Firm Valuation with Operating Leases
AbstractOperating leases are quite important in some industries. There are two possible errors that should be avoided when valuing a company with operating leases. In the first place, one should not neglect the implied lease debt. Such neglect distorts the calculation of free cash flow, required rate of return on the equity under partial debt financing, WACC, and residual equity value in the discounted cash flow model. In the second place, lease expense and implied lease debt should not be forecasted as constant, historical fractions of sales revenue in the (non-steady state) explicit forecast period. This paper outlines an approximate procedure for handling operating leases in valuation models, in particular the discounted cash flow model. This procedure avoids the two possible errors that were mentioned and is shown to result in equity values that are very close to the known, exact values in a stylized example problem. Naive valuation (that makes both errors) results in equity values that can be quite far away from those same known, exact values.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Business Administration with number 2011:3.
Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 14 Mar 2011
Date of revision: 18 May 2011
Publication status: Published as Jennergren, L. Peter, 'Approximate Firm Valuation with Operating Leases' in Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis, 2011.
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Operating leases; valuation; discounted cash flow; adjusted present value;
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