Proper Valuation of Perpetuities in an Inflationary Environment Without Real Growth

12 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2007 Last revised: 25 Jul 2009

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Ignacio Velez-Pareja

Grupo Consultor CAV Capital Advisory & Valuation

Date Written: November 29, 2007

Abstract

We examine the proper valuation of perpetuities without real growth. The case of a pure non growing perpetuity (zero real growth and zero inflation) is of academic interest but in practice it might be difficult to find. The findings contradict what is generally accepted in the literature. In particular we examine the textbook formula for calculating the value of a perpetuity.

When working with perpetuities we are in presence of a Chinese box: we have found that when working with perpetuities in a scenario of non zero inflation and zero real growth value increases with inflation. On the other hand, the textbook formula for calculating a non growing perpetuity in the same scenario under values the value of the perpetuity by relevant amounts.

Keywords: WACC, perpetuities, terminal value, tax savings, iflation, value of a perpetuity

JEL Classification: G12, D61, G31, H43

Suggested Citation

Velez-Pareja, Ignacio, Proper Valuation of Perpetuities in an Inflationary Environment Without Real Growth (November 29, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030821 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1030821

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