Once More, the Correct Definition for the Cash Flows to Value a Firm (Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow to Equity)
October 28, 2007
This paper is an extension of a previous one untitled The Correct Definition for the Cash Flows to Value a Firm (Free Cash Flow and Cash Flow to Equity) and available at SSRN. We have added a comparative analysis between the current practice of including as cash flows amounts that belong to the Balance Sheet and the proposed approach to include only as cash flows those elements that in fact are cash flows and hence are not listed in the Balance Sheet. Differences are significant.
Surprisingly there is a wide range of interpretations on how to calculate the cash flows for valuation purposes. This ample definition of what the cash flows are is shared by academicians and practitioners. Some of the definitions openly contradict the essential and basic concepts of cash flow and time value of money.
In this note we specify very clearly what has to be included in those cash flows and the reasons why they should be included. The main issue is related to the inclusion or exclusion of some items in the working capital and the current practice to consider that funds that appear in the Balance Sheet (cash and market securities and the like) belong to the free cash flow FCF and the cash flow to equity CFE. In the same line of reasoning, the idea is that cash flows have to be consistent with financial statements. With a hypothetical example we show the implicit financial facts reflected in the financial statements
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Cash flows, free cash flow, cash flow to equity, valuation, levered value, levered equity value, cash budget
JEL Classification: M21, M40, M46, M41, G12, G31, J33working papers series
Date posted: February 3, 2005 ; Last revised: October 29, 2007
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