Volume of data in financial statement

A simplistic (but surprisingly effective) measure of complexity is the volume of data in a financial statement. For instance, the 10K filings made by firms with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) range in size from less than 200 pages to in 17 We just took the debt of the books to reduce the interest rate that we pay, they will claim, but we did mention it in a footnote. In response, we would argue that investors should not have to troll through footnotes to find out how the firm...

Variations on the Dividend Discount Model

Since projections of dollar dividends cannot be made through infinity, several versions of the dividend discount model have been developed based upon different assumptions about future growth. We will begin with the simplest - a model designed to value stock in a stable-growth firm that pays out what it can afford to in dividends and then look at how the model can be adapted to value companies in high growth that may be paying little or no dividends. The Gordon growth model relates the value of...

Beta

The final set of inputs we need to put risk and return models into practice are the risk parameters for individual assets and firms. In the CAPM, the beta of the asset has to be estimated relative to the market portfolio. In the APM and Multi-factor model, the betas of the asset relative to each factor have to be measured. There are three approaches available for estimating these parameters one is to use historical data on market prices for individual assets the second is to estimate the betas...

FCFE Potential Dividend Discount Models

The free cash flow to equity model does not represent a radical departure from the traditional dividend discount model. In fact, one way to describe a free cash flow to equity model is that it represents a model where we discount potential dividends rather than actual dividends. Consequently, the three versions of the FCFE valuation model presented in this section are simple variants on the dividend discount model, with one significant change - free cashflows to equity replace dividends in the...

Should capital structure affect value

The opening salvo in this debate was fired by Merton Miller and Franco Modigliani in their seminal paper published in 1958, where they showed that in a world without taxes, default risk and agency problems, the value of a firm was determined by the quality of its investments and not by the mix of debt and equity used to fund them. The argument they used was simple and powerful. They conceded that debt is cheaper than equity but noted that borrowing money makes equity earnings more volatile and...