Valuation Of Shares And The Enterprise – FAQ | IFRS

Valuation of shares and the enterprise

The Discounted cash flow calculation method is an income-based approach to valuation that is based upon the theory that the value of a business is equal to the present value of its projected future benefits (including the present value of its terminal value). The terminal value does not assume the actual termination or liquidation of the business, but rather represents the point in time when the projected cash flows level off or flatten (which is assumed to continue into perpetuity). The amounts for the projected cash flows and the terminal value are discounted to the valuation date using an appropriate discount rate, which encompasses the risks specific to investing in the specific company being valued. Inherent in this method is the incorporation or development of projections of the future operating results of the company being valued.

Distributable cash flow is used as the benefit stream because it represents the earnings available for distribution to investors after considering the reinvestment required for a company’s future growth. The discounted cash flow method can be based on the cash flows to either a company’s equity or invested capital (which is equal to the sum of a company’s debt and equity). A “direct to equity” discounted cash flow method arrives directly at an equity value of a company while a “debt-free” discounted cash flow method arrives at the invested capital value of a company, from which debt must be subtracted to arrive at the company’s equity value. A brief summary of some of the primary differences between a “direct to equity” and a “debt-free” discounted cash flow analysis are presented below:

Direct to equity

Direct to long-term investment

Interest expense and changes in debt

Included in cash flow streams to project cash flow to equity investors

Excluded from cash flow streams to project cash flow to equity and debt investors

Discount rate

Equity discount rate

WACC – takes into account the required rates of return for debt and equity

Estimated fair value

(see below Financial position)

Equity value/shares

Invested capital value (equity and debt)

Altered Financial position for discounted cash flow calculations (in CU’000)

CU ‘000

Non-current assets


Current assets (excluding cash)




Current liabilities


Long(er) term provisions


Invested capital (capital employed)


Non-current debt


Interest rate: 0.8%

Marketable securities (debit position)


Cash position (debit position)


Shareholders’ equity


Equity value: Equity discount rate 28.3%



Invested capital value:

WACC 11.161% (see below)

WACC = [(194,102 * 0.8%) + (117,342 * 28.3%)] / (194,102 + 117,342) = (1,553 + 33,208) / 311,444 = 11.161%

See the altered financial position for the numbers!

Here are the print screens from the discounted cash flow calculation for the equity value/shares and invested capital value (equity and debt):

Overview Net free cash flow to equity

The calculation of the equity value part:

The calculation of the Invested capital value (equity and debt) part:
(Starts with the same ‘Net free cash flows to equity’ and adjusts it to cash flows to equity and debt)

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Valuation of shares and the enterprise

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