108. The result is a reflection of it’s continued investment in brand building initiatives on a global scale. The brand strength has remained extremely strong in 2011 with an AAA- rating.
In fourth place was ING, which has bucked the trend for financial services brands and achieved impressive brand value growth of 23% to US$8.7 billion. Rival Dutch insurance brands have not fared so well with both Delta-Lloyd and Aegon losing brand value in 2011. As well as suffering from a depressed US credit market, Aegon had €150 million exposure to troubled telecoms giant WorldCom, which filed for bankruptcy protection during the period.
Randstad now ranks 6th in the list. After its integration of Vedior the brand value has significantly grown, and also the brand rating has increased.
Interestingly, five Unilever brands, and the Unilever corporate brand are in the top 20. The combined value of these brands would have resulted in rank 2 on this year's list.
TNT, no. 9 in the list has a raised brand rating, which is mainly caused by its decision to split the business early 2011, thus increasing clarity in its portfolio.
2011 is the first year that Brand Finance extended their global listing extensively into the Netherlands, now representing the 50 most valuable brands. Because of their large brand value, 11 of the 50 brands are also represented in the Brand Finance Global500 league table.
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Brand Finance is the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy. Bridging the gap between marketing and finance, Brand Finance evaluates the strength of brands and quantifies their financial value to help organisations of all kinds make strategic decisions.
Headquartered in London, Brand Finance has offices in over 20 countries, offering services on all continents. Every year, Brand Finance conducts more than 5,000 brand valuations, supported by original market research, and publishes over 100 reports which rank brands across all sectors and countries.
Brand Finance is a regulated accountancy firm, leading the standardisation of the brand valuation industry. Brand Finance was the first to be certified by independent auditors as compliant with both ISO 10668 and ISO 20671, and has received the official endorsement of the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB) in the United States.
Brand is defined as a marketing-related intangible asset including, but not limited to, names, terms, signs, symbols, logos, and designs, intended to identify goods, services, or entities, creating distinctive images and associations in the minds of stakeholders, thereby generating economic benefits.
Brand strength is the efficacy of a brand’s performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors. Brand Finance evaluates brand strength in a process compliant with ISO 20671, looking at Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity, and the impact of those on Business Performance. The data used is derived from Brand Finance’s proprietary market research programme and from publicly available sources.
Each brand is assigned a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score out of 100, which feeds into the brand value calculation. Based on the score, each brand is assigned a corresponding Brand Rating up to AAA+ in a format similar to a credit rating.
Brand Finance calculates the values of brands in its rankings using the Royalty Relief approach – a brand valuation method compliant with the industry standards set in ISO 10668. It involves estimating the likely future revenues that are attributable to a brand by calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for its use, to arrive at a ‘brand value’ understood as a net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market.
The steps in this process are as follows:
1 Calculate brand strength using a balanced scorecard of metrics assessing Marketing Investment, Stakeholder Equity, and Business Performance. Brand strength is expressed as a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score on a scale of 0 to 100.
2 Determine royalty range for each industry, reflecting the importance of brand to purchasing decisions. In luxury, the maximum percentage is high, while in extractive industry, where goods are often commoditised, it is lower. This is done by reviewing comparable licensing agreements sourced from Brand Finance’s extensive database.
3 Calculate royalty rate. The BSI score is applied to the royalty range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty range in a sector is 0-5% and a brand has a BSI score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.
4 Determine brand-specific revenues by estimating a proportion of parent company revenues attributable to a brand.
5 Determine forecast revenues using a function of historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates.
6 Apply the royalty rate to the forecast revenues to derive brand revenues.
7 Discount post-tax brand revenues to a net present value which equals the brand value.
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