Terminal Value Formula  What is Terminal Value Formula?

The terminal value formula helps in estimating the value of a business beyond the explicit forecast period. In a DCF model with a 5 year free cash flow projections, the terminal value formula = FCFF6 / (WACC – Growth Rate)

3 Most Common Terminal Value Formulas

In DCF Valuation, there are 3 ways in which you can find terminal value. they are as follows:-

1. Perpetuity Growth Method
2. Exit Multiple Growth Method
3. No Growth Perpetuity model

#1 – Perpetuity Growth Method

Perpetual Growth Method is also known as the . This is the most preferred method. In this method, the assumption is made that the growth of the company will continue, and return on capital will be more than the cost of capital.

Terminal Value =     FCFF6 / (1 + WACC)6 + FCFF7 / (1 + WACC)7 + …..+ Infinity

If we simplify the formula  it will be,

Terminal Value = FCFF6 / (WACC – Growth Rate)

FCFF6 can be written as, FCFF6 = FCFF5 * (1 + Growth Rate)

Now, use Formula in the above equation given,

Terminal Value = FCFF5 * (1 + Growth Rate) / (WACC – Growth Rate)

This method is used for companies that are mature in the market and have stable growth company Eg. FMCG companies, Automobile companies.

#2 – Exit Multiple Method

Exit Multiple Method is used with assumptions that market multiple bases to value a business. The terminal multiple can be the enterprises’ or enterprise value/EBIT, which are the usual multiples used in financial valuation. The projected statistic is the relevant statistic projected in the previous year.

Terminal Value = Last Twelve months Terminal Multiple * Projected Statistic

#3 – No Growth Perpetuity Model

No growth perpetuity formula is used in industry where a lot of competition is there, and the opportunity to earn excess return tends to move to zero. In this formula assumption is the growth rate is equal to zero; this means that the return on investment will be equal to the cost of capital.

Terminal Value = FCFF6 / WACC

Eg. It is useful to calculate the GDP of the country.

Examples

Example #1

If the metal sector is trading at 10 times the EV/EBITDA multiple, then the terminal value is 10 * EBITDA of the company.

Suppose,

• WACC = 10%
• Growth Rate = 4%
• Debit = \$100
• Cash = \$60
• Number of Shares = 200

Find the per share fair value of the stock using the two proposed terminal value calculation method

Application of Terminal Value Formulas

#1 – Terminal Value – Using the Perpetuity Growth Method

Follow the steps below to find terminal value using the perpetuity growth method:

1. Calculate the NPV of the Free Cash Flow to Firm for the explicit forecast period (2014-2018)

The formula for the Present Value of Explicit FCFF is NPV() function in excel. \$127 is the net present value of the period 2018 to 2020.

2. Terminal Value calculation (at the end of 2018) using the Perpetuity Growth method Using the Perpetuity Growth method, Terminal Value will be: 1,040

3. Present Value of Explicit FCFF 4. Now, Calculate the Enterprise Value and the Share Price Please note that in this example, the Terminal value contribution to enterprise value is 86%. Generally, the contribution is between 80 – 90%.

#2 – Terminal Value – Using Exit Multiple Method

• Step #1 – For the explicit forecast period (2018-2020), calculate the NPV for the firm. Please refer to the above method, where this step has already been completed.
• Step #2 – Use the exit multiple methods for terminal value calculation of the stock (end of 2018). Let us assume that the average companies in this industry trade at 7 times EV / EBITDA multiples. We can use the same multiple to find this stock’s terminal value.
• Step #3 – Calculate the Present Value of Explicit FCFF
• Step #4 – Now, Calculate the Enterprise Value and the Share Price

The terminal value contribution to enterprise value is 80%.

Relevance and Uses

• Use in a financial tool like the Gordon growth method.
• To calculate discounted cash flow example of the same we have seen above.
• To calculate residual earnings.

Terminal Value is an important concept in estimating Discounted Cash Flow as it accounts for more than 60% – 80% of the total company’s worth. Special attention should be given in assuming the growth rates, discount rate, and , , , EV/EBITDA, EV/EBIT, etc.

There are some limitations of terminal value in ; if we use exit multiple methods, then we are mixing the DCF approach with a relative valuation approach as the exit multiple is arrived from the comparable firm. Please note growth cannot be greater than the discounted rate. In that case, one cannot apply the Perpetuity growth method. Terminal value contributes more than 75% of the total value; this became risky if value varies a lot, with even a 1% change in growth rate or WACC.

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