## Annual Dividend Yield SP 500

Jubak, and many other observers, would argue that today's low dividend yields are symptomatic of our overvalued markets. Well, maybe markets are overvalued. But I believe dividend yields are so low for another reason Investors are beginning to ask our childish question Why are there dividends And they're not finding good answers. So dividends are becoming less and less important. Just think about how silly it all really is. Why would a shareholder want a company to send him his own money back...

## Excel notesolving circular references

Financial statement models in Excel always involve cells that are mutually dependent. In our model, for example, the interest earned on cash depends on the profits of the firm, but the profits depend on the interest earned on cash. Another example of mutual dependence in our model involves the fixed asset accounts Fixed assets at cost are the sum of net fixed assets plus accumulated depreciation, but accumulated depreciation is a function of the fixed assets at cost. As a result of these...

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You are the CFO of Termination, Inc. Your company has 40 employees, each earning 40,000 per year. Employee salaries grow at 4 per year. Starting from next year, and every second year thereafter, 8 employees retire and no new employees are recruited. Your company has in place a retirement plan that entitles retired workers to an annual pension which is equal to their annual salary at the moment of retirement. Life expectancy is 20 years after retirement, and the annual pension is paid at...

## A1 The Gordon model with two dividend growth rates

The Gordon model discussed in Chapter 16 and previously in Chapter 5 assumes that there equity payouts of the firm will grow at an anticipated future growth rate g. Based on this assumption we showed that the cost of equity is where Div0 is the firm's current equity payout defined as the sum of its total dividends and stock repurchases , g is the growth rate of the equity payout, and P0 is the firm's current equity value that is, number of shares times the current share price . The assumption...

## Excel note Relative versus absolute copying

The dollar signs within a formula indicate that when the formulas are copied the cell references to the model parameters should not change. The technical jargon for this in Excel is absolute copying as opposed to the relative copying when variables are indicated without dollar signs. The distinction between absolute and relative copying is critical for financial planning models if you fail to put the dollar signs correctly in the model, it will not copy correctly when you project years 2 and...

## Economics focus Taking the measure

Apart from animal spirits, what figures excite stockmarket bulls lFTER shares worldwide hit their post-attack lows on September 21st, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen by close to 20 in what some enthusiasts already call a new bull market. Given dismal forecasts of American growth, plunging consumer confidence and slashed estimates for corporate profits, can any of the tools that are used to measure the markets validate the bulls P e ratios. One common indicator the bulls seem to have...

## Two uses of the WACC

The weighted average cost of capital WACC is the weighted average rate of return required by a company's shareholders and debtholder. We presume that this rate of return reflects the average risk of shareholder and debtholder future cash flows. This is plausible, since we have derived the cost of equity rE from anticipated future payouts to shareholders, and we have derived the cost of debt rD from the rate demanded on the firm's debts by its lenders. Thus the WACC represents a weighted average...

## The efficient frontier and the minimum variance portfolio

The efficient frontier is the set of all portfolios which are on the upward-sloping part of the graph above. Upward-sloping means that portfolios on the efficient frontier involve difficult choices increasing expected portfolio return E rp has the cost of increasing portfolio standard deviation ap. If you are choosing investment portfolios that are a mix of GM and MSFT stock, then clearly the only portfolios you would be interested in are those on the efficient frontier. These portfolios are...

## Some facts about covariance and correlation

Here are some facts about covariance and correlation. We state them without much attempt at elaborate explanation or proof. Fact 1. Covariance is affected by units, correlation isn't. Here's an example In the spreadsheet below, we've presented the annual returns as whole numbers instead of percentages writing GM's 1990 return as -11.54 instead of -11.54 . The covariance cell B18 is now -552.10, which is 10,000 times our previous calculation. But the correlation coefficient B19 remains the same...

## The risk characteristics of financial assetssome introductory blather

In the course of your life you'll be exposed to many financial assets. You've already been exposed to them, even if you didn't know that they were financial assets When you were small, your parents might have opened a savings account for you at the local bank, or your grandparents bought you a few shares of stock. Now that you're a student, you're stuck with 2 Students reading this book will generally have had a statistics course. This chapter assumes some familiarity with basic statistical...

## Current assetswhats included in the financial planning model and whats not

In financial planning models the current assets category contains only items that are related to the operations of the firm. Here are several typical items that would be included in the financial planning model definition of current assets. Accounts receivable These are payments due from customers and are generated by the operations of the firm. Since accounts receivable are generated by the firm's sales, they are included in the operating current assets of the financial planning model....

## Step 2 Project a reasonable number of FCFs

A financial planning model's predictions of future FCFs are based on the assumption that the parameters of the model will not change by too much. Most financial analysts define reasonable to mean number of periods over which this basic assumption is not too silly.6 Everyone recognizes that a firm's environment is dynamic and that the model parameters will change over time, a fact that is usually addressed by doing sensitivity analysis see section 9.4 . John has assumed that he can reasonably...

## Stock Splits and the Cumulative Adjustment Factor

On 31 January 2002, you bought one share of XYZ stock for 50. One year minus one day later, on 30 January 2003, your share of XYZ stock is trading at 80. At the end of the day the stock splits For every share you own, you now have two shares. In a logical world, this would mean that the price of the share should fall by 50 , so that on 31 January 2003, it XYZ trades at 40.3 Now suppose you're trying to calculate your return on the stock. Is it--1 -20 or is the return 50--1 60 The latter, of...

## Initial accounting statements for a financial planning model

Financial planning models are predictions of what a firm's future financial statements will look like. To build such a model we start with the present the firm's current financial statements. To illustrate the process by which financial planning models are constructed, in the next section we will project five years of financial statements for Whimsical Toenails, a company which runs a chain of toenail-painting parlors. Whimsical's management and bankers want to project the firm's future...

## The models parametersthe value drivers

The sales growth parameter is usually the most important parameter of the financial planning model. In our example Whimsical Toenails current year 0 level of sales is 1,000. Over the five-year horizon of the financial planning model, the firm expects its sales to grow at a rate of 10 percent per year. Other model parameters are derived from the following financial statement relations.1 Current assets We assume that Whimsical's end-year current assets on the balance sheet will be 15 percent of...

## The models financial policy assumptions

The second component of a financial planning model is the model's financial policy assumptions. In this initial financial planning model we make the following assumptions Debt Whimsical currently has debt of 320 on its balance sheet. The company's agreement with the bank specifies that it will repay 80 of this debt in each of the next four years. Once the debt is fully repaid, the company intends to stay debt-free. Stock Company management does not intend to either issue new stock nor...

## The IRR rule for judging investments

An alternative to using the NPV criterion for capital budgeting is to use the internal rate of return IRR . Recall from Chapter 1 that the IRR is defined as the discount rate for which the NPV equals zero. It is the compound rate of return which you get from a series of cash flows. Here are the two decision rules for using the IRR in capital budgeting The IRR rule for deciding whether a specific investment is worthwhile Suppose we are considering a proj ect that has cash flows CF0 , CF1 , CF2 ,...

## Building a financial planning model

Now that we have our terminology straight, we can build our financial planning model for Whimsical Toenails. A typical financial planning model has three major components The model parameters. Also called the value drivers, a financial planning model's parameters include the major assumptions of the model. For example, we might assume that the sales growth parameter is 10 per year. Or we might assume that the current assets to sales parameter is 15 meaning that an increase of 1,000 in sales...

## Capital budgeting principle Ignore sunk costs and consider only marginal cash flows

This is an important principle of capital budgeting and project evaluation Ignore the cash flows you can't control and look only at the marginal cash flows the outcomes of financial decisions you can still make. In the jargon of finance Ignore sunk costs, costs that have already been incurred and are thus not affected by future capital budgeting decisions. Here's an example You recently bought a plot of land and built a house on it. Your intention was to sell the house immediately, but it turns...

## Why do NPV and IRR give different rankings

Below we build a table and graph that show the NPV for each project as a function of the From the graph you can see why contradictory rankings occur Project B has a higher IRR 27.38 than project A 19.77 . Remember that the IRR is the point at which the NPV curve cuts the x-axis. When the discount rate is low, Project A has a higher NPV than project B, but when the discount rate is high, project B has a higher NPV. There is a crossover point in the next subsection you will see that this point is...

## N

But when r 0, the denominator in this expression becomes 0. On the other hand, when r 0 it . Use Excel's If function to modify the formula in the Section 1.8 spreadsheet. 10. If you deposit 25,000 today, Union Bank offers to pay you 50,000 at the end of 10 years. What is the interest rate 11. Assuming that the interest rate is 5 , which of the following is more valuable 11 .d. 300 a year in perpetuity meaning forever , with the first payment at the end of this year 12. You receive a 15,000...

## Inhouse copying or outsourcing A minicase illustrating foregone opportunity costs

Your company is trying to decide whether to outsource its photocopying or continue to do it in-house. The current photocopier won't do anymore it either has to be sold or thoroughly fixed up. Here are some details about the two alternatives The company's tax rate is 40 . Doing the copying in-house requires an investment of 17,000 to fix up the existing photocopy machine. Your accountant estimates that this 17,000 can be immediately booked as an expense, so that its after-tax cost is l - 40...

## Is Sally and Daves condo investment profitableincorporating terminal value into the calculations

A little thought about the previous spreadsheet reveals that we've left out an important factor The value of the condo at the end of the 10-year horizon. In finance an asset's value at the end of the investment horizon is called the asset's salvage value or terminal value. In the above spreadsheet we've assumed that the terminal value of the condo is zero, but this assumption implausible. To make a better calculation about their investment, Sally and Dave will have to make an assumption about...

## Do NPV and IRR produce the same project rankings

In the previous section we saw that for conventional projects, NPV and IRR give the same Yes-No answer about whether to invest in a project. In this section we'll see that NPV and IRR do not necessarily rank projects the same, even if the projects are both conventional. Suppose we have two projects and can choose to invest in only one. The projects are mutually exclusive They are both ways to achieve the same end, and thus we would choose only one. In this section we discuss the use of NPV and...

## What does IRR mean Loan tables and investment amortization

In the previous section we gave a simple illustration of what we meant when we said that the internal rate of return IRR is the compound interest rate that you earn on an asset. This simple sentence which is not easy to understand underlies a slew of finance applications When finance professionals discuss the rate of return on an investment or the effective interest rate on a loan, they are almost always refering to the IRR. In this section we explore some meanings of the IRR. Almost the whole...