Modeling Cash Flows with Constant Leverage: A Note

8 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2005

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Ignacio Velez-Pareja

Grupo Consultor CAV Capital Advisory & Valuation

Joseph Tham

Duke University - Duke Center for International Development in the Sanford School of Public Policy; Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Date Written: June 28, 2005

Abstract

It is widely known that if the leverage is constant over time, then the after-tax Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) is constant over time. In other words, it is inappropriate to use a constant after-tax WACC to discount the free cash flow (FCF) if the leverage changes over time. However, it is common to find analysts who inconsistently use a constant after-tax WACC even if the leverage is not constant.

In this teaching note, we use a simple numerical example to illustrate how to model cash flows that are consistent with constant leverage. We verify the consistency of the example with two basic principles: conservation of cash flows and conservation of values.

Keywords: WACC, constant leverage, cash flows

JEL Classification: D61, G31, H43

Suggested Citation

Velez-Pareja, Ignacio and Tham, Joseph, Modeling Cash Flows with Constant Leverage: A Note (June 28, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=754444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.754444

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