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Capital Cash Flows: A Simple Approach to Valuing Risky Cash Flows

28 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2000  

Richard S. Ruback

Harvard Business School

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Date Written: March 2000

Abstract

This paper presents the Capital Cash Flow method for valuing risky cash flows. I show that the Capital Cash Flow method is equivalent to discounting Free Cash Flows by the weighted average cost of capital. Because the interest tax shields are included in the cash flows, the Capital Cash Flow approach is easier to apply when the level of debt changes or when a specific amount of debt is projected. The paper also compares the Capital Cash Flow method to the Adjusted Present Value method and provides consistent leverage adjustment formulas for both methods.

JEL Classification: G31, G12

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Ruback, Richard S., Capital Cash Flows: A Simple Approach to Valuing Risky Cash Flows (March 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=223080 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.223080

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