APPENDIX 3

TIME VALUE OF MONEY

The simplest tools in finance are often the most powerful. Present value is a

concept that is intuitively appealing, simple to compute, and has a wide range of

applications. It is useful in decision making ranging from simple personal decisions -

buying a house, saving for a child's education and estimating income in retirement, вЂ“вЂ“ to

more complex corporate financial decisions - picking projects in which to invest as well

as the right financing mix for these projects.

Time Lines and Notation

Dealing with cash flows that are at different points in time is made easier using a

time line that shows both the timing and the amount of each cash flow in a stream. Thus,

a cash flow stream of $100 at the end of each of the next 4 years can be depicted on a

time line like the one depicted in Figure 1.

Figure 1: A Time Line for Cash Flows: $ 100 in Cash Flows Received at

the End of Each of Next 4 years

Cash Flows

$ 100 $ 100 $ 100 $ 100

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0 1 2 3

Year

In the figure, 0 refers to right now. A cash flow that occurs at time 0 is therefore already

in present value terms and does not need to be adjusted for time value. A distinction must

be made here between a period of time and a point in time. The portion of the time line

between 0 and 1 refers to period 1, which, in this example, is the first year. The cash flow

that occurs at the point in time вЂњ1вЂќ refers to the cash flow that occurs at the end of period

1. Finally, the discount rate, which is 10% in this example, is specified for each period on

the time line and may be different for each period. Had the cash flows been at the

beginning of each year instead of at the end of each year, the time line would have been

redrawn as it appears in Figure 2.

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Figure 2: A Time Line for Cash Flows: $ 100 in Cash Received at the Beginning

of Each Year for Next 4 years

Cash Flow

$ 100 $ 100 $ 100 $ 100

0 1 2 3 4

Year

Note that in present value terms, a cash flow that occurs at the beginning of year 2 is the

equivalent of a cash flow that occurs at the end of year 1.

Cash flows can be either positive or negative; positive cash flows are called cash

inflows and negative cash flows are called cash outflows. For notational purposes, we

will assume the following for the chapter that follows:

Notation Stands for

PV Present Value

FV Future Value

Cft Cash flow at the end of period t

A Annuity вЂ“ Constant cash flows over several periods

r Discount rate

g Expected growth rate in cash flows

n Number of years over which cash flows are received or paid

The Intuitive Basis for Present Value

There are three reasons why a cash flow in the future is worth less than a similar

cash flow today.

(1) Individuals prefer present consumption to future consumption. People would have to

be offered more in the future to give up present consumption. If the preference for

current consumption is strong, individuals will have to be offered much more in terms

of future consumption to give up current consumption, a trade-off that is captured by a

high вЂњrealвЂќ rate of return or discount rate. Conversely, when the preference for current

consumption is weaker, individuals will settle for much less in terms of future

consumption and, by extension, a low real rate of return or discount rate.

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(2) When there is monetary inflation, the value of currency decreases over time. The

greater the inflation, the greater the difference in value between a cash flow today and

the same cash flow in the future.

(3) A promised cash flow might not be delivered for a number of reasons: the promisor

might default on the payment, the promisee might not be around to receive payment; or

some other contingency might intervene to prevent the promised payment or to reduce

it.. Any uncertainty (risk) associated with the cash flow in the future reduces the value

of the cashflow.

The process by which future cash flows are adjusted to reflect these factors is called

discounting, and the magnitude of these factors is reflected in the discount rate. The

discount rate incorporates all of the above mentioned factors. In fact, the discount rate

can be viewed as a composite of the expected real return (reflecting consumption

preferences in the aggregate over the investing population), the expected inflation rate (to

capture the deterioration in the purchasing power of the cash flow) and the uncertainty

associated with the cash flow. Models to measure this uncertainty and capture it in the

discount rate are examined in Chapters 6 and 7.

The Mechanics of Time Value

The process of discounting future cash flows converts them into cash flows in

present value terms. Conversely, the process of compounding converts present cash flows

into future cash flows.

There are five types of cash flows - simple cash flows, annuities, growing

annuities, perpetuities and growing perpetuities вЂ“вЂ“ which we discuss below.

Simple Cash Flows

A simple cash flow is a single cash flow in a specified future time period; it can

be depicted on a time line in figure 3:

Figure 3: Present Value of a Cash Flow

Cash inflow: CFt

Year 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Discounting converts future casfflow into cash flow today

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where CFt = the cash flow at time t.

This cash flow can be discounted back to the present using a discount rate that reflects the

uncertainty of the cash flow. Concurrently, cash flows in the present can be compounded

to arrive at an expected future cash flow.

I. Discounting a Simple Cash Flow

Discounting a cash flow converts it into present value dollars and enables the user

to do several things. First, once cash flows are converted into present value dollars, they

can be aggregated and compared. Second, if present values are estimated correctly, the

user should be indifferent between the future cash flow and the present value of that cash

flow. The present value of a cash flow can be written as follows

CFt

Present Value of Simple Cash Flow =

(1+ r) t

where

CFt = Cash Flow at the end of time period t !

r = Discount Rate

Other things remaining equal, the present value of a cash flow will decrease as the

discount rate increases and continue to decrease the further into the future the cash flow

occurs.

To illustrate this concept, assume that you own are currently leasing your office

space, and expect to make a lump sum payment to the owner of the real estate of

$500,000 ten years from now. Assume that an appropriate discount rate for this cash flow

is 10%. The present value of this cash flow can then be estimated вЂ“

$500,000

Present Value of Payment = = $192,772

(1.10)10

This present value is a decreasing function of the discount rate, as illustrated in Figure 4.

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II. Compounding a Cash Flow

Current cash flows can be moved to the future by compounding the cash flow at

the appropriate discount rate.

Future Value of Simple Cash Flow = CF0 (1+ r)t

where

CF0 = Cash Flow now

r = Discount rate

Again, the compounding effect increases with both the discount rate and the

compounding period.

As the length of the holding period is extended, small differences in discount rates

can lead to large differences in future value. In a study of returns on stocks and bonds

between 1926 and 1997, Ibbotson and Sinquefield found that stocks on the average made

12.4%, treasury bonds made 5.2%, and treasury bills made 3.6%. Assuming that these

returns continue into the future, Table 1 provides the future values of $ 100 invested in

each category at the end of a number of holding periods - 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 20

years, 30 years, and 40 years.

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Table 1: Future Values of Investments - Asset Classes

Holding Period Stocks T. Bonds T.Bills

1 $112.40 $105.20 $103.60

5 $179.40 $128.85 $119.34

10 $321.86 $166.02 $142.43

20 $1,035.92 $275.62 $202.86

30 $3,334.18 $457.59 $288.93

40 $10,731.30 $759.68 $411.52

The differences in future value from investing at these different rates of return are small

for short compounding periods (such as 1 year) but become larger as the compounding

period is extended. For instance, with a 40-year time horizon, the future value of

investing in stocks, at an average return of 12.4%, is more than 12 times larger than the

future value of investing in treasury bonds at an average return of 5.2% and more than 25

times the future value of investing in treasury bills at an average return of 3.6%.

III. The Frequency of Discounting and Compounding

The frequency of compounding affects both the future and present values of cash

flows. In the examples above, the cash flows were assumed to be discounted and

compounded annually вЂ“вЂ“ i.e., interest payments and income were computed at the end of

each year, based on the balance at the beginning of the year. In some cases, however, the

interest may be computed more frequently, such as on a monthly or semi-annual basis. In

these cases, the present and future values may be very different from those computed on

an annual basis; the stated interest rate, on an annual basis, can deviate significantly from

the effective or true interest rate. The effective interest rate can be computed as follows

" Stated Annual Interest Rate %n

Effective Interest Rate = $1 + ' (1

n

# &

where

n = number of compounding periods during the year (2=semiannual; 12=monthly)

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For instance, a 10% annual interest rate, if there is semiannual compounding, works out

to an effective interest rate of

Effective Interest Rate = 1.052 - 1 = .10125 or 10.25%

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As compounding becomes continuous, the effective interest rate can be computed as

follows

Effective Interest Rate = expr - 1

where

exp = exponential function

r = stated annual interest rate

Table 2 provides the effective rates as a function of the compounding frequency.

Table 2: Effect of Compounding Frequency on Effective Interest Rates

Frequency Rate t Formula Effective

Annual

Rate

Annual 10% 1 .10 10%

Semi- 10% 2 (1+.10/2)2-1 10.25%

Annual

Monthly 10% 12 (1+.10/12)12-1 10.47%

Daily 10% 365 (1+.10/365)365-1 10.5156%

Continuous 10% exp.10-1 10.5171%

As you can see, compounding becomes more frequent, the effective rate increases, and

the present value of future cash flows decreases.

Annuities

An annuity is a constant cash flow that occurs at regular intervals for a fixed

period of time. Defining A to be the annuity, the time line for an annuity may be drawn as

follows:

A A A A

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0 1 2 3 4

An annuity can occur at the end of each period, as in this time line, or at the beginning of

each period.

I. Present Value of an End-of-the-Period Annuity

The present value of an annuity can be calculated by taking each cash flow and

discounting it back to the present and then adding up the present values. Alternatively, a

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formula can be used in the calculation. In the case of annuities that occur at the end of

each period, this formula can be written as

" %

1

1-

$ '

(1 + r) n

PV of an Annuity = PV(A,r, n) = A $ '

r

$ '

$ '

# &

where

A = Annuity

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n = Number of years

Accordingly, the notation we will use in the rest of this book for the present value of an

annuity will be PV(A,r,n).

To illustrate, assume again that you are have a choice of buying a copier for

$10,000 cash down or paying $ 3,000 a year, at the end of each year, for 5 years for the

same copier. If the opportunity cost is 12%, which would you rather do?

" 1%

$1 - '

(1.12) 5 '

PV of $3000 each year for next 5 years = $3000 $ = $10,814

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$ '

$ '

# &

The present value of the installment payments exceeds the cash-down price; therefore,

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you would want to pay the $10,000 in cash now.

Alternatively, the present value could have been estimated by discounting each of

the cash flows back to the present and aggregating the present values as illustrated in

Figure 5.

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Figure 5 :Payment of $ 3000 at the end of each of next 5 years

$3000 $3000 $3000 $3000 $3000

PV 0 1 2 3 4 5

$2,679

$2,392

$2,135

$1,906

$1,702

$10.814

II. Amortization Factors - Annuities Given Present Values

In some cases, the present value of the cash flows is known and the annuity needs

to be estimated. This is often the case with home and automobile loans, for example,

where the borrower receives the loan today and pays it back in equal monthly

installments over an extended period of time. This process of finding an annuity when the

present value is known is examined below вЂ“

" %

$ '

r

Annuity given Present Value = A(PV, r,n) = PV $ '

1

$1 - '

(1 + r) n

$ '

# &

Suppose you are trying to borrow $200,000 to buy a house on a conventional 30-

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year mortgage with monthly payments. The annual percentage rate on the loan is 8%. The

monthly payments on this loan can be estimated using the annuity due formula:

Monthly interest rate on loan = APR/ 12 = 0.08/12 = 0.0067

" %

$ '

0.0067

Monthly Payment on Mortgage = $200, 000 $ ' = $1473.11

1

$1 - '

360 '

$ (1.0067) &

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This monthly payment is an increasing function of interest rates. When interest rates

drop, homeowners usually have a choice of refinancing, though there is an up-front cost

to doing so. We examine the question of whether or not to refinance later in this chapter.

Iii. Future Value Of End-Of-The-Period Annuities

In some cases, an individual may plan to set aside a fixed annuity each period for

a number of periods and will want to know how much he or she will have at the end of

the period. The future value of an end-of-the-period annuity can be calculated as follows:

" (1 + r) n - 1%

FV of an Annuity = FV(A,r, n) = A $ '

r

# &

Thus, the notation we will use throughout this book for the future value of an annuity will

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be FV(A,r,n).

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) allow some taxpayers to set aside $2,000 a

year for retirement and exempts the income earned on these accounts from taxation. If an

individual starts setting aside money in an IRA early in her working life, the value at

retirement can be substantially higher than the nominal amount actually put in. For

instance, assume that this individual sets aside $2,000 at the end of every year, starting

when she is 25 years old, for an expected retirement at the age of 65, and that she expects

to make 8% a year on her investments. The expected value of the account on her

retirement date can be estimated as follows:

" (1.08) 40 - 1%

Expected Value of IRA set - aside at 65 = $2, 000 $ ' = $518,113

.08

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The tax exemption adds substantially to the value because it allows the investor to keep

the pre-tax return of 8% made on the IRA investment. If the income had been taxed at say

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40%, the after-tax return would have dropped to 4.8%, resulting in a much lower

expected value:

" (1.048) 40 - 1 %

Expected Value of IRA set - aside at 65 if taxed = $2, 000 $ ' = $230,127

.048

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As you can see, the available funds at retirement drops by more than 55% as a

consequence of the loss of the tax exemption.

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IV. Annuity Given Future Value

Individuals or businesses who have a fixed obligation to meet or a target to meet (in

terms of savings) some time in the future need to know how much they should set aside

each period to reach this target. If you are given the future value and are looking for an

annuity - A(FV,r,n) in terms of notation:

" %

r

Annuity given Future Value = A(FV,r, n) = FV $ '

# (1 + r) n - 1&

In any balloon payment loan, only interest payments are made during the life of

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while the principal is paid at the end of the period. Companies that borrow

money using balloon payment loans or conventional bonds (which share the same

features) often set aside money in sinking funds during the life of the loan to ensure that

they have enough at maturity to pay the principal on the loan or the face value of the

bonds. Thus, a company with bonds with a face value of $100 million coming due in 10

years would need to set aside the following amount each year (assuming an interest rate

of 8%):

" %

.08

Sinking Fund Provision each year = $100,000,000 $ ' = $6,902,950

# (1.08)10 - 1 &

The company would need to set aside $6.9 million at the end of each year to ensure that

there are enough funds ($10 million) to retire the bonds at maturity.

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V. Effect Of Annuities At The Beginning Of Each Year

The annuities considered thus far in this chapter are end-of-the-period cash flows.

Both the present and future values will be affected if the cash flows occur at the

beginning of each period instead of the end. To illustrate this effect, consider an annuity

of $ 100 at the end of each year for the next 4 years, with a discount rate of 10%.

$ 100 $ 100 $ 100 $ 100

0 1 2 3 4

..

..

.

10% 10% 10% 10%

Contrast this with an annuity of $100 at the beginning of each year for the next four

years, with the same discount rate.

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$ 100 $ 100 $ 100 $ 100

0 1 2 3 4

10% 10% 10% 10%

Since the first of these annuities occurs right now, and the remaining cash flows take the

form of an end-of-the-period annuity over 3 years, the present value of this annuity can

be written as follows:

" 1%

1-

$ '

(1.10) 3 '

PV of $100 at beginning of each of next 4 years = $100 + $100 $

.10

$ '

$ '

# &

In general, the present value of a beginning-of-the-period annuity over n years can be

written as follows:

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1

1-

$ '

(1 + r) n -1 '

PV of Beginning of Period Annuities over n years = A + A $

r

$ '

$ '

# &

This present value will be higher than the present value of an equivalent annuity at the

end ! each period.

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The future value of a beginning-of-the-period annuity typically can be estimated

by allowing for one additional period of compounding for each cash flow:

" (1 + r) n - 1%

FV of a Beginning - of - the - Period Annuity = A (1 + r) $ '

r

# &

This future value will be higher than the future value of an equivalent annuity at the end

of each period.

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Consider again the example of an individual who sets aside $2,000 at the end of

each year for the next 40 years in an IRA account at 8%. The future value of these

deposits amounted to $ 518,113 at the end of year 40. If the deposits had been made at

the beginning of each year instead of the end, the future value would have been higher:

" (1.08) 40 - 1%

Expected Value of IRA (beginning of year) = $2, 000 (1.08) $ ' = $559, 562

.08

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As you can see, the gains from making payments at the beginning of each period can be

substantial.

Growing Annuities

A growing annuity is a cash flow that grows at a constant rate for a specified

period of time. If A is the current cash flow, and g is the expected growth rate, the time

line for a growing annuity appears as follows вЂ“

A(1+g) A(1+g)2 A(1+g)3 A(1+g)n

0 1 2 3 ........... n

Note that, to qualify as a growing annuity, the growth rate in each period has to be the

same as the growth rate in the prior period.

In most cases, the present value of a growing annuity can be estimated by using

the following formula вЂ“

" %

(1 + g) n

$1 - '

(1 + r) n

PV of a Growing Annuity = A(1 + g) $ '

$ '

r-g

$ '

# &

The present value of a growing annuity can be estimated in all cases, but one - where the

growth rate is equal to the discount rate. In that case, the present value is equal to the

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nominal sums of the annuities over the period, without the growth effect.

PV of a Growing Annuity for n years (when r=g) = n A

Note also that this formulation works even when the growth rate is greater than the

discount rate.1

To illustrate a growing annuity, suppose you have the rights to a gold mine for the

next 20 years, over which period you plan to extract 5,000 ounces of gold every year. The

current price per ounce is $300, but it is expected to increase 3% a year. The appropriate

discount rate is 10%. The present value of the gold that will be extracted from this mine

can be estimated as follows:

1 Both the denominator and the numerator in the formula will be negative, yielding a positive present value.

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" (1.03) 20 %

$1 - '

(1.10) 20 '

PV of extracted gold = $300 * 5000 * (1.03) $ = $16,145,980

$ .10 - .03 '

$ '

# &

The present value of the gold expected to be extracted from this mine is $16.146 million;

it is ! increasing function of the expected growth rate in gold prices. Figure 6 illustrates

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the present value as a function of the expected growth rate.

Perpetuities

A perpetuity is a constant cash flow at regular intervals forever. The present value

of a perpetuity can be written as

A

PV of Perpetuity =

r

where A is the perpetuity. The most common example offered for a perpetuity is a

console bon. A console bond is a bond that has no maturity and pays a fixed coupon.

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Assume that you have a 6% coupon console bond. The value of this bond, if the interest

rate is 9%, is as follows:

Value of Console Bond = $60 / .09 = $667

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The value of a console bond will be equal to its face value (which is usually $1000) only

if the coupon rate is equal to the interest rate.

Growing Perpetuities

A growing perpetuity is a cash flow that is expected to grow at a constant rate

forever. The present value of a growing perpetuity can be written as:

CF1

PV of Growing Perpetuity =

(r - g)

where CF1 is the expected cash flow next year, g is the constant growth rate and r is the

discount rate. While ! growing perpetuity and a growing annuity share several features,

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the fact that a growing perpetuity lasts forever puts constraints on the growth rate. It has

to be less than the discount rate for this formula to work.

Growing perpetuities are especially useful when valuing equity in publicly traded

firms, since they could potentially have perpetual lives. Consider a simple example. In

1992, Southwestern Bell paid dividends per share of $2.73. Its earnings and dividends

had grown at 6% a year between 1988 and 1992 and were expected to grow at the same

rate in the long term. The rate of return required by investors on stocks of equivalent risk

was 12.23%.

Current Dividends per share = $2.73

Expected Growth Rate in Earnings and Dividends = 6%

Discount Rate = 12.23%

With these inputs, we can value the stock using a perpetual growth model:

Value of Stock = $2.73 *1.06 / (.1223 -.06) = $46.45

As an aside, the stock was actually trading at $70 per share. This price could be justified

by using a higher growth rate. The value of the stock is graphed in figure 7 as a function

of the expected growth rate.

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Figure 3.7: SW Bell -Value versus Expected Growth

$70.00

$60.00

$50.00

Value of Stock

$40.00

$30.00

$20.00

$10.00

$0.00

0% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8%

Expected Growth Rate

The growth rate would have to be approximately 8% to justify a price of $70. This

growth rate is often referred to as an implied growth rate.

Conclusion

Present value remains one of the simplest and most powerful techniques in

finance, providing a wide range of applications in both personal and business decisions.

Cash flow can be moved back to present value terms by discounting and moved forward

by compounding. The discount rate at which the discounting and compounding are done

reflect three factors: (1) the preference for current consumption, (2) expected inflation

and (3) the uncertainty associated with the cash flows being discounted.

In this chapter, we explored approaches to estimating the present value of five

types of cash flows: simple cash flows, annuities, growing annuities, perpetuities, and

growing perpetuities.

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