Chapter 20

Ten Ways to Improve a Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering the biases of investment bankers when making cash flow forecasts

arrow Finding ways to improve estimates of cash flows and weighted average cost of capital

arrow Looking at estimates from the client's perspective

arrow Identifying which assumptions of financial models are most important

Investment bankers spend a great deal of time constructing financial models on spreadsheets and manipulating them to arrive at values for companies, divisions, and potential projects. These models are often very complex and involve many assumptions and inputs. This chapter provides some ideas on how investment bankers can improve their analyses and deliver greater value to clients.

Financial Analysis Isn't Physics

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