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single period valuation method

To understand the dividend discount model, we need to start from the basics. The simplest way to understand the dividend discount model and mann nach treffen fragen sms its application is mann nach treffen fragen sms to first start with a single period and then later extend it on to more complex cases. Hence, the term single period dividend discount model.

The objective of application of this model is to derive what the fair market price of the stock should be single frauen mit telefonnummer if we know certain other information about that stock. The other information is the expected future price, expected dividend payout in that single period and the investors required rate of return.

Let’s understand the application of a single period dividend discount model with the help of an example:


An investor is wondering what the correct price of a share should be? He knows that his required rate of return is 9%. He also knows that the share will give a $5 dividend in the current period and the expected market value at the end of the period is $200. What would the fair price for such a stock be?


We know that the value of the stock is equal to the present value of all the future cash flows that can be derived from it. In this case we are getting cash flows in two different forms. One form is dividends and the other form is the final sale proceeds.

Let’s call the dividends D1 and the final sale proceeds P1. Thus the total cash flow that we will obtain at the end of the period is D1+P1. Now the next task is to calculate the present value of these cash flows i.e. discount them at the expected rate of return for the investor.

Hence, the formula pertaining to single period dividend discount model is:

Present Market Price = single frauen mit handynummer (D1+P1)/(1+r)

Therefore, in our case, it equals:

($5+$200)/1.09 = $188.07

Thus, the fair market value of this stock should ideally be $188.07

Interpreting the Results:

In case the investor is fairly confident about all of his/her assumptions then the stock will provide them with a value equal to $188.07 in present value terms.

  • Hence, if the price is values at $188.07, the investor may or may not buy the stock. Since it just meets the investor’s expectations, there are no abnormal profits to be made
  • In case, the price is less than $188.07, then the stock is undervalued and the investor should immediately make the purchase. If the investor’s assumptions are correct, he/she stands to make a windfall gain from the buying and selling of this stock
  • In case, the price is greater than $188.07, then the investor should refrain from making the purchase. The stock is intrinsically worth less than what the investor would pay off for it and the investor would be better off putting that money in another investment.

Difficulty in Implementation:

The single period dividend model can tell you whether a price is overvalued or undervalued if two variables which will become known only in the future i.e. the future price and the future dividend are accurately predicted today!

Also, while theoretically investors are supposed to know their required rate of return, not many investors actually do! So the third variable being used in the formula is also slightly difficult to predict.

Needless to say, this is not a very good idea. Guessing an accurate dividend itself may be difficult. However, guessing an accurate future price is almost impossible! Therefore, it may seem like this model is not very useful and it really isn’t if you consider it on its own.

However, this model forms the building block for later models some of which are based on more realistic assumptions and are therefore much more applicable and helpful.

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In, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis is a method of valuing a project, company, or using single wohnung einrichten kosten the concepts of the. All future are estimated and by using cost of capital to give their (PVs). The sum of all future cash flows, both incoming and outgoing, is the (NPV), which is taken as the value of the cash flows in question.

Using DCF analysis to compute the NPV takes as input cash flows and a discount rate and gives as output a present value; the opposite process—takes cash flows and a price (present value) as inputs, and provides as output the discount rate—this is used in bond markets to obtain the.

Discounted cash flow analysis is widely used in investment finance,, management and. It was used in industry as early as the 1700s or 1800s, widely discussed in financial economics in the 1960s, and became widely used in U.S. Courts in the 1980s and 1990s.


Discount rate[]

Main article:

The most widely used method of is exponential discounting, which values future cash flows as "how much money would have to be invested currently, at a given rate of return, to yield the cash flow in future." Other methods of discounting, such as, are studied in academia and said to reflect intuitive decision-making, but are not generally used in industry.

The discount rate used is generally the appropriate (WACC), that reflects the risk of the cash flows. This WACC can be found using Perry's calculation model which was developed in 1996. The discount rate reflects two things:

  1. Time value of money () – according to the theory of, investors would rather have cash immediately than having to wait and must therefore be compensated by paying for the delay
  2. – reflects the extra return investors demand because they want to be compensated for the risk that the cash flow might not materialize after all


Discounted cash flow calculations have been used in some form since money was first lent at interest in ancient times. Studies of ancient Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics suggest that they used techniques similar to discounting of the future cash flows. This method of asset valuation differentiated between the accounting book value, which is based on the amount paid for the asset. Following the stock market crash of 1929, discounted cash flow analysis gained popularity as a valuation method for stocks. in his 1930 book The Theory of Interest and 's 1938 text first formally expressed the DCF method in modern economic terms.


Discounted cash flows[]

The discounted cash flow formula is derived from the formula for calculating the and compounding returns.

D C F = C F 1 ( 1 + r ) 1 + C F 2 ( 1 + r ) 2 + ⋯ + C F n ( 1 + r ) n {\displaystyle DCF={\frac {CF_{1}}{(1+r)^{1}}}+{\frac {CF_{2}}{(1+r)^{2}}}+\dotsb +{\frac {CF_{n}}{(1+r)^{n}}}}
F V = D C F ⋅ ( 1 + r ) n {\displaystyle FV=DCF\cdot (1+r)^{n}}

Thus the discounted present value (for one cash flow in one future period) is expressed as:

D P V = F V ( 1 + r ) n {\displaystyle DPV={\frac {FV}{(1+r)^{n}}}}


  • DPV is the discounted present value of the future cash flow (FV), or FV adjusted for the delay in receipt;
  • FV is the nominal value of a cash flow amount in a future period;
  • r is the interest rate or discount rate, which reflects the cost of tying up capital and may also allow for the risk that the payment may not be received in full;
  • n is the time in years before the future cash flow occurs.

Where multiple cash flows in multiple time periods are discounted, it is necessary to sum them as follows:

D P V = ∑ t = 0 N F V t ( 1 + r ) t {\displaystyle DPV=\sum _{t=0}^{N}{\frac {FV_{t}}{(1+r)^{t}}}}

for each future cash flow (FV) at any time period (t) in years from the present time, summed over all time periods. The sum can then be used as a figure. If the amount to be paid at time 0 (now) for all the future cash flows is known, then that amount can be substituted for DPV and the equation can be solved for r, that is the.

All the above assumes that the interest rate remains constant throughout the whole period.

If the cash flow stream is assumed to continue indefinitely, the finite forecast is usually combined with the assumption of constant cash flow growth beyond the discrete projection period. The total value of such cash flow stream is the sum of the finite discounted cash flow forecast and the.

Continuous cash flows[]

For continuous cash flows, the summation in the above formula is replaced by an integration:

D P V = ∫ 0 T F V ( t ) e − λ t d t = ∫ 0 T F V ( t ) ( 1 + r ) t d t , {\displaystyle DPV=\int _{0}^{T}FV(t)\,e^{-\lambda t}dt=\int _{0}^{T}{\frac {FV(t)}{(1+r)^{t}}}\,dt\,,}

where F V ( t ) {\displaystyle FV(t)} is now the rate of cash flow, and λ = log ⁡ ( 1 + r ) {\displaystyle \lambda =\log(1+r)} .

Example DCF[]

To show how discounted cash flow analysis is performed, consider the following example.

John Doe buys a house for $100,000. Three years later, he expects to be able to sell this house for $150,000.

Simple subtraction suggests that the value of his profit on such a transaction would be $150,000 − $100,000 = $50,000, or 50%. If that $50,000 is over the three years, his implied annual return (known as the ) would be about 14.5%. Looking at those figures, he might be justified in thinking that the purchase looked like a good idea.

1.1453 x $100,000 = $150,000, approximately.

However, since three years have passed between the purchase and the sale, any cash flow from the sale must be discounted accordingly. At the time John Doe buys the house, the 3-year rate is 5% per annum. Treasury Notes are generally considered to be inherently less risky than real estate, since the value of the Note is guaranteed by the US Government and there is a market for the purchase and sale of T-Notes. If he hadn't put his money into buying the house, he could have invested it in the relatively safe T-Notes instead. This 5% per annum can therefore be regarded as the for the relevant period (3 years).

Using the DPV formula above (FV=$150,000, i=0.05, n=3), that means that the value of $150,000 received in three years actually has a of $129,576 (rounded off). In other words, we would need to invest $129,576 in a T-Bond now to get $150,000 in 3 years almost risk free. This is a quantitative way of showing that money in the future is not as valuable as money in the present ($150,000 in 3 years isn't worth the same as $150,000 now; it is worth $129,576 now).

Subtracting the purchase price of the house ($100,000) from the results in the of the whole transaction, which would be $29,576 or a little more than 29% of the purchase price.

Another way of looking at the deal as the excess return achieved (over the risk-free rate) is (114.5 - 105)/(100 + 5) or approximately 9.0% (still very respectable).

But what about risk?

We assume that the $150,000 is John's best estimate of the sale price that he will be able to achieve in 3 years time (after deducting all expenses). There is a lot of uncertainty about house prices, and the outcome may end up higher or lower than this estimate.

(The house John is buying is in a "good neighborhood," but market values have been rising quite a lot lately and the real estate market analysts in the media are talking about a slow-down and higher interest rates. There is a probability that John might not be able to get the full $150,000 he is expecting in three years due to a slowing of price appreciation, or that loss of liquidity in the real estate market might make it very hard for him to sell at all.)

Under normal circumstances, people entering into such transactions are risk-averse, that is to say that they are prepared to accept a lower expected return for the sake of avoiding risk. See for a further discussion of this. For the sake of the example (and this is a gross simplification), let's assume that he values this particular risk at 5% per annum (we could perform a more precise probabilistic analysis of the risk, but that is beyond the scope of this article). Therefore, allowing for this risk, his expected return is now 9.0% per annum (the arithmetic is the same as above).

And the excess return over the risk-free rate is now (109 - 105)/(100 + 5) which comes to approximately 3.8% per annum.

That return rate may seem low, but it is still positive after all of our discounting, suggesting that the investment decision is probably a good one: it produces enough profit to compensate for tying up capital and incurring risk with a little extra left over. When investors and managers perform DCF analysis, the important thing is that the net present value of the decision after discounting all future cash flows at least be positive (more than zero). If it is negative, that means that the investment decision would actually lose money even if it appears to generate a nominal profit. For instance, if the expected sale price of John Doe's house in the example above was not $150,000 in three years, but $130,000 in three years or $150,000 in five years, then on the above assumptions buying the house would actually cause John to lose money in present-value terms (about $3,000 in the first case, and about $8,000 in the second). Similarly, if the house was located in an undesirable neighborhood and the was about to raise interest rates by five percentage points, then the risk factor would be a lot higher than 5%: it might not be possible for him to predict a profit in discounted terms even if he thinks he could sell the house for $200,000 in three years.

In this example, only one future cash flow was considered. For a decision which generates multiple cash flows in multiple time periods, all the cash flows must be discounted and then summed into a single.

Methods of appraisal of a company or project[]

This is offered as a simple treatment of a complex subject. More detail is beyond the scope of this article.

For these valuation purposes, a number of different DCF methods are distinguished today, some of which are outlined below. The details are likely to vary depending on the of the company. However the assumptions used in the appraisal (especially the equity discount rate and the projection of the cash flows to be achieved) are likely to be at least as important as the precise model used.

Both the income stream selected and the associated model determine the valuation result obtained with each method. This is one reason these valuation methods are formally referred to as the Discounted Future Economic Income methods.


  • approach (FTE)
    • Discount the cash flows available to the holders of equity capital, after allowing for cost of servicing debt capital
    • Advantages: Makes explicit allowance for the cost of debt capital
    • Disadvantages: Requires judgement on choice of discount rate


  • approach (APV)
    • Discount the cash flows before allowing for the debt capital (but allowing for the tax relief obtained on the debt capital)
    • Advantages: Simpler to apply if a specific project is being valued which does not have earmarked debt capital finance
    • Disadvantages: Requires judgement on choice of discount rate; no explicit allowance for cost of debt capital, which may be much higher than a
  • approach (WACC)
    • Derive a weighted cost of the capital obtained from the various sources and use that discount rate to discount the cash flows from the project
    • Advantages: Overcomes the requirement for debt capital finance to be earmarked to particular projects
    • Disadvantages: Care must be exercised in the selection of the appropriate income stream. The net cash flow to total invested capital is the generally accepted choice.
  • approach (TCF)[]
    • This distinction illustrates that the Discounted Cash Flow method can be used to determine the value of various business ownership interests. These can include equity or debt holders.
    • Alternatively, the method can be used to value the company based on the value of total invested capital. In each case, the differences lie in the choice of the income stream and discount rate. For example, the net cash flow to total invested capital and WACC are appropriate when valuing a company based on the market value of all invested capital.


Commercial banks have widely used discounted cash flow as a method of valuing commercial real estate construction projects. This practice has two substantial shortcomings. 1) The discount rate assumption relies on the market for competing investments at the time of the analysis, which would likely change, perhaps dramatically, over time, and 2) straight line assumptions about income increasing over ten years are generally based upon historic increases in market rent but never factors in the cyclical nature of many real estate markets. Most loans are made during boom real estate markets and these markets usually last fewer than ten years. Using DCF to analyze commercial real estate during any but the early years of a boom market will lead to overvaluation of the asset.[]

Discounted cash flow models are powerful, but they do have shortcomings. DCF is merely a mechanical valuation tool, which makes it subject to the principle "". Small changes in inputs can result in large changes in the value of a company. Instead of trying to project the cash flows to infinity, terminal value techniques are often used. A simple perpetuity is used to estimate the terminal value past 10 years, for example. This is done because it is harder to come to a realistic estimate of the cash flows as time goes on involves calculating the period of time likely to recoup the initial outlay.

Another shortcoming is the fact that the Discounted Cash Flow Valuation should only be used as a method of intrinsic valuation for companies with predictable, though not necessarily stable, cash flows. The Discounted Cash Flow valuation method is widely used in valuing mature companies in stable industry sectors such as Utilities. At the same time, this method is often applied to valuation of high growth technology companies. In valuing young companies without much cash flow track record, the Discounted Cash Flow method may be applied a number of times to assess a number of possible future outcomes, such as the best, worst and mostly likely case scenarios.

Another shortcoming is the failure to link revenue with R&D expense. Companies must invest in their own business to grow over time. DCF models often underestimate the necessary investment to achieve a growth. Geoffrey VanderPal investigated the impact of R&D on 103 companies from different fields through 1980-2013. He concluded that an intense positive correlation exists between R&D spending, profitability, and market value. It is important that analysts account for these findings in their models. Failure to link revenue growth and R&D spending will result in unrealistic growth projections that will propagate throughout the calculations.

See also[]


  1. . Wall Street Oasis. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. Simkovic, Michael (2017). "The Evolution of Valuation in Bankruptcy". American Bankruptcy Law Journal.   Freely accessible. 
  3. O.E.H. Neugebaner, The Exact Sciences in Antiquity (Copenhagen :Ejnar Mukaguard, 1951) p.33 (1969). O.E.H. Neugebaner, The Exact Sciences in Antiquity (Copenhagen :Ejnar Mukaguard, 1951) p.33. US: Dover Publications. p. 33.  . CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list ()
  4. Fisher, Irving. "The theory of interest." New York 43 (1930).
  5. . Centre for Social Impact Bonds. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  6. Pratt, Shannon; Robert F. Reilly; Robert P. Schweihs (2000).. McGraw-Hill Professional. McGraw Hill.  . 
  7. . investopedia.com. Retrieved 22 November single frauen mit handynummer 2010. 
  8. VanderPal, G. (2015). "Impact of R&D Expenses and Corporate Financial Performance". Journal of Accounting and Finance. 15: 135–149. 

Further reading[]

  • (Free DCF Valuation E-Book Guidebook)
  • International Federation of Accountants (2007). Project Appraisal Using Discounted Cash Flow. 
  • Copeland, Thomas E.; Tim Koller; Jack Murrin (2000). . New York:.  . 
  • (1996). . New York:.  . 
  • Rosenbaum, Joshua; Joshua Pearl (2009). Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Hoboken, NJ:.  . 
  • James R. Hitchnera (2006). Financial Valuation: Applications and Models. USA:.  . 
  • Chander Sawhney (2012). Discounted Cash Flow –The Prominent Income Approach to Valuation. INDIA:.  External link in |publisher= ()

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Single Period Model, one of the discounted cash flow models, is an income valuation approach that aims to find the fair value of a stock/firm using single projected cash flow value and then discounting it with an appropriate discount rate. Taking all future streams of cash flow into one single period and discounting is also referred as “Earnings Capitalisation”.

This method is a substitute for the traditional discounting of all future cash flows. However since it is a “single period” model, we need a single sum of an amount as the cash flow for all future years or a single sum for 1 year holding period.

Formula for Calculating Value of a Firm/Company Using Single Period Model

Value of a firm or company = Net Income / Discounting Rate

Let us understand this approach using the example given below:

Single Period Model Example

Example 1

To estimate the value of the firm, company or project, stabilized is divided by an appropriate discount rate. Assuming a stable earning (net of expenses) of USD 300,000 per annum and a discount rate of 12%, the value of the firm can be calculated as follows:

Value = Net Income / Discounting Rate

                = $ 300,000 / 0.12

                = $ 2,500,000

If a growth number needs to be adjusted to the model, assuming a constant growth of 5%, the value of the firm can now be calculated as follows:

Value      = Net Income / Discounting Rate

                = $ 300,000 / (0.12 -0.05)

                = $ 300,000 / 0.07

                = $ 4,285,714

When the discount rate and growth rate are assumed to remain constant from day of valuation till perpetuity, the single period model will yield same results as multi period model.

Example 2

The same approach under dividend discount model can be used for calculating the fair value of a stock with a holding period of 1 year. Assuming a $ 5 dividend is expected after 1 year and the stock price is expected to be $ 20 after a year, the value of the stock can be calculated assuming a discounting rate of 12% as follows:

Value = D1/ (1+r) + P1/ (1+r)


D1 is the expected dividend after 1 year

P1 is the expected price after 1 year of holding period

r is the required rate of return (discounting rate)

Value of the stock           = $ 5 / (1.12) + $ 20 / (1.12)

= $ 4.46 + $ 17.86

= $ 22.32

Rationale for Using Single Period Model

This model is one of the simplest models to understand and calculate the value of a firm/company/project and is still being used, however, certain limitations exist. The key reasons for a wide usage of this model are as follows:

Based on Current Year Data

Under the single period model; we do not need to forecast future cash flows and current year data available is enough to value the company under consideration.

Suitable for Stable Businesses

This model is best suited for companies where earnings are stable and easily predictable. In such case, it becomes easy to assume an average earning amount which shall be received for the remaining life of the company.

User-Friendly and Simple Model

Since an assumption can be made that earnings and expenses will grow at the same rate as the long term growth rate for cash flows; one need not estimate earnings and expenses separately. This makes this model extremely user-friendly as one can take the current financial data from annual reports and attach a constant growth rate to it.

Though the model enjoys simplicity and ease of use; it limits its usage due to some limitations which need to be considered for a thorough understanding of the model.

Limitations of Single-Period Model

Based on Single Average

It assumes a single average and stable net cash flow/income till perpetuity which can lead to substantial errors in valuation if the company under consideration is cyclic or is in growing stage or decline phase or any other case where profitability or cash flows keep fluctuating.

Not Practical

The single period model assumes revenues and expenses increase at the same rate and hence considers a constantly grown rate for net income. However in reality expenditure may in some cases reduce over time due to economies of scale. In some cases, expenditure may increase faster than revenues as companies may incur additional capital expansion or advertisement expenditures. Since the rate at which revenues and expense may not always, in all circumstance, grow at the same rate; this model may face error in valuation due to impractical approach.

Different Discount Rate

The discount rate (also known as the capitalization rate) may change over time. The discount rate calculated using the () which pertains to equity may not be the discount rate applicable to net income in the real world scenario.


Since only one value is estimated and then discounted, the said value is more sensitive than the multi-period model in estimation.


The single period method of valuation is best suited in case of stable net income flows or cases where it is extremely difficult to forecast future series of cash flows or in cases where the holding period of the investment is 1 year. Selecting the appropriate discount rate may, however, remain a challenging task and would entail estimation error.

For limitations faced with single period error; the improved model, which involves using multiple cash flow forecasting and discounting them, is used with the intent of reducing the estimation error. The said model is also known as Multi-Period Discounted Cash Flow Model.


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