After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Explain the basic purpose of a spreadsheet program.
2. Identify the various components of the Excel screen.
3. Navigate the Excel worksheet (entering, correcting, and moving data within the worksheet).
4. Explain the purpose and usage of Excel s builtin functions and macro functions.
5. Create graphics and know how to print and save files in Excel.
The term spreadsheet covers a wide variety of elements useful for quantitative analysis of all kinds. Essentially, a spreadsheet is a simple tool consisting of a matrix of cells that can store numbers, text, or formulas. The spreadsheet s power comes from its ability to recalculate results as you change the contents of other cells. No longer does the user need to do these calculations by hand or on a calculator. Instead, with a properly constructed spreadsheet, changing a single number (say, a sales forecast) can result in literally thousands of automatic changes in the model. The freedom and productivity enhancement provided by modern spreadsheets presents an unparalleled opportunity for learning financial analysis.
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Spreadsheets today contain builtin analytical capabilities previously unavailable in a single package. Users often had to learn a variety of specialized software packages to do any relatively complex analysis. With the newest versions of Microsoft Excel, users can perform tasks ranging from the routine maintenance of financial statements to multivariate regression analysis to Monte Carlo simulations of various hedging strategies.
It is literally impossible to enumerate all of the possible applications for spreadsheets. You should keep in mind that spreadsheets are useful not only for financial analysis, but for any type of quantitative analysis whether your specialty is in marketing, management, engineering, statistics, or economics. For that matter, a spreadsheet can also prove valuable for personal uses. With Excel it is a fairly simple matter to build a spreadsheet to monitor your investment portfolio, do retirement planning, experiment with various mortgage options when buying a house, keep a mailing list, etc. The possibilities are quite literally endless. The more comfortable you become with the spreadsheet, the more valuable uses you will find. Above all, feel free to experiment! Try new things. Using a spreadsheet can help you find solutions that you never would have imagined on your own.
Before you can do any work in Excel, you have to run the program. In Windows, programs are generally started by doubleclicking on the program s icon. The location of the Excel icon will depend on the organization of your system. You
Excel 2002 Icon may have the Excel icon (left) on the desktop. Otherwise, you can start Excel by clicking the Start button and then choosing Microsoft Excel from the All Programs menu.
For easier access, you may wish to create a Desktop or Taskbar shortcut. To do this rightclick on the Excel icon in the All Programs menu and either choose Create Shortcut or drag the icon to the Desktop or Taskbar. Remember that a shortcut is not the program itself, so you can safely delete the shortcut if you later decide that you don t need it.
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Parts of the Excel Screen
The title bar is the area at the very top of the Excel screen. It serves a number of functions:
Identifies the program as Microsoft Excel and displays the name of the currently active workbook.
Appears brightly colored when Excel is the active program.
Can be grabbed with the mouse to move the window around within the Windows environment, if the window is not maximized.
Contains the system menu (left corner) and the minimize, maximize, and close buttons (right corner). The system menu provides choices for moving the window or changing its size as well as the ability to switch to or run other programs. The minimize button will collapse the window down to an icon at the bottom of the Windows screen where it is still active, but out of the way. The maximize button causes the program to occupy the entire screen. The close button will exit the program.
When doubleclicked, the title bar duplicates the functioning of the maximize button.
FIGURE 12
THE EXCEL 2002 MAIN MENUS
The main menu bar in Excel provides access to nine menus, each of which leads to further choices. There are two ways to select a menu: click on the menu of choice with the mouse, or use the Alt key in combination with the underlined letter in the menu name. For example, to choose the File menu, you could either click on the word File or press Alt+F on the keyboard. Either method will lead to the File menu dropping down, allowing you to make another choice.
In Windows, menus are persistent, meaning that they stay visible on the screen until you either make a selection or cancel the menu by pressing the Esc key. While the menu is visible, you may use either the arrow keys or the mouse to select a function.
At times, some menu selections are displayed in a light gray color (grayed). These options are not available for selection at the time that the menu is selected. For example, if you have not cut or copied a cell, the Paste option from the Edit menu has nothing to paste, so it is grayed. Only the menu options displayed in black may be selected.
Refer to Appendix A for a short description of each menu selection.
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Parts of the Excel Screen
Immediately below the menu bar, Excel displays a series of shortcut buttons on Toolbars. The exact buttons, and their order, may be different on different machines. The buttons provide a quick way to carry out certain commands without wading through menus and dialog boxes. To add, delete, or rearrange buttons choose View Toolbars Customize from the menus. You can learn what function each button performs by simply moving the mouse pointer over a button on a Toolbar. After a few seconds, a message will appear that informs you of the button s function. This message is known as a ToolTip. ToolTips are used frequently by Excel to help you to identify the function of various items on the screen.
Note that you can move a Toolbar, or make it float over the worksheet, by clicking on a blank area of the Toolbar and dragging it to the new location. Dropping it over the worksheet area will leave it floating. The Toolbar will stay wherever you drop it, even after exiting and restarting Excel.
FIGURE 14
THE EXCEL 2002 FORMULA BAR
The formula bar displays information about the currently selected cell. The left part of the formula bar indicates the name of the selected cell. The right part of the formula bar displays the contents of the selected cell. If the cell contains a formula, the formula bar displays the formula, and the cell displays the result of the formula.
The fx button on the formula bar is used to show the Insert Function dialog box. This dialog box helps you to enter functions without having to memorize them. See page 23 for more information.
The worksheet area is where the real work of the spreadsheet is done. The worksheet is a matrix (256 columns and 65,536 rows) of cells, each of which can contain text, numbers, formulas, or graphics. Each cell is referred to by a column letter and a row number. Column letters (A,B,C, ,IV) are listed at the top of each column, and row numbers (1,2,3, ,65536) are listed to the left of each row. The cell in the upper left corner of the worksheet is therefore referred to as cell A1, the cell immediately below A1 is referred to as cell A2, the cell to the right of A1 is cell B1, and so on. This naming convention is common to all spreadsheets and will become comfortable once you have practiced a bit.
The active cell (the one into which any input will be placed) can be identified by a solid black border around the cell. Note that the active cell is not always visible on the screen, but it is always named in the leftmost portion of formula bar.
FIGURE 15
THE SHEET TABS
Excel worksheets are stored in a format which combines multiple worksheets into one file known as a workbook. This allows several related worksheets to be contained in one file. The sheet tabs, near the bottom of the screen, allow you to switch between sheets in a workbook. You may rename, copy, or delete any existing sheet or insert a new sheet by clicking a tab with your right mouse button and making a choice from the resulting menu. You can easily change the order of the sheet tabs by leftclicking a tab and dragging it to a new position.
It is easy to do any of these operations on multiple worksheets at once, except renaming. Simply click the first sheet and then Ctrl+click each of the others. (You can select a contiguous group of sheets by selecting the first, and then Shift+click the last.) Now, rightclick one of the selected sheets and select the appropriate option from the popup menu. When sheets are grouped, anything you do to one
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sheet gets done to all. This is useful if, for example, you need to enter identical data into multiple sheets or need to perform identical formatting on several sheets. To ungroup the sheets, either click on any nongrouped sheet or rightclick a sheet tab and choose Ungroup Sheets from the popup menu. A new feature in Excel 2002 allows you to choose a color for each tab. To do this just rightclick the tab and choose Tab Color from the popup menu.
The VCRstyle buttons to the left of the sheet tabs are the sheet tab control buttons; they allow you to scroll through the list of sheet tabs. Rightclicking on any of the VCRstyle buttons will display a popup menu that allows you to quickly jump to any sheet tab in the workbook. This is especially helpful when you have too many tabs for them all to be shown.
FIGURE 16
THE STATUS BAR
The status bar contains information regarding the current state of Excel, as well as certain messages. For example, most of the time the only message is Ready indicating that Excel is waiting for input. At other times, Excel may add Calculate to the status bar to indicate that it needs to recalculate the worksheet because of changes. You can also direct Excel to do certain calculations on the status bar. For example, in Figure 16 Excel is calculating the average of the cells that are highlighted in the worksheet. By rightclicking on the status bar you can also get Excel to calculate the sum, count, minimum, or maximum of any highlighted cells. This is useful when you need a quick calculation, but it doesn t need to be in the worksheet. The right side of the status bar shows if the Num Lock or Scroll Lock keys are on.
There are two principle methods for moving around within the worksheet area: the arrow keys and the mouse. Generally speaking, for small distances the arrow keys provide an easy method of changing the active cell, but moving to more distant cells is usually easier with the mouse.
Most keyboards have a separate keypad containing arrows pointing up, down, left, and right. If your keyboard does not, then the numeric keypad can be used if the Num Lock function is off (you will see the word NUM in the status bar if Num Lock is on). To use the arrow keys, simply press the appropriate key once for each cell that you wish to move across. For example, assuming that the current cell is A1 and you wish to move to cell D1, simply press the Right arrow key three times. To move from D1 to D5 press the Down arrow key four times. You can also use the Tab key to move one cell to the right.
The mouse is even easier to use. While the mouse pointer is over the worksheet area it will be in the shape of a fat cross (see Figure 11). To change the active cell move the mouse pointer over the destination cell and click the left button. To move to a cell that is not currently displayed on the screen, click on the scroll bars until the cell is visible and then click on it. For example, if the active cell is A1 and you wish to make A100 the active cell, merely click on the arrow at the bottom of the scroll bar on the righthand part of the screen until A100 is visible. Move the mouse pointer over cell A100 and click with the left button. Each click on the scroll bar moves the worksheet up or down one page. If you wish to move up, click above the thumb. If down, click beneath the thumb. The thumb is the small button that moves up and down the scroll bar to indicate your position in the worksheet. To move more quickly, you can drag the thumb to the desired position.
If you know the name or address of the cell to which you wish to move (for large worksheets remembering the cell address isn t easy, but you can use named ranges) use the Go To command. The Go To command will change the active cell to whatever cell you indicate. The Go To dialog box can be used by choosing the Edit menu and then the Go To command, by pressing the F5 function key, or by pressing the Ctrl+G key combination. To move to cell A50, simply press F5, type: A50 in the Reference box, and then press Enter. You will notice that cell A50 is now highlighted and visible on the screen. You can also use Go To to find certain special cells (e.g., the last cell that has data in it) by pressing the Special button in the Go To dialog box.
Many times you will need to select more than one cell at a time. For example, you may wish to apply a particular number format to a whole range of cells, or you might wish to clear a whole range. Since it would be cumbersome to do this one cell at a time, especially for a large range, Excel allows you to simultaneously select a whole range and perform various functions on all of the cells at once. The easiest way to select a contiguous range of cells is to use the mouse. Simply point
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to the cell in the upper left corner of the range, click and hold down the left button, and drag the mouse until the entire range is highlighted. As you drag the mouse, watch the left side of the formula bar. Excel will inform you of the number of selected rows and columns.
You can also use the keyboard to select a range. First change the active cell to the upper left corner of the range to be selected, press and hold down the Shift key, and use the arrow keys to highlight the entire range. Note that if you release the Shift key while pressing an arrow key you will lose the highlight. A very useful keyboard shortcut is the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow (any arrow key will work) combination. This is used to select all of the cells from the active cell up to, but not including, the first blank cell. For example, if you have 100 numbers in a column and need to apply a format, just select the first cell and then press Shift+Ctrl+Down Arrow to select them all. This is faster and more accurate than using the mouse.
Many times it is also useful to select a discontiguous range (i.e., two or more unconnected ranges) of cells. To do this, simply select the first range as usual, and then hold down the Ctrl key as you select the other ranges.
The ability to select cells in Excel is crucial because Excel, like most other Windows applications, works in the select, then act mode. (In the old days, users of DOS programs were familiar with the act, then select method of operation.) In Excel, you first select the cells that you wish to act on, then choose the operation (e.g., Edit Copy) that you want to perform. This would seem to be a minor point, but it is actually a big productivity improvement. In the select, then act method, the cells stay selected after the operation has been performed, thereby allowing another operation on those cells without reselecting them.
A named range is a cell, or group of cells, for which you have supplied a name. Range names can be useful in a number of different ways, but locating a range on a big worksheet is probably the most common use. To name a range of cells, start by selecting the range. For example, select A1:C5 and then choose Insert Name Define from the menus. In the edit box at the top of the Define Name dialog box, enter a name, say MyRange (note that a range name cannot contain spaces or most special characters). Now, click the Add button and the range is named. Figure 17 shows how the dialog box should look. Note that at the bottom the Refers To edit box shows the address to which the name refers.
Once the range is named, you can select it using the Go To command. The name will appear in the list on the Go To dialog box. An even faster method is to use the Name Box on the left side of the formula bar. Simply drop the list and choose the named range that you wish to select.
Named ranges can also be used in formulas in place of cell addresses, and can be used in the ChartSeries function for charts. As useful as they can be at times, there is no requirement to use them.
Each cell in an Excel worksheet can be thought of as a miniature word processor. Text can be entered directly into the cell and then formatted in a variety of ways. To enter a text string, first select the cell where you want the text to appear and then begin typing. It is that simple.
Excel is smart enough to know the difference between numbers and text, so there are no extra steps for entering numbers. Let s try the following example of entering numbers and text into the worksheet.
Move the cell pointer to cell A1 (using the arrow keys, mouse, or the Go To command) and type: Microsoft Corporation Sales. In cell A2 enter:
(Millions of Dollars). Select cell A3 and type: 1997 to 2002. Note that the entry in cell A3 will be treated as text by Excel because of the spaces and letters included. In cells A4 to F4 we now want to enter the years. In A4 type: 2002, in B4 type: 2001, now select A4:B4 and move the mouse pointer over the lower right corner of the selection. The mouse pointer will now change to a skinny cross indicating that you can use the AutoFill feature. Click and drag the mouse to the right to fill in the remaining years. Notice that the most recent data is typically entered at the left, and the most distant data at the right. This convention allows us to easily recognize and concentrate on what is usually the most important data.
We have now set up the headings for our first worksheet. Now let s add Microsoft s sales (in millions of dollars) for the years 1997 to 2002 into cells A5 to F5 as shown in Exhibit 11.
The worksheet in Exhibit 11 on page 12 isn t very attractive. Notice that the text is displayed at the left side of the cells, while the numbers are at the right. By default this is the way that Excel aligns text and numbers. However, we can easily change the way that these entries are displayed through the use of the formatting and alignment options.
EXHIBIT 11
THE FIRST WORKSHEET
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Microsoft Corporation Sales 

2 
(Millions of Dollars) 

3 
1997 to 2002 

4 
2002 
2001 
2000 
1999 
1998 
1997 
5 
28365 
25296 
22956 
19747 
15262 
11936 
Before continuing, we should define a few typographical terms. A typeface is a particular style of drawing letters and numbers. For example, the main text of this book is set in the Times New Roman typeface. However, the text that you are expected to enter into a worksheet is displayed in the Courier New typeface. Typeface also refers to whether the text is drawn in bold, italics, or perhaps bold italics.
The term type size refers to the size of the typeface. When typewriters were commonly used, type size was defined in characters per inch (CPI). This convention was somewhat confusing because the larger the CPI number, the smaller was the text. Today, with computers we normally refer to the type size in points. Each point represents an increment of 1/72nd of an inch, so there are 72 points to the inch. A typeface printed at a 12 point size is larger than the same typeface printed at a size of 10 points.
Generally, we refer to the typeface and type size combination as a font. So when we say change the font to 12point bold Times New Roman, it is understood that we are referring to a particular typeface (Times New Roman, bolded) and type size (12 point).
For text entries, the term format refers to the typeface and type size and cell alignment used to display the text. Let s change the font of the text that was entered to Times New Roman, 12point, bold. First, select the range from A1 to A3 by clicking on A1 and dragging to A3. Now select the Format menu and choose Cells. A dialog box allows you to change the various attributes of the cells. Click on the tab labeled Font so that the font choices are displayed. We want to select Times New Roman from the font list, bold from the style list, and 12 from the size list. Notice that there is a sample of this font displayed in the lower right corner of the dialog box, so you can see how the chosen font will look on the worksheet. Since none of these changes actually take effect until you validate them by clicking the
OK button, you can experiment until the text in the sample window looks right. Click on the OK button or press the Enter key to make the change take effect. You can also make all of these changes with the Formatting Toolbar.
We can just as easily change the font for numbers. Suppose that we want to change the years in cells A4:F4 to 12point italic Times New Roman. First select the range A4:F4 by clicking on A4 and dragging the mouse until the highlight extends to F4. Choose Format Cells (the font dialog box should be displayed since that was the last change that was made) and select the attributes. Click on the OK button and the change will be made. Note that this change could also have been made at the same time as the text was changed, or you could now choose Edit Repeat Font from the menus. In many cases the Edit menu will contain a choice that allows you to repeat or undo the last action. In addition, the F4 key, or Ctrl+Y, will repeat the last action.
Our worksheet is now beginning to take on a better look, but it still isn t quite right. We are used to seeing the titles of tables nicely centered over the table, but our title is way over at the left. We can remedy this by using Excel s alignment options. Excel provides for seven different horizontal alignments within a cell. We can have the text (or numbers) aligned with the left or right sides of the cell or centered within the cell boundaries. Excel also allows centering text across a range of cells.
Let s change the alignment of our year numbers first. Highlight cells A4:F4 and select Format Cells from the menu. Click on the Alignment tab to display the alignment choices. Horizontal alignment refers to the left and right alignment, vertical refers to the up and down alignment, and orientation refers to the way that the font is rotated. For now, we simply want to change the horizontal alignment to centered. Choose Center from the horizontal choices and click on the OK button. Notice that the numbers are all centered within their respective cells.
Next, we want to center our table title across the whole range of numbers that we have entered. To do this, we must select the entire range across which we want to center our titles. Highlight cells A1:F3 and select Format Cells from the menu. You will again be presented with the alignment dialog box from which you should select Center across selection. Click on the OK button and notice that the titles are indeed centered across the columns A to F. Note that there is also a button on the Formatting Toolbar that will Merge and Center the selected cells. This button will have the appearance of doing the same thing as Center across selection, but it doesn t. In addition to centering the text, it also merges all of the selected cells into one big cell. Using this button may create alignment problems if you later decide to insert additional columns into the worksheet. Generally speaking, it is better not to use the Merge and Center button.
Aside from changing the typeface and type size, when dealing with numbers we can also change their appearance by adding commas and dollar signs, and by altering the number of decimal places displayed. Furthermore, we can make the numbers appear different depending on whether they are positive or negative. For example, we might want negative numbers to be red in color and displayed in parentheses rather than using the negative sign. You can experiment with designing your own number formats, but for now we will stick to the more common predefined formats.
Microsoft is a large company, and their sales have ranged from nearly $12 billion to over $28 billion over the 1997 to 2002 time period. Numbers this large, even when expressed in millions of dollars, become difficult to read unless they are written with commas separating every third digit. Let s format our sales numbers so that they are easier to read.
Select the range of sales numbers (A5:F5) and choose Format Cells from the menus and then click on the Number tab. You are presented with the Number Format dialog box which contains a list of formatting categories. For now, select Number from the category list. This will give you the option to choose the number of decimal places displayed, choose whether or not to use a 1000 separator, and select the format of negative numbers. We want to display the sales numbers with commas separating every third digit and two decimal places, so change the decimal places to 2 and check the box to add a 1000 separator. Click on the OK button and notice that the numbers are now displayed in this more readable format.
At this point, we have made several formatting changes to the Microsoft Sales worksheet. Your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 12. All of this formatting may seem tedious at the moment, but it will quickly become easy as you become more familiar with the menus. Furthermore, the payoff in readability will be worth far more than the few seconds spent in formatting the worksheet.
EXHIBIT 12
ORIGINAL WORKSHEET REFORMATTED
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Microsoft Corporation Sales 

2 
(Millions of Dollars) 

3 
1997 to 2002 

4 
2002 
2001 
2000 
1999 
1998 
1997 
5 
28,365.00 25,296.00 22,956.00 19,747.00 15,262.00 11,936.00 
Text formatting is not the only design element that is available in Excel. We can also enliven worksheets by placing borders around cells and shading them. In your worksheet select A4:F4 (the years). From the menus choose Format Cells and then select the Border tab from the dialog box. There are 13 different line styles that can be applied, and you can change the color of the lines. Click on the thick solid line (fifth down on the right side) and then click on both of the top and bottom lines in the sample view. Click the OK button to see the change.
Next, with A4:F4 still selected, we will add shading. As before, choose Format Cells from the menus but this time select the Patterns tab. This tab allows you to set the background color and pattern of the cells. Click on the lightest gray color and then press the OK button. Now, to make the text more readable make it bold. Your worksheet should now look like the one in Exhibit 13.
EXHIBIT 13
THE WORKSHEETWITH BORDERSAND SHADING
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Microsoft Corporation Sales 

2 
(Millions of Dollars) 

3 
1997 to 2002 

4 
2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 

5 
28,365.00 25,296.00 22,956.00 19,747.00 15,262.00 11,936.00 
So far, we haven t done anything that couldn t just as easily be done in any wordprocessing application. The real power of spreadsheets becomes obvious when formulas are used. Formulas will enable us to convert the data that we have entered into useful information.
At the moment, our sample worksheet contains only sales data for Microsoft. Suppose, however, that we are interested in performing a simple analysis of the profitability of Microsoft over the 1997 to 2002 time period. In this case we would also need to see the net income for each of the years under study. Let s make some modifications to the worksheet to make it more useful.
Add the data from Table 11 to the sample worksheet in cells A6:F6, immediately below the sales data, and apply the same format. Now, we have a couple of problems. The title of our worksheet, in cell A1, is no longer accurate. We are now putting together a profitability analysis, so we should change the title to reflect this change of focus. Select cell A1 (even though the title is centered across A1:F1, Excel still keeps the data in A1) by clicking on it. Notice that the text appears in the righthand side of the formula bar. To edit the title, click on the formula bar just to the right of the word Sales. Backspace over the word Sales and then type: Profitability Analysis, and press Enter to accept the change.
MICROSOFT NET INCOME
Year 
Net Income 
2002 
7,829.00 
2001 
7,346.40 
2000 
9,421.00 
1999 
7,785.00 
1998 
4,490.00 
1997 
3,454.00 
Our only remaining problem is that the data in the table are not clearly identified. Ideally, we would like to have the data labeled in the column just to the left of the first data point. But, there is no column to the left of the data! There are several ways to overcome this problem. The easiest is to simply tell Excel to insert a
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column to the left of column A. To accomplish this feat, select column A entirely by clicking on the column header where it has an A. Notice that the whole column is highlighted (we can do this with rows as well). Now, from the menus, choose Insert Columns. The new column is magically inserted, and all of our data have been moved one column to the right. In cell A5 type: Sales, and in A6 type: Net Income.
If you are following the examples exactly, the words Net Income probably do not fit exactly into A6. Instead, part of the text is cut off so as not to overflow onto the data in B6. We can easily remedy this by changing the width of column A. Again select column A, and then choose Format Column Width which will cause a dialog box to be displayed. In the edit box type: 20 and press the Enter key. Column A should now be wide enough to hold the text that we have added and will add later.
We can now proceed with our profitability analysis. Because of the dramatic growth in sales over the years, it isn t immediately clear from the data whether Microsoft s profitability has improved or not, even though net income has increased over this time. In this type of situation, it is generally preferable to look at net income as a percentage of sales (net profit margin) instead of dollar net income. Thankfully, we do not have to type in more data to do this. Instead, we can let Excel calculate these percentages for us. All we need to do is to enter the formulas.
Formulas in Excel are based upon cell addresses. To add two cells together, we simply tell Excel to take the contents of the first cell and add it to the contents of the second. The result of the formula will be placed in the cell in which the formula is entered. In our problem, we need to find net income as a percentage of sales. We will do this first for 2002.
Before entering our first formula, we should insert a label identifying the data. In cell A7 type: Net Profit Margin. Change the active cell to B7 where we want to place the result of the calculation. The problem that we want to solve is to take the number in cell B6 and divide it by the number in B5. In Excel, division is represented by the forward slash (/), so in B7 type: =_{B6/B5}. The equals sign must precede all formulas in Excel, otherwise it will treat the formula as text and will not calculate the result. Press the Enter key to make Excel calculate the formula (you should get 0.2760 as the result).
In this example, we typed the formula directly into the cell because the small size of our worksheet made it easy to know what cells we wanted to use in the formula. In many instances, this is not the case. In more complicated worksheets it is usually easier to use the pointer mode to enter formulas. In pointer mode, we use the mouse to point to the cells that we want included, and Excel inserts them into the formula. Move to C7 and we will enter the formula using the pointer mode. First, type = which places Excel in edit mode. Now, instead of typing C6, click on C6 with the mouse. Notice that C6 appears in the formula bar to the right of the equals sign. Press the forward slash key to indicate division and then click on C5. In the formula bar you should see the formula =C6/C5. Press the Enter key to calculate the result of the formula (you should get 0.2904 as the result).
Let s change the format of these cells so that they are easier to read. In this case, it would be nice to see them in percentage format with two decimal places. First, highlight cells B7:C7. Choose Format Cells and click on the Number tab. From the Category list click on Percentage and then set the Decimal places to 2. Press the Enter key or click the OK button. You could also apply this format by using the Percent Style button on the Formatting Toolbar. To get two decimal places, you need to click the Increase Decimal button on the same Toolbar. Figure 18 shows these and other formatting icons.
FIGURE 18
FORMATTING ICONS
We have now calculated the net profit margin for 2002 and 2001, but that still leaves four years for which we need to enter formulas. Repeatedly typing essentially the same formula can get tedious. Fortunately, we can simply copy the formula, and Excel will update the cell addresses to maintain the same relative relationships. For example, we know that for 2000 the formula should read =D6/ D5. If we copy the formula from C7 to D7, Excel will change the formula from =C6/C5 to =D6/D5, automatically.
This works because Excel treats all cell references as relative. When you typed the formula in cell B7 (=B6/B5) Excel read that as take the contents of the cell that is one row above the current cell and divide that by the contents of the cell that is two
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rows above the current cell. When copying formulas, Excel maintains the same relative cell relationships so that the formulas are updated. When we copy to the left or right, Excel updates the columns in the formulas. When we copy up or down, Excel changes the rows.
Rather than retyping the formula for our other cells, let s simply copy from C7. First, select C7 and then choose Edit Copy from the menus. Now highlight cells D7:G7 and choose Edit Paste from the menus. At this point, your worksheet should closely resemble the one in Exhibit 14.
EXHIBIT 14
A PROFITABILITY ANALYSISFOR MICROSOFT
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 

1 
Microsoft Corporation Profitability Analysis 

2 
(Millions of Dollars) 

3 
1997 to 2002 

4 
2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 

5 
Sales 
28,365.00 
25,296.00 
22,956.00 
19,747.00 
15,262.00 
11,936.00 
6 
Net Income 
7,829.00 
7,346.40 
9,421.00 
7,785.00 
4,490.00 
3,454.00 
7 
Net Profit Margin 
27.60% 
29.04% 
41.04% 
39.42% 
29.42% 
28.94% 
We can see from Exhibit 14 that Microsoft s net profit margin increased from 1997 to 2000, but has been declining since. The declining profit margins in the past two years are roughly aligned with the economic recession and the beginning of the bear market in 2000, but they are still quite high compared to many other company s margins.
In addition to copying formulas (which maintains the relative cell references) they can also be moved. Moving a formula to a different cell has no effect on the cell references. For example, we could move the formula in B7 (=B6/B5) to B8. To do this, select B7 and then choose Edit Cut from the menus. Next, select B8 and choose Edit Paste from the menus. Notice that the result in B8 is exactly the same as before. Furthermore, the formula is unchanged.
Formulas (or anything else) may also be moved with the mouse. Simply select the cells containing the data that you want to move, position the mouse pointer at the edge of the cell so that it changes to an arrow, and then click the left mouse button and drag the cell to its new location. Now move the formula back to B7. Highlight B8 and drag it back to B7. Or, select B8 and choose Edit Cut, select B7 and choose Edit Paste. The worksheet should again resemble the one pictured in Exhibit 14.
Aside from division, which we have already seen, there are four additional primary mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and exponentiation. All of these operations are available in Excel and can be used as easily as division. Table 12 summarizes the five basic operations and the result that you should get from entering the example formula into cell B8.
MATHEMATICAL OPERATIONS
Operation 
Key 
Example 
Result in B8 
Addition 
+ 
=B5+B6 
36,194 
Subtraction 
=B5 B6 
20,536 

Multiplication 
* 
=B5*B7 
7,829 
Division 
/ 
=B6/B7 
28,365 
Exponentiation 
^ 
=15^2 
225 
Using the mathematical operators provided by Excel is straightforward in most instances. However, there are times when it gets a bit complicated. For example, let s calculate the rates of growth of Microsoft s sales and net income. To calculate the growth rates we will usually want the compound annual growth rate (geometric mean growth rate) rather than the arithmetic average growth rate. The general equation for the geometric mean growth rate is:
_{1}
where G is the geometric mean, N is the count of the numbers in the series, X_{1} is the first number in the series (1997 sales in our example), and X_{N} is the last number in the series (2002 sales).
Translating this equation into Excel is not as simple as it may at first appear. To do this correctly requires knowledge of operator precedence. In other words, Excel doesn t necessarily evaluate equations from left to right. Instead, some operations are performed before others. Exponentiation is usually performed first. Multiplication and division are usually performed next, but they are considered equal in precedence so any multiplication and division are evaluated from left to right. Finally addition and subtraction are evaluated, and they are also considered equal in precedence to each other.
We can modify the order of precedence by using parentheses. Operations enclosed in parentheses are always evaluated first. As a simple example, how would you evaluate the following expression?
X = 2 + 4 ? 3
Is X equal to 2 or 3.33? Algebraically, X is equal to 3.33 because the division should be performed before the addition (as Excel would do). If the answer we were seeking was 2, we could rewrite the expression using parentheses to clarify:
X = (2 + 4) ? 3
The parentheses clearly indicate that the addition should be performed first, so the answer is 2. To calculate the compound annual growth rate of sales, move to cell A8 and type:
Sales Growth. Now, enter the following into B8: =(B5/G5)^(1/5)1.
Pressing the Enter key will reveal that the growth rate of sales for the fiveyear period was 18.90% per year (you may have to reformat the cell to display as a percentage with two decimal places). To determine the average growth rate of net income, type: Net Income Growth into A9, and then copy the formula from B8 to B9. You should find that the compound annual rate of growth of net income has been 17.78% per year and that the formula in B9 is: =(B6/G6)^(1/5)1.
We could build some pretty impressive worksheets with the techniques that we have examined so far. But why should we have to build all of our formulas from scratch, especially when some of them can be quite complex and therefore errorprone? Excel comes with hundreds of builtin functions, more than 50 of them are financial functions. These functions are ready to go; all they need is for you to supply cell references as inputs. We will be demonstrating the use of many of these functions throughout the book, but for now let s redo our growth rate calculations using the builtin functions.
Since we want to know the compound annual rate of growth, we can use Excel s builtin GEOMEAN function. To use this function the syntax is:
The GEOMEAN function takes up to 30 cell addresses separated by commas. As is usual in Excel, we can also supply a range of cells rather than specifying the cells individually. Remember, we want to find the geometric mean rate of growth of sales, not the geometric mean of the dollar amount of sales. Since the GEOMEAN function simply finds the Nth root of the product of the inputs, we need to redefine our inputs (we used sales in our custombuilt formula). Let s add a row of percentage changes in sales to our worksheet.
Move to A10 and enter the label: % Change in Sales, then move to B10 and enter the formula: =_{B5/C51}. The result in B10 should be 0.1213, indicating that sales grew by 12.13% from 2001 to 2002. Now copy the formula from B10 to each cell in the C10:F10 range. Note that we don t copy the formula into G10 because that would cause an error since H10 doesn t contain any data (try it, and you will see #DIV/0! in G10, meaning that your formula tried to divide by zero). Now, to calculate the compound annual rate of sales growth we need to enter the GEOMEAN function into B11: =geomean(B10:F10). Since our data points are in one contiguous range, we chose to specify the range rather than each individual cell. Let s also supply a label so that when we come back later we can recall what this cell represents. Move to A11 and enter: Sales Growth.
Have you noticed any problems with the result of the GEOMEAN function? The result was 17.51%, rather than the 18.90% which we got when using our custom formula. Either our custom formula is incorrect, or we have misused the GEOMEAN function. Actually, this type of error is common, and easily overlooked. What has happened is that when using the GEOMEAN function, we didn t fully understand what goes on behind the scenes. Remember that GEOMEAN simply
takes the Nth root of the product of the numbers. When multiplying numbers that are less than one, the result is even smaller, not larger as is the case with numbers greater than one. What we should have done is taken the geometric mean of the relative changes (i.e., one plus the percentage change).
To correct the error, replace the formula in B10 with: =_{B5/C5} and copy it to the other cells. Now replace the formula in B11 with: =geomean(B10:F10)1. The result is 18.90%, exactly the same as our previous result. To avoid errors like this one, you absolutely must understand what the builtin formula is doing. Never blindly accept results just because Excel has calculated them for you. There is an old saying in computer science: garbage in, garbage out.
At this point, your worksheet should closely resemble the one pictured in Exhibit 15.
EXHIBIT 15
ANALYSISOF MICROSOFT S GROWTH RATES
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 

1 
Microsoft Corporation Profitability Analysis 

2 
(Millions of Dollars) 

3 
1997 to 2002 

4 
2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 

5 
Sales 
28,365.00 
25,296.00 
22,956.00 
19,747.00 
15,262.00 
11,936.00 
6 
Net Income 
7,829.00 
7,346.40 
9,421.00 
7,785.00 
4,490.00 
3,454.00 
7 
Net Profit Margin 
27.60% 
29.04% 
41.04% 
39.42% 
29.42% 
28.94% 
8 
Sales Growth 
18.90% 

9 
Net Income Growth 
17.78% 

10 
% Change in Sales 
1.1213 
1.1019 
1.1625 
1.2939 
1.2787 

11 
Sales Growth 
18.90% 
With the hundreds of builtin functions that are available in Excel, it can be difficult to remember the name of the one you want to use, or the order of the parameters, etc. To help you with this problem, Excel provides the Insert Function dialog box, a series of dialog boxes that guide you through the process of selecting and entering a builtin formula.
Let s use Insert Function to insert the GEOMEAN function into B11. First, Select cell B11 and then clear the current formula by choosing Edit Clear All from the menus (or, press the Delete key on the keyboard). Find the Insert Function button (pictured at left) on the Formula Bar. Click this button to bring up the first Insert Function dialog box.
In the first dialog box click on Statistical in the select a category list. The Select a function list will now contain all of the builtin statistical functions. Scroll down this list and click on GEOMEAN. Notice that there is a definition of the function at the bottom of the dialog box. Click on the OK button to change to the next dialog box, which is pictured in Exhibit 16.
EXHIBIT 16
THE EXCEL 2002 INSERT FUNCTION DIALOG BOX
In the second dialog box you will see prompts and definitions for each of the inputs to the selected function. In this case, we want to click and drag the mouse over the B10:F10 range. This range will appear in the Number 1 edit box. Click on the OK button to have the function entered. Notice that the result is 1.1890, not the 0.1890 that we expected. We need to subtract 1 from the result of the function, so click in the Formula Bar and type 1 after the GEOMEAN function and then press Enter. The formula in B11 should be: =Geomean(B10:F10)1.
Insert Function is an easy way to discover new functions and to use familiar ones. Using it will make Excel much easier for you to learn.
There are times when you need to calculate a complex function and Excel doesn t have a builtin function that will do the job. In this case you can either type the formula into a cell (which can be very tedious) or use a macro function. A macro function is similar to a builtin function, except that it was created by somebody other than the Excel development team at Microsoft. Macro functions can be purchased, downloaded from online services or the Internet, or you can create your own. Writing macro functions in Excel s macro language (Visual Basic for Applications) is beyond the scope of this chapter, but we have included several functions in the file which is on the disk that was supplied with this book. These functions will be used occasionally throughout the book.
Using a macro function is almost exactly the same as using a builtin function. The only difference is that the file containing the functions must be opened in order for the functions to be known to Excel. You can even use the Insert Function dialog box with macro functions (select the User Defined function category).
As an example of the use of macro functions, we have created a macro to calculate the geometric mean rate of growth of sales. The macro is defined as:
FAME_GEOMEAN(SALES)
FAME_GEOMEAN is the name of the function, and SALES is the required range of cells that contain the sales figures. Before using the function you must open the file . (Note that this file only needs to be opened; you will not need to do anything with it.) Once the file is opened, switch back to your original worksheet by choosing Window from the menus and then selecting the workbook from the bottom of the menu.
Now, in your original worksheet, select cell B12 and then bring up the Insert Function dialog box. From the select a category list choose User Defined to display a list of the functions that were supplied with this book. In the Select a function list select the macro named FAME_GEOMEAN and then click the OK button. In the edit box for Dollar Values enter B5:G5 which is the range that contains Microsoft s sales. Click on the OK button and see that the answer is exactly the same as before. The function in B12 is:
!FAME_Geomean(B5:G5). The part of the function that reads ! simply tells Excel that the function is located in a workbook named .
In our simple profitability analysis it is obvious that Microsoft s profit margins have been growing at a slower rate in the last two years. Many times, you will build much more complicated worksheets where the key trends are not so easy to spot; especially for others who didn t build the worksheet. You may also find that you need to give a presentation, perhaps to a group of investors to convince them to invest in your firm. In cases such as these, tables full of numbers may actually obscure your point. People (and students too!) tend to get a glazed look in their eyes when examining tables of numbers. The solution to this problem is to present a chart of the numbers to illustrate your point. Fortunately, highquality graphics are a snap with Excel.
There are two ways that charts can be created in Excel: in separate chart sheets, or embedded in the worksheet. We will cover each of these methods in turn.
Before the advent of graphical user interfaces (GUIs), worksheets and graphics were separate entities. The original Lotus 123 actually used a separate program to create charts of worksheet data. Today, charts are usually created within the main program. In Excel, we can create a chart separate from the worksheet by selecting the data and inserting a new chart sheet. Excel will then help you to create the chart with the Chart Wizard. Let s try creating a graph of Sales versus Net Income for Microsoft.
First select the data in the A5:G6 range and then rightclick the tab for the current worksheet (which is probably labeled Sheet 1 ). From the menu that appears, choose Insert. You will now be presented with a list of different file types from which to select. Since we want to create a chart, select Chart from the list and press Enter or click OK.
The Chart Wizard will guide you through the process of creating the chart. The first dialog box asks you to choose the type of chart. In this case, a column chart probably best suits the data, so choose the Column type by doubleclicking on it. The second dialog box asks for your data range; if you have selected A5:G6 the
range will already be in the edit box. Note that the example of the chart shows that the Xaxis is labeled with the numbers 1 through 6. Since it would be better to have the years on the Xaxis, we need to specify the location of the Xaxis labels. Click the Series tab and enter the range into the edit box labeled Category (X) axis labels. Note that you have to be very specific if you choose to type in the date range. You must type the range in the form: =Sheet1!B4:G4. Alternatively, you can simply click in the edit box and then select the range. You ll see that the axis is now correctly labeled.
FIGURE 19
THE SOURCE DATA DIALOG BOXOFTHE CHART WIZARD
Click the Next button and you are asked to enter a chart title and titles for the axes. For the chart title enter: Microsoft Sales vs. Net Income. For the Xaxis enter: Years. For the Yaxis enter: Millions of Dollars.
Press the Finish button, and Excel will open a new chart sheet with a chart resembling that in Exhibit 17.
EXHIBIT 17
You may want to create a chart that will be saved and displayed within the worksheet itself. Such a chart is referred to as an embedded chart because it appears within the worksheet. Unlike a separate chart sheet, embedded charts can be displayed and printed on the same page as the worksheet data. Furthermore, embedded charts don t require any extra steps to display them. Once created, embedded charts are always opened and closed along with the worksheet automatically. If necessary, embedded charts can be saved and printed separately from the worksheet.
To create an embedded chart, first switch to Sheet 1. Now select the data as before, click on the Chart Wizard button (on the Toolbar; see icon in margin), and follow the prompts exactly as you did to create the standalone chart. The chart will appear in the middle of your worksheet. To resize the chart, click and drag any of the selection boxes on its perimeter. To move the chart, click on a blank area inside the chart and drag it to wherever you want it to be. Your worksheet should now resemble the one in Exhibit 18, except for some minor formatting changes.
Note that you can change your embedded chart into a separate chart sheet and vice versa. There is no need to invoke the Chart Wizard. Just rightclick in the chart and choose Location from the shortcut menu. You can even move your chart to a different worksheet in this way.
We have now created a basic chart of Sales versus Net Income, but it probably isn t quite what you expected. First of all, we normally expect that the most recent data in a chart is at the right side and the oldest at the left. Because we have created our worksheet data in the opposite direction, our chart is backward and a quick glance might suggest that sales and profits have been declining.
In Excel, every element of a chart is treated as a separate object. This means that each element can be selected and edited separately from the other elements. In addition, these chart objects are somewhat intelligent. They know what actions can be performed on them, and will present a menu of these actions if you click on them with the right mouse button. The major objects in any chart include each data series, the plot area, the gridlines, the axes, the axis titles, the chart title, and any other text strings entered into the chart. To select an object, all you need to do is to click on it with the left mouse button. Once the object is selected, it will be redisplayed with small squares (selection boxes) surrounding it. With this knowledge, let s edit our chart.
First, we want to turn the xaxis around so that the data are presented in the order that we normally expect. Click on the xaxis (or axis labels) with the right mouse button to cause the shortcut menu to appear. You will know that the xaxis is selected when you see a small square at both ends of the axis. The shortcut menu will be different depending on which graphic object you click on, so it is important to click directly on the xaxis.
Once the menu appears, choose Format Axis and then click on the Scale tab. From the resulting dialog box select Categories in reverse order and press Enter. Notice that the xaxis has reversed, but the yaxis is now on the right side of the chart. That doesn t look right, so go back to the scale tab and click on Value (Y) axis crosses at maximum category. We could have checked both of these boxes at the same time.
If you did not add the titles in the Chart Wizard, adding a title and axis labels to our chart simply requires a menu choice and a little typing. To add a chart title, select Chart Chart Options from the menus and then enter the titles in the appropriate edit boxes. You can also access the Chart Options dialog box by rightclicking in a blank area of the chart and choosing Chart Options from the shortcut menu. You can now edit the titles directly in the chart by selecting them, or you can return to the Chart Options dialog box.
Suppose, for example, that we wanted to change the title so that it mentions the years that are covered by the data. Simply click on the title to select it, then click at the end of the title. You could begin typing immediately, but we want to put the new text on a second line. Press enter to begin a new line, then type: 1997_{ to }2002 and press the Esc key or click anywhere else on the chart.
Next, let s move the legend to the bottom of the chart to see if it looks better there. Click on the legend with the right mouse button and choose Format Legend from
the shortcut menu. Now, select the Placement tab and select Bottom from the choices. Press the Enter key to return to the chart. Now the plot area of the chart looks squashed. To fix this, click in the plot area to select it and drag the selection boxes until the plot area is the proper size.
To return to editing the worksheet, click anywhere in the worksheet. Your worksheet should now resemble the one in Exhibit 19.
Excel offers many different types of charts, everything from the bar chart that we have created to 3dimensional bar charts and radar plots. Some of these chart types are very sophisticated, even allowing you to rotate them to see a different view of the data. Despite these potential complexities, changing the chart type is very straightforward.
Let s assume that we would prefer to see the data in our chart presented as two lines, rather than as columns. To make this change rightclick on a blank area around the outside edge of the chart and choose Chart Type from the menu. Select a type of line chart and click on the OK button. The chart is now displayed as a line chart. You can even change the individual data series chart type. For example, you might want to see Sales as a column chart and Net Income as a line on the same chart. Give it a try. Simply rightclick on the Net Income data series and change the chart type to a line. To try other types of charts be sure to select the Custom tab of the Chart Wizard.
You can also change other formatting in the chart very easily. For example, to change the color of the bars for Sales, simply rightclick on one of the data points and choose Format Data Series. On the Patterns tab you can choose a different color and it will be applied to each of the bars for that data series. You can also change the border around the bars and add a shadow for a three dimensional effect.
There are many times when a worksheet displayed on screen accomplishes all that you need. Other times there is no escaping the need for a hard copy. Excel makes printing a worksheet both easy and flexible. For small worksheets, all that need be done is to choose File Print from the menus and let Excel worry about the details. Larger printing tasks are only slightly more complex.
Suppose that our profitability analysis of Microsoft needs to be printed so that it can be distributed at a meeting. As a first step, we need to decide if we want to print the entire worksheet, or only a portion of it. In this case, let s assume that we wish to
Printing
print the whole worksheet, except that we want to print the graph on a separate page so that it can more easily be converted to an overhead transparency.
Because we wish to print the numbers and chart separately, we need to tell Excel the range of cells that we want printed. Select the range A1:G11 and then choose File Print Area Set Print Area from the menus. Notice that a light gray dashed line now surrounds the range that we have selected for printing. Before actually printing a worksheet, it is good practice to preview the output to make sure that it looks exactly as we want. This practice will save both time and paper. From the File menu select Print Preview. Excel will now display, on the screen, a likeness of the actual printed page.
If you have followed the examples to this point, you might, depending on the type of printer you are using and the font size, notice that our worksheet is too wide to fit on one page. Since we would ideally like to fit the whole worksheet on one page, we have some adjustments to make. Essentially we have two options: either change the page orientation to print sideways (i.e., landscape mode) or have Excel reduce the printout to fit on one page. Each of these methods is equally viable, but let s go for the reduction to one page.
From the Print Preview mode, we can press the Setup button to change various options for printing. Clicking on Setup brings up the Page Setup dialog box. This dialog box may also be reached from outside of Print Preview by choosing Page Setup from the File menu. There are many options available in this dialog box, but the Scaling options are what we want now. Click on the Page tab and then select Fit to: pages wide by tall, and enter a 1 in both boxes. We also don t want the gridlines to print. Click on the Sheet tab and make sure that the Cell Gridlines option is deselected (no x in the box.) Press the Enter key to return to Print Preview. Before actually printing the worksheet, it is a good idea to zoom in and check more closely that it looks as we want. To zoom in, simply click on the page. Your view will now be enlarged for closer inspection.
At this point, everything should be ready for printing, so click on the Print button. Excel now returns to the normal view and presents you with the print dialog box. Because we want to print the whole range that we have selected, make sure your printer is ready (turned on, has paper, etc.) and click on the OK button. Your page should look nearly identical to the onscreen version.
To print the chart on a separate page, we first need to click on it so that it is selected. Now, to print the chart simply select File Print then from the print dialog box click on the OK button. Presto! The chart prints out on its own page. Of course, you can use Print Preview and Page Setup for charts just as we did for the worksheet.
What if you wanted to print the chart on the same page as the worksheet? Simple, just select the entire range that you want to print, including the chart. Now repeat the steps from above, and the worksheet and chart will print on the same page. An easier alternative is to select the range to print, choose File Print, and make sure that Selection is selected in the Print What section of the print dialog box. Now, click on the OK button.
Now that we have created a worksheet, you should save it so that it will be available at a later time. To save this file, choose File Save As from the menus. This will cause a dialog box to be displayed which allows you to supply a name for the file and the location where you would like it stored. For example, to save the file as on a floppy disk in the A: drive, you would change the Save in directory to 3‰ Floppy (A:) drive and type: in the File Name edit box.
After saving a file, you can open it at any time by choosing File Open from the menus. This will cause a dialog box to be displayed from which you may select the file. Once a file has been named and saved the first time, you may save further changes by choosing File Save.
In addition to saving worksheets in Excel s native file format, you can also save files as a Web page for the Internet in HTML format. Even better, the HTML file can be reopened and edited in Excel 2002 without losing any formatting. To save a file in HTML format, choose File Save as Web Page. In the dialog box you simply give the page a name and select the location. Click the OK button and you ve created a Web version of your worksheet. Note that the dialog box also allows you to enter a title for the page by clicking the Change Title button. This title will be displayed in your browser s title bar when the page is displayed.
Finally, you can also post the worksheet directly to your Web site by clicking the Publish button. On the Publish as Web Page dialog box, enter the address of your Web server (or FTP site) in the File name edit box. You can also add nearly
Using Excel with Other Applications
complete functionality to your page by checking the box labeled Add interactivity with: .
Suppose that you are writing a report on the profitability of Microsoft for the past six years. Chances are good that you are writing the report in one of the major word processing programs. Your word processor probably allows for the creation of tables that can display all of the information that you have created in Excel, but it lacks the computational sophistication and graphics power of Excel. Similarly, Excel lacks the text processing power that you need to write the report. Fortunately, it is very easy to harness the strengths of both programs and combine the results.
While some word processors will read Excel files directly from your disk, this is not usually the easiest way to incorporate spreadsheets into your wordprocessing files. Instead, it is usually easiest to use some variant of copy and paste, just like we ve used within Excel itself. Every time you copy data from Excel, it goes to the clipboard. The contents of the clipboard are available to any other application that cares to access them. All you need to do is copy the data from within Excel, switch to the other application, and then choose Edit Paste from its menus.
Simply pasting the Excel data into a word processor usually results in the word processor reading the data and creating a table. While this may be all that you need, many times it would be more convenient if you could still edit the data in its native environment. In other words, it would be nice if you could still take advantage of Excel s builtin functions and recalculation ability. You can. Instead of using Edit Paste, use Edit Paste Special.
The Paste Special command allows much more freedom in how the data is stored inside the word processor. For example, if you choose to paste the data as an Microsoft Excel Worksheet Object you will be able to edit the data from within the word processor by simply doubleclicking on it. The menus and toolbars of your word processor will change to those of Excel, and you can edit the data exactly as if you were in Excel. This process is known as Object Linking and Embedding (OLE).
Alternatively, you can link the data to your worksheet so that when you make changes in Excel, they are automatically reflected in your word processor. Finally, you can paste a noneditable picture of your data into your document. Either of these last two methods will consume less memory than embedding the worksheet with the OLE technique.
To exit from Excel you can select File Exit from the menus, or doubleclick on the system menu box in the upper left corner of the Excel window. Note that if you attempt to exit Excel without saving your work, Excel will warn you and ask if you would like to save the file.
In this chapter we have discussed the basics of Microsoft Excel. You should have gained a basic understanding of such topics as entering text and numbers, entering formulas, formatting, graphics, and printing. In the chapters ahead, we will cover many of these topics in more depth. We will, at the same time, introduce you to financial analysis and how Excel can make this analysis easier and more productive. Along the way, we hope to help you develop the reasoning, critical thinking, and quantitative skills that are so necessary in the field of finance today.
FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDINTHIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Calculate the geometric mean 
GEOMEAN(NUMBER1, NUMBER2, ) 
22 
Calculate the arithmetic mean 
AVERAGE(NUMBER1, NUMBER2, ) 
22 
An alternate way to calculate the geometric mean 
FAME_GEOMEAN(SALES) 
25 
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Problems
1. Suppose that in August 1997 you purchased shares in Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS). It is now five years later and you decide to evaluate your holdings to see if you have done well with this investment. The table below shows the market prices of SPLS.
Staples, Inc. Stock Prices* Date Price 

August 1997 
12.3125 
1998 
29.1250 
1999 
20.7500 
2000 
11.8125 
2001 
18.6875 
2002 
14.0625 
*Prices rounded to nearest sixteenth.
a. Enter the data, as shown, into a worksheet and format the prices to display as fractions in sixteenths.
b. Create a formula to calculate your rate of return for each year.
c. Create a line chart showing the stock price from August 1997 to August 2002. Make sure to title the chart and label the axes.
d. Experiment with the formatting possibilities of the chart. For example, you might try changing the line to a three dimensional line and fill the plot area with a marble background.
2. In your position as research assistant to a portfolio manager, you need to analyze the profitability of the companies in the portfolio. Using the data for Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., below:
Fiscal Year 
2002 
2001 
2000 
1999 
1998 
Sales 
2,928.0 
2,396.7 
1,878.0 
1,397.2 
1,066.6 
Net Income 
219.6 
171.9 
131.2 
97.3 
73.1 
a. Calculate the net profit margin for each year.
b. Calculate the average annual growth rates for sales and net income using the GEOMEAN function. Is net income growing more slowly or faster than sales? Is this a positive for your investment in the company?
c. Calculate the average annual growth rate of sales using the AVERAGE function. Is this result more or less accurate than your result in the previous question? Why?
d. Create a column chart of sales and net income. Be sure to change the chart so that the xaxis labels contain the year numbers, and format the axis so that 2002 is on the far right side of the axis.
3. Repeat Problem 2 using the data below for Lowe s Companies, Inc. However, this time you should create a copy of your worksheet to use as a template. Replace the data for Bed Bath & Beyond with that of Lowe s.
Fiscal Year 
2002 
2001 
2000 
1999 
1998 
Sales 
22,111.1 
18,778.6 
15,905.6 
12,244.9 
10,136.9 
Net Income 
1,023.3 
809.9 
672.8 
482.4 
357.5 
a. Do you think that Lowe s can maintain the current growth rates of sales and net income over the long run? Why or why not?
b. Which company was more profitable in 2002? Which was more profitable if you take a longer view? Would this affect your desire to invest in one company over the other?
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Internet Exercise
1. Choose your own company and the repeat the analysis from Problem 3. You can get the data from MoneyCentral Investor at . To retrieve the data for your company, go to the Stocks area and enter the ticker symbol. Now choose Financial Results and then Statements from the menu on the left side of the screen. Display the annual income statement and copy the sales and net income data. Now enter the data into your template.
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Explain the purpose and understand the format of the firm s three basic financial statements: the income statement, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows.
2. Construct each of these statements in Excel with data for any company.
3. Link worksheets together so that formulas in one worksheet can reference data in another.
4. Use Excel s Outline tool to selectively display or hide parts of a financial statement.
Much of financial analysis takes as its starting point the basic financial statements of the firm. It is therefore crucial that the analyst have a strong fundamental understanding of these statements. There are three basic financial statements:
1. The income statement summarizes the results of the firm s operations over a period of time. The income statement tells us the total revenues and expenses for the time period, and also contains several different measures of the accounting profits earned by the firm. Typically, income statements are prepared for different time periods, usually monthly, quarterly, and annually.
2. The balance sheet describes the assets, liabilities, and equity of the firm at a specific point in time. Assets are the (tangible or intangible) things that a firm owns. Liabilities are the firm s debts. Equity is the difference between what the firm owns and what it owes to others. Because the balance sheet is specific to a point in time, it is much like a photograph. What it shows was true when the snapshot was taken, but is not necessarily true when it is viewed.
3. The statement of cash flows outlines the sources of the firm s cash inflows and shows where the cash outflows went. Activities that bring cash into the firm are referred to as sources of cash, while those that take cash out of the firm are referred to as uses of cash.
In this chapter we will build each of these three statements for Elvis Products International, a small producer of Elvis paraphernalia. Each financial statement will be created in its own worksheet in the workbook, and we will create links between the sheets as necessary. Before beginning, open a new workbook.
The income statement is a fairly simple document that begins by listing a firm s revenues (perhaps by sources or in total) followed by all of the firm s expenses. The result of the income statement is the net income for the period. Net income represents the accounting profit left over after all expenses have been paid from the revenue for the period.
Exhibit 21 presents the income statement for Elvis Products International (EPI) for the year ending December 31, 2004. We will build this income statement first, and then use it as a base for creating the 2003 income statement.
Principle 1: Make Excel do as much of the work as possible. Whenever possible, a formula should be used rather than entering numbers. In the long run this will minimize errors.
Principle 2: Format the worksheet so that it is easy to understand. Borders, shading, and font choices are more than just decorations. Properly chosen, they can make important numbers stand out and get the attention they deserve.
EXHIBIT 21
EPI S INCOME STATEMENTFOR 2004 AND 2003
While we are building the income statement, we want to keep a couple of general principles in mind. Principle 1 says that we want to make Excel do as much of the work as possible. Any time a value can be calculated, we should use Excel to do so. The reasoning behind this principle is that we want to avoid mistakes and increase productivity. A little thought before beginning the design of a worksheet can help to minimize data entry errors, and increase productivity by reducing the amount of data that needs to be entered. Principle 2 says that we should format the worksheet in such a way as to make it easy to comprehend. There are many times that you will be creating a worksheet for others to use, or for your own use at a later date. Properly organizing the cells and judicious use of color and fonts can make the worksheet easier to use and modify. Worksheets that are disorganized and sloppily formatted do not engender faith in their results.
It is usually helpful when working with multiple worksheets in a workbook for each sheet to be given a name other than the default. With the right mouse button, click
on the sheet tab labeled Sheet 1. From the menu choose Rename and then enter Income Statement when prompted for the new name of the sheet. This step is important because when we later begin referencing data on this sheet, the references require the name of the sheet.
We will begin building the income statement with the titles in A1:A3. Remember, if the need arises, we can always insert new rows or columns into the worksheet at a later time. In A1 type: Elvis Products International; in A2:
Income Statement; in A3: For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004. The first line of the title identifies the company, the second identifies the type of statement, and the third identifies the time period that the statement covers. Now center the titles by selecting A1:C3, choose Format Cells, select the Alignment tab, and then select Center Across Selection under Horizontal. Note that Excel provides an icon on the formatting toolbar that is titled Merge and Center and accomplishes a similar alignment. However, in addition to centering the titles over the selected columns it also merges the cells into one. This creates a problem if we later decide to insert a new column. In general, you should never use the Merge and Center icon.
How to proceed from this point is largely a matter of preference. We could move line by line through the income statement, entering a label followed by the value. An alternative is to enter all of the labels and then all of the numbers. The second method is preferable at this point so that we may concentrate on the numbers. The labels are going to be stored in column A, and the numbers will be in column B. It is good practice to enter a label indicating the end of the period above the data, so move to B4 and type: 2004.
Beginning in A5, enter the labels exactly as they appear in Exhibit 21. Once you have entered the labels, it is likely that you will find that some of these labels are too long to fit in only one cell. To remedy this problem, we need to change the width of column A. There are several ways to accomplish this in Excel. The slowest method is to select the whole column (click on the column header) choose Format Column Width and enter: 33.5 in the column width edit box. If you are using some font other than 12 point Times New Roman, you will have to experiment with different numbers to find the appropriate width for the column. Instead of entering a specific number for the column width, we can also let Excel determine the appropriate width. Select column A, and choose Format Column Autofit Selection and Excel will automatically make the column wide enough to accommodate the longest text in the column.
As usual, there is an alternative for mouse users. If you slowly move the mouse pointer over the column headers, you will notice that the pointer changes its shape (to that pictured at left) as it passes over the boundary between columns. Press the
left mouse button while the pointer is over this boundary, and drag until the column is wide enough to accommodate the text. You can also doubleclick on the column boundary and Excel will set the column width to the best fit for the data. Each of these techniques can also be used to change the height of a row.
When entering data for large companies, it is often preferable to display the numbers in thousands or millions of dollars, rather than the full amount. For EPI, we will enter the numbers in full precision, and later display the numbers in millions to simplify the display. Move to B5 and enter: 3,850,000. Keeping principle 2 in mind, we would like the numbers to display with commas and two decimal places. Since each cell can maintain a number format, regardless of whether it contains any numbers, we will preformat the cells that we are going to use. Select cells B5:C15, choose Format Cells from the menus, click on the Number tab, and click the Number category. Now set the number of decimal places to 0 and make sure to click on Use 1000 Separator. When we enter numbers into these cells, they will automatically take on the format that we want.
Move to B6 and type: 3,250,000 for Cost of Goods Sold. This is the total cost of the products sold to customers, including inventory shrinkage and write downs for damaged or outdated products. Notice that, as promised, the number in B6 appears with commas.
Gross profit is the amount that is left over after paying for the goods that were sold. To calculate gross profit, we subtract cost of goods sold from sales. Again, we want Excel to make all of the calculations, so in B7 type: =_{B5B6}. Selling, General and Administrative (S,G&A) Expense is an input, so enter: 330,300 in B8. Fixed expenses (rent, salaries, etc.) for the period are an input so enter: 100,000 in B9. Depreciation is also an input in this case, so in B10 enter: 20,000.
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) is gross profit less all remaining expenses other than interest and taxes. Any of several formulas could be used for this calculation, for example the obvious formula for EBIT in B11 is: =_{B7B8}B9B10. However, obvious formulas aren t always the best. We could simplify this equation somewhat by making use of the SUM function. The new function would be: =B7Sum(B8:10). SUM is a builtin Excel function which returns the summation of the arguments. SUM is defined as:
SUM(NUMBER1, NUMBER2, )
where NUMBER1 is the first number (or cell address), NUMBER2 is the second, and so on. Excel will also accept ranges of numbers in place of any individual number. There are two advantages of using the SUM function in this case: (1) It is faster and more compact; and (2) The range will automatically expand if we insert a new row. The second advantage is the most important. If we add another category of expense by adding another row above row 9, for example, our formula would automatically incorporate the new row by changing to: B7  Sum (B8:B11). If we used the original formula, we would have to remember to change it after adding the new row.
SUM is one of the more commonly used builtin functions, so common that Microsoft has included the AutoSum button (pictured at left) on the toolbar to automate the summation of rows or columns of numbers. To use the AutoSum button, simply select the cell where you want the formula to be placed and then click the button. Excel will make an intelligent guess about which cells you want included, and it is usually correct. If it guesses wrong, merely select the range that you wish to include and Excel will make the change. Note that the AutoSum button does not work when you are already in edit mode.
The AutoSum button has proved so popular that its functionality has been improved. If you click the little arrow to the right of the AutoSum button, it will drop down a list of alternative functions. Now you can more quickly use the AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, or MIN functions just by choosing a function from the menu.
In B12 enter 76,000 for the interest expense. Next, we will calculate Earnings Before Taxes with the formula: =_{B11B12} in cell B13. EPI pays taxes at the rate of 40% on taxable income, so in B18 type 40_{%}. We will calculate the dollar amount of taxes in B14 with: =_{B13*$B18}. Note that this lets us easily change the tax rate without having to edit formulas. Finally, Net Income is the profit earned by the firm after all revenues and expenses have been taken into account. To calculate net income, enter =B13B14 in cell B15.
As you can see, EPI s net income for the fiscal year 2004 was $44,220. However, for analysis purposes, we normally are not overly concerned with net income. Net income does not accurately represent the funds that a firm has available to spend. In the calculation of net income, we include depreciation expense (and/or other noncash expenses such as depletion or amortization) which ostensibly accounts for the decline in the value of the longterm assets of the firm. Since nobody actually wrote a check for the depreciation expense, it should be added back to the net income number to give a better picture of the cash flow for the period. Cash flow is the number one concern for financial analysts.
To create EPI s income statement for 2003 doesn t take nearly as much work. First, select B5:B15 and copy the cells using Edit Copy or the Copy button on the Toolbar. Select C5 and choose Edit Paste. Now you have an exact copy of the 2004 income statement. Enter the numbers from Table 21 into the appropriate cells.
EPI S 2003 INCOMEAND EXPENSES
Category 
Value 
Sales 
3,432,000 
Cost of Goods Sold 
2,864,000 
SG&A Expenses 
240,000 
Depreciation Expense 
18,900 
Interest Expense 
62,500 
Notice that you only had to enter the new numbers. The formulas are updated and recalculated automatically. So instead of entering 11 cells of formulas or numbers, you only had to enter five numbers. Your worksheet should now resemble the one in Exhibit 21.
The layout of the income statement that we have seen is the one normally used by analysts outside the firm. Those inside the firm will have more information and may find that Excel s Outline display will make the worksheet easier to understand and maintain. To learn about outlining, see page 61.
When the dollar amounts on a financial statement are in the millions or billions they can be a little confusing and hard to read. To make the numbers easier to read, we can display them in thousands of dollars using a custom number format. This is commonly done in annual reports, or any other report which lists large dollar amounts.
Select B5:C15 and choose Format Cells from the menus. On the Number tab, choose the Custom category. This will allow us to define our own number format. First we choose a predefined number format, here we will choose the #,##0.00 format from the list. If we add a comma after the format, Excel will display the numbers as if they have been divided by 1,000. Two commas would display the number as if they had been divided by 1,000,000, and so on. In the Type edit box add a single comma after the chosen format so that it looks like #,##0.00, . Note that Excel will show a sample of what your formatted numbers will look like. The numbers that you have entered will appear to have been divided by 1,000, but this affects only the appearance of the numbers. It is usually better to enter the full number and let Excel format it to look like you wish. The manner in which Excel displays numbers will not affect any calculations. Regardless of the format, Excel always stores numbers with full precision. The format merely changes what we see on the screen, not what is kept in memory. To see the full number, select the cell and look in the formula bar. Before continuing, edit cell A3 so that it says: For the Year Ended Dec.
31, 2004 ($ 000's). This will allow anyone looking at your worksheet to instantly understand that the numbers are displayed in thousands. Your income statement should now look like the one in Exhibit 22.
EXHIBIT 22
THE INCOME STATEMENTWITHA CUSTOM NUMBER FORMAT
A 
B 
C 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 ($ 000’s) 

4 
2004 2003 

5 
Sales 
3,850.00 
3,432.00 
6 
Cost of Goods Sold 
3,250.00 
2,864.00 
7 
Gross Profit 
600.00 
568.00 
8 
Selling and G&A Expenses 
330.30 
240.00 
9 
Fixed Expenses 
100.00 
100.00 
10 
Depreciation Expense 
20.00 
18.90 
11 
EBIT 
149.70 
209.10 
12 
Interest Expense 
76.00 
62.50 
13 
Earnings Before Taxes 
73.70 
146.60 
14 
Taxes 
29.48 
58.64 
15 
Net Income 
44.22 
87.96 
16 

17 
Notes: 

18 
Tax Rate 
40% 
A common technique among financial analysts is to examine commonsize financial statements. Commonsize financial statements display the data not as dollar amounts, but as percentages. These statements provide the analyst with two key benefits:
1. They allow for easy comparisons between firms of different sizes.
2. They can aid in spotting important trends which otherwise might be not be obvious when looking at dollar amounts.
A commonsize income statement is one which shows all of the data as a percentage of the firm s total revenues. Excel makes the building of commonsize financial statements easy, as we ll see with the EPI data.
To begin, we need to make room for the commonsize income statements. Select any cell in column B, or all of column B, by clicking on the column header. From the menus choose Insert Columns which will insert a new column to the left of the selected column. This new column will need to be resized so that it is approximately the same size as column C, which was formerly column B. Now, repeat this process with column D (the 2003 data). In B4 and D4 enter the labels:
2004% and 2003%, respectively.
We will start building our commonsize income statements with the 2004 data. In B5 enter the formula: =_{C5/C$5}. The resulting display is likely to be nonsensical because the formatting will be the same as the cells in column C. So change the number format (Format Cells) to a Percentage format with 2 decimal places. You should now see that the result is 100.00%. Copy B5, select cells B6:B15, and then choose Edit Paste. You have now created a commonsize income statement for 2004.
To create the commonsize income statement for 2003, simply copy B5:B15 and then paste into D5. The resulting worksheet should appear like the one in Exhibit 23. You can easily see why this is a useful tool for analysts. By looking at row 8, you can instantly see that Selling and G&A expenses have risen quite sharply in 2004 relative to sales. Also, looking at row 15 instantly shows that the firm s net profit margin (see page 118) has decreased by half.
EXHIBIT 23
EPI S COMMONSIZE INCOME STATEMENTS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 ($ 000’s) 

4 
2004% 2004 2003% 
2003 

5 
Sales 
100.00% 
3,850.00 
100.00% 
3,432.00 
6 
Cost of Goods Sold 
84.42% 
3,250.00 
83.45% 
2,864.00 
7 
Gross Profit 
15.58% 
600.00 
16.55% 
568.00 
8 
Selling and G&A Expenses 
8.58% 
330.30 
6.99% 
240.00 
9 
Fixed Expenses 
2.60% 
100.00 
2.91% 
100.00 
10 
Depreciation Expense 
0.52% 
20.00 
0.55% 
18.90 
11 
EBIT 
3.89% 
149.70 
6.09% 
209.10 
12 
Interest Expense 
1.97% 
76.00 
1.82% 
62.50 
13 
Earnings Before Taxes 
1.91% 
73.70 
4.27% 
146.60 
14 
Taxes 
0.77% 
29.48 
1.71% 
58.64 
15 
Net Income 
1.15% 
44.22 
2.56% 
87.96 
16 

17 
Notes: 

18 
Tax Rate 
40% 
Now that we have created the commonsize income statements, the worksheet is a bit cluttered, and potentially confusing. One way that we can clean things up is by using the Custom Views tool.
Excel s Custom Views tool allows us to have several different views of the worksheet without making multiple copies. In this case, we would like to have three views. The first will be the equivalent of the worksheet as it appears now. The other two will show just the commonsize income statements and just the dollar income statements.
First select View Custom Views from the menus. This will bring up the Custom Views dialog box which allows us to create or delete views and to switch between the views that we have defined. To create a new view click on the Add button.
In the resulting dialog box type: ALL as the name. This view will show the entire worksheet just like Exhibit 23.
To create a view of just the dollar income statements we must first arrange the worksheet so that it has the appearance that we need for this view. Click on the column headers for column B and D (when selecting column D, remember to hold down the Ctrl key) and then select Format Column Hide. This will set the width of the column to 0 so that it doesn t display. Now define a view named Dollar using the same steps as were used to create the view ALL.
To create the third view, we first need to switch back to the ALL view. Choose View Custom Views from the menus and then doubleclick on ALL. You should now see the whole worksheet again. Hide columns C and E and then create a view called Common Size.
You can now switch between these three views by simply calling up the Custom Views and selecting the view that you would like to display. As an example, if you display the Common Size view, your worksheet should appear like the one in Exhibit 24. If you display the Dollar view, it will look like the one in Exhibit 22, except that the data will be in different columns. This feature is also very useful for printing different views of a spreadsheet.
EXHIBIT 24
THE COMMONSIZE VIEWOF EPI S INCOME STATEMENTS
A 
B 
D 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 ($ 000’s) 

4 
2004% 2003% 

5 
Sales 
100.00% 
100.00% 
6 
Cost of Goods Sold 
84.42% 
83.45% 
7 
Gross Profit 
15.58% 
16.55% 
8 
Selling and G&A Expenses 
8.58% 
6.99% 
9 
Fixed Expenses 
2.60% 
2.91% 
10 
Depreciation Expense 
0.52% 
0.55% 
11 
EBIT 
3.89% 
6.09% 
12 
Interest Expense 
1.97% 
1.82% 
13 
Earnings Before Taxes 
1.91% 
4.27% 
14 
Taxes 
0.77% 
1.71% 
15 
Net Income 
1.15% 
2.56% 
16 

17 
Notes: 

18 
Tax Rate 
40% 
The balance sheet is usually depicted in two sections: the assets section at the top or left side, and the liabilities and owner s equity section at the bottom or right side. It is important to realize that the balance sheet must balance (thus the name). That is, total assets must equal the sum of total liabilities and total owner s equity. Each of these sections is usually further divided into subsections.
On the asset side, there are two subsections. The current assets section describes the value of the firm s shortterm assets. Shortterm, in this case, is defined as one year or the time it takes for the asset to go through one cash flow cycle (i.e., from purchase to sale to collection). Typical current assets are cash, accounts receivable, and inventories. Fixed assets are those assets with lives longer than one year. Examples of fixed assets include vehicles, property, buildings, etc.
Like assets, liabilities can be subdivided into two sections. Current liabilities are those liabilities that are expected to be retired within one year. Examples are items
The Balance Sheet
such as accounts payable, wages payable, etc. Longterm liabilities are those that will not be paid off within the current year. Generally, longterm liabilities are made up of various types of bonds, bank loans, etc.
Owner s equity represents the difference between the value of the total assets and liabilities of the firm. This part of the balance sheet is subdivided into contributed capital and retained earnings. Contributed capital is the investment made by the common and preferred stockholders of the firm. Retained earnings is the accumulation of the undistributed profits of the firm.
The process of building a balance sheet in Excel is very similar to building the income statement. We will build EPI s 2004 and 2003 balance sheets, as shown in Exhibit 25, for an example.
We will keep EPI s balance sheets in the same workbook, but on a different worksheet, as the income statement. Keeping related data in the same workbook allows for easy referencing. Using separate worksheets allows us to keep the worksheets uncluttered and makes it easier to design worksheets. Click on the Sheet 2 tab with the right mouse button and select Rename from the menu. Type Balance Sheet as the new name for this worksheet.
Enter the labels from Exhibit 25 into the blank worksheet. Notice that many of the labels in the balance sheet are indented. There are two ways to accomplish this effect. The method that we usually use, and are using here, is to first type the text into the cell and then click the Increase Indent button on the formatting toolbar (pictured at left).
The alternative is to insert the indented labels into column B instead of column A. This way, by controlling the width of column A, we can control the depth of the indentation. The labels in column A will simply overlap into column B as long as there is no text in the cell to the right.
EXHIBIT 25
EPI S BALANCE SHEET
A 
B 
C 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Balance Sheet 

3 
As of Dec. 31, 2004 (000’s) 

4 
Assets 2004 2003 

5 
Cash and Equivalents 
52,000 
57,600 
6 
Accounts Receivable 
402,000 
351,200 
7 
Inventory 
836,000 
715,200 
8 
Total Current Assets 
1,290,000 
1,124,000 
9 
Plant & Equipment 
527,000 
491,000 
10 
Accumulated Depreciation 
166,200 
146,200 
11 
Net Fixed Assets 
360,800 
344,800 
12 
Total Assets 
1,650,800 
1,468,800 
13 
Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 

14 
Accounts Payable 
175,200 
145,600 
15 
Shortterm Notes Payable 
225,000 
200,000 
16 
Other Current Liabilities 
140,000 
136,000 
17 
Total Current Liabilities 
540,200 
481,600 
18 
Longterm Debt 
424,612 
323,432 
19 
Total Liabilities 
964,812 
805,032 
20 
Common Stock 
460,000 
460,000 
21 
Retained Earnings 
225,988 
203,768 
22 
Total Shareholder’s Equity 
685,988 
663,768 
23 
Total Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 
1,650,800 
1,468,800 
In EPI s balance sheet, nearly everything is a direct input so we won t discuss every cell. The italicized entries are formulas that we will discuss for 2004. The formulas for the 2003 balance sheet can be copied from the 2004 balance sheet. As with the income statement, you should enter the numbers as shown and then apply the custom format (see page 47) that we used earlier.
In the asset section, the first formula is for total current assets in B8. This is simply the sum of all of the current asset accounts, so the formula is: =SUM(B5:B7). Next, we calculate EPI s net fixed assets. This is equal to plant and equipment less accumulated depreciation, so in B11 enter: =_{B9B10}. Finally, calculate total assets by adding the current assets and net fixed assets with the formula: =_{B8+B11}.
The liabilities and owner s equity section is similar. We will calculate several subtotals and then a grand total in B23. Total current liabilities in B17 are calculated with: =SUM(B14:B16). Total liabilities are calculated with the
The Balance Sheet
formula: =_{B17+B18} in B19. Total shareholder s equity is calculated in B22 with: =_{B20+B21}. And, finally, we calculate the total liabilities and owner s equity in B23 with: =_{B19+B22}. Copy these formulas into the appropriate cells in column C to create the 2003 balance sheet.
To achieve the underlining and shading effects pictured in the Exhibits, select the cells and then choose Format Cells from the menus and then click on the Border tab. To set the type of border, first click on the line type on the right side of the dialog, and then click on the location of the line in the Border area of the dialog. If you want to shade the selection, click on the Patterns tab and then select the color and pattern for the shading. It is usually best to make the text in a shaded cell bold so that it can be clearly seen. Before continuing, make sure that your worksheet looks like the one in Exhibit 25, except that you should have applied the custom format to display the numbers in thousands.
You can create a commonsize balance sheet just as we did for the income statement. The only difference is that the balance sheet entries are displayed as a percentage of the firm s total assets instead of total revenues.
To create the commonsize balance sheets for EPI, proceed in the same manner as for the commonsize income statements. To be complete, you should also create the same three views as we did for the income statement. Note that you will need to use different names for the views than were used in the income statement. Your CommonSize view should look like that in Exhibit 26.
EXHIBIT 26
COMMONSIZE VIEWOF EPI S BALANCE SHEET
A 
B 
D 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Commonsize Balance Sheet 

3 
As of Dec. 31, 2004 (000’s) 

4 
Assets 2004% 2003% 

5 
Cash and Equivalents 
3.15% 
3.92% 
6 
Accounts Receivable 
24.35% 
23.91% 
7 
Inventory 
50.64% 
48.69% 
8 
Total Current Assets 
78.14% 
76.53% 
9 
Plant & Equipment 
31.92% 
33.43% 
10 
Accumulated Depreciation 
10.07% 
9.95% 
11 
Net Fixed Assets 
21.86% 
23.47% 
12 
Total Assets 
100.00% 
100.00% 
13 
Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 

14 
Accounts Payable 
10.61% 
9.91% 
15 
Shortterm Notes Payable 
13.63% 
13.62% 
16 
Other Current Liabilities 
8.48% 
9.26% 
17 
Total Current Liabilities 
32.72% 
32.79% 
18 
Longterm Debt 
25.72% 
22.02% 
19 
Total Liabilities 
58.45% 
54.81% 
20 
Common Stock 
27.87% 
31.32% 
21 
Retained Earnings 
13.69% 
13.87% 
22 
Total Shareholder’s Equity 
41.55% 
45.19% 
23 
Total Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 
100.00% 
100.00% 
Boiled down to its essence, a firm participates in two kinds of financial transactions: those that increase the cash balance (cash inflows, or sources of funds) and those that decrease the cash balance (cash outflows, or uses of funds).
One way that a financial analyst can determine how well a firm s management is performing is to examine how they are managing the shareholder s money. The accounting profession has developed a tool which is useful for this type of analysis.
Building a Statement of Cash Flows
The tool is known as the Statement of Cash Flows. The statement of cash flows summarizes the causes of changes in the firm s cash balance. Changes in the cash balance can be determined as follows:
DETERMININGTHE CHANGEINTHE CASH BALANCE
Beginning Cash Balance + Cash inflows (sources) Cash outflows (uses) 
= Ending Cash Balance 
The statement of cash flows is organized into three sections according to how the cash flows were generated. The first section is Cash Flows from Operations which describes the cash flows generated by the firm in the ordinary course of conducting its business. The next section, Cash Flows from Investing, describes cash flows due to the firm altering its mix of fixed assets. The final section, Cash Flows from Financing, describes the cash flows that are generated in the course of financing the firm.
It is important that you recognize that the statement of cash flows consists primarily of changes in balance sheet accounts. In order to calculate those changes, we must have balance sheets from two periods. Other than balance sheet changes, we also need the latest income statement, where the most important operational cash flows (net income and depreciation expense) are located.
Unlike the income statement and balance sheet, which are mostly exercises in data entry, the statement of cash flows is primarily composed of formulas. Since these formulas reference many different cells in the workbook it is generally easiest to use Excel s pointer mode when entering them. To begin, rename Sheet 3 to Statement of Cash Flows and enter the labels as shown in Exhibit 27. Next, apply our custom number format to the cells in B5:C20.
EXHIBIT 27
STATEMENTOF CASH FLOWSFOR EPI
A 
B 
C 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Statement of Cash Flows 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 ($ 000’s) 

4 
Cash Flows from Operations 

5 
Net Income 
44.22 

6 
Depreciation Expense 
20.00 

7 
Change in Accounts Receivable 
50.80 

8 
Change in Inventories 
120.80 

9 
Change in Accounts Payable 
29.60 

10 
Change in Other Current Liabilities 
4.00 

11 
Total Cash Flows from Operations 
73.78 

12 
Cash Flows from Investing 

13 
Change in Plant & Equipment 
36.00 

14 
Total Cash Flows from Investing 
36.00 

15 
Cash Flows from Financing 

16 
Change in Shortterm Notes Payable 
25.00 

17 
Change in Longterm Debt 
101.18 

18 
Cash Dividends Paid to Shareholders 
22.00 

19 
Total Cash Flows from Financing 
104.18 

20 
Net Change in Cash Balance 
5.60 
The first two items under Cash Flows from Operations are Net Income and Depreciation Expense. These are unique items because they are the only ones on the statement of cash flows that come from the income statement and are also the only items that are not represented as changes from a previous period. Also realize that Net Income summarizes every other item on the income statement. Therefore, if we were to include Sales, for example, we would be double counting. To enter the net income first type an = in B5 and then (before pressing the Enter key) click on the sheet tab for the Income Statement. Excel will change to the worksheet containing the income statement. Now click on C15 and press Enter. At this point, Excel will switch back to the Statement of Cash Flows worksheet and your formula in B5 should read: ='Income Statement'!C15. This formula directs Excel to put the value from cell C15 on the Income Statement worksheet into B5. If we should change some values in the income statement, any change in net income will automatically be reflected in the statement of cash flows. This type
Building a Statement of Cash Flows
of cell linking works across workbooks (different files) as well as within workbooks.
We can actually make referencing other sheets slightly easier if we display two or more sheets on the screen at once. We will use this technique to complete the statement of cash flows.
First, switch to the Income Statement sheet and then choose Window New Window from the menus. This will open a second copy of the workbook. Now choose Window Arrange and then Horizontal. You should now see two identical copies of the workbook. In one of the copies, click on the sheet tab for the Statement of Cash Flows. In B6, type = and then click anywhere on the other workbook. Now scroll down so that cell C10 is visible and click on it and press the Enter key. The formula in B6 of the Statement of
Cash Flows should read: ='Income Statement'!C10, and the value should be 20,000. Notice that the custom format that we applied to the income statement is not carried over. Therefore we need to apply the same format to the cells that we will be using. Select B5:C20 and then Format Cells and apply the same custom format. Alternatively, you can click on any cell in the Income Statement worksheet and then click the Format Painter icon on the formatting toolbar (pictured at left) to copy the format. Now, select B5:C20 on the Statement of Cash Flows worksheet to paste the format.
The rest of the statement of cash flows can be completed in a similar manner. Since we are done with the income statement, we now want to display the balance sheet in that workbook. Click on the sheet tab labeled Balance Sheet. You should now have both the Statement of Cash Flows sheet and the Balance Sheet displayed.
At this point, we must be careful with respect to the signs of the numbers entered into the statement of cash flows. In general, when an asset account increases it represents a cash outflow (i.e., a use of funds). An asset account which decreases represents a cash inflow (i.e., a source of funds). Liability and equity accounts are exactly the opposite. We represent uses of funds as negative numbers and sources of funds as positive numbers on the statement of cash flows.
Table 23 summarizes this point. For example, EPI s accounts receivable balance increased from $351,200 in 2003 to $402,000 in 2004. This represents a use of funds and should be indicated with a negative sign on the statement of cash flows. On the other hand, the accounts payable balance increased and, because it is a liability account, represents a source of funds.
SIGNSOF CASH FLOWSFORTHE STATEMENTOF CASH FLOWS
Direction of Change 
Order of Subtraction 

Type of Account 
Increase 
Decrease 

Asset 
+ 
Older Newer 

Liability or Equity 
+ 
Newer Older 
The formula for the change in accounts receivable in B7 should be: ='Balance Sheet'!E6'Balance Sheet'!C6. We can get the change in inventories by simply copying this formula down to B8. Note that for these asset accounts, the direction of the subtraction is 2003 value 2004 value. For liability and equity accounts the direction of the subtraction is reversed. This will ensure that the correct sign is used.
The formula to calculate the change in accounts payable in B9 is: =_{'Balance }Sheet'!C14'Balance Sheet'!E14. In B10, to get the change in other current liabilities, we use the formula: ='Balance Sheet'!C16'Balance
Sheet'!E16. Now we calculate the total cash flows from operations in C11 with:
=SUM(B5:B10). Note that we have skipped over the shortterm notes payable. That is because notes payable is not an operating current liability. Generally, any interestbearing liability is included in the Cash Flows from Financing section.
Cash flows from investing are those cash flows generated from investments (or disinvestments) in longterm assets. In the case of EPI, that means plant and equipment. This change can be calculated in B13 by the formula: ='Balance Sheet'!E9'Balance Sheet'!C9. For consistency, we will calculate the total cash flows from investing in C14 with: =_{B13}.
For the final section, our first item is the change in notes payable. This account increased from $200,000 in 2003 to $225,000 in 2004, representing a cash inflow of $25,000. In B16 enter the formula: ='Balance Sheet'!C15'Balance Sheet'!E15. Next, we can calculate the change in longterm debt with the formula: ='Balance Sheet'!C18'Balance Sheet'!E18.
Cash dividends paid to shareholders in 2004 were $22,000 (a use of funds). This is calculated with the formula:
Dividends Paid = Net Income Change in Retained Earnings,
so in B18 enter the formula: =('Income Statement'!C15('Balance Sheet'!C21'Balance Sheet'!E21)). Note that the parentheses are
Using Excel s Outliner
important in this case, and that the result should be 22,000 (dividends paid are always a use of funds). Again, we can total the cash flows from financing in C19 with: =SUM(B16:B18).
Finally, in C20 we calculate the net change in the cash balance by adding up the subtotals, so the formula is: =SUM(C11:C19). Note that this should exactly equal the actual change in the cash balance from 2003 to 2004, otherwise you have made an error. The most common errors are likely to be either a wrong sign or an omitted item.
Since you no longer need the second copy of the worksheet, you may close either copy by clicking the Close button in the upperright corner of the window. Note that choosing File Close will also work, but it will close both copies. Make sure that your worksheet resembles that pictured in Exhibit 27.
Most people were first introduced to outlining as a tool to help organize a paper by considering the major ideas first and progressively moving to the details. Excel s outliner works similarly, except that it is not really a tool for organizing ideas, but a tool to show or hide whatever level of detail is appropriate in a spreadsheet.
Excel can automatically build an outline based on the formulas that you have entered. It looks for cells that summarize information in other cells and considers those to be top level. For example, consider the statement of cash flows that we created in Exhibit 27. Once the outline is applied to this sheet, we can collapse it so that it appears like the screen fragment in Exhibit 28.
EXHIBIT 28
STATEMENTOF CASH FLOWSWITH ONLY LEVEL 1 DISPLAYED
Click here to Click here to show levels 1 and 2
To create the outline, open the file containing your financial statements (File Open ) if necessary. Excel is sometimes smart enough to apply an outline automatically (Data Group and Outline Auto Outline), but we will do it manually to get exactly the result that we want. Select A4:C10 and then press Shift+Alt+Right Arrow (or Data Group and Outline Group). In this case we want to group by rows, so just press Enter. You will see an outline symbol appear at the left of the selected cells. If you click on the symbol, the outline will collapse so that it shows only the summary cell. Clicking the outline symbol again will restore the display. To create the other parts of the outline, select A12:C13 and A15:C18 and repeat the above steps for each range. If you make a mistake, or decide that you don t like the outline feature, you can clear the outline by choosing Data Group and Outline Clear Outline from the menus.
Outlining is especially useful for presentations to people who don t need to see all of the details. It frees you from creating a separate summary worksheet. We could create an outline of an income statement Suppose that the income statement worksheet that we use inside the firm contains a breakdown of sales by product, several categories of cost of goods sold, etc. When we need to provide the income statement to those outside the firm we may not wish to provide all of that detail. Instead, simply print a copy from the outline with the appropriate level of detail. Note that if you print an outlined worksheet, only the levels displayed onscreen will print. However, if you copy an outlined worksheet, all of the details will be copied.
In this chapter we discussed the three primary financial statements: the income statement, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows. You should have a basic understanding of the purpose of each of these statements and know how to build them in Excel.
We demonstrated how worksheets can be linked so that formulas in one worksheet can reference data on another sheet. Custom number formatting was introduced, and we saw how the View Manager and the outliner can be useful tools for selectively displaying or hiding data.
Summary
Make sure that you have saved a copy of the EPI workbook because we will be making use of this data in future chapters.
FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDINTHIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Total numbers or a range of numbers 
SUM(NUMBER1,NUMBER2, ) 
45 
1. Using the data presented below:
Aspen Industries
Income Statement
For the Years Ended December 31, 2004 and 2003
2004 2003
Sales 
285,000 
190,000 
Cost of Goods Sold 
215,000 
143,000 
Gross Profit Operating Expenses 
70,000 
47,000 
Variable Expenses 
28,500 
19,000 
Fixed Expenses 
21,000 
20,000 
Depreciation 
10,000 
4,500 
Total 
59,500 
43,500 
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes 
10,500 
3,500 
Interest Expense 
6,100 
3,000 
Earnings Before Taxes 
4,400 
500 
Taxes 
1,540 
175 
Net Income 
2,860 
325 
Notes:
Tax Rate 35%
Payout Ratio 30%
Dividends 858
Aspen Industries
Balance Sheet
As of December 31, 2004 and 2003
2004 
2003 
Cash 
4,000 
9,000 
Accounts Receivable 
16,000 
12,500 
Inventories 
42,500 
29,000 
Total Current Assets 
62,500 
50,500 
Land 
26,000 
20,000 
Buildings and Equipment 
100,000 
70,000 
Accumulated Depreciation 
(38,000) 
(28,000) 
Total Fixed Assets 
88,000 
62,000 
Total Assets 
150,500 
112,500 
Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 

Accounts Payable 
22,298 
10,500 
Shortterm Bank Notes 
47,000 
17,000 
Total Current Liabilities 
69,298 
27,500 
Longterm Debt 
22,950 
28,750 
Common Stock 
31,500 
31,500 
Retained Earnings 
26,752 
24,750 
Total Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 
150,500 
112,500 
Assets
Internet Exercise
a. Recreate the income statement and balance sheet using formulas wherever possible. Each statement should be on a separate worksheet. Try to duplicate the formatting exactly.
b. On another worksheet, create a statement of cash flows for 2004. Do not enter any numbers directly on this worksheet. All formulas should be linked directly to the source on previous worksheets.
c. Using Excel s outlining feature, create an outline on the statement of cash flows that, when collapsed, shows only the subtotals for each section.
d. Suppose that sales were $320,000 in 2004 rather than $285,000. What is the 2004 net income and retained earnings?
e. Undo the changes from Part d, and change the tax rate to 40%. What is the 2004 net income and retained earnings?
2. Using the data from the previous problem:
a. Create a commonsize income statement for 2003 and 2004. This statement should be created on a separate worksheet with all formulas linked directly to the income statement.
b. Create a commonsize balance sheet for 2003 and 2004. This statement should be created on a separate worksheet with all formulas linked directly to the balance sheet.
1. EdgarScan is a service of the ABAS Technology Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers which provides free access to all filings made by public companies in the United States. The site can be accessed at EdgarScan makes it easy to download financial statements directly into Excel with just a click of a button. Using your Internet browser, go to the EdgarScan Web site and enter a ticker symbol or company name into the appropriate box. Click the Search button to see a list of the filings that are available. In the list, click on the most recent Form 10K.
a. On the page that appears, click on the link for the Excel Spreadsheet for the Income Statement. This will either open Excel with the data loaded, or will save an Excel file to your disk.
b. Repeat Part a for the Balance Sheet.
c. Now, repeat problems 1 and 2 using the data for your chosen company.
CHAPTER 3 3 The Cash Budget
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Explain the purpose of the cash budget and how it differs from an income statement.
2. Calculate a firm s expected total cash collections and disbursements for a particular month.
3. Calculate a firm s expected ending cash balance and shortterm borrowing needs.
4. Demonstrate how Excel can be used to determine the optimal timing of major cash expenditures.
5. Use the Scenario Manager to evaluate different assumptions in amodel.
6. Use the various tools that Excel provides to find and fix errors in formulas.
Of all the topics covered in this book, perhaps no other task benefits so much from the use of spreadsheets as the cash budget. As we ll see, the cash budget can be a complex document with many interrelated entries. Manually updating a cash budget, especially for a large firm, is not a chore for which one volunteers. However, once the initial cash budget is set up in a spreadsheet, updating and playing what if becomes very easy.
A cash budget is simply a listing of the firm s anticipated cash inflows and outflows over a specified period. Unlike a pro forma income statement (discussed in Chapter
5), the cash budget includes only actual cash flows. For example, depreciation expense does not appear on the cash budget, but principal payments on debt obligations (which are not on the income statement) do. Because of its emphasis on cash income and expenditures, the cash budget is particularly useful for planning shortterm borrowing and the timing of expenditures. As with all budgets, another important benefit of the cash budget comes from reconciling actual cash flows with those from the forecast.
We ll see that a cash budget is composed of three parts:
1. The worksheet area;
2. A listing of each of the cash inflows (collections) and outflows
(disbursements);
3. Calculation of the ending cash balance and borrowing needs.
Throughout the chapter, we will create a complete cash budget with these three parts for Bithlo Barbecues, a small manufacturer of barbecue grills. The financial staff of the firm has compiled the following set of assumptions and forecasts to be used in the cash budgeting process:
1. Actual and expected sales through October are as given in Table 31. 2. 40% of sales are for cash. Of the remaining sales, 75% are collected in the following month and 25% are collected two months after the sale.
3. Inventory purchases are equal to 50% of the following month s sales (e.g., June purchases are 50% of expected July sales). 60% of purchases are paid for in the month following the purchase, and the remainder are paid in the following month.
4. Wages are forecasted to be equal to 20% of expected sales.
5. Leasing expense for the property, plant, and equipment is $10,000 per month.
6. Interest payments of $30,000 on longterm debt are due in June and September.
7. A $50,000 dividend will be paid to common shareholders in June.
8. Tax prepayments of $25,000 will be paid in June and September.
9. A $200,000 capital improvement is scheduled to be paid in July, but management is flexible on the scheduling of this outlay.
The Worksheet Area
10. Bithlo Barbecues must keep a minimum cash balance of $15,000 by agreement with its bank. Its cash balance at the end of May was $20,000.
The worksheet area is not necessarily a part of the cash budget. However, it is useful because it summarizes some of the most important calculations in the budget. This section includes a breakdown of expected sales, accounts receivable collections, and payments for materials (inventory) purchases.
Open a new workbook and rename Sheet1 to Cash Budget. Like any other financial statement, we begin the cash budget with the titles. In A1 enter: Bithlo
Barbecues; in A2 type: Cash Budget; and in A3 enter: For the Period June to September 2005. Center these titles across columns A:I. Next, enter the names of the months from Table 31 in C4:I4 using the AutoFill feature (see page 11).
The starting point for a cash budget is the sales forecast. Many of the other forecasts in the cash budget are driven (at least indirectly) by this forecast. The sales forecast has been provided for us by Bithlo s marketing department in Table 31. In A5 enter the label Sales, and then copy the expected sales to C5:I5 in your worksheet.
BITHLO BARBECUES ACTUALAND EXPECTED SALESFOR 2005*
Month 
Sales 
April 
291,000 
May 
365,000 
June 
387,000 
July 
329,000 
August 
238,000 
September 
145,000 
October 
92,000 
*April and May sales are actual.
Note that sales have a strong seasonal component. In this case, barbecuing is mostly a summer phenomenon and we expect that sales will peak in June before falling dramatically in the fall and winter months. Such seasonality is important in many types of business; for example toy store sales in the fourth quarter may be 40% or more of annual sales. Seasonal patterns must be included in your sales forecast if your cash budget is to be accurate.
For most firms, at least a portion of sales are made on credit. It is therefore important that the firm know how quickly it can expect to collect on those sales. In the case of Bithlo Barbecues, experience has shown that in the past about 40% of its sales are cash and 60% are on credit. Of the 60% of sales made on credit, about 75% will be collected during the month following the sale and the remaining 25% will be collected two months after the sale. In other words, 45% (= 0.60 x 0.75) of total sales in any month will be collected during the following month, and 15% (= 0.60 x 0.25) will be collected within two months.
Our goal is to determine the total collections in each month. In A6 type: Collections:, and then in A7 enter the label: Cash. This will indicate the cash sales for the month. In A8 enter: First Month to indicate collections from the previous month. In A9 enter: Second Month to indicate collections on sales made two months previously. Since our estimates of the collection percentages may change, it is important that they not be entered directly into formulas. Instead, enter these percentages in B7:B9.
Since the budget is for June to September we will begin our estimates of collections in E7. (Note that April and May sales are included here only because we need to reference sales from the two previous months to determine the collections from credit sales.) To calculate the cash collections for June we multiply the expected June sales by the percentage of cash sales, so enter: =_{E5*$B7} into E7. To calculate collections from cash sales for the other months, simply copy this formula to F7:H7.
The Worksheet Area
Collections on credit sales can be calculated similarly. In E8, we will calculate
June collections from May sales with the formula: =_{D5*$B8}. Copy this formula to F8:H8. Finally, collections from sales two months ago, in E9, can be calculated with the formula: =_{C5*$B9}. After copying this formula to F9:H9, calculate the total collections in row 10 for each month by using the SUM function. Check your numbers against those in Exhibit 31 and format your worksheet to match. This is a good time to save your workbook.
In this section of the worksheet area, we calculate the payments that are made for inventory purchases. Bithlo Barbecues purchases inventory (equal to 50% of sales) the month before the sale is made. For example, June inventory purchases will be 50% of expected July sales. However, it does not pay for the inventory immediately. Instead, 60% of the purchase price is paid in the following month, and the other 40% is paid two months after the purchase.
EXHIBIT 31
CALCULATING COLLECTIONSINTHE WORKSHEET AREA
A B C D E F G H I
1 
Bithlo Barbeques 

2 
Cash Budget 

3 
For the Period June to September 2005 

4 
April May June July August September October 

5 
Sales 
291,000 
365,000 
387,000 
329,000 
238,000 
145,000 
92,000 

6 
Collections: 

7 
Cash 
40% 
154,800 
131,600 
95,200 
58,000 

8 
First Month 
45% 
164,250 
174,150 
148,050 
107,100 

9 
Second Month 
15% 
43,650 
54,750 
58,050 
49,350 

10 
Total Collections 
362,700 
360,500 
301,300 
214,450 

11 
Purchases 
50% 
182,500 
193,500 
164,500 
119,000 
72,500 
46,000 

12 
Payments: 

13 
First Month 
60% 
116,100 
98,700 
71,400 
43,500 

14 
Second Month 
40% 
73,000 
77,400 
65,800 
47,600 

15 
Total Payments 
189,100 
176,100 
137,200 
91,100 
We first need to calculate the amount of inventory purchased in each month. As noted, this is 50% of the following month s sales. So in A11 type: Purchases and in B11 enter: 50_{%}. We will calculate April purchases in C11 with the formula:
=_{$B11*D5}. Copying this formula to D11:H11 completes the calculation of purchases.
Credit purchases are not cash outflows, so we need to calculate the actual cash payments for inventory in each month. This is very similar to the way we calculated total cash collections. First, enter labels. In A12 type: Payments:. In A13 and A14 enter: First Month and Second Month respectively, and enter:
Total Payments in A15. Now enter 60% in B13 and 40% in B14. In June Bithlo Barbecues will pay for 60% of purchases made in May. So the formula in E13 is: =$B13*D11. Copy this to F13:H13 to complete the first month s payments. To calculate the June payment for April purchases in E14, use the formula: =_{$B14*C11}. Copy this to F14:H14 and then calculate the total payments for each month in row 15.
At this point your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 31. Check your numbers carefully to make sure that they agree with those in the exhibit. To clarify the logic of these formulas, examine Exhibit 32 which is the same as Exhibit 31, except it has arrows drawn in to show the references for June.
EXHIBIT 32
THE WORKSHEET AREAOFA CASH BUDGET
A B C D E F G H I
1 Bithlo Barbeques
2 Cash Budget
3 For the Period June to September 2005
4 April May June July August September October
5 Sales 291,000 365,000 387,000 329,000 238,000 145,000 92,000
6 Collections:
7 Cash 40% 154,800 131,600 95,200 58,000 8 First Month 45% 164,250 174,150 148,050 107,100 9 Second Month 15% 43,650 54,750 58,050 49,350
10 Total Collections 362,700 360,500 301,300 214,450
11 Purchases 50% 182,500 193,500 164,500 119,000 72,500 46,000
12 Payments:
13 First Month 60% 116,100 98,700 71,400 43,500 14 Second Month 40% 73,000 77,400 65,800 47,600
15 Total Payments 189,100 176,100 137,200 91,100
This section of the cash budget is the easiest to set up in a spreadsheet because there are no complex relationships between the cells as there are in the worksheet area. The collections and disbursements area is very much like a cashbased income statement (i.e., there are no noncash expenses). We simply list the cash inflows and outflows that are expected for each month.
Collections and Disbursements
We will begin by summarizing the cash collections for each month. Enter the label: Collections in A17. In E17:H17 the formulas simply reference the total collections that were calculated in E10:H10. So, for example, the formula in E17 is: =_{E10}. Copy this formula to F17:H17.
In A18, enter the label: Less Disbursements:. The first cash outflow that we will enter is the inventory payment which was calculated in the worksheet area. Enter Inventory Payments as the label in A19 and the formula in E19 is: =_{E15}. Wages are assumed to be equal to 20% of sales. In A20 add the label: Wages and in B20 type: 20_{%} which will be used to calculate the expected monthly wage expense. The formula to calculate wages in E20 is: =_{$B20*E5}. Now copy these formulas to F19:H20. By now, you should be able to finish this section by entering the remaining labels and numbers as pictured in Exhibit 33.
EXHIBIT 33
COLLECTIONSAND DISBURSEMENTS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 

17 
Collections 
362,700 
360,500 
301,300 
214,450 

18 
Less Disbursements: 

19 
Inventory Payments 
189,100 
176,100 
137,200 
91,100 

20 
Wages 
20% 
77,400 
65,800 
47,600 
29,000 

21 
Lease Payment 
10,000 
10,000 
10,000 
10,000 

22 
Interest 
30,000 
0 
0 
30,000 

23 
Dividend (Common) 
50,000 
0 
0 
0 

24 
Taxes 
25,000 
0 
0 
25,000 

25 
Capital Outlays 
0 
200,000 
0 
0 

26 
Total Disbursements 
381,500 
451,900 
194,800 
185,100 
There are a couple of points to note about this portion of the cash budget. First, we have assumed that the only cash inflows are from selling the firm s products. In other cases, however, it is possible that the firm might plan to sell some assets or bonds or stock. Any of these actions would bring cash into the firm and should be included under collections.
Second, we have included dividends, which do not appear on the income statement. The reason that they are on the cash budget is that dividends represent a very real cash expenditure for the firm. They don t appear on the income statement because dividends are paid from aftertax dollars.
Finally, Bithlo Barbecues has scheduled capital outlays of $200,000 in July. Even though they are paying the full cost in July, it is unlikely that they would be allowed to expense this entire amount during 2005. Instead, the income statement would reflect the depreciation of these assets over a longer period of time. Regardless of tax laws or accounting conventions, it is important to include all expected cash inflows and outflows on the cash budget.
This last section of the cash budget calculates the expected ending cash balance at the end of each month. This is the most important part of the cash budget because it helps the manager understand the firm s shortterm borrowing requirements. Knowing the borrowing requirements in advance allows managers to arrange for financing when they need it and provides the time necessary to evaluate possible alternatives. Managers can also use this information to determine the best timing for major expenditures.
CALCULATINGTHE ENDING CASH BALANCE
Beginning Cash Balance + Total Collections Total Disbursements 
= Unadjusted Cash Balance + Current Borrowing 
= Ending Cash Balance 
Table 32 shows the series of calculations necessary to determine the firm s ending cash balance. Essentially, this is the same procedure we saw in Table 22 on page 57. In the next section we will add a few steps to this calculation, but the basic procedure is always as outlined in Table 32.
We have already made most of the calculations necessary to complete the cash budget. Before we finish this last section, however, we need to add another detail. The management of Bithlo Barbecues has decided that they would like to keep a minimum cash balance of $15,000 to meet any unexpected expenses. If the projected cash balance falls below this amount, they will need to borrow to bring the balance back to this minimum. In A32 enter the label: Notes:. We will use cells below A32 to indicate important assumptions about our cash budget. The first of these is the minimum cash balance requirement. In A33 enter the label:
Minimum Acceptable Cash and in B33 enter: 15,000.
In cells A27:A31 enter the labels as shown in Exhibit 34. (Notice that this is exactly the same as was outlined in Table 32.) We start with the unadjusted cash balance in May. Enter: 20,000 into D29. In D30 enter: 0 because the firm had no shortterm borrowing needs in May. The ending cash balance for the month is simply the unadjusted cash balance plus current borrowing, so the formula in D31 is: =sum(D29:D30). This formula will be the same for each month, so copy it across to E31:H31.
EXHIBIT 34
ENDING CASH BALANCE CALCULATION
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 

27 
Beginning Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
121,500 

28 
Collections  Disbursements 
(18,800) 
(91,400) 
106,500 
29,350 

29 
Unadjusted Cash Balance 
20,000 
1,200 
(76,400) 
121,500 
150,850 

30 
Current Borrowing 
0 
13,800 
91,400 
0 
0 

31 
Ending Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
121,500 
150,850 

32 
Notes: 

33 
Minimum Acceptable Cash 
15,000 
The beginning cash balance for any month is the same as the ending cash balance from the previous month. Therefore, we can simply reference the previous month s ending cash balance calculation. In E27 enter the formula: =_{D31} and copy this across to F27:H27. At this point, your beginning cash balance for each month, except June, will be 0 because we have not yet entered any formulas in E28:H30.
Since we have already calculated the total collections and total disbursements, there is no need to have separate rows for those calculations in this section. Instead, we will calculate the net collections for June in E28 with the formula: =_{E17E26}. Copy this formula to F28:H28. For June, the result is $18,800, which indicates that the firm expects to spend more than it will collect. In other words, the cash balance is expected to decline by $18,800 in June. This decline will be reflected in the unadjusted cash balance.
The unadjusted cash balance is what the cash balance would be if the firm did not have any shortterm borrowing during the month. We simply add the beginning cash balance and the net collections for the month. The formula in E29 is:
=Sum(E27:E28). The result is $1,200, which is less than the firm s minimum acceptable cash balance of $15,000. Therefore, Bithlo Barbecues will need to borrow $13,800 to bring the balance up to this minimum.
How did we determine that the firm needs to borrow $13,800? It is probably obvious to you, even without giving it much thought. However, you need to think it through carefully to create a formula which will work under all circumstances. We could use the following equation:
Current Borrowing = Minimum Cash Unadjusted Cash. (31)
In this case we find that Bithlo Barbecues needs to borrow:
$13,800 = $15,000 $1,200
Equation 31 works in this case, but it is not appropriate in all circumstances. Suppose, for example, that the unadjusted cash balance had been $20,000. This would suggest that the firm needs to borrow $5,000, which is absurd. In a case such as this, we would like to see current borrowing at 0.
The calculation that we need can be stated as follows: If the unadjusted cash balance is less than the minimum, then we borrow an amount equal to minimum cash unadjusted cash. Otherwise, current borrowing is zero. With the formulas that we have used so far, this type of calculation is impossible. However, Excel has a built in function that can handle situations where the result depends on some condition the IF statement.
The IF statement returns one of two values, depending on whether a statement is true or false:
IF (LOGICAL_TEST, VALUE_IF_TRUE, VALUE_IF_FALSE).
LOGICAL_TEST is any statement which can be evaluated as being either true or false, and VALUE_IF_TRUE and VALUE_IF_FALSE are the return values which depend on whether LOGICAL_TEST was true or false. If you are familiar with computer programming, you will recognize this as the equivalent of the If Then Else construct that is supported by most programming languages. The formula to calculate the firm s borrowing needs for June, in E30, is:
=IF(E29<$B33,$B33E29,0). Since the unadjusted cash balance is only $1,200, the result should indicate the need to borrow $13,800 as we found earlier. Copy this formula to F30:H30 to complete the calculation of current borrowing. Notice that, because of large positive net collections, the firm does not need to borrow funds in August or September.
We have already entered formulas for the ending cash balance in each month. You should now check your numbers and formatting against those in Exhibit 35.
EXHIBIT 35
A COMPLETED SIMPLE CASH BUDGET
A B C D E F G H I
1 
Bithlo Barbeques 

2 
Cash Budget 

3 
For the Period June to September 2005 

4 
April May June July 
August 
September October 

5 
Sales 
291,000 
365,000 
387,000 
329,000 
238,000 
145,000 
92,000 

6 
Collections: 

7 
Cash 
40% 
154,800 
131,600 
95,200 
58,000 

8 
First Month 
45% 
164,250 
174,150 
148,050 
107,100 

9 
Second Month 
15% 
43,650 
54,750 
58,050 
49,350 

10 
Total Collections 
362,700 
360,500 
301,300 
214,450 

11 
Purchases 
50% 
182,500 
193,500 
164,500 
119,000 
72,500 
46,000 

12 
Payments: 

13 
First Month 
60% 
116,100 
98,700 
71,400 
43,500 

14 
Second Month 
40% 
73,000 
77,400 
65,800 
47,600 

15 
Total Payments 
189,100 
176,100 
137,200 
91,100 

17 
Collections 
362,700 
360,500 
301,300 
214,450 

18 
Less Disbursements: 

19 
Inventory Payments 
189,100 
176,100 
137,200 
91,100 

20 
Wages 
20% 
77,400 
65,800 
47,600 
29,000 

21 
Lease Payment 
10,000 
10,000 
10,000 
10,000 

22 
Interest 
30,000 
0 
0 
30,000 

23 
Dividend (Common) 
50,000 
0 
0 
0 

24 
Taxes 
25,000 
0 
0 
25,000 

25 
Capital Outlays 
0 
200,000 
0 
0 

26 
Total Disbursements 
381,500 
451,900 
194,800 
185,100 

27 
Beginning Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
121,500 

28 
Collections  Disbursements 
(18,800) 
(91,400) 
106,500 
29,350 

29 
Unadjusted Cash Balance 
20,000 
1,200 
(76,400) 
121,500 
150,850 

30 
Current Borrowing 
0 
13,800 
91,400 
0 
0 

31 
Ending Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
121,500 
150,850 

32 
Notes: 

33 
Minimum Acceptable Cash 
15,000 
At this point the managers of Bithlo Barbecues know that they will need to arrange to borrow $13,800 before June, and $91,400 before July. It is also obvious that they will have enough cash to pay off these borrowings in August, but we will postpone the repayment of loans until later in this chapter.
Besides being useful for planning the firm s shortterm borrowing needs, the cash budget can be useful in timing collections and expenditures. For example, suppose that the firm is concerned about the amount of borrowing that will be necessary in June and July. What we want to do is to see what happens if we make certain changes in our assumptions.
One way that they may be able to reduce the borrowing needs is to try to speed up collections on sales and to slow down the payments for inventory purchases (they will effectively be borrowing from suppliers instead of the bank). Suppose that the firm is able to collect 50% of sales during the following month, thereby reducing collections in the second month to 10%. Furthermore, assume that they can slow down their payments for inventory purchases to 50% in the first month after the purchase instead of the current 60%.
Change B8 to 50%, B9 to 10%, B13 to 50%, and B14 to 50%. You will see that borrowing will fall in June to $9,000 from $13,800. Borrowing in July will rise to $93,200 from $91,400. Therefore, the total amount of borrowing will decrease from the original $105,800 to $102,200. This has two benefits: it reduces the interest cost of borrowing (which we will consider in the next section), and it shifts that interest expense to a later point in time. Of course, there may also be an opportunity cost in the form of lost discounts due to paying suppliers later, and customers may go to competitors who offer better credit terms. Before moving on, make sure to change the percentages back to their original values.
As another example, consider Bithlo Barbecues $200,000 expenditure currently planned for July 2005. This expenditure is the primary cause of the borrowing need in July. Indeed, without this $200,000 outlay, the firm wouldn t need to borrow in July.
Assuming that there is some flexibility in scheduling this outlay, in which month should the expenditure be made? The answer, of course, depends on a number of factors, but we might decide to make the decision based on minimizing borrowing needs. That is, schedule the project such that the firm s shortterm borrowing needs are minimized. This might be especially important if the firm expected borrowing needs in excess of its line of credit in a given month.
You can experiment a bit by changing the month in which the capital expenditure is made. First, however, it would be helpful to know the total expected borrowing for the fourmonth period. In I30, enter the formula: =Sum(E30:H30) to calculate
total borrowing. Now, by moving the capital expenditure to different months, you should be able to verify the numbers in Table 33.
.
OPTIMAL SCHEDULINGFORA CAPITAL EXPENDITURE
Month of Outlay 
Total Fourmonth Borrowing 
June 
$ 213,800 
July 
$ 105,200 
August 
$ 13,800 
September 
$ 13,800 
Obviously, by this criteria, the best time to schedule the outlay would be in either August or September. Before continuing, be sure to move the $200,000 outlay back to July.
In the previous section, we performed what has come to be called a What if? analysis. That is, we changed the timing of the large capital expenditure to see what would happen to the total amount of borrowing for the period. The problem with doing it by hand as we did is that you lose the original results of your analysis after it is done. Also, every person who looks at your spreadsheet will need to perform that same analysis. Excel provides a better way the Scenario Manager. This tool allows us to store several scenarios (alternatives) in the spreadsheet and display them at will. Figure 31 shows the Scenario Manager dialog box before any scenarios have been created.
FIGURE 31
SCENARIO MANAGER DIALOG BOXWITH NO SCENARIOS DEFINED
To access this tool, choose Tools Scenarios from the menu. When the dialog box is showing, we can begin to create our four scenarios. To begin, click the Add button.
In the next dialog box enter: Expenditure in June for the Scenario name. The Changing cells are those cells that will be different under each scenario. In this case, they will be the capital outlay for each month, so enter: E25:H25 and click the OK button. You will now be prompted to enter values for each of the changing cells for this scenario. Since our first scenario calls for the expenditure to be made in June, enter 200000 in the first box and 0 in each of the others. The Scenario Values dialog box should look like that in Figure 32. Now click the Add button to create the next scenario. Repeat these steps until you have four scenarios with the expenditure occurring in different months.
FIGURE 32
SCENARIO VALUES DIALOG BOXFOR JUNE EXPENDITURE
Note that the Scenario Values dialog box prompts you for values using the cell addresses as labels. That can be confusing, especially if the cells are not visible on the screen. One way to make this situation better is to use defined names for the cells, as was discussed in Chapter 1 (page 9). First, close the Scenario Manager and then click on cell E25 and choose Insert Name Define from the menus. Now, type June in the edit box and click on the Add button. Now name the other cells similarly. Return to the Scenario Manager and select the Expenditures in June scenario. Click on the Edit button, then the OK button on the Edit Scenario dialog, and your Scenario Values dialog box should look like the one in Figure 33.
FIGURE 33
SCENARIO VALUES DIALOG BOXWITH DEFINED NAMES
Many of the other tools supplied with Excel work with range names in a similar way. This is a useful trick to remember as it can simplify entering data. As we will see shortly, using range names will also improve the Scenario Summary sheets.
After creating your scenarios, the Scenario Manager dialog box will look like the one in Figure 34.
FIGURE 34
SCENARIO MANAGER DIALOG BOXWITH FOUR SCENARIOS
To display a particular scenario, simply select it from the list and click the Show button. Excel will alter the contents of your changing cells to reflect the values that you entered. Of course, the entire worksheet will be recalculated and you can see the results under the selected scenario. Note that to see the entire worksheet you must click the Close button on the Scenario Manager dialog box. Take a look at the results of each scenario, but remember to reset the scenario to Expenditure in July (our default case) before continuing. If you forget to reset to the default scenario, Excel will always display the last chosen scenario. This can cause confusion when you later open your workbook.
Being able to quickly change between scenarios is pretty helpful, but the real advantage of the Scenario Manager is its ability to summarize the results of all of your scenarios. In this case, we would like to compare the total borrowing that results under each scenario to determine the best time for the expenditure. Recall that we added a formula in I30 to calculate the total borrowing for the period. Before continuing, define a name for this cell such as Total_Borrowing. (Recall that we use the underscore in place of a space since spaces are not allowed in range names.)
Return to the Scenario Manager and click on the Summary button. You will be asked to enter Result cells. A result cell is a cell (or a set of cells) that shows the end result of each scenario. In this case, we are interested in total borrowing, so enter: I30 as the Result cell and click the OK button. Excel will now create a
worksheet that summarizes your scenario results. For our scenarios, the results are in Exhibit 36. Note that these results are exactly the same as those in Table 33.
EXHIBIT 36
SCENARIO SUMMARY
A B C D E F G
1 
Scenario Summary Current Values: Expenditure in June 
Expenditure in July Expenditure in August Expenditure in September 

2 

4 
Changing Cells: 

5 
June July August September 
0 200,000 0 0 
200,000 0 0 0 
0 0 0 200,000 0 0 0 200,000 0 0 0 200,000 

6 

7 

8 

9 
Result Cells: 

10 
Total_Borrowing 
105,200 213,800 
105,200 13,800 13,800 

11 
Notes: Current Values column represents values of changing cells at time Scenario Summary Report was created. Changing cells for each scenario are highlighted in gray. 

12 

13 
In the previous section you created a basic cash budget for Bithlo Barbecues. In this section we will refine the calculation of the ending cash balance by considering two additional factors. First, we will add interest payments on borrowed funds, then we will consider the investment of excess cash.
Before beginning let s create a copy of the previous cash budget in the same workbook. Rightclick the sheet tab labeled Cash Budget and select Move or Copy from the menu. On the dialog box make sure to check the box labeled Create a Copy and select (move to end) from the list. The copied sheet will now be named
Cash Budget (2). Rightclick the sheet tab and rename the new sheet Complex Cash Budget.
Next, we will need to make a few additions to the notes at the bottom of the worksheet. We will now assume that Bithlo Barbecues will invest any cash in excess of $40,000. In A34 add the label: Maximum Acceptable Cash and in B34 enter: 40,000. Furthermore, the firm will have to pay interest on its shortterm borrowings and will earn interest on invested funds. In A35 type:
Borrowing Rate (Annual) and in B35 enter: 8%. In A36 add the label:
Lending Rate (Annual) and enter: 6% in B36.
Since we are working with monthly time periods, we need to convert these annual rates into monthly rates of interest. So, in C35 and C36 enter the label: Monthly.
We will convert the annual rate to a monthly rate by dividing by 12. In D35 enter the formula: =_{B35/12}, and copy this to D36. You should see that the monthly borrowing rate is 0.67% and the monthly lending rate is 0.50%.
We are now ready to expand the cash budget to include borrowing and lending and the interest expense and income. Before entering any new formulas we need to insert a few new rows. Select row 23 (the dividend on common stock), and then choose Insert Rows from the menu. This will insert a row above the selection. In A23 enter the label: ShortTerm Interest Expense (Inc.). Next, select row 32 (the ending cash balance), insert a row, and enter: Current Investing into A32. Finally, select rows 34 and 35 and choose Insert Rows from the menu. This will insert two rows above the selection. In A34 type: Cumulative
Borrowing (Investing) and in A35 type: Cumulative Interest
Expense (Inc.). We need to calculate the cumulative amount that is borrowed/ invested so that we can calculate the monthly shortterm interest expense/income.
We will start by entering the formulas to calculate the cumulative amount of borrowing (investing) in D34. Positive amounts will represent borrowing while negative numbers will represent investing. In order to calculate the cumulative amount, we need to add the previous period s cumulative amount to current borrowing and subtract current investing. For May, in D34, the formula is:
=C34+D31D32, and the result should be 0. Copy this formula to E34:H34. Note that at this point the result for each month should be equal to the cumulative current borrowing.
Shortterm interest expense (income) can now be calculated by multiplying the cumulative amount of borrowing (investing) from the previous month by the appropriate interest rate. So, in E23 we will use an IFstatement to determine which rate to use. If the cumulative amount of borrowing (investing) is positive, we will multiply it by the borrowing rate. Otherwise, use the lending rate. The formula for June, E23, is: =IF(D34>0,D34*$D$39,D34*$D$40). In June, since the firm has not had previous borrowing or lending, the result should be 0. Copy this across to F23:H23. At this point, the last section of your worksheet should resemble the fragment in Exhibit 37.
EXHIBIT 37
THE WORKSHEETWITH INTEREST CALCULATIONS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 

17 
Collections 
362,700 
360,500 
301,300 
214,450 

18 
Less Disbursements: 

19 
Inventory Payments 
189,100 
176,100 
137,200 
91,100 

20 
Wages 
20% 
77,400 
65,800 
47,600 
29,000 

21 
Lease Payment 
10,000 
10,000 
10,000 
10,000 

22 
Interest 
30,000 
0 
0 
30,000 

23 
Shortterm Interest Expense (Inc.) 
0 
92 
702 
702 

24 
Dividend (Common) 
50,000 
0 
0 
0 

25 
Taxes 
25,000 
0 
0 
25,000 

26 
Capital Outlays 
0 
200,000 
0 
0 

27 
Total Disbursement 
381,500 
451,992 
195,502 
185,802 

28 
Beginning Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
120,798 

29 
Collections  Disbursements 
(18,800) 
(91,492) 
105,798 
28,648 

30 
Unadjusted Cash Balance 
20,000 
1,200 
(76,492) 
120,798 
149,446 

31 
Current Borrowing 
0 
13,800 
91,492 
0 
0 

32 
Current Investing 

33 
Ending Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
120,798 
149,446 

34 
Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) 
0 
13,800 
105,292 
105,292 
105,292 

35 
Cumulative Interest Expense (Inc.) 

36 
Notes: 

37 
Minimum Acceptable Cash 
15,000 

38 
Maximum Acceptable Cash 
40,000 

39 
Borrowing Rate (Annual) 
8% 
Monthly 
0.67% 

40 
Lending Rate (Annual) 
6% 
Monthly 
0.50% 
We can now calculate the cumulative interest expense (income) in E35. To do this we simply add the previous month s interest expense (income) to the current month s interest expense (income). For June, the formula is: =_{D35+E23}. This formula should be copied across to F35:H35.
Determining the amount of current borrowing and current investing is the most complex part of this cash budget. We have already calculated current borrowing, but since we are now considering investments and interest, the formula will need to be changed. For current borrowing, the logic can be explained this way: If the unadjusted cash balance is less than the minimum acceptable cash, then borrow enough to bring the balance to the minimum. However, if the firm has some investments, reduce the amount of borrowing by the amount of the investments (or total borrowing needs, whichever is less). If the unadjusted cash balance is greater than the minimum and the firm has previous borrowing, then use the cash above the minimum to reduce the outstanding borrowing. Writing a formula to implement this logic is complex, and it should be built in small pieces. After each piece, verify the result and then add on the next piece.
Writing this formula requires the use of nested IF statements. That is, we embed a second IF statement within the first. In pseudocode this is:
If Unadjusted Cash < Minimum Cash then {Firm needs to raise funds}
If Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) < 0 then {Firm has investments it can sell}
Current Borrowing = Minimum Cash + Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) Unadjusted Cash
Else Current Borrowing = Minimum Cash Unadjusted Cash {Must Borrow}
Else {Firm doesn t need to raise funds}
If Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) > 0 then {Use excess funds to reduce previous borrowings}
Current Borrowing = Minimum(Cumulative Borrowing (Investing), Unadjusted Cash Minimum
Cash)
Else Current Borrowing = 0 End If
The formula to calculate current borrowing in July, E31, is:
=IF(E30<$B$37,IF(D34<0,MAX($B$37+D34E30,0),$B$37E30), IF(D34>0,MIN(D34,E30$B$37),0)). Type this formula carefully, and then copy it to F31:H31. Note that we have also used the builtin MAX and MIN functions. MAX returns the largest and MIN returns the smallest of the supplied arguments. These functions are defined as:
MAX(NUMBER1, NUMBER2, )
MIN(NUMBER1, NUMBER2, )
In these functions, NUMBER1,NUMBER2,etc. are the set of up to 30 arguments. In this formula, the MAX function is required to be sure that we don t end up with negative borrowing if the investments are more than sufficient to cover cash needs (i.e., we don t want to sell all of the investments if we don t need to). The MIN function is used when the firm has excess cash and has some outstanding loans to pay off. It finds the minimum of either (1) the cumulative amount of borrowing outstanding, or (2) the difference between the unadjusted cash balance and the minimum acceptable cash balance. Note that we had to use the negative of result of the MIN function in order to get the correct result.
Sometimes the logic you need to solve a problem can get a bit complicated, as above. It is important to carefully think it through and build your formulas one small piece at a time. In this way, we can slowly build up a large, complex formula that always works. That s exactly how the above formula was created. However, no matter how careful you are in building a complex formula there is always the possibility of errors creeping in. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify these errors before they become serious problems (i.e., cost you or your company real money).
One of the best ways to avoid errors is to thoroughly test your formulas. The easiest way to do this is to change some numbers that the formula depends on and make sure that you are still getting correct answers. For example, we might temporarily change our ending cash balance in May. Then, carefully work through the ending cash balance calculations to make sure they are working correctly.
Finding errors in the first version of a complex formula is almost guaranteed. Fortunately, Excel provides several tools to help find and correct the cause. In the following subsections we will take a short detour from our example to discuss these tools.
In previous versions (before 2002), one of Excel s most useful and probably least known tools was the F9 function key. This is still available and very valuable. Normally, pressing F9 causes a worksheet to recalculate, but when you use it in the formula bar it shows the contents of a cell address or the result of a calculation. For example, select E31 and highlight the first condition in the IF statement as shown in Figure 35.
When you press F9, Excel evaluates the expression E30<$B$37 and then reports that the result is true (E30 is, in fact, less than B37). Note that we also could have highlighted just the E30 part of this expression and, after pressing F9, Excel would show that the value in E30 is equal to 1,200. Now, applying the same technique to the other part of the expression would show that B37 is equal to 15,000. At this point, the first part of the formula would show as 1200<15000 which is obviously true. This technique is very useful for checking parts of an equation to make sure they are accurate.
One caveat to this trick is that if you now press Enter to return to the worksheet, your equation will be changed to include the results instead of reverting to the cell addresses. It is crucial to press the Esc key rather than Enter in order to avoid locking in the changes you ve made.
Another member of the errorchecking toolkit is the use of colorcoding in formulas. When you create or edit a formula, Excel colors the cell addresses and highlights each of those cells in that same color. This allows you to easily see which cells are being used. If you notice that you ve used an incorrect cell or range, you can grab the colored outline and expand, contract, or move it to another location. This will change the appropriate cell or range of cells in your formula.
For the last several versions Excel has had the Formula Auditing toolbar, but it has been greatly improved in Excel 2002. To see this toolbar go to View Toolbars and click on Formula Auditing.
FIGURE 36
THE FORMULA AUDITING TOOLBAR
The first icon on the Formula Auditing toolbar is for error checking. Excel will examine your worksheet for common types of errors and will walk you through them. However, unless you have turned off background error checking (go to Tools Options Error Checking tab), Excel performs this error checking automatically. If background error checking is on, a green triangle will appear in the upperleft corner of the cell along with a Smart Tag that explains the error and offers a solution. Errors in logic cannot, of course, be detected, but many other types of errors can be.
Be aware that in some cases Excel will think you ve made an error when you have not. Don t automatically accept the proposed fix. If this happens repeatedly, you can tell Excel to stop checking for that type of error, or turn off background error checking completely.
The next five icons in the Formula Auditing toolbar are for tracing precedent or dependent cells. A precedent cell is one upon which a formula depends, while a dependent cell is one that depends on the result of the formula in the active cell. If the active cell contains a formula, clicking the Trace Precedents icon will display arrows from the precedent cells. The arrows in Exhibit 32 (page 72) were created in this way. The Trace Dependents icon works the same way, except that the arrows point to dependent cells.
When working on a large worksheet, it is common to find yourself changing a value in one location and jumping to another to check the result. The Watch Window in Excel 2002 is a powerful tool which helps to speed up formula debugging by letting you watch a distant cell without having to scroll to it. To activate this tool click on the next to last icon on the Formula Auditing toolbar or go to Tools Formula Auditing Show Watch Window.
Once the Watch Window is displayed, you can choose one or more cells to watch by clicking the Add Watch button and choosing the cell. In Figure 37 we have selected E31. With this window displayed you can scroll to any part of the worksheet, change a cell value, and see what happens to E31. Note that if you close the Watch Window (or even save and close the workbook), the watch cells are not cleared. That allows you to open it again to continue watching the cell.
FIGURE 37
Finally, perhaps the best new feature for formula debugging is the Evaluate Formula tool. This tool lets you step through a formula piece by piece as Excel evaluates it. It works much like the F9 function key, except that it will step through the entire formula one step at a time. To activate this tool click on the last icon on the Formula Auditing toolbar or go to Tools Formula Auditing Evaluate Formula.
Figure 38 shows the Evaluate Formula dialog box with the formula in E31 ready to be evaluated. Note that E30 is underlined, indicating that it will be evaluated first. Simply click the Evaluate button and E30 will be replaced with 1200. Now, $B$37 will be underlined and ready to be evaluated. You can continue to click the Evaluate button to work through the entire formula.
An additional feature is the Step In function. For those expressions that themselves are the result of a formula, you can step in to the previous formula and evaluate it. For example, D34 is actually the result of the formula =C34+D31D32. When D34 is underlined, clicking the Step In button will allow you to evaluate this formula and then return to evaluating the rest of the original formula.
One of the most difficult tasks in the process of building a spreadsheet model is making sure that it works correctly under all conditions. Making use of the tips and tools discussed here can make the job much simpler. Let s now return to our cash budgeting example.
If Bithlo Barbecues has cash in excess of the maximum ($40,000 in this case) the cash should be invested in shortterm securities. This is the essential idea behind the current investing item. Note that since we have added the Current Investing line, we must adjust our ending cash balance formula to take investing into account.
The correct formula, in D33, is: =SUM(D30:D31)D32. That is, our ending cash balance is now going to be the Unadjusted Cash Balance plus the Current Borrowing minus Current Investing. (Investing is a cash outflow so it must be subtracted.) Copy this formula to E33:H33.
The current borrowing formula was constructed so that the firm will first sell any existing shortterm investments before borrowing. Therefore, if the sum of the unadjusted cash balance and current borrowing is less than the minimum required cash, the firm needs to sell some investments. Otherwise, if the unadjusted cash balance plus current borrowing is greater than the maximum acceptable cash, the firm must invest the excess.
To implement this logic we will again use nested IF statements. We also need to use the AND statement which allows us to evaluate several conditions and then returns true only if all of the arguments are true. The AND statement is defined as follows:
AND(LOGICAL1, LOGICAL2, )
In this function, LOGICAL1,LOGICAL2, etc. are up to 30 arguments which can be evaluated as true or false. We will use this statement to determine if both of the following conditions are true: (1) unadjusted cash + current borrowing is less than the minimum cash, and (2) cumulative investing is positive.
The formula to calculate the amount of current investing, in E32, is:
=IF(AND(E30+E31<$B$37,D34<0),E30+E31$B$37,
IF(E30+E31>$B$38,E30+E31$B$38,0)). Enter this formula and copy it across to F32:H32. Now copy the formula to D32 as well. Again, this is a complex formula, but it can be broken down into more understandable components:
If Unadjusted Cash + Borrowing < Minimum Cash and Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) < 0 then Current Investing = Unadjusted Cash + Borrowing Minimum Cash
Else
If Unadjusted Cash + Borrowing > Maximum Cash then
Current Investing = Unadjusted Cash + Borrowing Maximum Cash
Else
Current Investing = 0 End.
At this point, this portion of your cash budget should resemble that in Exhibit 38.
In order to understand the complex cash budget, you must work through it linebyline. In this section, we will do just that. Follow along in Exhibit 38.
June (column E): The unadjusted cash balance in June is projected to be only $1,200. Since this is less than the $15,000 minimum, the firm needs to raise funds. In this case it has no investments to sell, so it must borrow $13,800 to bring the ending cash balance to $15,000.
July (column F): The firm is projecting that it will be overdrawn by $76,492.
Again, it has no investments to sell and must borrow an additional $91,492. Note that its cumulative borrowing is now $105,292.
EXHIBIT 38
CALCULATINGTHE CASH BALANCEWITH BORROWINGAND INVESTING
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 

28 
Beginning Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
15,506 

29 
Collections  Disbursements 
(18,800) 
(91,492) 
105,798 
29,350 

30 
Unadjusted Cash Balance 
20,000 
1,200 
(76,492) 
120,798 
44,856 

31 
Current Borrowing 
0 
13,800 
91,492 
(105,292) 
0 

32 
Current Investing 
0 
0 
0 
0 
4,856 

33 
Ending Cash Balance 
20,000 
15,000 
15,000 
15,506 
40,000 

34 
Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) 
0 
13,800 
105,292 
0 
(4,856) 

35 
Cumulative Interest Expense (Inc.) 
0 
92 
794 
794 

36 
Notes: 

37 
Minimum Acceptable Cash 
15,000 

38 
Maximum Acceptable Cash 
40,000 

39 
Borrowing Rate (Annual) 
8% 
Monthly 
0.67% 

40 
Lending Rate (Annual) 
6% 
Monthly 
0.50% 
August (column G): The firm is projecting an unadjusted cash balance of $120,798, well in excess of the maximum allowable cash. Before investing the excess, however, it needs to pay off the $105,292 of existing shortterm debt. In this case, the firm can pay off the entire balance and still remain above the minimum cash requirement. However, after paying down the loans, its cash balance is not high enough to cause investment of excess funds.
September (column H): The firm is projecting that the unadjusted cash balance will be $44,856. In this case, there is no borrowing balance, so the $4,856 in excess of the maximum allowable cash can be invested and the ending cash balance will be $40,000. Note that the Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) in H34 is negative, indicating that the funds represent investments.
In any complex worksheet such as this one, it is important that you work through the calculations by hand to check the results. Never accept the output until you are sure that it is absolutely correct. With this in mind, let s change the maximum acceptable cash in B38 to $15,000 and work through this alternative scenario. First, make sure that this portion of your worksheet is the same as that in Exhibit 39.
EXHIBIT 39
CASH BALANCE AFTER CHANGING MAXIMUM CASHTO $15,000
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 

28 
Beginning Cash Balance 
15,000 
15,000 
15,000 
15,000 

29 
Collections  Disbursements 
(18,775) 
(91,492) 
105,798 
29,353 

30 
Unadjusted Cash Balance 
20,000 
(3,775) 
(76,492) 
120,798 
44,353 

31 
Current Borrowing 
0 
13,775 
91,492 
(105,267) 
0 

32 
Current Investing 
5,000 
(5,000) 
0 
531 
29,353 

33 
Ending Cash Balance 
15,000 
15,000 
15,000 
15,000 
15,000 

34 
Cumulative Borrowing (Investing) 
(5,000) 
13,775 
105,267 
(531) 
(29,884) 

35 
Cumulative Interest Expense (Inc.) 
(25) 
67 
769 
766 

36 
Notes: 

37 
Minimum Acceptable Cash 
15,000 

38 
Maximum Acceptable Cash 
15,000 

39 
Borrowing Rate (Annual) 
8% 
Monthly 
0.67% 

40 
Lending Rate (Annual) 
6% 
Monthly 
0.50% 
June (column E): The firm is projecting the unadjusted cash balance to be
$3,775, but it does not borrow $18,775 (=$15,000 [ $3,775]) because it has $5,000 in investments from May that reduce the borrowing need to only $13,775. Current Investing, therefore, is $5,000.
July (column F): The unadjusted cash balance is projected to be $76,492 and there are no investments that can be sold. Therefore the firm must borrow $91,492. The cumulative borrowing is now $105,267.
August (column G): The firm is expected to have a large surplus of funds which can be used to pay off the entire loan balance. Furthermore, it will have $531 in excess of the maximum allowable cash which is available to invest.
September (column H): The unadjusted cash balance is expected to be $44,353 which is $29,353 in excess of the maximum. This amount can be invested.
You are encouraged to experiment by changing values throughout the cash budget to see what happens. In particular, changing the projected sales and/or the payment schedule can be very enlightening. For example, suppose that Bithlo Barbecues management decides to slow down payments for inventory purchases. Specifically, assume that it decides to pay only 40% in the month after the purchase, and 60% two months after the purchase. You should find that this is not as good an idea as it sounds. Table 34 shows Cumulative Investing (Borrowing) before and after the change, assuming that the maximum cash is still $15,000.
CUMULATIVE BORROWING (INVESTING)
Month 
Before 
After 
May 
(5,000) 
(5,000) 
June 
13,775 
11,575 
July 
105,267 
108,852 
August 
(531) 
12,178 
September 
(29,984) 
(7,791) 
Cumulative Interest Expense Through September 
766 
859 
In this chapter we have seen that the cash budget is simply a listing of the firm s expected cash inflows and outflows over a period of time. Cash budgets are useful in determining the firm s shortterm borrowing and investing needs, as well as scheduling transactions. The cash budget is composed of three sections: (1) the worksheet area; (2) collections and disbursements; and (3) the ending cash balance.
We also saw how Excel s Scenario Manager tool can greatly simplify What if? analysis and display a table of the results.
One of the most important lessons in this chapter is that complex spreadsheets should be built up from simpler spreadsheets. In other words, start by building a simple version of the worksheet that covers the basics, and then gradually add the complex details. In this chapter, we started with a very simple cash budget, then added borrowing, interest on borrowing, and finally investing and the interest on invested funds. This method will make building the worksheet much easier and it will be less likely to contain errors. If you do find errors, we have covered some of the tools that Excel provides to help you find and fix them quickly. The Watch Window and Evaluate Formula tools are especially helpful in this regard.
FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDINTHIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Returns a value based on a logical test 
IF(LOGICAL_TEST, VALUE_IF_TRUE, VALUE_IF_FALSE) 
76 
Determines the minimum of a list of arguments 
MIN(NUMBER1, NUMBER2, ) 
86 
Returns true only if all arguments are true 
AND(LOGICAL1, LOGICAL2, ) 
91 
1. Littleton Electronics ending cash balance as of January 31, 2005, (the end of its fiscal year 2004) was $25,000. Its expected cash collections and payments for the next six months are given in the following table.
Month 
Collections 
Payments 
February 
$15,000 
$18,000 
March 
$17,500 
$19,700 
April 
$21,300 
$24,200 
May 
$26,000 
$25,900 
June 
$32,000 
$26,700 
July 
$37,500 
$28,400 
a. Calculate the firm s expected ending cash balance for each month.
b. Assuming that the firm must maintain an ending cash balance of at least $20,000, how much must they borrow during each month?
c. If the firm must pay 8% annual interest on its shortterm borrowing, how does this affect your ending cash balance calculations?
d. Finally, how would your ending cash balance change if the firm uses any cash in excess of the minimum to pay off its shortterm borrowing in each month?
2. Huggins and Griffin Financial Planners have forecasted revenues for the first six months of 2005 as shown in the following table.
Month 
Revenue 
November 2004 
$48,000 
December 2004 
$45,000 
January 2005 
$25,000 
February 
$27,000 
March 
$30,000 
April 
$38,000 
May 
$40,000 
June 
$45,000 
The firm collects 60% of its sales immediately, 39% one month after the sale, and 1% are written off as bad debts two months after the sale. The firm assumes that wages and benefits paid to clerical personnel will be $7,000 per month while commissions to sales associates average 25% of collectable sales. Each of the two partners is paid $5,000 per month or 20% of net sales, whichever is greater. Commissions and partner salaries are paid one month after the revenue is earned. Rent expense for their office space is $2,500 per month, and lease expense for office equipment is $800. Utilities average $175 per month, except in May and June when they average only $100. The ending cash balance in December 2004 was $12,000.
a. Create a cash budget for January to June 2005 and determine the firm s ending cash balance in each month assuming that the partners wish to maintain a minimum cash balance of $8,000.
b. Huggins and Griffin are thinking of obtaining a line of credit from their bank. Based on their expectations for the first six months of the year, what is the minimum amount that would be necessary? Round your answer to the next highest $1,000 and ignore interest charges on shortterm debt. (Hint: Look up the ROUNDUP function in the online help.)
c. Create three scenarios (best case, base case, and worst case) assuming that sales are 10% better than expected, exactly as expected, or 10% worse than expected. What is the maximum that the firm would need to borrow to maintain its minimum cash balance in all three cases? Use the Scenario Manager and create a summary of your results. Would this change your answer in Part b?
3. You have recently been hired to improve the financial condition of Idaho Springs Hardware, a small chain of three hardware stores in the mountain communities of Colorado. On your first day the owner, Chuck Vitaska, told you that the biggest problem facing the firm has been periodic unexpected cash shortages that have made it necessary for him to delay wage payments to his employees. Having recently received a degree in finance, you immediately realize that your first priority is to develop a cash budget and to arrange for a shortterm borrowing agreement with the firm s bank. After looking at the firm s past financial records, you developed a sales forecast for the remainder of the year which is presented in the following table.
Month 
Sales 
June 2005 
$62,000 
July 
$73,000 
August 
$76,000 
September 
$70,000 
October 
$59,000 
November 
$47,000 
December 
$41,000 
In addition to the seasonality of sales, you have observed several other patterns. Individuals account for about 40% of the firm s sales, and they pay in cash. The other 60% of sales are to contractors with credit accounts, and due to the credit policy, they have up to 60 days to pay. As a result, about 20% of sales to contractors are paid one month after the sale, and the other 80% is paid two months after the sale. Each month the firm purchases inventory equal to about 45% of the following month s sales. About 30% of this inventory is paid for in the month of delivery, while the remaining 70% is paid one month later. Each month the company pays its hourly employees a total of $9,000, including benefits. Its salaried employees are paid $12,000, also including benefits. In the past the company has had to borrow to build its stores and for the initial inventories. This debt has resulted in monthly interest payments of $4,000 and monthly principal payments of $221. On average, maintenance at the stores is expected to cost about $700 per month, except in the October to December period when snow removal costs will add about $200 per month. Sales taxes are 7% of quarterly sales and must be paid in June, September, and December. Other taxes are also paid during those months and are expected to be about 4% of quarterly sales in each of those months. The owner wishes to maintain a cash balance of at least $12,000 to limit the risk of cash shortages. The cash balance at the end of May is expected to be $15,000 (before any borrowing or investing).
a. Create a simple cash budget for Idaho Springs Hardware for June to December. Note that your records indicate that sales in April and May were $51,000 and $57,000, respectively. January 2006 sales are expected to be $36,000. What would the ending cash balances be if the firm does not borrow to maintain its $12,000 minimum?
b. Now assume that the firm can borrow from the bank at a rate of 9% per annum to maintain its liquidity and meet its required minimum cash balance. In addition, if the firm has funds in excess of the minimum, it will use the excess to pay off any previous balance.
c. While negotiating a line of credit, the bank s cash management department offered to sweep any cash in excess of the minimum into a money market fund which will return an average of 4% per year after expenses. If you accept this offer, how will it affect the firm s ending cash balances and need to borrow in each month? Note that the firm must have paid off all shortterm loans before any excess cash can be invested, and invested funds will be used instead of borrowing when needed.
d. After completing your cash budget, you begin to think of ways to further reduce the firm s borrowing needs. One idea that comes to mind is changing the firm s credit policy with contractors because they seem to always pay at the last minute. Three scenarios come to mind: (1) In the best case, contractors are required to pay for 100% of their purchases during the month after the sale. You believe that this would cause a 5% decline in sales. (2) In the base case, everything remains as already outlined. (3) In the worst case, contractors would be required to pay for 100% of their purchases during the month after the sale, and you believe that this would cause a 20% drop in sales. You decide to use the Scenario Manager to evaluate these scenarios. To summarize the impact of the change, you will examine the impact on the firm s maximum borrowing needs, and cumulative net interest cost (after accounting for investment earnings). In your opinion, should the firm change its credit policy?
CHAPTER 4 4 Financial Statement Analysis Tools
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Describe what financial ratios are and who uses them.
2. Define the five major categories of ratios (liquidity, efficiency, leverage, coverage, and profitability).
3. Calculate the common ratios for any firm by using income statement and balance sheet data.
4. Use financial ratios to assess a firm s past performance, identify its current problems, and suggest strategies for dealing with these problems.
5. Calculate the economic profit of a firm.
In previous chapters we have seen how the firm s basic financial statements are constructed. In this chapter we will see how financial analysts can use the information contained in the income statement and balance sheet for various purposes.
You can use several tools to evaluate a company, but some of the most valuable are financial ratios. Ratios are an analyst s microscope; they allow us get a better view of the firm s financial health than just looking at the raw financial statements. Ratios are useful both to internal and external analysts of the firm. For internal
purposes, ratios can be useful in planning for the future, setting goals, and evaluating the performance of managers. External analysts use ratios to decide whether to grant credit, to monitor financial performance, to forecast financial performance, and to decide whether to invest in the company.
We will look at many different ratios, but you should be aware that these are, of necessity, only a sampling of the ratios that might be useful. Furthermore, different analysts may calculate ratios slightly differently, so you will need to know exactly how the ratios are calculated in a given situation. The keys to understanding ratio analysis are experience and an analytical mind.
We will divide our discussion of the ratios into five categories based on the information provided:
1. Liquidity ratios describe the ability of a firm to meets its current obligations.
2. Efficiency ratios describe how well the firm is using its investment in assets to produce sales.
3. Leverage ratios reveal the degree to which debt has been used to finance the firm s asset purchases.
4. Coverage ratios are similar to liquidity ratios in that they describe the ability of a firm to pay certain expenses.
5. Profitability ratios provide indications of how profitable a firm has been over a period of time.
Before we begin the discussion of individual financial ratios, open your Elvis Products International workbook from Chapter 2 and add a new worksheet named Ratios.
The term liquidity refers to the speed with which an asset can be converted into cash without large discounts to its value. Some assets, such as accounts receivable, can easily be converted to cash with only small discounts. Other assets, such as buildings, can be converted into cash very quickly only if large price concessions are given. We therefore say that accounts receivable are more liquid than buildings.
Liquidity Ratios
All other things being equal, a firm with more liquid assets will be more able to meet its maturing obligations (i.e., its bills) than a firm with fewer liquid assets. As you might imagine, creditors are particularly concerned with a firm s ability to pay its bills. To assess this ability, it is common to use the current ratio and/or the quick ratio.
Generally, a firm s current assets are converted to cash (e.g., collecting on accounts receivables or selling its inventories) and this cash is used to retire its current liabilities. Therefore, it is logical to assess its ability to pay its bills by comparing the size of its current assets to the size of its current liabilities. The current ratio does exactly this. It is defined as:
Current Ratio = ^{Current Assets } _{(41) }Current Liabilities
Obviously, the higher the current ratio, the higher the likelihood that a firm will be able to pay its bills. So, from the creditor s point of view, higher is better. However, from a shareholder s point of view this is not always the case. Current assets usually have a lower expected return than do fixed assets, so the shareholders would like to see that only the minimum amount of the company s capital is invested in current assets. Of course, too little investment in current assets could be disastrous for both creditors and owners of the firm.
We can calculate the current ratio for 2004 for EPI by looking at the balance sheet (Exhibit 25, page 54). In this case, we have:
Current Ratio = ^{1290.00} = 2.39 times
540.20
meaning that EPI has 2.39 times as many current assets as current liabilities. We will determine later whether this is sufficient or not.
Exhibit 41 shows the beginnings of our Ratios worksheet. Enter the labels as shown.
EXHIBIT 41
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
Ratio 
n 
dustry 200 
2004 
2003 

2 
Liquidity Ratios 

3 
Current 
2.70x 
2.39x 
2.33x 

4 
Quick 
1.00x 
0.84x 
0.85x 
RATIO WORKSHEETFOR EPI
We can calculate the current ratio for 2004 in C3 with the formula: ='Balance
Sheet'!C8/'Balance Sheet'!C17. After formatting to show two decimal places, you will see that the current ratio is 2.39. We have temporarily left column D blank so that we can simply copy the formulas from column C to column E to get the 2003 ratios. We can later delete column D and the formulas will automatically adjust. This is much more efficient than reentering the formulas for 2003.
Notice that we have applied a custom number format (see page 47 to refresh your memory) to the result in C3. In this case, the format is 0.00_{”x”}. Any text that you include in quotes will be shown along with the number. However, the presence of the text in the display does not affect the fact that it is still a number and may be used for calculations. As an experiment, in D3 enter the formula: =C3*2. The result will be 4.78 just as if we hadn t applied the custom format. Now, in C4 type:
2.39_{x} and then copy the formula from D3 to D4. You will get a #VALUE error because the value in C4 is a text string, not a number. This is one of the great advantages to custom number formatting: We can have both text and numbers in a cell and still use the number for calculations.
Inventories are often the least liquid of the firm s current assets.^{1} For this reason, many believe that a better measure of liquidity can be obtained by ignoring inventories. The result is known as the quick ratio (sometimes called the acidtest
ratio), and is calculated as:
Quick Ratio = ^{Current Assets}^{Inventories} (42)
Current Liabilities
1. That is why you so often see 50% off sales when firms are going out of business.
Efficiency Ratios
For EPI in 2004 the quick ratio is:
Quick Ratio = ^{1290.00}^{836.00} = 0.84 times
540.20
Notice that the quick ratio will always be less than the current ratio. This is by design. However, a quick ratio that is too low relative to the current ratio may indicate that inventories are higher than they should be.
We can calculate EPI s 2004 quick ratio in C4 with the formula: =('Balance
Sheet'!C8'Balance Sheet'!C7)/'Balance Sheet'!C17. Copying this formula to E4 reveals that the 2003 quick ratio was 0.85. Be sure to remember to enter a label in column A for all of the ratios.
Efficiency ratios, as the name implies, provide information about how well the company is using its assets to generate sales. For example, if two firms have the same level of sales, but one firm has a lower investment in inventories, we would say that the firm with lower inventories is more efficient with respect to its inventory investment.
There are many different types of efficiency ratios that could be defined. However, we will illustrate five of the most common.
The inventory turnover ratio measures the number of dollars of sales that are generated per dollar of inventory. It also tells us the number of times that a firm replaces its inventories during a year. It is calculated as:
Inventory Turnover Ratio = ^{Cost of Goods Sold} _{(43)}
Inventory
Note that it is also common to use sales in the numerator. Since the only difference between sales and cost of goods sold is a markup, this causes no problems. In addition, you will frequently see the average level of inventories throughout the year in the denominator. Whenever using ratios, you need to be aware of the method of calculation to be sure that you are comparing apples to apples.
For 2004, EPI s inventory turnover ratio was:
Inventory Turnover Ratio = ^{3,250.00} = 3.89 times
836.00
meaning that EPI replaced its inventories about 3.89 times during the year. Alternatively, we could say that EPI generated $3.89 in sales for each dollar invested in inventories.
To calculate the inventory turnover ratio for EPI, enter the formula: =_{'Income}
Statement'!C6/'Balance Sheet'!C7 into C6 and copy this formula to
E6. Notice that this ratio has deteriorated somewhat from 4 times in 2003 to 3.89 times in 2004. Generally, high inventory turnover is considered to be good because it means that storage costs are low, but if it is too high the firm may be risking inventory outages and the loss of customers.
Businesses grant credit for one main reason: to increase sales. It is important, therefore, to know how well the firm is managing its accounts receivable. The accounts receivable turnover ratio (and the average collection period, below) provides us with this information. It is calculated by:
Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio = ^{Credit Sales }(44)
Accounts Receivable
For EPI, the 2004 accounts receivable turnover ratio is (assuming that all sales are credit sales):
Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio = ^{3,850.00} = 9.58 times 402.00
So each dollar invested in accounts receivable generated $9.58 in sales. In cell C7
of your worksheet enter: ='Income Statement'!C5/'Balance Sheet'!C6. The result is 9.58 which is the same as we found above. Copy this formula to E7 to get the 2003 accounts receivable turnover.
Whether or not 9.58 is a good accounts receivable turnover ratio is difficult to know at this point. We can say that higher is generally better, but too high might indicate that the firm is denying credit to creditworthy customers (thereby losing sales). If the ratio is too low, it would suggest that the firm is having difficulty collecting on its sales. This is particularly true if we find that accounts receivable are increasing faster than sales over a prolonged period.
Efficiency Ratios
The average collection period tells us, on average, how many days it takes to collect on a credit sale.
Average Collection Period = Annual Credit Sales^{Accounts Receivable}_{? }360 (45)
Note that the denominator is simply credit sales per day. In 2004, it took EPI an average of 37.59 days to collect on their credit sales:
Average Collection Period = 3,850.00^{402.00}_{? }360 = 37.59 days
We can calculate the 2004 average collection period in C8 with the formula:
='Balance Sheet'!C6/('Income Statement'!C5/360). Copy this to E8 to find that in 2003 the average collection period was 36.84 days which was slightly better than 2004.
Note that this ratio actually provides us with the same information as the accounts receivable turnover ratio. In fact, it can easily be demonstrated by simple algebraic manipulation:
Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio = ^{360 }
Average Collection Period
or alternatively:
Average Collection Period = ^{360 }
Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio
Since the average collection period is (in a sense) the inverse of the accounts receivable turnover ratio, it should be apparent that the inverse criteria apply to judging this ratio. In other words, lower is usually better, but too low may indicate lost sales.
The fixed asset turnover ratio describes the dollar amount of sales that are generated by each dollar invested in fixed assets. It is given by:
Fixed Asset Turnover = ^{Sales } (46)
Net Fixed Assets For EPI, the 2004 fixed asset turnover is:
Fixed Asset Turnover = ^{3,850.00} = 10.67 times
360.80
So, EPI generated $10.67 for each dollar invested in fixed assets. In your Ratios
worksheet, entering: ='Income Statement'!C5/'Balance Sheet'!C11
into C9 will confirm that the fixed asset turnover was 10.67 times in 2004. Again, copy this formula to E9 to get the 2003 ratio.
Like the other ratios discussed in this section, the total asset turnover ratio describes how efficiently the firm is using its assets to generate sales. In this case, we look at the firm s total asset investment:
Total Asset Turnover = ^{Sales }(47)
Total Assets
In 2004, EPI generated $2.33 in sales for each dollar invested in total assets:
Total Asset Turnover = ^{3,850.00} = 2.33 times
1,650.80
This ratio can be calculated in C10 on your worksheet with: =_{'Income}
Statement'!C5/'Balance Sheet'!C12. After copying this formula to
E10, you should see that the 2003 value was 2.34, essentially the same as 2004.
We can interpret the asset turnover ratios as follows: Higher is better. However, you should be aware that some industries will naturally have lower turnover ratios than others. For example, a consulting business will almost surely have a very low investment in fixed assets, and therefore a high fixed asset turnover ratio. On the other hand, an electric utility will have a large investment in fixed assets and a low fixed asset turnover ratio. This does not mean, necessarily, that the utility company
Leverage Ratios
is more poorly managed than the consulting firm. Rather, each is simply responding to the demands of their industry.
At this point your worksheet should resemble the one in Exhibit 42. Notice that we have applied the custom format, discussed above, to most of these ratios. In C8, however, we used the custom format 0.00” days” since the average collection period is measured in days.
EXHIBIT 42
EPI S FINANCIAL RATIOS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Ratio 
n 
dustry 200 
2004 
2003 
Analysis 

2 
Liquidity Ratios 

3 
Current 
2.70x 
2.39x 
2.33x 
Ok 

4 
Quick 
1.00x 
0.84x 
0.85x 
Bad 

5 
Efficiency Ratios 

6 
Inventory Turnover 
7.00x 
3.89x 
4.00x 
Bad 

7 
A/R Turnover 
10.70x 
9.58x 
9.77x 
Bad 

8 
Average Collection Period 
33.64 days 
37.59 days 
36.84 days 
Bad 

9 
Fixed Asset Turnover 
11.20x 
10.67x 
9.95x 
Ok 

10 
Total Asset Turnover 
2.60x 
2.33x 
2.34x 
Bad 
In physics, leverage refers to a multiplication of force. Using a lever and fulcrum, you can press down on one end of a lever with a given force, and get a larger force at the other end. The amount of leverage depends on the length of the lever and the position of the fulcrum. In finance, leverage refers to a multiplication of changes in profitability measures. For example, a 10% increase in sales might lead to a 20% increase in net income. The amount of leverage depends on the amount of debt that a firm uses to finance its operations, so a firm which uses a lot of debt is said to be highly leveraged.
Leverage ratios describe the degree to which the firm uses debt in its capital structure. This is important information for creditors and investors in the firm. Creditors might be concerned that a firm has too much debt and will therefore have difficulty in repaying loans. Investors might be concerned because a large amount of debt can lead to a large amount of volatility in the firm s earnings. However, most firms use some debt. This is because the tax deductibility of interest can increase the wealth of the firm s shareholders. We will examine several ratios that help to determine the amount of debt that a firm is using. How much is too much depends on the nature of the business.
The total debt ratio measures the total amount of debt (longterm and shortterm) that the firm uses to finance its assets:
Total Debt Ratio = ^{Total Debt }= ^{Total Assets Total Equity} _{(48)}
Total Assets Total Assets
Calculating the total debt ratio for EPI, we find that debt makes up about 58.45% of their capital structure:
Total Debt Ratio = ^{964.81} = 58.45%
1,650.80
The formula to calculate the total debt ratio in C12 is: ='Balance Sheet'!C19/'Balance Sheet'!C12. The result for 2004 is 58.45% which is higher than the 54.81% in 2003.
Many analysts believe that it is more useful to focus on just the longterm debt (LTD) instead of total debt. The longterm debt ratio is the same as the total debt
ratio, except that the numerator includes only longterm debt:
LongTerm Debt Ratio = ^{LongTerm Debt} (49)
Total Assets EPI s longterm debt ratio is:
LongTerm Debt Ratio = ^{424.61} = 25.72% 1,650.80
In C13, the formula to calculate the longterm debt ratio for 2004 is : =_{'Balance }Sheet'!C18/'Balance Sheet'!C12. Copying this formula to E13 reveals
Leverage Ratios
that in 2003 the ratio was only 22.02%. Obviously, EPI has increased its longterm debt at a faster rate than it has added assets.
Similar to the previous two ratios, the longterm debt to total capitalization ratio tells us the percentage of longterm sources of capital that is provided by longterm debt (LTD). It is calculated by:
LTD to Total Capitalization = ^{LTD } (410)
LTD + Preferred Equity + Common Equity For EPI, we have:
LTD to Total Capitalization = ^{424.61 } = 38.23%
424.61 + 685.99
Since EPI has no preferred equity, its total capitalization consists of longterm debt and common equity. Note that common equity is the total of common stock and retained earnings. We can calculate this ratio in C14 of the worksheet
with:='Balance Sheet'!C18/('Balance Sheet'!C20+'Balance Sheet'!C21+'Balance Sheet'!C18). In 2003 this ratio was only 32.76%.
The debt to equity ratio provides exactly the same information as the total debt ratio, but in a slightly different form that some analysts prefer:
Debt to Equity = ^{Total Debt} (411)
Total Equity For EPI, the debt to equity ratio is:
Debt to Equity = ^{964.81} = 1.41 times 685.99
In C15, this is calculated as: ='Balance Sheet'!C19/'Balance
Sheet'!C22. Copy this to E15 to find that the debt to equity ratio in 2003 was 1.21 times.
To see that the total debt ratio and the debt to equity ratio provide the same
information, realize that:
^{Total Debt} = Total Assets × Total Equity Total Equity but from rearranging equation (48) we know that: ^{Total Assets} = ^{1 } Total Equity 1 Total Debt Ratio so, by substitution we have: ^{Total Debt} = Total Assets^{Total Debt }× 1Total Debt^{1 } Total Equity Total Assets 
(412) (413) (414) 
We can convert the total debt ratio into the debt to equity ratio without any additional information (the result is not exact due to rounding):
Total Equity^{Total Debt} = 0.5845 × 1 0.5845^{1 } = 1.41
Once again, many analysts prefer to focus on the amount of longterm debt that a firm carries. For this reason, many analysts like to use the longterm debt to total equity ratio:
LongTerm Debt to Equity = ^{LTD } (415)
Preferred Equity + Common Equity EPI s longterm debt to equity ratio is:
LongTerm Debt to Equity = ^{424.61} = 61.90% 685.99
The formula to calculate EPI s 2004 longterm debt to equity ratio in C16 is:
='Balance Sheet'!C18/'Balance Sheet'!C22. After copying this formula to E16, note that the ratio was only 48.73% in 2003.
Coverage Ratios
At this point, your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 43.
EXHIBIT 43
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
Ratio 
n 
dustry 200 
2004 
2003 

2 
Liquidity Ratios 

3 
Current 
2.70x 
2.39x 
2.33x 

4 
Quick 
1.00x 
0.84x 
0.85x 

5 
Efficiency Ratios 

6 
Inventory Turnover 
7.00x 
3.89x 
4.00x 

7 
A/R Turnover 
10.70x 
9.58x 
9.77x 

8 
Average Collection Period 
33.64 days 
37.59 days 
36.84 days 

9 
Fixed Asset Turnover 
11.20x 
10.67x 
9.95x 

10 
Total Asset Turnover 
2.60x 
2.33x 
2.34x 

11 
Leverage Ratios 

12 
Total Debt Ratio 
50.00% 
58.45% 
54.81% 

13 
Longterm Debt Ratio 
20.00% 
25.72% 
22.02% 

14 
LTD to Total Capitalization 
28.57% 
38.23% 
32.76% 

15 
Debt to Equity 
1.00x 
1.41x 
1.21x 

16 
LTD to Equity 
40.00% 
61.90% 
48.73% 
EPI S FINANCIAL RATIOSWITHTHE LEVERAGE RATIOS
The coverage ratios are similar to liquidity ratios in that they describe the quantity of funds available to cover certain expenses. We will examine two very similar ratios that describe the firm s ability to meet its interest payment obligations. In both cases, higher ratios are desirable to a degree. However, if they are too high, it may indicate that the firm is underutilizing its debt capacity, and therefore not maximizing shareholder wealth.
The times interest earned ratio measures the ability of the firm to pay its interest obligations by comparing earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to interest
expense:
Times Interest Earned = ^{EBIT }(416) Interest Expense
For EPI in 2004 the times interest earned ratio is:
Times Interest Earned = ^{149.70} = 1.97 times
76.00
In your worksheet, the times interest earned ratio can be calculated in C18 with the
formula: ='Income Statement'!C11/'Income Statement'!C12. Copy the formula to E18 and notice that this ratio has declined rather precipitously from 3.35 in 2003.
EBIT does not really reflect the cash that is available to pay the firm s interest expense. That is because a noncash expense (depreciation) has been subtracted in the calculation of EBIT. To correct for this deficiency, some analysts like to use the cash coverage ratio instead of times interest earned. The cash coverage ratio is calculated as:
Cash Coverage Ratio = ^{EBIT + NonCash Expenses} _{(417)}
Interest Expense The calculation for EPI in 2004 is:
Cash Coverage Ratio = ^{149.70 + 20.00} = 2.23 times
76.00
Note that the cash coverage ratio will always be higher than the times interest earned ratio. The difference depends on the amount of depreciation expense, and therefore the investment and age of fixed assets.
The cash coverage ratio can be calculated in cell C19 of your Ratios worksheet with:
=('Income Statement'!C11+'Income Statement'!C10)/'Income
Statement'!C12. In 2003, the ratio was 3.65.
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Investors, and therefore managers, are particularly interested in the profitability of the firms that they own. As we ll see, there are many ways to measure profits. Profitability ratios provide an easy way to compare profits to earlier periods or to other firms. Furthermore, by simultaneously examining the first three profitability ratios, an analyst can discover categories of expenses that may be out of line.
Profitability ratios are the easiest of all of the ratios to analyze. Without exception, high ratios are preferred. However, the definition of high depends on the industry in which the firm operates. Generally, firms in mature industries with lots of competition will have lower profitability measures than firms in younger industries with less competition. For example, grocery stores will have lower profit margins than computer software companies. In the grocery business, a net profit margin of 3% would be considered quite high, but the same margin would be abysmal in the software business.
The gross profit margin measures the gross profit relative to sales. It indicates the amount of funds available to pay the firm s expenses other than its cost of sales. The gross profit margin is calculated by:
Gross Profit Margin = ^{Gross Profit} (418) Sales In 2004, EPI s gross profit margin was:
Gross Profit Margin = ^{600.00} = 15.58% 3,850.00
which means that cost of goods sold consumed about 84.42% ( = 1 0.1558 ) of sales revenue. We can calculate this ratio in C21 with: =_{'Income}
Statement'!C7/'Income Statement'!C5. After copying this formula to E21, you will see that the gross profit margin has declined from 16.55% in 2003.
Moving down the income statement, we can calculate the profits that remain after the firm has paid all of its usual (nonfinancial) expenses.
The operating profit margin is calculated as:
Operating Profit Margin = ^{Net Operating Income} _{(419)}
Sales For EPI in 2004:
Operating Profit Margin = ^{149.70} = 3.89% 3,850.00
The operating profit margin can be calculated in C22 with the formula: =_{'Income}
Statement'!C11/'Income Statement'!C5. Note that this is
significantly lower than the 6.09% from 2003, indicating that EPI seems to be having problems controlling its costs.
The net profit margin relates net income to sales. Since net income is profit after all expenses, the net profit margin tells us the percentage of sales that remains for the
shareholders of the firm:
Net Profit Margin = ^{Net Income} (420)
Sales The net profit margin for EPI in 2004 is:
Net Profit Margin = ^{44.22 } = 1.15% 3,850.00
which can be calculated on your worksheet in C23 with: =_{'Income }Statement'!C15/'Income Statement'!C5. This is lower than the 2.56% in 2003, because interest expense is increasing faster than sales.
Taken together, the three profit margin ratios that we have examined show a company that may be losing control over its costs. Of course, high expenses mean lower returns, and we ll see this confirmed by the next three profitability ratios.
The total assets of a firm are the investment that the shareholders have made. Much like you might be interested in the returns generated by your investments, analysts are often interested in the return that a firm is able to get from its investments. The
return on total assets is:
Return on Total Assets = ^{Net Income }(421)
Total Assets In 2004, EPI earned about 2.68% on its assets:
Return on Total Assets = ^{44.22} = 2.68%
1650.80
For 2004, we can calculate the return on total assets in cell C24 with the formula:
='Income Statement'!C15/'Balance Sheet'!C12. Notice that this is more than 50% lower than the 5.99% recorded in 2003. EPI s total assets obviously increased in 2004 at a faster rate than did its net income (which actually declined).
While total assets represent the total investment in the firm, the owners investment (common stock and retained earnings) usually represent only a portion of this amount (some is debt). For this reason it is useful to calculate the rate of return on the shareholder s invested funds. We can calculate the return on (total) equity as:
Return on Equity = ^{Net Income} (422) Total Equity
Note that if a firm uses no debt, then its return on equity will be the same as its return on assets. The higher a firm s debt ratio, the higher its return on equity will be relative to its return on assets.
In 2004 EPI s return on equity was:
Return on Equity = ^{44.22} = 6.45% 685.99
which can be calculated in C25 with: ='Income Statement'!C15/ 'Balance Sheet'!C22. Again, copying this formula to E25 reveals that this ratio has declined from 13.25% in 2003.
For firms that have issued preferred stock in addition to common stock, it is often helpful to determine the rate of return on just the common stockholders investment:
Return on Common Equity = ^{Net Income Available to Common} _{(423)}
Common Equity
Net income available to common equity is net income less preferred dividends. In the case of EPI, this ratio is the same as the return on equity because it has no preferred shareholders:
Return on Common Equity = ^{44.22 0} = 6.45% 685.99
For EPI, the worksheet formula for the return on common equity is exactly the same as for the return on equity.
The return on equity (ROE) is important to both managers and investors. The effectiveness of managers is often measured by changes in ROE over time. Therefore, it is important that they understand what they can do to improve the firm s ROE, and that requires knowledge of what causes changes in ROE over time. For example, we can see that EPI s return on equity dropped precipitously from 2003 to 2004. As you might imagine, both investors and managers are probably trying to figure out why this happened. The Du Pont system is one way to look at this problem.
The Du Pont system is a way to break down the ROE into its components. Let s first take another look at the return on assets (ROA):
ROA = Total Assets^{Net Income }= ^{Net Income}Sales  × Total Assets^{Sales }(424)
So, the ROA shows the combined effects of profitability (as measured by the net profit margin) and the efficiency of asset usage (the total asset turnover). Therefore, the ROA could be improved by increasing profitability through expense reductions, or by increasing sales relative to total assets.
As mentioned earlier, the amount of leverage a firm uses is the linkage between the ROA and ROE. Specifically:
ROE = ^{Net Income}Equity  = Total Assets^{Net Income }× ^{Total Assets}Equity (425)
Note that the second term in (425) is sometimes called the equity multiplier and
^{Total Assets} = ^{1 } = ^{1 } Total Equity 1 Total Debt Ratio 1 Total Debt Total Assets Substituting (426) into (425) and rearranging we have: ROE = ^{Net Income }÷ ^{?}_{?}1 ^{Total Debt }^{?}_{?} 
(426) (427) 
from (413) we know it is equal to:
Total Assets Total Assets
We can now see that the ROE is a function of the firm s ROA and the total debt ratio. If two firms have the same ROA, the one using more debt will have a higher
ROE.
We can make one more substitution to completely break down the ROE into its components. Since the first term in (427) is the ROA, we can replace it with
^{Net Income} × ^{Sales} ROE = ^{Sales Total Assets} 1 ^{Total Debt} Total Assets Or, to simplify it somewhat: ROE = ^{Net Profit Margin}^{× }^{Total Asset Turnover} 1 Total Debt Ratio 
(428) (429) 
(424):
To prove this to yourself, in A28 enter the label: Du Pont ROE. Now, in C28 enter the formula: =(C23*C10)/(1C12). The result will be 6.45% as we found earlier. Note that if a firm uses no debt then the denominator of equation (429) will be 1, and the ROE will be the same as the ROA.
Obviously, EPI s profitability has slipped rather dramatically in the past year. The sources of these declines can be seen most clearly if we look at all of EPI s ratios. Before continuing, remember that we left column D in the worksheet blank. We did this so that we could easily calculate the 2003 ratios by simply copying formulas from column C to column E. Now that calculation of the ratios has been completed, we can delete column D to get a better look for the worksheet. At this point your worksheet should resemble the one in Exhibit 44.
The gross profit margin in 2004 is lower than in 2003, but not significantly (at least compared to the declines in the other ratios). The operating profit margin, however, is significantly lower in 2004 than in 2003. This indicates potential problems in controlling the firm s operating expenses, particularly selling, general, and administrative expenses. The other profitability ratios are lower than in 2003 partly because of the trickle down effect of the increase in operating expenses. However, they are also lower because EPI has taken on a lot of extra debt in 2004, resulting in interest expense increasing faster than sales. This can be confirmed by examining EPI s commonsize income statement (Exhibit 23, page 50).
Finally, the Du Pont analysis of the firm s ROE has shown us that it could be improved by any of the following: (1) Increasing the net profit margin; (2) Increasing the total asset turnover; or (3) Increasing the amount of debt relative to equity. Our ratio analysis has shown that operating expenses have grown considerably, leading to the decline in the net profit margin. Reducing these expenses should be the primary objective of management. Since the total asset turnover ratio is near the industry average, as we ll soon see, it may be difficult to increase this ratio. However, the firm s inventory turnover ratio is considerably below the industry average and inventory control may provide one method of improving the total asset turnover. An increase in debt is not called for, since the firm already has somewhat more debt than the industry average.
Financial Distress Prediction
EXHIBIT 44
COMPLETED RATIO WORKSHEETFOR EPI
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
Ratio 
Industry 2004 
2004 
2003 
2 
Liquidity Ratios 

3 
Current 
2.70x 
2.39x 
2.33x 
4 
Quick 
1.00x 
0.84x 
0.85x 
5 
Efficiency Ratios 

6 
Inventory Turnover 
7.00x 
3.89x 
4.00x 
7 
A/R Turnover 
10.70x 
9.58x 
9.77x 
8 
Average Collection Period 
33.64 days 
37.59 days 
36.84 days 
9 
Fixed Asset Turnover 
11.20x 
10.67x 
9.95x 
10 
Total Asset Turnover 
2.60x 
2.33x 
2.34x 
11 
Leverage Ratios 

12 
Total Debt Ratio 
50.00% 
58.45% 
54.81% 
13 
Longterm Debt Ratio 
20.00% 
25.72% 
22.02% 
14 
LTD to Total Capitalization 
28.57% 
38.23% 
32.76% 
15 
Debt to Equity 
1.00x 
1.41x 
1.21x 
16 
LTD to Equity 
40.00% 
61.90% 
48.73% 
17 
Coverage Ratios 

18 
Times Interest Earned 
2.50x 
1.97x 
3.35x 
19 
Cash Coverage Ratio 
2.80x 
2.23x 
3.65x 
20 
Profitability Ratios 

21 
Gross Profit Margin 
17.50% 
15.58% 
16.55% 
22 
Operating Profit Margin 
6.25% 
3.89% 
6.09% 
23 
Net Profit Margin 
3.50% 
1.15% 
2.56% 
24 
Return on Total Assets 
9.10% 
2.68% 
5.99% 
25 
Return on Equity 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
26 
Return on Common Equity 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
27 

28 
Du Pont ROE 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
The last thing any investor wants is to invest in a firm that is nearing a bankruptcy filing or about to suffer through a period of severe financial distress. Starting in the late 1960 s and continuing today, scholars and credit analysts have spent considerable time and effort trying to develop models that could identify such companies in advance. The bestknown of these models was created by Professor Edward Altman in 1968. We will discuss Altman s original model and later one developed for privatelyheld companies.
The Zscore model was developed using a statistical technique known as Multiple Discriminant Analysis. This technique allows an analyst to place a company into one of two (or more) groups depending on the score. If the score is below the cutoff point, it is placed into group 1 (soon to be bankrupt), otherwise it is placed into group 2. In fact, Altman also identified a third group that fell into a socalled gray zone. These companies could go either way, but should definitely be considered greater credit risks than those in group 2. Generally, the lower the Zscore, the higher the risk of financial distress or bankruptcy.
The original Zscore model for publicly traded companies is:
Z = 1.2X_{1 }+ 1.4X_{2 }+ 3.3X_{3 }+ 0.6X_{4 }+ X_{5 }(430)
where the variables are the following financial ratios:
X_{1} = net working capital/total assets
X_{2} = retained earnings/total assets
X_{3} = EBIT/total assets
X_{4} = market value of all equity/book value of total liabilities X_{5} = sales/total assets
Altman reports that this model is between 80 90% accurate if we use a cutoff point of 2.675. That is, a firm with a Zscore below 2.675 can reasonably be expected to experience severe financial distress, and possibly bankruptcy, within the next year.
Financial Distress Prediction
The predictive ability of the model is even better if we use a cutoff point of 1.81. There are, therefore, three ranges of Zscores:
Z < 1.81 Bankruptcy predicted within one year
1.81 < Z < 2.675 Financial distress, possible bankruptcy Z > 2.675 No financial distress predicted
We can easily apply this model to EPI in the Ratios worksheet. However, first note that we haven t supplied information regarding the market value of EPI s common stock. In A29 enter the label: Market Value of Equity and in C29 enter 884,400. The market value of the equity is found by multiplying the share price by the number of shares outstanding. Next, enter: ZScore into A30, and in C30 enter the formula: =1.2*('Balance Sheet'!C8'Balance
Sheet'!C17)/'Balance Sheet'!C12+1.4*('Balance
Sheet'!C21/'Balance Sheet'!C12)+3.3*('Income
Statement'!C11/'Balance Sheet'!C12)+0.6*(C29/'Balance
Sheet'!C19)+('Income Statement'!C5/'Balance Sheet'!C12).
If you ve entered the equation correctly, you will find that EPI s Zscore in 2004 is 3.92, which is safely above 2.675, so bankruptcy isn t predicted.
Because variable X_{4} in equation (430) requires knowledge of the firm s market capitalization (including both common and preferred equity), we cannot easily use the model for privately held firms. Estimates of the market value of these firms can be made, but the result is necessarily very uncertain. Alternatively, we could substitute the book value of equity for its market value, but that wouldn t be correct. Most publicly traded firms trade for several times their book value, so such a substitution would seem to call for a new coefficient for X_{4}. In fact, all of the coefficients in the model changed when Altman reestimated it for privately held firms.
The new model for privately held firms is:
Z? = 0.717X_{1 }+ 0.847X_{2 }+ 3.107X_{3 }+ 0.420X_{4 }+ 0.998X_{5 }(431)
where all of the variables are defined as before, except that X_{4} uses the book value of equity. Altman reports that this model is only slightly less accurate than the one for publicly traded firms when we use the new cutoff points shown below.
Z? < 1.21 Bankruptcy predicted within one year
1.23 < Z? < 2.90 Financial distress, possible bankruptcy Z? > 2.90 No financial distress predicted
Calculating financial ratios is a pointless exercise unless you understand how to use them. One overriding rule of ratio analysis is this: A single ratio provides very little information, and may be misleading. You should never draw conclusions from a single ratio. Instead, several ratios should support any conclusions that you make.
With that precaution in mind, there are several ways that ratios can be used to draw important conclusions.
Trend analysis involves the examination of ratios over time. Trends, or lack of trends, can help managers gauge their progress towards a goal. Furthermore, trends can highlight areas in need of attention. While we don t really have enough information on Elvis Products International to perform a trend analysis, it is obvious that many of its ratios are moving in the wrong direction.
For example, all of EPI s profitability ratios have declined in 2004 relative to 2003, some rather dramatically. Management should immediately try to isolate the problem areas. For example, the gross profit margin has declined only slightly, indicating that increasing materials costs are not a major problem (though a price increase may be called for). The operating profit margin has fallen by about 36%, and since we can t blame increasing costs of goods sold, we must conclude that operating costs have increased at a more rapid rate than revenues. This increase in operating costs has led, to a large degree, to the decline in the other profitability ratios.
One potential problem area for trend analysis is seasonality. We must be careful to compare similar time periods. For example, many firms generate most of their sales during the holidays in the fourth quarter of the year. For this reason they may begin building inventories in the third quarter when sales are low. In this situation, comparing the third quarter inventory turnover ratio to the fourth quarter inventory turnover would be misleading.
Aside from trend analysis, one of the most beneficial uses of financial ratios is to compare similar firms within a single industry. Most often this is done by comparing to the industry average ratios which are published by organizations such as Robert Morris Associates and Standard & Poor s. These industry averages provide a standard of comparison so that we can determine how well a firm is performing relative to its peers.
As an example of the use of industry averages, consider Exhibit 45 (page 126) which shows EPI s financial ratios and the industry averages for 2004. You can enter the industry averages from Exhibit 45 into your worksheet starting in B1 with the label: Industry 2004. In order to get the text to wrap, as we have done, choose Format Cells and then the Alignment tab. Click on Wrap Text so that there is an X in the box. To enter the numbers, first select B3:B26, and notice that B3 will not be darkened. Type 2.70 into B3 and then press the Enter key. Notice that the active cell will change to B4 as soon as the Enter key is pressed. This may be a more efficient method of entering a lot of numbers because your fingers never have to leave the number keypad. This technique is especially helpful when entering numbers into multiple columns and discontiguous cells.
It should be obvious that EPI is not being managed as well as the average firm in the industry. From the liquidity ratios we can see that EPI is less able to meet its shortterm obligations than the average firm, though they are probably not in imminent danger of missing payments. The efficiency ratios show us that EPI is not managing its assets as well as would be expected, especially their inventories. It is also obvious that EPI is using substantially more debt than its peers. The coverage ratios indicate that EPI has less cash to pay its interest expense than the industry average. This may be due to its carrying more than average debt. Finally, all of these problems have led to subpar profitability measures which seem to be getting worse, rather than better.
It is important to note that industry averages may not be appropriate in all cases.
In many cases it is probably more accurate to define the industry as the target
EXHIBIT 45
EPI S RATIOSVS. INDUSTRY AVERAGES
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
Ratio 
Industry 2004 
2004 
2003 
2 
Liquidity Ratios 

3 
Current 
2.70x 
2.39x 
2.33x 
4 
Quick 
1.00x 
0.84x 
0.85x 
5 
Efficiency Ratios 

6 
Inventory Turnover 
7.00x 
3.89x 
4.00x 
7 
A/R Turnover 
10.70x 
9.58x 
9.77x 
8 
Average Collection Period 
33.64 days 
37.59 days 
36.84 days 
9 
Fixed Asset Turnover 
11.20x 
10.67x 
9.95x 
10 
Total Asset Turnover 
2.60x 
2.33x 
2.34x 
11 
Leverage Ratios 

12 
Total Debt Ratio 
50.00% 
58.45% 
54.81% 
13 
Longterm Debt Ratio 
20.00% 
25.72% 
22.02% 
14 
LTD to Total Capitalization 
28.57% 
38.23% 
32.76% 
15 
Debt to Equity 
1.00x 
1.41x 
1.21x 
16 
LTD to Equity 
40.00% 
61.90% 
48.73% 
17 
Coverage Ratios 

18 
Times Interest Earned 
2.50x 
1.97x 
3.35x 
19 
Cash Coverage Ratio 
2.80x 
2.23x 
3.65x 
20 
Profitability Ratios 

21 
Gross Profit Margin 
17.50% 
15.58% 
16.55% 
22 
Operating Profit Margin 
6.25% 
3.89% 
6.09% 
23 
Net Profit Margin 
3.50% 
1.15% 
2.56% 
24 
Return on Total Assets 
9.10% 
2.68% 
5.99% 
25 
Return on Equity 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
26 
Return on Common Equity 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
company s most closely related competitors. This group is probably far smaller (maybe only three to five companies) than the entire industry as defined by the 4digit SIC code. The new 6digit NAICS codes will improve, but not eliminate, this situation.
Financial ratios are often the basis of company goal setting. For example, a CEO might decide that one goal of the firm should be to earn at least 15% on equity (ROE = 15%). Obviously, whether or not this goal is achieved can be determined by calculating the return on equity. Further, by using trend analysis managers can gauge progress towards meeting goals, and they can determine whether goals are realistic or not.
Another use of financial ratios can be found in covenants loan to contracts. When companies borrow money, the lenders (bondholders, banks, or other lenders) place restrictions on the company, very often tied to the values of certain ratios. For example, the lender may require that the borrowing firm maintain a current ratio of at least 2.0. Or, it may require that the firm s total debt ratio not exceed 40%. Whatever the restriction, it is important that the firm monitor its ratios for compliance, or the loan may be due immediately.
Ratio analysis is a very subjective endeavor. Different analysts are likely to render somewhat different judgements on a firm. Nonetheless, you can have Excel do a rudimentary analysis for you. Actually, the analysis could be made quite sophisticated if you are willing to put in the effort. The technique that we will illustrate is analogous to creating an expert system, though we wouldn t call it a true expert system at this point.
An expert system is a computer program that can diagnose problems or provide an analysis by using the same techniques as an expert in the field. For example, a medical doctor might use an expert system to diagnose a patient s illness. The doctor would tell the system about the symptoms and the expert system would consult its list of rules to generate a likely diagnosis.
Building a true ratio analysis expert system in Excel would be very time consuming, and there are better tools available. However, we can build a very simple system using only a few functions. Our system will analyze each ratio separately, and will only determine whether a ratio is either Good, Ok, or Bad. To be really useful, the system would need to consider the interrelationships between the ratios, the industry that the company is in, etc. We leave it to you to improve the system.
As a first step in developing our expert system we need to specify the rules that will be used to categorize the ratios. In most cases, we have seen that the higher the ratio the better. Therefore, we would like to see that the ratio is higher in 2004 than in 2003, and that the 2004 ratio is greater than the industry average.
We can use Excel s builtin IF statement to implement our automatic analysis. Recall that the IF statement returns one of two values, depending on whether a statement is true or false:
IF(LOGICAL_TEST, VALUE_IF_TRUE, VALUE_IF_FALSE)
Where LOGICAL_TEST is any statement which can be evaluated as true or false, and VALUE_IF_TRUEand VALUE_IF_FALSE are the return values which depend on whether LOGICAL_TEST was true or false.
We actually want to make two tests to determine whether a ratio is Good, Ok, or Bad. First, we will test to see if the 2004 ratio is greater than the 2003 ratio. To do this, we divide the 2004 value by the 2003 value. If the result is greater than one, then the 2004 ratio is greater than the 2003 ratio. Using only this test, our formula for the current ratio would be: =IF(C3/D3>=1,"Good","Bad") in
E3. In this case the result should be Good since the 2004 value is greater than the 2003 value. If you copy this formula to E4, the result will be Bad since the 2004 quick ratio is lower than the 2003 quick ratio.
We can modify this formula to also take account of the industry average. If the 2004 ratio is greater than the 2003 ratio and the 2004 ratio is greater than the industry average, then the ratio is Good . To accomplish this we need to use the AND function. This function will return true only if all arguments are true:
AND(LOGICAL1, LOGICAL2, )
In this function LOGICAL1 and LOGICAL2 are the two required arguments that can each be evaluated to be either true or false. You can have up to 29 arguments, but only two are required. The modified function in E3 is now: =IF(And(C3/ D3>=1,C3/B3>=1),"Good","Bad"). Now, the ratio will only be judged as Good if both conditions are true. Note that they are not for the current ratio.
One final improvement can be made by adding Ok to the possible outcomes. We will say that the ratio is Ok if the 2004 value is greater than the 2003 value, or the 2004 value is greater than the industry average. We can accomplish this by nesting a second IF statement inside the first in place of Bad. For the second IF statement, we need to use Excel s OR function:
OR(LOGICAL1, LOGICAL2, )
This function is identical to the AND function, except that it returns true if any of its arguments are true. The final form of our equation is: =IF(AND(C3/
D3>=1,C3/B3>=1),"Good",IF(OR(C3/D3>=1,C3/B3>=1),"Ok",
"Bad")). For the current ratio, this will evaluate to Ok. You can now evaluate all of EPI s ratios by copying this formula to E4:E26 and clearing the unnecessary copies in E5, E11, E17, and E20.
One more change is necessary. Recall that for leverage ratios, lower is generally better. Therefore, change all of the >= to <= in E12:E16. You also need to make the same change in E8 for the average collection period. Your worksheet should now resemble that in Exhibit 46.
You should see that nearly all of EPI s ratios are judged to be Bad. This is exactly what our previous analysis has determined, except that Excel has done it automatically. There are many changes that could be made to improve on this simple ratio analyzer, but we will leave that job as an exercise for you.
EXHIBIT 46
EPI S RATIOSWITH AUTOMATIC ANALYSIS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
Ratio 
Industry 2004 
2004 
2003 
Analysis 
2 
Liquidity Ratios 

3 
Current 
2.70x 
2.39x 
2.33x 
Ok 
4 
Quick 
1.00x 
0.84x 
0.85x 
Bad 
5 
Efficiency Ratios 

6 
Inventory Turnover 
7.00x 
3.89x 
4.00x 
Bad 
7 
A/R Turnover 
10.70x 
9.58x 
9.77x 
Bad 
8 
Average Collection Period 
33.64 days 
37.59 days 
36.84 days 
Bad 
9 
Fixed Asset Turnover 
11.20x 
10.67x 
9.95x 
Ok 
10 
Total Asset Turnover 
2.60x 
2.33x 
2.34x 
Bad 
11 
Leverage Ratios 

12 
Total Debt Ratio 
50.00% 
58.45% 
54.81% 
Bad 
13 
Longterm Debt Ratio 
20.00% 
25.72% 
22.02% 
Bad 
14 
LTD to Total Capitalization 
28.57% 
38.23% 
32.76% 
Bad 
15 
Debt to Equity 
1.00x 
1.41x 
1.21x 
Bad 
16 
LTD to Equity 
40.00% 
61.90% 
48.73% 
Bad 
17 
Coverage Ratios 

18 
Times Interest Earned 
2.50x 
1.97x 
3.35x 
Bad 
19 
Cash Coverage Ratio 
2.80x 
2.23x 
3.65x 
Bad 
20 
Profitability Ratios 

21 
Gross Profit Margin 
17.50% 
15.58% 
16.55% 
Bad 
22 
Operating Profit Margin 
6.25% 
3.89% 
6.09% 
Bad 
23 
Net Profit Margin 
3.50% 
1.15% 
2.56% 
Bad 
24 
Return on Total Assets 
9.10% 
2.68% 
5.99% 
Bad 
25 
Return on Equity 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
Bad 
26 
Return on Common Equity 
18.20% 
6.45% 
13.25% 
Bad 
Economic profit is the profit earned in excess of the firm s costs, including its implicit opportunity costs (primarily its cost of capital). Accounting profit (net income), however, measures profit as revenues minus all of the firm s explicit costs. It takes into account a firm s cost of debt capital (interest expense), but it ignores the implicit cost of the firm s equity capital. The concept of economic profit is an old one, but it has been revived in the past few years by consulting firms promising to improve the financial performance and executive compensation
Economic Profit Measures of Performance
practices of their clients. Many large firms have switched to various measures of economic profit some with good results and some not. In any case, the method has generated a lot of interest, and we will include a short discussion of measuring economic profit in this section.
The basic idea behind economic profit measures is that the firm cannot increase shareholder wealth unless it makes a profit in excess of its cost of capital. Because we will be taking account of the cost of capital explicitly, we cannot use the normal accounting measures of profit directly. The adjustments to the financial statements vary depending on the firm and who is doing the calculations. At the moment, there is no completely accepted standard. With this in mind, we will present a simplified economic profit calculation.
Mathematically, economic profit is:
Economic Profit = NOPAT Aftertax cost of operating capital (432)
where NOPAT is net operating profit after taxes. The aftertax cost of operating capital is the dollar cost of all interestbearing debt instruments (i.e., bonds and notes payable) plus the dollar cost of preferred and common equity. Generally, the firm s aftertax cost of capital (a percentage amount) is calculated and then multiplied by the amount of operating capital to obtain the dollar cost.
To calculate the economic profit, we must first calculate NOPAT, total operating capital and the firm s cost of capital. For our purposes in this chapter, the cost of capital will be given. NOPAT is the aftertax operating profit of the firm:
NOPAT = EBIT 1( tax rate) (433)
Note that the NOPAT calculation does not include interest expense because it will be explicitly accounted for when we subtract the cost of all capital.
Total operating capital is the sum of noninterestbearing current assets and net fixed assets, less noninterestbearing current liabilities. We ignore interestbearing current assets because they are not operating assets, and we ignore interestbearing current liabilities (e.g., notes payable) because the cost of these liabilities is included in the cost of capital.
We will demonstrate the calculation of economic profit using the Elvis Products International data for 2003 and 2004. Make sure that the workbook containing EPI s financial statements is open, and insert a new worksheet for our economic profit calculations. Set up your new worksheet as shown in Exhibit 47 and rename the sheet Economic Profit.
EXHIBIT 47
ECONOMIC PROFIT CALCULATIONFOR EPI
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Economic Profit Calculations 

3 
2004 
2003 

4 
Tax Rate 
40% 
40% 

5 
NOPAT 
89,820 
125,460 

6 
Total Operating Capital 
1,335,600 
1,187,200 

7 
Aftertax Cost of Capital 
13% 
13% 

8 
Dollar Cost of Capital 
173,628 
154,336 

9 
Economic Profit 
(83,808) 
(28,876) 
Note that we are assuming that the firm s cost of capital is 13%, and the tax rate is 40%. All of the other numbers must be calculated as discussed above.
Recall that NOPAT is simply EBIT times 1 the tax rate, so in B5 enter the formula:
='Income Statement'!C11*(1B4). You should see that EPI has generated an operating profit of $89,820 in 2004. Copy this formula to D5 to get the NOPAT for 2003.
The next step is to calculate the amount of operating capital. Since EPI has no shortterm investments, we merely add current assets to net fixed assets and then subtract current liabilities less notes payable. In B6 enter the formula:
='Balance Sheet'!C8+'Balance Sheet'!C11('Balance
Sheet'!C17'Balance Sheet'!C15). You result should show that total operating capital for 2004 was $1,335,600. Copy the formula to D6.
Summary
To calculate the dollar cost of capital in B8, enter the formula: =_{B7*B6}, and copy this to D8. Recall that economic profit is simply NOPAT minus the dollar cost of capital, so we can calculate the economic profit in B9 with the formula: =_{B5B8}. You should find that EPI earned an economic profit of $83,808 in 2004. Copy this formula to D9 and you will see that EPI s economic profit in 2003 was $28,876. Now, delete column C which was left blank to facilitate copying of the formulas.
This example shows how misleading accounting measures of profit (particularly net income) can be. In this case, EPI reported positive profits in both 2003 and 2004, but it was actually decreasing shareholder wealth over the past two years. This result essentially confirms the results from our ratio analysis. EPI s management has not been doing a good job, at least over this period. Your economic profit worksheet should now look like the one in Exhibit 48.
EXHIBIT 48
EPI S COMPLETED ECONOMIC PROFIT WORKSHEET
A 
B 
C 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Economic Profit Calculations 

3 
2004 2003 

4 
Tax Rate 
40% 
40% 
5 
NOPAT 
89,820 
125,460 
6 
Total Operating Capital 
1,335,600 
1,187,200 
7 
Aftertax Cost of Capital 
13% 
13% 
8 
Dollar Cost of Capital 
173,628 
154,336 
9 
Economic Profit 
(83,808) 
(28,876) 
In this chapter we have seen how various financial ratios can be used to evaluate the financial health of a company, and therefore the performance of the managers of the firm. You have also seen how Excel can make the calculation of ratios quicker and easier than doing it by hand. We looked at five categories of ratios: Liquidity ratios measure the ability of a firm to pays its bills; efficiency ratios measure how well the firm is making use of its assets to generate sales; leverage ratios describe how much debt the firm is using to finance its assets; coverage ratios tell how much cash the firm has available to pay specific expenses; and profitability ratios measure how profitable the firm has been over a period of time.
We have also seen how Excel can be programmed to do a rudimentary ratio analysis automatically, using only a few of the builtin logical functions. Table 41 provides a summary of the ratio formulas that were presented in this chapter. Finally, we looked at the concept of economic profit and saw how it can give a much clearer picture of a firm s financial health than traditional accounting profit measures.
TABLE 41
SUMMARYOF FINANCIAL RATIOS
Name of Ratio 
Formula 
Page 
Liquidity Ratios 

Current Ratio 
^{Current Assets } Current Liabilities 
103 
Quick Ratio 
^{Current Assets}^{Inventories} Current Liabilities 
104 
Efficiency Ratios 

Inventory Turnover 
^{Cost of Goods Sold} Inventory 
105 
Accounts Receivable Turnover 
^{Credit Sales} Accounts Receivable 
106 
Average Collection Period 
^{Accounts Receivable}_{? }360 Annual Credit Sales 
107 
Fixed Asset Turnover 
^{Sales } Net Fixed Assets 
108 
Total Asset Turnover 
^{Sales} Total Assets 
108 
Leverage Ratios 

Total Debt Ratio 
^{Total Debt} Total Assets 
110 
LongTerm Debt Ratio 
^{L}^{ongTerm Debt} Total Assets 
110 
Summary
TABLE 41 (CONTINUED)
SUMMARYOF FINANCIAL RATIOS
Name of Ratio 
Formula 
Page 
LTD to Total Capitalization 
^{LTD } LTD + Preferred Equity + Common Equity 
111 
Debt to Equity 
^{Total Debt} Total Equity 
111 
LTD to Equity 
^{LTD } Preferred Equity + Common Equity 
112 
Coverage Ratios 

Times Interest Earned 
^{EBIT} Interest Expense 
113 
Cash Coverage Ratio 
^{EBIT + NonCash Expenses} Interest Expense 
114 
Profitability Ratios 

Gross Profit Margin 
^{Gross Profit} Sales 
115 
Operating Profit Margin 
^{Net Operating Income} Sales 
116 
Net Profit Margin 
^{Net Income} Sales 
116 
Return on Total Assets 
^{Net Income} Total Assets 
117 
Return on Equity 
^{Net Income} Total Equity 
117 
Return on Common Equity 
^{Net Income Available to Common} Common Equity 
118 
Du Pont Analysis of ROE 
^{Net Profit Margin }^{× }^{Total Asset Turnover} 1 Total Debt Ratio 
119 
TABLE 42
FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDINTHIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Return a value dependent on test 
IF(LOGICAL_TEST, VALUE_IF_TRUE, VALUE_IF_FALSE) 
128 
Returns true if all arguments true 
AND(LOGICAL1, LOGICAL2, ) 
129 
Returns true if one argument is true 
OR(LOGICAL1, LOGICAL2, ) 
129 
1. Copy the Aspen Industries financial statements from Problem 1 in Chapter 2 into a new workbook.
a. Set up a ratio worksheet similar to the one in Exhibit 44, page 121, and calculate all of the ratios for Aspen Industries.
b. Identify at least two areas of potential concern using the ratios. Identify at least two areas that have shown improvement.
c. In 2004 Aspen Industries ROE increased dramatically. Explain, in words, why this increase occurred using the Du Pont method as shown in equation (429).
d. Aspen Industries has shown an accounting profit in each of the past two years. Calculate their economic profit for these years and compare it to net income. Assume that Aspen s cost of capital is 11%.
e. Using Altman s model for privately held firms, calculate the Zscore for Aspen Industries. Does it appear that the firm is in imminent danger of bankruptcy?
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Internet Exercise
2. Choose your own company and repeat the analysis from Problem 1. You can get the data from MoneyCentral Investor at http:// . To retrieve the data for your company, go to the Stocks area and enter the ticker symbol. Now choose Financial Results and then Statements from the menu on the left side of the screen. Display the annual income statement, select the entire data section and copy. Now paste this data directly into a new worksheet. The data will be pasted in HTML format. In Excel 2002 a Smart Tag will appear that will allow you to either Keep Source Formatting or Match Destination Formatting. Experiment to see which one you like best. Repeat these steps for the balance sheet. (Note: At the time of this writing, MoneyCentral uses data from Media General Financial Services. The data have been consolidated into consistent categories for easy comparison of different companies. However, there are frequent mistakes. If you need error free data, you should use a source such as Standard & Poor s Compustat or the SEC s Edgar database.)
Forecasting is an important activity for a wide variety of business people. Nearly all of the decisions made by financial managers are made on the basis of forecasts of one kind or another. For example, in Chapter 3, we ve seen how the cash budget can be used to forecast shortterm borrowing and investing needs. Every item in the cash budget is itself a forecast. In this chapter we will examine several methods of forecasting. The first, the percent of sales method, is the simplest. We will also look at more advanced techniques, such as regression analysis.
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Forecasting financial statements is important for a number of reasons. Among these reasons are planning for the future and providing information to the company s investors. The simplest method of forecasting income statements and balance sheets is the percent of sales method. This method has the added advantage of requiring relatively little data to make a forecast.
The fundamental premise of the percent of sales method is that many (but not all) income statement and balance sheet items maintain a constant relationship to the level of sales. For example, if the cost of goods sold has averaged 65% of sales over the last several years, we would assume that this relationship would hold for the next year. If sales were expected to be $10 million next year, our cost of goods forecast would be $6.5 million (10 million × 0.65 = 6.5 million). Of course, this method assumes that the forecasted level of sales is already known.
As an example of income statement forecasting, consider the Elvis Products International statements that you created in Chapter 2. The income statement is recreated here in Exhibit 51. Recall that we have used a custom number format to display this data in thousands of dollars. Also, we are only showing the Dollar custom view here.
The level of detail that you have in an income statement will affect how many items will fluctuate directly with sales. In general, we will proceed through the income statement line by line asking the question, Is it likely that this item will change directly with sales? If the answer is yes, then we calculate the percentage of sales and multiply the result by the sales forecast for the next period. Otherwise, we will take one of two actions: Leave the item unchanged, or use other information to change the item.
For EPI only one income statement item will clearly change with sales: the cost of goods sold. One other item, selling, general, and administrative expense (SG&A), is a conglomeration of many accounts, some of which will probably change with
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sales and some which won t. For our purposes we choose to believe that, on balance, SG&A will change along with sales.
EXHIBIT 51
EPI S INCOME STATEMENTSFOR 2003 AND 2004
A 
C 
E 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 ($ 000’s) 

4 
2004 2003 

5 
Sales 
3,850.00 
3,432.00 
6 
Cost of Goods Sold 
3,250.00 
2,864.00 
7 
Gross Profit 
600.00 
568.00 
8 
Selling and G&A Expenses 
330.30 
240.00 
9 
Fixed Expenses 
100.00 
100.00 
10 
Depreciation Expense 
20.00 
18.90 
11 
EBIT 
149.70 
209.10 
12 
Interest Expense 
76.00 
62.50 
13 
Earnings Before Taxes 
73.70 
146.60 
14 
Taxes 
29.48 
58.64 
15 
Net Income 
44.22 
87.96 
The other items don t change as a result of a change in sales. Depreciation expense, for example, depends on the amount and age of the firm s fixed assets. Interest expense is a function of the amount and maturity structure of debt in the firm s capital structure. Taxes depend directly on the firm s taxable income, though this indirectly depends on the level of sales. All of the other items on the income statement are calculated.
To generate our income statement forecast, we first determine the percentage of sales for each of the prior years for each item that changes. In this case for 2004 we have:
Cost of Goods Sold 2004 Percentage of Sales $3,250,0003,850,000 = 0.8442 = 84.42%
SG&A Expense 2004 Percentage of Sales 3,850,000$330,300 = 0.0858 = 8.58%
The 2003 percentages (83.45% and 6.99%, respectively) can be found in exactly the same manner. We now calculate the average of these percentages and use this average as our estimate of the 2005 percentage of sales. The forecast is then found by multiplying these percentages by next year s sales forecast. Assuming that sales are forecasted to be $4,300,000, then for 2005 we have:
Cost of Goods Sold $4,300,000 × 0.8393 = 3,609,108
2005 Forecast
SG&A Expense 2005 $4,300,000 × 0.0779 = 334,803
Forecast
Exhibit 52 shows a completed forecast for the 2005 income statement. To create this forecast in your worksheet, begin by choosing the All view of the income statement. Now, select columns B and C and then choose Insert Columns. This will create two blank columns into which we will enter our forecasts for 2005. In B4 enter: 2005%* and in C4 enter: 2005*. Because the 2005 income statement will be calculated in exactly the same way as 2004, the easiest way to proceed is to copy E5:E15 into C5:C15. This will save you from having to enter formulas to calculate subtotals and such (e.g., EBIT). In column B we will calculate the average percentage of sales for each item. In B5 enter the formula: =AVERAGE(D5,F5) and copy this formula down through the range B6:B15. Note that we are making use of the commonsize data we previously created. Next change the 2005 sales, in C5, to: 4,300,000. All that remains is to enter the formulas for forecasting cost of goods sold and SG&A. In C6 we enter the formula to calculate the cost of goods sold forecast as: =B6*C$5 and copy this to C8 so that it reads: =B8*C$5. Your worksheet should now look like the one in Exhibit 52.
We can forecast the balance sheet in exactly the same way as the income statement. The main difference in this case is that we cannot make use of the commonsize information that we created in Chapter 2. This is because the commonsize balance sheet calculates the percentages based on total assets not on sales. If necessary, open your EPI workbook and switch to the Balance Sheet worksheet before continuing.
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EXHIBIT 52
PERCENTOF SALES FORECASTFOR2005
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 

1 
Elvis Products International 

2 
Proforma Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 ($ 000’s) 

4 
2005%* 2005 2004% 2004 
2003% 
2003 

5 
Sales 
100.00% 
4,300.00 
100.00% 
3,850.00 
100.00% 
3,432.00 
6 
Cost of Goods Sold 
83.93% 
3,609.11 
84.42% 
3,250.00 
83.45% 
2,864.00 
7 
Gross Profit 
16.07% 
690.89 
15.58% 
600.00 
16.55% 
568.00 
8 
Selling and G&A Expenses 
7.79% 
334.80 
8.58% 
330.30 
6.99% 
240.00 
9 
Fixed Expenses 
2.76% 
100.00 
2.60% 
100.00 
2.91% 
100.00 
10 
Depreciation Expense 
0.54% 
20.00 
0.52% 
20.00 
0.55% 
18.90 
11 
EBIT 
4.99% 
236.09 
3.89% 
149.70 
6.09% 
209.10 
12 
Interest Expense 
1.90% 
76.00 
1.97% 
76.00 
1.82% 
62.50 
13 
Earnings Before Taxes 
3.09% 
160.09 
1.91% 
73.70 
4.27% 
146.60 
14 
Taxes @ 40% 
1.24% 
64.04 
0.77% 
29.48 
1.71% 
58.64 
15 
Net Income 
1.86% 
96.05 
1.15% 
44.22 
2.56% 
87.96 
16 
*Forecasted 

17 
Notes: 

18 
Tax Rate 
40% 
Because we cannot make use of the commonsize information, our formulas will be somewhat more complex than for the income statement. However, this should pose no difficulty if you follow along carefully and keep in mind the general premise of the percent of sales method.
Create the percent of sales balance sheet for 2005 by selecting column B and inserting a new column (Insert Columns). In B4 type the label: 2005*. As before, the star indicates a footnote which says that the information is a forecast. Like we did with the income statement, we will move, line by line, through the balance sheet to determine which items will vary with sales.
The firm s cash balance is the first, and perhaps most difficult, item with which we need to work. Does the cash balance vary, in constant proportion, with sales? Your first response might be, Of course it does. As the firm sells more goods, it accumulates cash. This line of reasoning neglects two important facts. The firm has other things to do with its cash aside from accumulating it, and, because cash is a lowreturn (perhaps zero or negativereturn when inflation is considered) asset, firms should seek to minimize the amount of their cash balance. For these reasons, even though the cash balance will probably change, it probably will not change by the same percentage as sales. Therefore, we will simply use the cash balance from 2004 as our forecast, so enter: =D5 into cell B5.
The next two items, accounts receivable and inventory, are much easier. Both of these accounts are likely to fluctuate roughly in proportion to sales. Using the same methodology that we used for the proforma income statement, we will find the average percentage of sales for the past two years and multiply that amount by our sales forecast for 2005. For the accounts receivable, the formula in B6 is:
=Average(D6/'Income Statement'!E$5,F6/'Income
Statement'!G$5)*'Income Statement'!C$5. Instead of typing the references to the income statement, it is easier to insert them by displaying both the income statement and balance sheet (choose Window New Window from the menus) and selecting the appropriate cells with the mouse. Since we will use the same formula for Inventory, we can simply copy this formula down to B7. Total Current Assets in B8 is a calculated value, so we can copy the formula directly from cell D8.
In cell B9 we have the 2005 gross plant and equipment. This is the historical purchase price of the buildings and equipment that the firm owns. Even though the firm will probably buy and sell (or otherwise dispose of) many pieces of equipment, there is no reason to believe that these actions are directly related to the level of sales. Furthermore, no firm builds new plants (or other buildings) every time sales increase. For these reasons we will leave the plant and equipment unchanged from 2004. Only if we know of plans to change the level of plant and equipment should we enter a different number in B9. In this case we will simply insert the formula: =_{D9} into this cell.
Accumulated Depreciation will definitely increase in 2005, but not because of the forecasted change in sales. Instead, Accumulated Depreciation will increase by the amount of the Depreciation Expense for 2005. To determine the accumulated depreciation for 2005 we will add 2005 s depreciation expense to 2004 s accumulated depreciation. The formula is: =D10+'Income Statement'!E10.
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To complete the asset side of the balance sheet, we note that both Net Fixed Assets and Total Assets are calculated values. We can simply copy the formulas from D11:D12 and paste them into B11:B12.
Once the assets are completed the rest of the balance sheet is comparatively simple because we can mostly copy formulas already entered. Before continuing however, we need to distinguish among the types of financing sources. We have already seen that the types of financing that a firm uses can be divided into three categories:
Current liabilities
Longterm liabilities
Owner s equity
These categories are not sufficiently distinguished for our purposes here. Instead, we will divide the liabilities and equity of a firm into two categories:
Spontaneous sources of financing These are the sources of financing that arise during the ordinary course of doing business. An example is the firm s accounts payable. Once the credit account is established with a supplier, no additional work is required to obtain credit; it just happens spontaneously when the firm makes a purchase. Note that not all current liabilities are spontaneous sources of financing (e.g., shortterm notes payable, longterm debt due in one year, etc.).
Discretionary sources of financing These are the financing sources which require a large effort on the part of the firm to obtain. In other words, the firm must make a conscious decision to obtain these funds. Furthermore, the firm s upperlevel management will use its discretion to determine the appropriate type of financing to use. Examples of this type of financing include any type of bank loan, bonds, and common and preferred stock.
Generally speaking, spontaneous sources of financing can be expected to vary directly with sales. Changes in discretionary sources, on the other hand, will not have a direct relationship to changes in sales. We always leave discretionary sources of financing unchanged for reasons that will soon become clear.
Returning now to our forecasting problem, the first item to consider is accounts payable. As noted above, accounts payable is a spontaneous source of financing and will, therefore, change directly with sales. To enter the formula, all that is necessary is to copy the formula from one of the other items that we have already completed. Copy the contents of B6 (or B7, it doesn t matter which) and paste it into B14. The result should indicate a forecasted accounts payable of $189.05.
The next item to consider is the shortterm notes payable. Since this is a discretionary source of financing, we will leave it unchanged from 2004. In reality, we might handle this item differently if we had more information. For example, if we knew that the notes would be retired before the end of 2005, we would change our forecast to zero. Alternatively, if the payments on the notes include both principal and interest, our forecast would be the 2004 amount less principal payments that we expect to make in 2005. Since we are leaving it unchanged, the formula in B15 is: =D15.
If we assume that the other current liabilities account represents primarily accrued expenses, then it is a spontaneous source of financing. We can, therefore, simply copy the formula from B14 and paste it into B16. The forecasted amount is $163.38.
Longterm debt, in B18, and common stock, in B20, are both discretionary sources of financing. We will leave these balances unchanged from 2004. In B18 the formula is =D18 and in B20 the formula is =D20.
The final item which we must consider is the retained earnings balance. Recall that retained earnings is an accumulation account. That is, the balance in any year is the accumulated amount that has been added in previous years. The amount which will be added to retained earnings, is given by:
Change in Retained Earnings = Net Income Dividends
where the dividends are those which are paid to both the common and preferred stockholders. The formula for the retained earnings balance will require that we reference forecasted 2005 net income from the income statement, and the dividends from statement of cash flows. Note that we are assuming that 2005 dividends will be the same as the 2004 dividends. We can reference these cells in exactly the same way as before, so the formula is: =D21+'Income Statement'!C15+'statement of Cash Flows'!B18. The results should show that we are forecasting retained earnings to be $300.04 in 2005.
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At this point, you should go back and calculate the subtotals in B17, B19, and B22. Finally, we calculate the total liabilities and owner s equity in B23 with =B19+B22.
Sharpeyed readers will notice that our proforma balance sheet does not balance. While this appears to be a serious problem, it actually represents one of the purposes of the proforma balance sheet. The difference between total assets and total liabilities and owner s equity is referred to as discretionary financing needed (DFN). In other words, this is the amount of discretionary financing that the firm thinks it will need to raise in the next year. Because of the amount of time and effort required to raise these funds, it is important that the firm be aware of its needs well in advance. The proforma balance sheet fills this need. Frequently, the firm will find that it is forecasting a higher level of assets than liabilities and equity. In this case, the managers would need to arrange for more liabilities and/or equity to finance the level of assets needed to support the volume of sales expected. This is referred to as a deficit of discretionary funds. If the forecast shows that there will be a higher level of liabilities and equity than assets, the firm is said to have a surplus of discretionary funds. Remember that, in the end, the balance sheet must balance. The plug figure necessary to make this happen is the DFN.
We should add an extra line at the bottom of the proforma balance sheet to calculate the discretionary financing needed. Type Discretionary Financing Needed in A24, and in B24 add the formula =B12B23. This calculation tells us that EPI expects to have $9,880.50 more in discretionary funds than are needed to support its forecasted level of assets. In this case, EPI is forecasting a surplus of discretionary funds. We have applied the same custom format (#.00,) to this number as to the rest of the balance sheet.
To make clear that this amount is a surplus (note that the sign is the opposite of what might be expected), we can have Excel inform us whether we will have a surplus or deficit of discretionary funds. To do this requires that we make use of the IF statement. Realize that if the discretionary financing needed is a positive number, then we have a deficit; otherwise we have a surplus. So the formula in C24 is: =IF(B24>0,"Deficit","Surplus"). Your balance sheet should now resemble that in Exhibit 53.
EXHIBIT 53
EPI S PROFORMA BALANCE SHEETFOR2005
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Elvi 
s Products International 

2 
Pr 
oforma Balance Sheet 

3 
As 
of Dec. 31, 2004 (000’s) 

4 
Assets 
2005* 2004% 
2004 
2003% 
2003 

5 
Cash and Equivalents 
52.00 
3.15% 
52.00 
3.92% 
57.60 

6 
Accounts Receivable 
444.51 
24.35% 
402.00 
23.91% 
351.20 

7 
Inventory 
914.90 
50.64% 
836.00 
48.69% 
715.20 

8 
Total Current Assets 
1411.40 
78.14% 
1290.00 
76.53% 
1124.00 

9 
Plant & Equipment 
527.00 
31.92% 
527.00 
33.43% 
491.00 

10 
Accumulated Depreciation 
186.20 
10.07% 
166.20 
9.95% 
146.20 

11 
Net Fixed Assets 
340.80 
21.86% 
360.80 
23.47% 
344.80 

12 
Total Assets 
1752.20 
100.00% 
1650.80 
100.00% 
1468.80 

13 
Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 

14 
Accounts Payable 
189.05 
10.61% 
175.20 
9.91% 
145.60 

15 
Shortterm Notes Payable 
225.00 
13.63% 
225.00 
13.62% 
200.00 

16 
Other Current Liabilities 
163.38 
8.48% 
140.00 
9.26% 
136.00 

17 
Total Current Liabilities 
577.43 
32.72% 
540.20 
32.79% 
481.60 

18 
Longterm Debt 
424.61 
25.72% 
424.61 
22.02% 
323.43 

19 
Total Liabilities 
1002.04 
58.45% 
964.81 
54.81% 
805.03 

20 
Common Stock 
460.00 
27.87% 
460.00 
31.32% 
460.00 

21 
Retained Earnings 
300.04 
13.69% 
225.99 
13.87% 
203.77 

22 
Total Shareholder’s Equity 
760.04 
41.55% 
685.99 
45.19% 
663.77 

23 
Total Liabilities and Owner’s Equity 
1762.08 
100.00% 
1650.80 
100.00% 
1468.80 

24 
Discretionary Financing Needed 
9.88 
Surplus 

25 
* Forecasted 
148
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The primary advantage of the percent of sales forecasting method is its simplicity. There are many other more sophisticated forecasting techniques that can be implemented in a spreadsheet program. In this section we will look at two of these that are particularly useful.
Suppose that you were asked to perform the percent of sales forecast for EPI. The first step in that analysis requires a sales forecast. Since EPI is a small company, nobody regularly makes such forecasts and you will have to generate your own. Where do you start?
Your first idea might be to see if there has been a clear trend in sales over the past several years and to extrapolate that trend, if it exists, to 2005. To see if there has been a trend, you first gather data on sales for EPI for the past five years. Table 51 presents the data that you have gathered.
TABLE 51
Year 
Sales 
2000 
1,890,532 
2001 
2,098,490 
2002 
2,350,308 
2003 
3,432,000 
2004 
3,850,000 
Add a new worksheet to your EPI workbook, and rename it Trend Forecast so that it can be easily identified. Enter the labels and data from Table 51 into your worksheet beginning in A1.
The easiest way to see if there has been a trend in sales is to create a chart which plots the sales data versus the years. Create this chart using the Chart Wizard by first selecting A1:B6. Make sure to select an XY chart and to enter the title as EPI Sales for 2000 to 2004. Your worksheet should resemble that in Exhibit 54.
EXHIBIT 54
EPI TREND FORECAST WORKSHEET
Examining the chart leads to the conclusion that sales have definitely been increasing over the past five years, but not at a constant rate. There are several ways to generate a forecast from this data, even though the sales are not increasing at a constant rate.
One of these methods is to let Excel determine a linear trend. That is, let Excel fit a straight line to the data and extrapolate that line to 2005 (or beyond). The line that is generated is in the form of:
Y = mX + b
which you should recognize as the same equation used in algebra courses to describe a straight line. In this equation, m is the slope and b is the intercept.
To determine the parameters for this line (m and b), Excel uses regression analysis which we will examine later. To generate a forecast based on the trend, we need to use the TREND function which is defined as:
TREND(KNOWN_YS, KNOWN_XS, NEW_XS, CONST)
In the TREND function definition, KNOWN_YS is the range of the data that we wish to forecast (the dependent variable) and KNOWN_X S is the optional range of data (the independent variable) that we want to use to determine the trend in the dependent variable. Since the TREND function is generally used to forecast a timebased trend, KNOWN_X S will usually be a range of years, though it can be any set of consecutive numbers (e.g., 1, 2, 3, ). NEW_X S is a continuation of the KNOWN_X S for which we don t yet know the value of the dependent variable. CONST is a True/False
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variable that tells Excel whether or not to include an intercept in its calculations (generally, this should be set to true or omitted).
Using the TREND function is easier than it may at first seem. To generate a forecast for 2005, first enter 2005 into A7. This will provide us with the NEW_X S value that we will use to forecast 2005 sales. Next, enter the TREND function as:
=TREND(B$2:B$6,A$2:A$6,A7,TRUE) into B7. The result is a sales forecast of $4,300,000, which is the same sales forecast that we used in the percent of sales forecasting method for the financial statements.
We can extend our forecast to 2006 and 2007 quite easily. To do this, first enter
2006 into A8 and 2007 into A9. Now copy the formula from B7 to B8:B9. You should see that the forecasted sales for 2006 and 2007 are $4,825,244 and $5,350,489, respectively.
An interesting feature of charts in Excel is that we can tell Excel to add a trend line to the chart. Adding this line requires no more work than making a menu choice; we do not have to calculate the data ourselves. To add a trend line to our chart, select the plot line and click on it with the right mouse button. Click on Add Trendline and then click on the OK button on the resulting dialog box to see the default linear trend line. You can also show trend lines that aren t linear. For example, if sales had been increasing at an increasing rate, you might want to fit an exponential trend instead of a linear one. Excel also offers five other trend lines that it can calculate, including a moving average of userdetermined length.
Excel can even do a forecast automatically in the chart! (Note that you will not get the actual numerical forecast using this method.) First, delete the trend line that we added by selecting it and then pressing the Delete key on your keyboard, or rightclick the trend line and choose Clear from the shortcut menu. Now, select the original plot line again, and insert a linear trend line. Before clicking on the OK button, click on the Options tab. In the Forecast section, set Forward to 1 unit. After clicking on the OK button you will see a trend line which extends to 2005. We could also extend the forecast to 2006 or 2007 by setting Forward to 2 or 3. Note that we don t have to first delete the trend line before showing the forecast. Instead, you could have rightclicked the existing trend line, chosen Format Trendline and the Options tab, and entered the forecast period as before.
Recall that we said that Excel generates the equation for the trend line and uses this equation to make the forecast. We can have Excel show this equation on the chart by selecting the appropriate options. Rightclick on the trend line and choose
Format Trendline from the shortcut menu. Select the Options tab and then click on
Display Equation on Chart. Click on the OK button and you should see the equation appear on the chart.
The equation that Excel displays is:
y = 525245x 1E+09
which is Excel s way of saying:
y = 525245x 1,000,000,000
However, you should be suspicious of rounding problems any time you see scientific notation. In some cases the rounding isn t important, but in this case it is. We can fix the problem by rightclicking on the equation and choosing Format Data Labels from the shortcut menu. Now select the Number tab and apply another format. You should now see that the equation is actually:^{6}
y = 525,244.60x 1,048,815,423.20
We can see that this equation does indeed generate the forecast for 2005 by substituting 2005 for x.^{7} At this point, your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 55.
EXHIBIT 55
EPI TREND FORECAST WORKSHEET
6. You could even apply the custom number format that we ve used for the financialstatements.
7. Note that even this equation is slightly off. Using the LINEST function, we find that the actual equation is: y = 525,244.60 2005( ) 4,300,0001,048,815,423.35 =
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The term regression analysis is a sophisticatedsounding term for a rather simple concept: fitting the best line to a data set. As simple as it sounds, the mathematics behind regression analysis are beyond the scope of this book. However, Excel can easily handle quite complex regression models with minimal knowledge on your part. We will make use of Excel s regression tools without delving too deeply into the underlying mathematics.
As we ve noted, regression analysis is a technique for fitting the best line to a data set: a very powerful tool for determining the relationship between variables and for forecasting. You could, for example, simply plot the data and draw in what appears to be the line which best fits the data, but there is no guarantee that the line you choose is actually the best line. In regression analysis, the best line is defined as the one that minimizes the sum of the squared errors. The errors are the difference between the actual data point and that predicted by the model.
In our previous example, we used regression analysis (disguised within the TREND function) to forecast EPI s level of sales for 2005. Aside from forecasting, the second major use of regression analysis is to understand the relationship between variables. In this section we will use Excel s regression tool to perform a regression analysis.
Consider the following example in which we will make use of regression analysis to try to get a better forecast of next year s cost of goods sold for EPI. Table 52 provides the historical data for sales and cost of goods sold.
EPI S HISTORICAL SALESAND COSTOF GOODS
Year 
Sales 
Cost of Goods 
2000 
$ 1,890,532 
$ 1,570,200 
2001 
2,098,490 
1,695,694 
2002 
2,350,308 
1,992,400 
2003 
3,432,000 
2,864,000 
2004 
3,850,000 
3,250,000 
Recall that we previously calculated the average percentage of sales for 2003 and 2004 and used that average to generate our forecast for 2005. Suppose, however, that you are concerned that there may possibly be a more systematic relationship between sales and cost of goods sold. For example, it is entirely possible that as sales rise, cost of goods sold will rise at slower rate. This may be due to efficiencies in the production process, quantity discounts on materials, etc. Alternatively, there may be another relationship, or none at all. Regression analysis can help us to gain a better understanding of the historical relationship, and, hopefully, better forecasts of the future cost of goods sold.
Before running the regression, let s create a chart of the data to help get a visual picture of the historical relationship. Enter the data from Table 52 into a new worksheet beginning in cell A1. Now select B2:C6 and create an XY Scatter chart of the data. To facilitate our visualization, change the scale on each axis as follows: Select the axis, rightclick it and choose Format Axis. Now, select the
Scale tab and change the Minimum to 1,500,000, the Maximum to
4,500,000, and the Major unit to 1,000,000. This will ensure that the scale of each axis is the same, which makes it much easier to see the relationship between our two variables.
The chart in Figure 51 shows what appears to be a pretty consistent relationship. Furthermore, the slope of the line is something less than 45 degrees so we know
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that a change in sales of $1 will lead to a change in cost of goods sold of less than $1. The problem is that we can t know the exact relationship from reading the chart. What we can do is to run a regression analysis on the data to find the exact slope and intercept of bestfitting line for this data.
Excel provides several functions to calculate the parameters of a regression equation. For example, the TREND, LINEST, and FORECAST functions all use linear regression to generate equation parameters or forecasts. There are also functions for nonlinear regression (e.g., GROWTHAND LOGEST). However, Excel also includes another method that we will cover here: the regression tool in the Data Analysis ToolPak. This tool works very much like any statistical program that you may have used. It will ask for the data and then output a table of the regression results.
To run the regression tool, choose Tools Data Analysis from the menus. Next, select Regression from the list of analysis tools that are available. Figure 52 shows the dialog box. (Note that the data are already filled in.)
Before running the analysis, we need to determine the theoretical relationship between the variables of interest. In this case we are hypothesizing that the level of sales can be used to predict the cost of goods sold. Therefore we say that the cost of goods sold is dependent on sales. So the cost of goods sold is referred to as the dependent (Y) variable, and sales is the independent (X) variable. Our mathematical model is:
Cost of Goods Sold_{t }= ? ?+ (Sales_{t}) + e_{t }(51)
where ? is the intercept, ? is the slope of the line, and e is the random error term in period t.
FIGURE 52
There are many options on this dialog box, but for our simple problem we are only concerned with four of them. First, we need to tell Excel where the dependent (Y) variable data are located. In the Input Y Range edit box enter $C$1:$C$6, or merely select this range with the mouse. In the Input X Range edit box enter $B$1:$B$6. Since we have included the labels in our input ranges, we must make sure that a check mark is in the Labels box. Finally, we want to tell Excel to create a new worksheet within the current workbook for the output. Click on the box to the left of New Worksheet Ply: in the Output section, and type
Regression Results in the edit box to give a name to the new worksheet. After clicking the OK button, Excel will calculate the regression statistics and create a new worksheet named Regression Results. We could also have Excel enter the output in the same worksheet by specifying the Output Range. Note that you only need to specify the upperleft corner of the area where you want the output. (Beware that Excel has a minor bug. When you click on the radio button for the Output Range the cursor will return to the edit box for the Y range. Before selecting your output range, you must click in the proper edit box, otherwise you will overwrite your Y range. This bug has existed in the past several versions of Excel.)
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EXHIBIT 56
REGRESSION RESULTS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 

1 
SUMMARY OUTPUT 

2 

3 
Regression Statistics 

4 
Multiple R 
99.91% 

5 
R Square 
99.83% 

6 
Adjusted R Square 
99.77% 

7 
Standard Error 
35,523.08 

8 
Observations 
5 

9 

10 
ANOVA 

11 
df 
SS 
MS 
F 
Significance F 

12 
Regression 
1 
2.20596E+12 
2.20596E+12 
1748.14121 
3.01101E05 

13 
Residual 
3 
3785666909 
1261888970 

14 
Total 
4 
2.20975E+12 

15 

16 
Coefficients 
Standard Error 
t Stat 
Pvalue 
Lower 95% 
Upper 95% 

17 
Intercept 
(63,680.8247) 
58,134.6760 
(1.0954) 
0.3534 
(248,691.4831) 
121,329.8337 
18 
Sales 
0.8583 
0.0205 
41.8108 
0.0000 
0.7929 
0.9236 
Exhibit 56 shows the output of the regression tool (it has been reformatted to make it a bit easier to read). The output may appear to be complex if you are not familiar with regression analysis. However, we are primarily concerned with the output which gives the parameters of the regression line. In cells B17:B18 are the parameters of the regression equation. If we substitute these numbers into Equation (51) we find:
Cost of Goods Sold_{t }= 63,680.82 + 0.8583(Sales_{t}) + e_{t }.
The equation tells us that, all other things being equal, each dollar increase in sales will lead to an $0.86 increase in cost of goods sold.
Before we use this equation to make our forecast, let s evaluate it to make sure that there is a statistically significant relationship between the variables. We will begin by looking at the R Square (R^{2}) in cell B5. The R^{2} is the coefficient of determination and tells us the proportion of the total variation in the dependent variable that is explained by the independent variable. In this case, sales are able to explain nearly 100% of the variability in the cost of goods sold. That is a stronger relationship than you will normally find, but it indicates that this equation is likely to work very well, as long as we have a good forecast of next years sales.
Next, we look at the tstatistics for our regression coefficients (D18, normally we aren t too concerned with the significance of the intercept). Usually, we want to know whether a coefficient is statistically distinguishable from zero (i.e., statistically significant ). Note that the magnitude of the coefficient is not the issue. If the coefficient for sales is significantly different from zero, then we know that sales is useful in predicting cost of goods sold. The tstatistic tells us how many standard deviations away from zero the coefficient is. Obviously, the higher this number, the more confidence we have that the coefficient is different from zero. In this case, the tstatistic is 41.81. A general rule of thumb is that, for large samples, a tstatistic greater than about 2.00 is significant at the 95% confidence level or more. Even though we don t have a large sample, we can be quite sure that the coefficient for sales is significant. Note that we can also use the pvalue (E18) to determine the exact confidence level. Simply subtract the pvalue from 1 to find the confidence level. Here, the pvalue is 0.00003, so we are essentially 100% (actually, 99.997%) confident that our coefficient is significant.
We are very confident that the coefficient for sales is not zero, but we don t know for sure that the correct value is 0.8583. That number is simply the best point estimate given our set of sample data. Note that in F18:G18 we have numbers labeled Lower 95% and Upper 95%. This gives us a range of values between which we can be 95% sure the true value of this coefficient lies. In other words, we can be 95% confident that the true change in cost of goods sold per dollar change in sales is between $0.7929 and $0.9236. Of course, there is a small chance (5%) that the true value lies outside of this range. As an aside, note that the 95% confidence range for the intercept contains 0. This indicates that we cannot statistically distinguish the intercept coefficient from zero (this is also confirmed by the rather high pvalue for the intercept). However, since we are merely using this model for forecasting, the significance of the intercept is not important.
We are now quite confident that our model is useful for forecasting cost of goods sold. To make a forecast for the 2005 cost of goods sold, we merely plug our 2005 sales forecast into the equation:
Cost of Goods Sold_{2005 }= 63,680.82 + 0.8583 4,300,000( ) = 3,626,854.68
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Recall that using the percent of sales method our forecast for 2005 cost of goods sold was $3,609,107.56. Our regression result agrees fairly closely with this number, so either number is probably usable for a forecast. However, note that both of these methods depend critically on our sales forecast. Without a good forecast of sales, all of our other forecasts are questionable.
To generate this forecast yourself, return to your worksheet with the data from Table 52.
In A7 enter: 2005* for the year and in B7 enter the sales forecast of 4,300,000. Now, calculate the forecast by using the regression output. The equation in C7 is:
='Regression Results'!B17+'Regression Results'!B18*B7.
As we did with the TREND function, we can replicate this regression directly in the XY chart that was completed earlier. Simply rightclick on one of the data points, and choose Add Trendline. Now, using the Options tab, place the equation on the chart and have the trend line extended to forecast one period ahead. Your worksheet should now look like the one in Exhibit 57. As you can see, our regression line nearly perfectly matches the chart of the original data, this confirms our analysis of the regression results.
EXHIBIT 57
COMPLETED REGRESSION WORKSHEETWITH FORECAST
In this chapter we have examined three methods of forecasting financial statements and variables. We used the percent of sales technique to forecast the firm s income statement and balance sheet based upon an estimated level of sales. We used a timetrend technique to forecast sales as an input to the percent of sales method. Finally, we looked at regression analysis to help generate a better forecast of the cost of goods sold by using the relationship between that and sales over the past five years.
We have barely scratched the surface of forecasting methodologies. However, we hope that this chapter has stimulated an interest in this important subject. If so, be assured that Excel, either alone or through an addin program, can be made to handle nearly all of your forecasting problems. Please remember that any forecast is almost assuredly wrong. We can only hope to get reasonably close to the actual future outcome. How close you get depends upon the quality of your model and the inputs to that model.
FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDIN THIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Forecast future outcomes based on a timetrend 
TREND(KNOWN_YS, KNOWN_XS, NEW_XS, CONST) 
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1. Using the data in the file P&G.xls (downloadable from the test support site at ) forecast the June 30, 2003, income statement and balance sheet for Proctor & Gamble. Use the percent of sales method and the following assumptions:
(1) Sales in FY 2003 will be $41,736; (2) The tax rate will be 35%; and (3) Each item which changes with sales will be the fiveyear average percentage of sales.
a. What is the discretionary financing needed in 2003? Is this a surplus or deficit?
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b. Create a chart of Cash vs. Sales and add a linear trend line. Does there appear to be a consistent trend in this relationship?
c. Use the regression tool to verify your results from Part b. Is the trend statistically significant? Use at least three methods to show why or why not.
d. Use the Scenario Manager to set up three scenarios:
1) Best Case Sales are 10% higher than expected.
2) Base Case Sales are exactly as expected.
3) Worst Case Sales are 10% less than expected. What is the DFN under each scenario?
2. Use the same data as in Problem 1.
a. Recalculate the percentage of sales income statement, but this time use the TREND function to forecast depreciation expense, other income, and interest expense.
b. Recalculate the percentage of sales balance sheet, but this time use the TREND function to forecast cash, property plant and equipment (gross), intangibles, and other noncurrent assets.
c. Do these new values appear to be more realistic than the original values? Does this technique make sense for each of these items? Might other income statement or balance sheet items be forecasted in this way?
1. Since you are reading this after the end of Proctor & Gamble s fiscal year 2003, how do your forecasts from the previous problems compare to the actual FY 2003 results? Does it appear that more information would have helped to generate better forecasts? Insert Proctor & Gamble s actual sales for 2003 into your forecast. Does this improve your forecast of earnings?
2. Choose your own company and the repeat the analysis from Problem 1. You can get the data from MoneyCentral Investor at . To retrieve the data for your company, go to the Stocks area and enter the ticker symbol. Now choose Financial Results and then Statements from the menu on the left side of the screen. Display the annual income statement, select the entire data section, and copy. Now paste this data directly into a new worksheet. Repeat these steps for the balance sheets.
CHAPTER 6 6 BreakEven
and Leverage Analysis
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Differentiate between fixed and variable costs.
2. Calculate operating and cash breakeven points, and find the number of units that need to be sold to reach a target level of EBIT.
3. Define the terms business risk and financial risk, and describe the orgins of each of these risks.
4. Use Excel to calculate the DOL, DFL, and DCL and explain the significance of each of these risk measures.
5. Explain how the DOL, DFL, and DCL change as the firm s sales level changes.
In this chapter we will consider the decisions that managers make regarding the cost structure of the firm. These decisions will, in turn, impact the decisions they make regarding methods of financing the firm s assets (i.e., its capital structure) and pricing the firm s products.
In general, we will assume that the firm faces two kinds of costs:
1. Variable costs are those costs that are expected to change at the same rate as the firm s sales. Variable costs are constant per unit, so as more units are sold total variable costs will rise. Examples of variable costs include sales commissions, costs of raw materials, hourly wages, etc.
2. Fixed costs are those costs that are constant, regardless of the quantity produced, over some relevant range of production. Total fixed cost per unit will decline as the number of units increases. Examples of fixed costs include rent, salaries, depreciation, etc.
Figure 61 illustrates these costs.
We can define the breakeven point as the level of sales (either units or dollars) that causes profits (however measured) to equal zero. Most commonly, we define the breakeven point as the unit sales required for earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to be equal to zero. This point is often referred to as the operating breakeven point.
Define Q as the quantity sold, P is the price per unit, V is the variable cost per unit, and F as total fixed costs. With these definitions, we can say:
BreakEven Points
Q P( V) F = EBIT (61)
If we set EBIT in equation (61) to zero, we can solve for the breakeven quantity (Q^{*}):
Q^{* }= ^{F } (62) P V
Assume, for example, that a firm is selling widgets for $30 per unit while variable costs are $20 per unit and fixed costs total $100,000. In this situation, the firm must sell 10,000 units to break even:
Q^{* }= ^{100,000} = 10,000 units
30 20
The quantity P V is often referred to as the contribution margin per unit, because this is the amount that each unit sold contributes to coverage of the firm s fixed costs. Using equation (61) you can verify that the firm will break even if it sells 10,000 widgets:
10,000 30( 20) = 0100,000
We can now calculate the firm s breakeven point in dollars by simply multiplying Q^{*} by the price per unit:
$BE = P × Q^{* }(63)
In this example, the result shows that the firm must sell $300,000 worth of widgets to break even.
Note that we can substitute equation (62) into (63):
$BE = P × _{(}P ^{F }V_{) }= _{(}P V^{F}_{) ? }P = CM^{F}% (64)
So, if we know the contribution margin as a percentage of the selling price (CM%), we can easily calculate the breakeven point in dollars. In the previous example, CM% is 33.33% so the breakeven point in dollars must be:
$BE = ^{100,000} = $300,000
0.3333
which confirms our earlier result.
We can, of course, calculate breakeven points in Excel. Consider the income statement for Spuds and Suds, a very popular sports bar which serves only one product: a plate of gourmet french fries and a pitcher of imported beer for $16 per serving. The income statement is presented in Exhibit 61.
EXHIBIT 61
INCOME STATEMENTFOR SPUDSAND SUDS
A 
B 

1 
Spuds and Suds 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 

4 
2004 

5 
Sales 
$ 2,500,000 
6 
Less: Variable Costs 
1,500,000 
7 
Less: Fixed Costs 
400,000 
8 
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes 
600,000 
9 
Less: Interest Expense 
100,000 
10 
Earnings Before Taxes 
500,000 
11 
Taxes 
200,000 
12 
Net Income 
300,000 
13 

14 
Less: Preferred Dividends 
100,000 
15 
Net Income Available to Common 
200,000 
16 
Common Shares Outstanding 
1,000,000 
17 
Earnings per Share 
$ 0.20 
18 

19 
Assumptions 

20 
Price per Unit 
$ 16.00 
21 
Unit Sales 
156,250 
22 
Variable Costs as a Percent of Sales 
60% 
23 
Tax Rate 
40% 
Before calculating the breakeven point, enter the labels into a new worksheet as shown in Exhibit 61. Since we will be expanding this example, it is important that you enter formulas where they are appropriate. Before doing any calculations, enter the numbers in B20:B23.
BreakEven Points
We will first calculate the dollar amount of sales (in B5) by multiplying the per unit price by the number of units sold: =_{B20*B21}. Variable costs are always 60% of sales (as shown in B22), so the formula in B6 is: =_{B22*B5}. Both Fixed Costs (in B7) and Interest Expense (in B9) are constants so they are simply entered directly. The simple subtraction and multiplication required to complete the income statement through B12 should be obvious.
In B14:B17 we have added information that is not immediately useful, but the figures will become central when we discuss operating and financial leverage. In cell B14 we have added preferred dividends, which will be subtracted from net income. The result (in B15), is net income available to the common shareholders. Preferred dividends, are simply input into B14, and the formula in B15 is: =B12B14. In B16, enter the number of common shares outstanding: 1,000,000.
Earnings per share is then calculated as: =B15/B16 in cell B17.
Now we can calculate the breakeven points. In cell A25 enter the label: Breakeven Point (Units). Next, copy this label to A26, and change the word Units to Dollars. In B25, we can calculate the breakeven point in units using equation (62). The formula is: =B7/(B20B6/B21). Notice that we have to calculate the variable cost per unit by dividing total variable costs (B6) by the number of units sold (B21). You can see that Spuds and Suds must sell 62,500 units in order to break even and that they are well above this level. We can calculate the breakeven point in dollars simply by multiplying the unit breakeven point by the price per unit.
In B26 enter the formula: =_{B25*B20}. You will see that the result is $1,000,000.
Recall that we found the breakeven point by setting EBIT, in equation (61), equal to zero. However, there is no reason that we can t set EBIT equal to any amount that we might desire. For example, if we define EBIT_{Target} as the target level of EBIT, we find that the firm can earn the target EBIT amount by selling:
Q*Target = F+ EBITP VTarget (65)
Consider that Spuds and Suds might want to know the number of units that they need to sell in order to have EBIT equal $800,000. Mathematically, we can see that:
Q_{800,000}^{* }= ^{400,000 + 800,000}16 9.60  = 187,500 units
need to be sold to reach this target. You can verify that this number is correct by typing
187,500 into B21, and checking the value in B8. To return the worksheet to its original values, enter 156,250 into B21, or by choosing Edit Undo Typing 187500 in B21.
Recall from page 46 that we defined cash flow as net income plus noncash expenses. We do this because the presence of noncash expenses (principally depreciation) in the accounting numbers distort the actual cash flows. We can make a similar adjustment to our breakeven calculations by setting EBIT_{Target} equal to the negative of the depreciation expense. This results in a type of breakeven that we refer to as the cash breakeven point:
Q_{Cash}^{* }= ^{F}^{Depreciation}_{P V }(66)
Note that the cash breakeven point will always be lower than the operating breakeven point because we don t have to cover the depreciation expense.
As we ve shown, the breakeven point can be defined in numerous ways. We don t even need to define it in terms of EBIT. Suppose that we wanted to know how many units need to be sold to break even in terms of net income. We could easily derive a formula (just use equation (65) and set EBIT_{Target} = Interest Expense), but that s not necessary.
Excel has a tool, called Goal Seek, to help with problems like this. To use Goal Seek you must have a target cell with a formula and another cell that it depends on. For example, Net Income in B12 depends indirectly on the Unit Sales in B21. So, by changing B21, we change B12. When we use Goal Seek, we ll simply tell it to keep changing B21 until B12 equals zero.
Bring up the Goal Seek tool by choosing Tools Goal Seek from the menu. Fill in the dialog box as shown in Figure 62 and click the OK button. You should find that Unit Sales of 78,125 will cause Net Income to be equal to zero. You can experiment with this tool to verify the other breakeven points that we ve found.
In Chapter 4 (page 111) we defined leverage as a multiplication of changes in sales into even larger changes in profitability measures. Firms that use large amounts of operating leverage will find that their earnings before interest and taxes will be more variable than those who do not. We would say that such a firm has high business risk. Business risk is one of the major risks faced by a firm, and can be defined as the variability of EBIT. The more variable a firm s revenues, relative to its costs, the more variable its EBIT will be. Also, the likelihood that the firm won t be able to pay its expenses will be higher. As an example, consider a software company and a grocery chain. It should be apparent that the future revenues of the software company are much more uncertain than those for the grocery chain. This uncertainty in revenues causes the software company to have a much greater amount of business risk than the grocery chain. The software company s management can do little about this business risk; it is simply a function of the industry in which they operate. Software is not a necessity of life. People do, however, need to eat. For this reason, the grocery business has much lower business risk.
Business risk results from the environment in which the firm operates. Such factors as the competitive position of the firm in its industry, the state of its labor relations, and the state of the economy all affect the amount of business risk a firm faces. In addition, as we will see, the degree to which the firm s costs are fixed (as opposed to variable) will affect the amount of business risk. To a large degree, these components of business risk are beyond the control of the firm s managers.
In contrast, the amount of financial risk is determined directly by management. Financial risk refers to the probability that the firm will be unable to meet its fixed financing obligations (which includes both interest and preferred dividends). Obviously, all other things being equal, the more debt a firm uses to finance its assets, the higher its interest cost will be. Higher interest costs lead directly to a higher probability that the firm won t be able to pay. Since the amount of debt is determined by managerial choice, the financial risk that a firm faces is also determined by management.
Managers need to be aware that they face both business risk and financial risk. If they are in an industry with high business risk, they should control the overall amount of risk by limiting the amount of financial risk that they face. Alternatively, firms that face low levels of business risk can better afford more financial risk.
We will examine these concepts in more detail by continuing with our Spuds and Suds example.
Earlier we mentioned that a firm s business risk can be measured by the variability of its earnings before interest and taxes. Obviously, if a firm s costs are all variable, then any variation in sales will be reflected by exactly the same variation in EBIT. However, if a firm has some fixed expenses, EBIT will be more variable than sales. We refer to this concept as operating leverage.
We can measure operating leverage by comparing the percentage change in EBIT to a given percentage change in sales. This measure is called the degree of operating leverage (DOL):
DOL = ^{%}%^{?}_{?}^{ in EBIT} in Sales (67)
So, if a 10% change in sales results in a 20% change in EBIT, we would say that the degree of operating leverage is 2. As we will see, this is a symmetrical concept. As long as sales are increasing, a high DOL is desirable. However, if sales begin to decline, a high DOL will result in EBIT declining at an even faster pace than sales.
To make this concept more concrete, let s extend the Spuds and Suds example. Assume that management believes that unit sales will increase by 10% in 2005. Furthermore, they expect that variable costs will remain at 60% of sales and fixed costs will stay at $400,000. Copy B4:B26 to C4:C26, and enter: =B21*1.1 into C21. (Note that you have just created a percent of sales income statement forecast for 2005, just as we did in Chapter 5.) Change the label in C4 to 2005* and you have completed the changes.
Before continuing, notice that the operating breakeven point (C25:C26) has not changed. This will always be the case if fixed costs are constant and variable costs are a constant percentage of sales. The breakeven point is always driven by the level of fixed costs.
Since we wish to calculate the DOL for 2004, we first need to calculate the percentage changes in EBIT and Sales. In A28 enter the label: % Change in
Sales from Prior Year, and in A29 enter: % Change in EBIT from Prior Year. To calculate the percentage changes enter: =C5/B51 in cell C28 and then: =_{C8/B81} in C28. You should see that sales increased by 10% while EBIT increased by 16.67%. According to equation (67) the DOL for Spuds and Suds in 2004 is:
DOL = ^{16.67}^{%} = 1.667
10.00%
So, any change in sales will be multiplied by 1.667 times in EBIT. To see this, recall that the formula in C21 increased the 2004 unit sales by 10%. Temporarily, change this formula to: =B21*1.20. You should see that if sales increase by 20%, EBIT will increase by 33.33%. Recalculating the DOL, we see that it is unchanged:
DOL = ^{33.33}^{%} = 1.667
20.00%
Furthermore, if we change the formula in C21 to =B21*0.90, so that sales decline by 10%, we find that EBIT declines by 16.67%. In this case the DOL is:
DOL = ^{16.67% }= 1.667
10.00%
So leverage is indeed a doubleedged sword. You can see that a high DOL would be desirable as long as sales are increasing, but very undesirable when sales are decreasing. Unfortunately, most businesses don t have the luxury of instantaneously altering their DOL.
Calculating the DOL with equation (67) is actually more cumbersome than is required. With this equation, we need to use two income statements. However, a more direct method of calculating the DOL is to use the following equation:
DOL = Q P_{(}^{Q P}^{( }V_{)}^{V}^{) }F = ^{Sales}^{Variable Costs}EBIT  (68)
For Spuds and Suds in 2004, we can calculate the DOL using equation (68):
DOL = ^{2,500,000}^{1,500,000} = 1.667
600,000
which is exactly as we found with equation (67).
Continuing with our example, enter the label: Degree of Operating Leverage in A32. In B32 we will calculate the DOL for 2004 with the formula:
=(B5B6)/B8. You should get the same result as before. If you copy the formula from B32 to C32, you will find that in 2005 the DOL will decline to 1.57. We will examine this decline in the DOL later. Your worksheet should now appear similar to the one in Exhibit 62.
EXHIBIT 62
SPUDSAND SUDS BREAKEVENAND LEVERAGE WORKSHEET
A 
B 
C 

1 
Spuds and Suds 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 

4 
2004 
2005* 

5 
Sales 
$ 2,500,000 
$ 2,750,000 
6 
Less: Variable Costs 
1,500,000 
1,650,000 
7 
Less: Fixed Costs 
400,000 
400,000 
8 
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes 
600,000 
700,000 
9 
Less: Interest Expense 
100,000 
100,000 
10 
Earnings Before Taxes 
500,000 
600,000 
11 
Taxes 
200,000 
240,000 
12 
Net Income 
300,000 
360,000 
13 

14 
Less: Preferred Dividends 
100,000 
100,000 
15 
Net Income Available to Common 
200,000 
260,000 
16 
Common Shares Outstanding 
1,000,000 
1,000,000 
17 
Earnings per Share 
$ 0.20 
$ 0.26 
18 

19 
Assumptions 

20 
Price per Unit 
$ 16.00 
$ 16.00 
21 
Unit Sales 
156,250 
171,875 
22 
Variable Costs as a Percent of Sales 
60% 
60% 
23 
Tax Rate 
40% 
40% 
24 

25 
Operating Breakeven Point (Units) 
62,500 
62,500 
26 
Operating Breakeven Point (Dollars) 
1,000,000 
1,000,000 
27 

28 
% Change in Sales from Prior Year 
10.00% 

29 
% Change in EBIT from Prior Year 
16.67% 

30 
% Change in EPS from Prior Year 
30.00% 

31 

32 
Degree of Operating Leverage 
1.67 
1.57 
Financial leverage is similar to operating leverage, but the fixed costs that we are interested in are the fixed financing costs. These are the interest expense and preferred dividends.^{5}We can measure financial leverage by relating percentage changes in earnings per share (EPS) to percentage changes in EBIT. This measure is referred to as the degree of financial leverage (DFL):
DFL = %^{%}_{?}^{?} in EBIT^{ in EPS} (69)
For Spuds and Suds we have already calculated the percentage change in EBIT, so all that remains is to calculate the percentage change in EPS. In A30 add the label:
% Change in EPS from Prior Year, and in C30 add the formula: =C17/ B171. Note that EPS is expected to increase by 30% in 2005 compared to only 16.67% for EBIT. Using equation (69) we find that the degree of financial leverage employed by Spuds and Suds in 2004 is:
DFL = ^{30.00}^{%} = 1.80
16.67%
Therefore, any change in EBIT will be multiplied by 1.80 times in earnings per share. Like operating leverage, financial leverage works both ways. When EBIT is increasing, EPS will increase even more. And, when EBIT decreases EPS will decline by a larger percentage.
As with the DOL, there is a more direct method of calculating the degree of financial leverage:
DFL = ^{EBIT } (610) EBT _{(}1^{PD}t_{)}
In equation (610), PD is the preferred dividends paid by the firm, and t is the tax rate paid by the firm. The second term in the denominator, PD ? (1 t), requires some explanation. Since preferred dividends are paid out of aftertax dollars, we must determine how many pretax dollars are required to meet this expense. In this case, Spuds and Suds pays taxes at a rate of 40%, so they require $166,666.67 in pretax dollars in order to pay $100,000 in preferred dividends:
_{(}^{100,000}1 0.40 = 166,666.67_{)}
5. Preferred stock, as we ll see in Chapter 8, is a hybrid security; similar to both debt and equity securities. How it is treated is determined by one s goals. When discussing financial leverage we treat preferred stock as if it were a debt security.
We can use equation (610) in the worksheet to calculate the DFL for Spuds and Suds. In cell A33, enter the label: Degree of Financial Leverage. In B33, enter: =B8/(B10B14/(1B23)). You should find that the DFL is 1.80, which is the same as we found by using equation (69). Copying this formula to C33 reveals that in 2005 we expect the DFL to decline to 1.62.
Most firms make use of both operating and financial leverage. Since they are using two kinds of leverage, it is useful to understand the combined effect. We can measure the total leverage employed by the firm by comparing the percentage change in sales to the percentage change in earnings per share. This measure is called the degree of combined leverage (DCL):
DCL = %^{%}_{?}^{?} in Sales^{ in EPS }(611)
Since we have already calculated the relevant percentage changes, it is a simple matter to determine that the DCL for Spuds and Suds in 2004 was:
DCL = ^{30.00}^{%} = 3.00
10.00%
Therefore, any change in sales will be multiplied threefold in EPS. Recall that we earlier said that the DCL was a combination of operating and financial leverage. You can see this if we rewrite equation (611) as follows:
DCL = ^{%}%^{?}_{?}^{ in EBIT} in Sales × %^{%}_{?}^{?} in EBIT^{ in EPS} = %^{%}_{?}^{?} in Sales^{ in EPS}
Therefore, the combined effect of using both operating and financial leverage is multiplicative rather than simply additive. Managers should take note of this and use caution in increasing one type of leverage while ignoring the other. They may end up with more total leverage than anticipated. As we have just seen, the DCL is the product of DOL and DFL, so we can rewrite equation (611) as:
DCL = DOL × DFL (612)
To calculate the DCL for Spuds and Suds in your worksheet, first enter the label: Degree of Combined Leverage into A34. In B34, enter the formula: =_{B32*B33}, and copy this to C34 to find the expected DCL for 2005. At this point, your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 63.
Comparing the three leverage measures for 2004 and 2005 shows that in all cases the firm will be using less leverage in 2005. Recall that the only change in 2005 was that sales were increased by 10% over their 2004 level. The reason for the decline in leverage is that fixed costs (both operating and financial) have become a smaller portion of the total costs of the firm. This will always be the case: As sales increase above the breakeven point, leverage will decline regardless of the measure that is used.
We can see this by extending our Spuds and Suds example. Suppose that management is forecasting that sales will increase by 10% each year for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, because of contractual agreements, the firm s fixed costs will remain constant through at least 2008. In order to see the changes in the leverage measures under these conditions, copy C4:C34 and paste into D4:F34. This will create proforma income statements for three additional years. Change the labels in D4:F4 to 2006*, 2007* and 2008*.
EXHIBIT 63
SPUDSAND SUDS WORKSHEETWITH THREE MEASURESOF LEVERAGE
A 
B 
C 

1 
Spuds and Suds 

2 
Income Statement 

3 
For the Year Ended Dec. 31, 2004 

4 
2004 
2005* 

5 
Sales 
$ 2,500,000 
$ 2,750,000 
6 
Less: Variable Costs 
1,500,000 
1,650,000 
7 
Less: Fixed Costs 
400,000 
400,000 
8 
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes 
600,000 
700,000 
9 
Less: Interest Expense 
100,000 
100,000 
10 
Earnings Before Taxes 
500,000 
600,000 
11 
Taxes 
200,000 
240,000 
12 
Net Income 
300,000 
360,000 
13 

14 
Less: Preferred Dividends 
100,000 
100,000 
15 
Net Income Available to Common 
200,000 
260,000 
16 
Common Shares Outstanding 
1,000,000 
1,000,000 
17 
Earnings per Share 
$ 0.20 
$ 0.26 
18 

19 
Assumptions 

20 
Price per Unit 
$ 16.00 
$ 16.00 
21 
Unit Sales 
156,250 
171,875 
22 
Variable Costs as a Percent of Sales 
60% 
60% 
23 
Tax Rate 
40% 
40% 
24 

25 
Operating Breakeven Point (Units) 
62,500 
62,500 
26 
Operating Breakeven Point (Dollars) 
1,000,000 
1,000,000 
27 

28 
% Change in Sales from Prior Year 
10.00% 

29 
% Change in EBIT from Prior Year 
16.67% 

30 
% Change in EPS from Prior Year 
30.00% 

31 

32 
Degree of Operating Leverage 
1.67 
1.57 
33 
Degree of Financial Leverage 
1.80 
1.62 
34 
Degree of Combined Leverage 
3.00 
2.54 
You should see that the DOL, DFL, and DCL are all decreasing as sales increase. This is easier to see if we create a chart. Select A32:F34 and use the Chart Wizard to create a line chart of the data. Be sure to choose the Series tab and set B4:F4 as the Category (X) axis labels. You should end up with a chart that resembles the one in Figure 63.
FIGURE 63
CHARTOF VARIOUS LEVERAGE MEASURESAS SALES INCREASE
Leverage Measures as Sales Increase
Obviously, as we stated earlier, the amount of leverage declines as the sales level increases. One caveat to this is that in the real world fixed costs are not necessarily the same year after year. Furthermore, variable costs do not always maintain an exact percentage of sales. For these reasons, leverage may not decline as smoothly as depicted in our example. However, the general principal is sound and should be understood by all managers.
We started this chapter by discussing the firm s operating breakeven point. The breakeven point is determined by a product s price, and the amount of fixed and variable costs. The amount of fixed costs also played an important role in the determination of the amount of leverage a firm employs. We studied three measures of leverage:
Summary
1. The degree of operating leverage (DOL) measures the degree to which the presence of fixed costs multiplies changes in sales into even larger changes in EBIT.
2. The degree of financial leverage (DFL) measures the change in EPS relative to a change in EBIT. Financial leverage is a direct result of managerial decisions about how the firm should be financed.
3. The degree of combined leverage (DCL) provides a measure of the total leverage used by the firm. This is the product of the DOL and DFL.
We also introduced the Goal Seek tool which is very useful whenever you know the result that you want, but not the input value required to get that result.
TABLE 61
SUMMARYOF EQUATIONS
Name 
Equation 
Page 
Operating BreakEven Level in Units 
Q^{* }= ^{F } P V 
165 
Operating BreakEven Level in Dollars 
$BE = P × Q? or $BE = ^{F} CM% 
165 165 
Cash BreakEven Point in Units 
Q_{Cash}^{* }= ^{F}^{Depreciation}P V 
168 
TABLE 61 (CONTINUED)
SUMMARYOF EQUATIONS
Name 
Equation 
Page 
Degree of Operating Leverage (DOL) 
DOL = ^{%}^{?}_{?}^{ in EBIT} in Sales % or DOL = _{(}^{Q P}^{( }V_{)}^{V}^{) }F Q P 
170 172 
Degree of Financial Leverage (DFL) 
DFL = ^{%}_{?}^{?} in EBIT^{ in EPS} % or DFL = ^{EBIT } EBT _{(}1^{PD}t_{)} 
174 174 
Degree of Combined Leverage (DCL) 
DCL = ^{%}_{?}^{?} in Sales^{ in EPS} % or DCL = DOL × DFL 
175 175 
1. Meyerson s Bakery is considering the addition of a new line of pies to its product offerings. It is expected that each pie will sell for $10 and the variable costs per pie will be $3. Total fixed operating costs are expected to be $20,000. Meyerson s faces a marginal tax rate of 35%, will have interest expense associated with this line of $3,000, and expects to sell about 2,500 pies in the first year.
a. Put together an income statement for the pie line s first year. Is the line expected to be profitable?
b. Calculate the operating breakeven point in both units and dollars.
Problems
c. How many pies would Meyerson s need to sell in order to achieve earnings, before interest and taxes, of $15,000?
d. Use the Goal Seek tool to determine the selling price per pie that would allow Meyerson s to break even in terms of its net income.
2. Income Statements for Caterpillar, Inc., from 1997 to 2001 appear below.
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Caterpillar Inc. 

2 
Annual Income Statements 

3 
For the Fiscal Years 1997 to 2001 

4 
Dec01 Dec00 Dec99 
Dec98 
Dec97 

5 
Sales 
20,450 
20,175 
19,702 
20,977 
18,925 
6 
Cost of Sales 
13,583 
13,475 
13,536 
14,166 
12,636 
7 
Gross Operating Profit 
6,867 
6,700 
6,166 
6,811 
6,289 
8 
Selling, General & Admin. Expense 
3,730 
3,253 
3,167 
3,204 
2,760 
9 
Depreciation & Amortization 
1,169 
1,022 
945 
865 
738 
10 
EBIT 
1,968 
2,425 
2,054 
2,742 
2,791 
11 
Other Income, Net 
146 
55 
176 
189 
250 
12 
Interest Expense 
942 
980 
829 
753 
580 
13 
Pretax Income 
1,172 
1,500 
1,401 
2,178 
2,461 
14 
Income Taxes 
367 
447 
455 
665 
796 
15 
Total Net Income 
805 
1,053 
946 
1,513 
1,665 
16 

17 
Dividends Paid per Share 
1.38 
1.33 
1.25 
1.10 
0.90 
18 
Preferred Dividends 
0.00 
0.00 
0.00 
0.00 
0.00 
a. Enter the data into your worksheet. Assume that 50% of SG&A expense is a variable cost, with the balance being a fixed cost.
b. Given that Caterpillar is a manufacturing company, would you expect that it would have more operating leverage or financial leverage?
c. Calculate the degree of operating leverage, degree of financial leverage, and the degree of combined leverage for each of the five years. Does it appear that Caterpillar s leverage measures have been increasing or decreasing over this period?
d. Create a chart that shows how the various leverage measures have changed over this fiveyear period.
1. Following the instructions from Internet Exercise 2 in Chapter 5, get the income statements for the company of your choice for the past five years from MSN Investor. Choose a company that is not in a manufacturing industry. Now repeat the analysis from Problem 2 above. What differences do you note between the leverage measures for your company and Caterpillar, Inc.?
CHAPTER 7 7 The Time Value of Money
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Explain the concept of the time value of money.
2. Calculate the present value and future value of a stream of cash flows using Excel.
3. Explain the types of cash flows encountered in financial analysis, and how to adjust for each type in making time value calculations in Excel.
4. Differentiate between the alternative compounding periods, and use Excel to compare present and future values under different compounding schemes.
A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush. That old aphorism, when translated into the language of finance, becomes A dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow. Intuitively, it probably makes sense, but why? Stated very simply, you can take that dollar today and invest it with the expectation of having more than a dollar tomorrow.
Because money can be invested to grow to a larger amount, we say that money has a time value. This concept of a time value of money underlies much of the theory of financial decision making.
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Imagine that you have $1,000 available to invest. If you earn interest at the rate of 10% per year, then you will have $1,100 at the end of one year. The mathematics behind this example are quite simple:
1,000 + 1,000 0.10( ) = 1,100
In other words, after one year you will have your original $1,000 (the principal amount) plus the interest earned. Since you won t have the $1,100 until one year in the future, we refer to this amount as the future value. The amount that you have today, $1,000, is referred to as the present value. If, at the end of the year, you choose to make the same investment again, then at the end of the second year you will have:
1,000 + 1,000 0.10( ) + 100 0.10( ) + 1,000 0.10( ) = 1,210
The $1,210 at the end of the second year can be broken down into its components: the original principal, the first year s interest, the interest earned in the second year on the first year s interest, and the second year s interest on the original principal. Note that we could restate the second year calculation to be:
1,100 + 1,100 0.10( ) = 1,210
or, by factoring out the 1,100 we get:
1,100 1 + 0.10( ) = 1,210
Notice that in the second year the interest is earned on both the original principal and the interest earned during the first year. The idea of earning interest on previously earned interest is known as compounding. This is why the total interest earned in the second year is $110 versus only $100 the first year.
Returning to our original oneyear example, we can generalize the formula for any oneyear investment, as follows:
FV = PV + PV i( )
Where FV is the future value, PV is the present value, and i is the oneyear interest rate (compounding rate). The above equation is not in its simplest form. We can
Future Value
factor PV from both terms on the righthand side, simplifying the future value equation to:
FV = PV(1 + i) (71)
Recall that in our twoyear example, we earned interest on both the principal and interest from the first year. In other words, the first year FV became the second year PV. Symbolically, the second year FV is:
FV_{2 }= FV_{1}(1 + i)
Substituting PV(1 + i) for FV_{1} and simplifying, we have:
FV_{2 }= PV(1 + i)(1 + i) = PV(1 + i)^{2}
We can actually further generalize our future value equation. Realize that the exponent (on the righthand side) is the same as the subscript (on the lefthand side) in the future value equation. When we were solving for the future value at the end of the first year, the exponent was 1. When we were solving for the future value at the end of the second year, the exponent was 2. In general, the exponent will be equal to the number of the year for which we wish to find the future value.
FV_{N }= PV(1 + i)^{N }(72)
Equation (72) is the basis for all of the time value equations that we will look at in the sections ahead. Using this version of the equation you can see that investing $1,000 for two years at 10% per year will leave you with $1,210 at the end of two years. In other words:
FV_{2 }= 1,000 1.10( )^{2 }= 1,210
It is easy enough to calculate future values with a hand calculator, especially a financial calculator. But, as we will see in the sections and chapters ahead, it is often necessary to use future values in worksheets. Excel makes these calculations easy with the use of the builtin function FV.
FV(RATE, NPER, PMT, PV,TYPE)
There are five parameters to the Fv function. RATE is the interest rate per period (year, month, day, etc.), NPER is the total number of periods, and PV is the present value. PMT and TYPE are included to handle annuities (a series of equal payments, equally spaced over time), which we will deal with later. For problems of the type that we are currently solving, we will set both PMT and TYPE to 0.
Let s set up a simple worksheet to calculate the future value of a single sum. Starting with a blank worksheet, enter the labels and numbers as shown in Exhibit 71.
EXHIBIT 71
FUTURE VALUEOFA SINGLE CASH FLOW
A 
B 

1 
Future Value Calculations 

2 
Present Value 
1000.00 
3 
Years 
1 
4 
Rate 
10% 
5 
Future Value 
$1,100.00 
We want to use the FV function to calculate the future value of $1,000 for oneyear at 10% per year. In B5 enter the formula: =FV(B4,B3,0,B2,0). The result, $1,100, is exactly the same as we found earlier. Note that we have entered B2 for the PV parameter. The reason for the negative sign is because Excel realizes that either the PV or FV must be a cash outflow. If we had not used the negative sign, the result (FV) would have been negative. Users of financial calculators will recognize this as the cash flow sign convention.
You can now experiment with different values for the parameters. Try replacing the 1 in B3 with a 2. Excel immediately updates the result in B5 with $1,210, just as we found in the second part of our example. To see just how powerful compounding can be, insert 30 into B3. The result, $17,449.40, indicates that each $1,000 invested at 10% per year will grow to $17,449.40 after just 30 years. If we double the investment, to $2,000, then we should double the future value. Try it; you should get a result of $34,898.80, exactly twice what we got with a $1,000 investment. In general, any money invested for 30 years at 10% per year will grow to 17.449 times its initial value. To see even more powerful examples of compounding, try increasing the interest rate.
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Present Value
Our future value equation can be solved for any of its variables. We may wish to turn our example problem around to solve for the present value. Suppose that the problem is restated as, What initial investment is required so that you will accumulate $1,210 after two years if you earn an interest rate of 10% per year? In this case, we want to solve for the present value we already know the future value.
Mathematically, all we need to do is to solve the future value equation (72) for the
present value:
PV = (1^{FV}+ i^{N})N (73)
Of course, we already know that the answer must be $1,000:
PV = _{(}^{1,210}1.10_{)}2 = 1,000
In Excel, we can solve problems of this type by using the builtin PV function:
The parameters to the PVfunction are exactly the same as those for the FV function, except that PV is replaced by FV. For this example, in cells D1:E5, set up the worksheet as shown in Exhibit 72.
EXHIBIT 72
PRESENT VALUEOFA SINGLE CASH FLOW
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
Future Value Calculations 
Present Value Calculations 

2 
Present Value 
1000.00 
Future Value 
$1,210.00 

3 
Years 
2 
Years 
2 

4 
Rate 
10% 
Rate 
10% 

5 
Future Value 
$1,210.00 
Present Value 
$1,000.00 
In cell E5 place the formula: =PV(E4,E3,0,E2,0). Again, we enter the future value reference as negative so that the present value result will be positive. The result will be $1,000, exactly as expected.
We have purposely constructed our future value and present value examples sidebyside in the worksheet to demonstrate that present value and future value are inverse functions. Let s change our worksheet to make this concept clear. We want to link the references in the present value function to the cells used in the future value function. This will allow changes in the future value parameters to change the present value parameters. First, select E2 and enter: =_{B5}, in E3 type: =_{B3}, and in E4 enter: =_{B4}. Now, regardless of the changes made to the future value side of the worksheet, the present value should be equal to the value in B2. Try making some changes to the inputs in B2, B3, and B4. No matter what changes you make, the calculated present value (in E5) is always the same as the present value input in B2. This is because the present value and future value are inverse functions.
Thus far we have examined the present and future values of single cash flows (also referred to as lump sums). These are powerful concepts that will allow us to deal with more complex cash flows. Annuities are a series of nominally equal cash flows, equally spaced in time. Examples of annuities abound. Your car payment is an annuity, so is your mortgage (or rent) payment. If you don t already, you may someday own annuities as part of a retirement program. The cash flow pictured in Figure 71 is another example.
FIGURE 71
How do we find the value of a stream of cash flows such as that pictured in Figure 71? The answer involves the principle of value additivity. This principle says that the value of a stream of cash flows is equal to the sum of the values of the components. As long as the cash flows occur at the same time, they can be added together. Therefore, if we can move each of the cash flows to the same time period, we can add them to find the value as of that time period. Cash flows can be moved around in time by compounding or discounting.
One way to find the present value of an annuity is to find the present value of each of the cash flows separately and add them together. Equation (74) summarizes this method:
N
PV_{A }= ?_{(}_{1}^{Pmt}_{+ i}^{t}_{)}_{t }(74)
t = 1
where PV_{A} is the present value of the annuity, t is the time period, N is the total number of payments, Pmt_{t} is the payment in period t, and i is the discount rate.
Of course, this equation works fine for any annuity (or any stream of cash flows), but it can be very tedious for annuities with more than just a few payments. Imagine finding the current balance (i.e., present value) of a mortgage with more than 300 payments to go before it is paid off! We can find a closedform solution (the above equation is an openform solution because the number of additions is indefinite) by taking the summation:
PV = Pmt1 ^{(}^{1 +1i}^{)}_{N}(75)
Ai
where all terms are as previously defined. Notice that we have dropped the subscript t, because this solution does not depend on our taking the present values separately. Instead, since each payment is the same, we can value the whole annuity in one step.
Let s find the present value of the cash flow pictured in Figure 71. Assuming that the discount rate for this cash flow is 8%, the equation is:
1 ^{(}^{1.081 }^{)}_{5}= 399.271 PV_{A }= 1000.08
This means that if you were to deposit $399.27 into an account today which pays 8% interest per year, you could withdraw $100 at the end of each year for the next five years and be left with a balance of $0.00 at the end of the five years.
Recall from our earlier discussion of single cash flows that we can use Excel s builtin PV function to find present values. To recap, the PV function is defined as:
PV(RATE, NPER, PMT, FV, TYPE)
When dealing with single cash flows we set PMT and TYPE to 0. Those parameters are used only in the case of annuities. PMT will be set to the dollar amount of the periodic payment. TYPE is an optional binary (0 or 1) variable which controls whether Excel assumes the payment occurs at the end (0) or the beginning (1) of the period. For the time being, we will assume that all payments occur at the end of the period (that is, they are regular annuities).
EXHIBIT 73
PRESENT VALUEOFAN ANNUITY
A 
B 

1 
Present Value of an Annuity 

2 
Payment 
100 
3 
Interest Rate 
8% 
4 
Number of Payments 
5 
5 
Present Value 
$399.27 
Set up a worksheet with the data pictured in Exhibit 73 in cells A1:B5. In B5 we wish to find the present value of the annuity presented in Figure 71, so enter:
=PV(B3,B4,B2,0,0). Note that we have entered the payment as a positive number and the result is $399.27. The interpretation is that if you were to make a deposit of (a cash outflow) $399.27 today, you could make a withdraw of (a cash inflow) $100 each year for the next five years. Had we made the payment (B2) negative instead, the present value would have been a positive $399.27. The answer is the same, except for the sign, but the interpretation is different. In this case, the interpretation is that if you were to take out a loan of $399.27 (a cash inflow) today, you would need to repay $100 (a cash outflow) per year for each of the next five years to retire the loan.
We can, of course, experiment with various parameters. For example, suppose that instead of five withdrawals of $100 each, you wanted to make ten withdrawals of $50 each. How much would you need to deposit into this account in order to deplete the account after 10 withdrawals? Change the number of payments in B4 to: 10, and the payment in B2 to: 50. After these changes, you will see that an initial deposit of only $335.50 will allow you to achieve your goal.
Returning now to our original example, reset the payment amount to 100 and the number of payments to 5. How much would you have to deposit if you want to make your first withdrawal today, rather than one year from today? To answer this question, realize that the only thing we have changed is the timing of the first withdrawal. We will still make a total of five withdrawals of $100 each, but they occur at the beginning of each period. In B5, change the TYPE parameter to 1, from
0 originally, so that the formula is now: =PV(B3,B4,B2,0,1). The result is $431.21 indicating that, because the first withdrawal occurs immediately, you will have to make a larger initial deposit. Note that the amount of the deposit must be larger because you will not earn the first year s interest before making the first withdrawal.
Another way to look at this is that we are effectively depositing $331.21 (= $431.21 deposit  $100 withdrawal) in order to be able to make four future withdrawals of $100 each. To see that this is the case, change the PV formula back to its original form (TYPE = 0) and change the number of payments to 4. The present value is then shown to be $331.21, exactly as claimed.
Imagine that you have recently begun planning for retirement. One of the attractive options available is to set up an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). What makes the IRA so attractive is that you can deposit up to $3,000 per year,^{2} and the investment gains will accrue taxfree until you begin to make withdrawals after age 59‰. Furthermore, depending on your situation, the IRA deposits may reduce your taxable income.
To determine the amount that you will have accumulated in your IRA at retirement, you need to understand the future value of an annuity. Recalling the principle of value additivity, we could simply find the future value of each year s investment and add them together at retirement. Mathematically this is:
N
FV_{A }^{= }?[Pmt_{t}(1 + i)^{N t}] (76)
t =1
Alternatively, we could use the closedform solution of Equation (76):
FV_{A }= Pmt^{(}^{1 + i}i^{)}^{N }^{1} (77)
Assume that you are planning on retirement in 30 years. If you deposit $3,000 each year into your IRA account which will earn an average of 7.5% per year, how much will you have after 30 years? Because of the large number of deposits, equation (77) will be easier to use than equation (76) though we could use either one. The solution is:
= 3,000 ^{(}^{1.075}0.075^{)}^{30 }^{1} = 310,198.21
2. As of this writing, current tax laws call for this amount to be stepped up each year until 2008 when it will reach $5,000.
As usual, Excel provides a builtin function to handle problems such as this one. The FV function, which we used to find the future value of a single sum earlier, will also find the future value of an annuity. Its use is nearly identical to the PV function; the only difference is the substitution of PV for FV. Set up a new worksheet like the one in Exhibit 74.
EXHIBIT 74
FUTURE VALUEOFAN ANNUITY
A 
B 

1 
Future Value of an Annuity 

2 
Payment 
3000 
3 
Interest Rate 
7.50% 
4 
Number of Payments 
30 
5 
Future Value 
$310,198.21 
In B5 place the formula: =FV(B3,B4,B2,0,0). The result, $310,198.21, agrees exactly with the result from the formula. What if that amount is less than you had hoped for? One solution is to start making the investments this year, rather than next (i.e, the beginning of this period rather than the end of this period). To see the effect of this change all that needs to be done is to change the TYPE parameter to 1 so that the formula is now: =FV(B3,B4,B2,0,1). That minor change in your investment strategy will net you a little over $23,000 extra at retirement. Perhaps a better alternative is to accept a little extra risk (we assume that you are young enough that this makes sense) by investing in stock mutual funds which will return an average of about 10% per year over the 30year horizon. In this case, still assuming that you start investing right now, you will have $542,830.27 at retirement. Significantly better!
Suppose that we want to know the amount that we have to deposit in order to accumulate a given sum after a number of years. For example, assume that you are planning to purchase a house five years from now. Since you are currently a student, you will begin saving for the $10,000 down payment one year from today. How much will you need to save each year, if your savings will earn a rate of 4% per year? Figure 72 diagrams the problem.
FIGURE 72
A TIMELINEFOR ANNUAL SAVINGSTO OBTAIN $10,000 IN FIVE YEARS
In this case, we wish to solve for the payment you would have to make each year. The future value of the annuity is already known, so the FV function would be inappropriate. What we need is Excel s PMT function:
PMT(RATE,NPER,PV,FV,TYPE)
The parameters for the PMT function are similar to those for the PV and FV functions, except that it has PV and FV parameters in place of the PMT parameter.
EXHIBIT 75
ANNUITY PAYMENT WHEN PV OR FV IS KNOWN
A 
B 

1 
Solving for an Annuity Payment 

2 
Present Value 
0 
3 
Future Value 
$10,000 
4 
Number of Payments 
5 
5 
Interest Rate 
4% 
6 
Annual Payment Amount 
$1,846.27 
Enter the information from Exhibit 75 into cells A1:B6 of a new worksheet. In cell B6 enter the PMT function: =PMT(B5,B4,B2,B3,0). The result indicates that you will have to save $1,846.27 per year (a cash outflow) in order to accumulate $10,000 for the down payment in five years.
The PMT function allows both PV and FV to be inputs. In the previous example, it was assumed that PV was 0. However, let s suppose that you have recently inherited $3,000 from your uncle, and that you want to use this money to begin saving now for that down payment. Since the $3,000 will grow to only $3,649.96 after five years at 4% per year (this can be verified by using the worksheet created
for Exhibit 71) you will still need to save some amount every year. How much will you need to save each year? To find out, simply set the present value, in B2, to 3000 leaving the other values unchanged. Because the initial investment reduces the total amount that you need to save to $6,350.04 (why?), your annual saving requirement is reduced to $1,172.39.
Solving for the present value, future value, and payment for annuities are fairly simple problems. That is, the formulas are straightforward and easy to apply. Solving for the number of periods, N, is not as obvious mathematically. To do so requires knowledge of logarithms. If you know the present value of the annuity, then solving Equation (75) for N we get:
N = ln^{?}? + 1lnPmt^{iPV}_{(}1 +^{A }i_{) }^{?}? _{(78)}
where ln(•) is the natural logarithm operator. If you know the future value, then solving equation (77) for N results in:
N = ln??lniFVPmt_{(}1 +A + 1i_{) }?? (79)
Excel offers the builtin NPER function to solve problems of this type. This function is defined as:
NPER(RATE, PMT, PV, FV,TYPE)
where all of the parameters are as previously defined. To use this function, you must know the payment, per period interest rate, and either the present value or future value or both.
Return now to our example of saving for the down payment for a house. Recall that it was determined that by saving $1,846.27 per year you could afford the down payment after five years, assuming no initial investment. Set up the worksheet in Exhibit 76.
EXHIBIT 76
NUMBEROF ANNUITY PAYMENTS WHEN PV OR FV IS KNOWN
A 
B 

1 
Solving for N in an Annuity 

2 
Present Value 
$0 
3 
Future Value 
$10,000 
4 
Annual Payment 
$1,846 
5 
Annual Rate 
4.00% 
6 
Number of Years 
5.00 
Since we want to solve for the number of periods, insert the NPER function into B6: =NPER(B5,B4,B2,B3,0). Notice that both the PV and PMT parameters are made negative in this function. Again, this is because of the cash flow sign convention. In this case, we wish to be able to withdraw the future value (a cash inflow and therefore positive) and deposit the PV and PMTs (cash outflows, therefore negative). The result is five years, exactly as we would expect. If you include the $3,000 inheritance, you will have the downpayment in only 3.39 years.
Solving for the Interest Rate in an Annuity
Unlike the present value, future value, payment, and number of periods, there is no closedform solution for the rate of interest of an annuity. The only way to solve this problem is to use a trial and error approach, perhaps an intelligent one such as the NewtonRaphson technique or the bisection method.
Excel, however, offers a builtin function that will solve for the interest rate, though it requires a little more setup than the functions we ve used so far. The function, RATE, is defined as:
RATE(NPER, PMT, PV, FV,TYPE,GUESS)
where the parameters are as defined earlier, and GUESS is your optional first guess at the correct answer. Ordinarily, the GUESS can be omitted.
Suppose that you are approached with an offer to purchase an investment that will provide cash flows of $1,500 per year for 10 years. The cost of purchasing this investment is $10,500. If you have an alternative investment opportunity, of equal risk, which will yield 8% per year, which should you accept?
There are actually several ways that a problem such as this could be solved. One method is to realize that 8% is your opportunity cost of funds, and should therefore be used as your discount rate. Using the worksheet created in Exhibit 73 we find that the present value (i.e., current worth to you) of the investment is only $10,065.12. Since the price ($10,500) is greater than the value, you should reject the investment and accept your alternative.
Another method of solving this dilemma is to compare the yields (i.e., compound annual return) offered by the investments. All other things being equal, the investment with the highest yield should be accepted. We already know that your alternative investment offers an 8% yield, but what is the yield of your new opportunity? We will use the worksheet in Exhibit 77 to find out.
Into B6 place the function: =RATE(B5,B4,B2,B3,0,0.1). The result is 7.07% per year, so you should reject the new investment in favor of your alternative, which offers 8% per year. This is the same result we obtained with the present value methodology, as we would hope. Later, we will see that this will always be the case when comparing mutually exclusive investment opportunities.
EXHIBIT 77
YIELDONAN ANNUITY
A 
B 

1 
Solving for i in an Annuity 

2 
Present Value 
(10,500) 
3 
Future Value 
0 
4 
Annual Payment 
$1,500 
5 
Number of Years 
10.00 
6 
Annual Rate 
7.07% 
Not all annuities begin their payments during the year following the analysis period. For example, if you are planning your retirement, you will probably start with the amount of income that you will need each year during retirement. But, chances are if you are a student, you will probably not retire for many years. Your retirement income, then, is an annuity which won t begin until you retire. In other words it is a deferred annuity. How do we determine the value of a deferred annuity?
Assume that you own a time machine (made of a superstrong futuristic metal that can withstand the gravitational forces of a black hole in space). This machine can transport you to any time period that you choose. If we use this time machine to transport you to the year just prior to retirement, then valuing the stream of retirement income becomes a simple matter. Just use Excel s PV function. The year before retirement is now considered to be year 0, the first year of retirement is year 1, and so on. Figure 73 demonstrates this timeshifting technique.
FIGURE 73
TIMESHIFTINGASA FIRST STEPIN SOLVING DEFERRED ANNUITY PROBLEMS
In constructing Figure 73, we have assumed that you will retire 30 years from now, and will require income of $25,000 per year during retirement. If we further assume that you will need your retirement income for 35 years (you come from very longlived stock) and expect to earn 6% per year, you will need $362,456 at retirement (year 30) to provide this income. In other words, $362,456 is the present value, at year 30, of $25,000 per year for 35 years at 6%. You can use the worksheet created for Exhibit 73 to verify these numbers.
The problem in Figure 73 is that knowing the amount that we will need 30 years from now tells us nothing about how much we need to save today. The present value function in Excel, or the PV_{A} equation (75), must be thought of as a transformation function. That is, it transforms a series of payments into a lump sum. That lump sum ($362,456 in our example) is then placed one period before the first payment occurs. In our earlier examples, the annuities began payment at the end of period 1, so the present value was at time period 0 (one period earlier than period 1). In the current example, the present value is at time period 30, also one period before the first payment.
In order to determine the amount that we need to invest today, we must treat the required savings at retirement as a future value. This sum must then be discounted back to period 0. For example, if we assume that we can earn 8% per year before retirement, we would need to invest $36,019.93 today in order to meet our retirement goals.
Exhibit 78 presents a simple worksheet to determine the investment required today in order to provide a particular income during retirement. Open a new worksheet and enter the data and labels from Exhibit 78.
EXHIBIT 78
PLANNINGFOR RETIREMENT
A 
B 

1 
Retirement Worksheet 

2 
Annual Retirement Income Need 
25,000 

3 
Years until Retirement 
30 

4 
Years in Retirement 
35 

5 
Rate of Return before Retirement 
8% 

6 
Rate of Return during Retirement 
6% 

7 
Savings Required at Retirement 
$362,456.16 

8 
Investment Required Today 
$36,019.93 

9 
Annual Investment Required 
$3,199.56 
To complete our retirement worksheet, we need to enter functions into cells B7:B9. Recall that the first step in our retirement income problem was to determine the present value of your retirement income at period 30. To do this in our worksheet, enter the PV function into B7: =PV(B6,B4,B2,0,0). The result, $362,456, tells us that you will need to have saved this amount in order to provide the income indicated in B2 for the number of years indicated in B4. To determine the amount that you would need to invest today (a lump sum), you need to determine the present value, at time period 0, of the amount in B7. To do this, in B8 enter the formula: =PV(B5,B3,0,B7,0). As before, the amount required today is $36,019.93.
Another feature of the retirement planning worksheet is that it will calculate the annual savings required to reach your goal. To make Excel do this calculation, we need to use the PMT function. In B9 enter: =PMT(B5,B3,0,B7,0). The result is $3,199.56, which means that if you can save this amount each year for the next 30 years, and earn an average of 8% interest each year, you will reach your goal.
We have ignored the effect of inflation and taxes on your retirement planning for this worksheet. But if we assume that you save the amount in B9 in a taxdeferred account, the results are a bit more realistic. Experiment with this worksheet. You may be surprised at the difficulty of saving for a comfortable retirement!
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Uneven Cash Flow Streams
Annuities are very neat from a cash flow point of view, but most investments don t have cash flows that are the same in each period. When the cash flows are different in each period we refer to them as uneven cash flow streams. Investments of this type are not as easy to deal with, though conceptually they are the same.
Recall our discussion of the principle of value additivity. This principle says that as long as cash flows occur in the same period, we can add them together to determine their combined value. The principle applies to any time period, not just to time period 0. So, to determine the present value of an uneven stream of cash flows, one option is to determine the present value of each cash flow separately, and then add them together. The same technique applies to the future value of an uneven stream. Simply find the future value of each cash flow separately, and then add them together.
Excel s PV and FV functions cannot be used for uneven cash flow streams because they assume equal (annuity) payments or a lump sum. Set up the worksheet in Exhibit 79 and we ll see what needs to be done.
EXHIBIT 79
PVAND FVFOR UNEVEN CASH FLOWS
A 
B 

1 
Uneven Cash Flow Streams 

2 
Year 
Cash Flow 
3 
1 
1000 
4 
2 
2000 
5 
3 
3000 
6 
4 
4000 
7 
5 
5000 
8 
Interest Rate 
11.00% 
9 
Present Value 
$10,319.90 
10 
Future Value 
$17,389.63 
First, we want to solve for the present value of the cash flows in B3:B7. To do this, we need to use the net present value, NPV, function. This function will be especially valuable in capital budgeting in Chapter 10. The NPV function is defined as:
NPV(RATE,VALUE1,VALUE2, )
where RATE is the per period rate of return (i.e., the discount rate), and VALUE1 is the first cash flow (or range of cash flows), VALUE2 is the second cash flow, and so on. Excel will accept up to 29 cash flows in the list. To find the present value of the cash flows, enter: =NPV(B8,B3:B7) into B9. Note that we have entered the cash flows as a range, rather than as individual values. Excel will accept the parameters either way, though a range is generally easier to enter. The result is $10,319.90. To verify this result, you can find the present value of each cash flow at 11% and add them.
Finding the future value of an uneven stream is a bit more difficult because Excel has no builtin function to perform this calculation. Recall, however, the principle of value additivity. If we can get all of the cash flows into the same period, we can add them together and then move the result to the desired period. Figure 74 shows this solution.
FIGURE 74
FINDINGTHE FUTURE VALUEOFAN UNEVEN STREAMIN EXCEL
First, we find the present value of the uneven stream of cash flows, perhaps using the NPV function, and then we find the future value of the present value of the cash
Uneven Cash Flow Streams
flows. The easiest way to implement this method in Excel is to use the NPV function nested within the FV function. A nested function is one which is used as an input to another function. In B10 enter: =FV(B8,A7,0,NPV(B8,B3:B7),0). The future value is found to be $17,389.63. Notice that we have used the NPV function inside the FV function. As an alternative, we could have put B9 in for the present value parameter, but the result would be the same. Using nested functions can often simplify a worksheet by making use of fewer cells, though the formulas tend to be more complex.
Often in financial analysis, it is necessary to determine the yield of an investment given its price and cash flows. For example, we have already seen that one way to choose between alternative investments is to compare their yields, and we will see more examples in Chapter 10. This was easy when dealing with annuities and lumpsum investments. But, what about the case of uneven cash flow investments? We will use the worksheet in Exhibit 710 to find out.
To solve for the yield in problems such as this, we need to make use of the internal rate of return (IRR) function. The IRR is defined as the rate of return which equates the present value of future cash flows with the cost of the investment ($10,319.90 in this problem). In Excel, the IRR function is defined as:
IRR(VALUES,GUESS)
EXHIBIT 710
YIELDONAN UNEVEN CASH FLOW STREAM
A 
B 

1 
Uneven Cash Flow Streams 

2 
Year 
Cash Flow 
3 
0 
(10,319.90) 
4 
1 
1000 
5 
2 
2000 
6 
3 
3000 
7 
4 
4000 
8 
5 
5000 
9 
Yield 
11.00% 
where VALUES is a range of cash flows (including the cost), and GUESS is the optional first guess at the correct interest rate. We will study this function in depth in Chapter 10, but for now we will just make use of it.
Before we find the solution, notice a couple of things about the worksheet. The cash flows are listed separately, so we cannot use the IRR function like we did the FV, PV, and PMT functions. Also, we must include the cost of the investment as one of the cash flows. To find the yield on this investment, insert into B9:
=IRR(B3:B8,0.10). The result is 11%, which means that if you purchase this investment you will earn a compound annual rate of 11%.
We have used one form of the IRR function in B9. Another option is to omit the GUESS (0.10 in our example). In this case, either form will work. Sometimes, however, Excel will not be able to converge on a solution without a GUESSbeing specified. Remember that this is essentially a trial and error process, and sometimes Excel needs a little help to go in the right direction.
A few situations may cause an error when using the IRR function. One that we ve already discussed is that Excel may not converge to a solution. In this case, you can usually find the answer by supplying Excel with a different GUESS. Another occurs if you have no negative cash flows. As an example, change the purchase price to a positive 10,500. Excel will return the #NUM! error message indicating that there is a problem. In this case the problem is that your return is infinite (why?). A third problem can result from more than one negative cash flow in the stream. In general, there will be one solution to the problem for each sign change in the cash flow stream. In our original example, there is only one sign change (from negative to positive after the initial purchase.)
There is no reason why we should restrict our analyses to investments which pay cash flows annually. Some investments make payments (e.g., interest) semiannually, monthly, daily, or even more frequently. Everything that we have learned to this point still applies, with only a minor change.
Recall our basic time value of money formula (72):
FV_{N }= PV(1 + i)^{N}
NonAnnual Compounding Periods
Originally, we defined i as the annual rate of interest, and N as the number of years. Actually, i is the periodic rate of interest and N is the total number of periods. As an example, i might be the weekly interest rate and N the number of weeks for which we will hold the investment. Since rates are usually quoted in terms of simple (i.e., not compounded) annual rates, we can restate our basic formula as:
FV_{N }= PV^{?}_{?}1 + m^{i}^{?}_{? }^{Nm }(710)
where i is the annual rate, N is the number of years, and m is the number of periods per year.
Excel can handle nonannual compounding just as easily as annual compounding. Just enter the rate and number of periods adjusted for the length of the compounding period. Let s look at an example.
Assume that you are shopping for a new bank to set up a savings account (a lousy investment, but play along anyway). As you start shopping, you notice that all of the banks offer the same stated interest rate, but different compounding periods. To help make your decision, you set up the worksheet in Exhibit 711.
(Hint: the easiest way to set up this worksheet is to enter the data for the First National Bank and then make two copies. Next, edit the bank names and adjust the column widths to accommodate the labels.)
EXHIBIT 711
NONANNUAL COMPOUNDING PERIODS
A 
B 

1 
NonAnnual Compounding Worksheet 

2 
First National Bank 

3 
Investment 
1000 
4 
Simple Rate 
10.00% 
5 
Periods per Year 
1 
6 
Term of Investment (Years) 
1 
7 
Future Value 
$1,100.00 
8 
Second National Bank 

9 
Investment 
1000 
10 
Simple Rate 
10.00% 
11 
Periods per Year 
2 
12 
Term of Investment (Years) 
1 
13 
Future Value 
$1,102.50 
14 
Third National Bank 

15 
Investment 
1000 
16 
Simple Rate 
10.00% 
17 
Periods per Year 
12 
18 
Term of Investment (Years) 
1 
19 
Future Value 
$1,104.71 
Notice that all of the banks are advertising a 10% annual rate. The only difference is how often they credit the interest to your account (i.e., the frequency of compounding). Being an economically rational thinker, you will choose the bank that will provide the highest balance at the end of the year. To determine the end of year balances, enter the FV formula in B7: =FV(B4/B5,B6*B5,0,B3,1). Copy the formula from B7 to both B13 and B19. Note that we have again made use of nested functions. In this case, the rate is defined as the annual rate divided by the number of periods in a year, and the number of periods is the number of years times the number of periods in a year.
The choice is clear. You should choose the Third National Bank since it offers the highest end of year balance. All other things being equal, the more frequent the compounding, the higher your future value will be. To see this more clearly, set up the worksheet in Exhibit 712.
NonAnnual Compounding Periods
EXHIBIT 712
COMPARING VARIOUS NONANNUAL COMPOUNDING PERIODS
A 
B 
C 

1 
NonAnnual Compounding Periods 

2 
Present Value 
1000 

3 
Annual Rate 
10.00% 

4 
Frequency 
Periods/Year 
FV 
5 
Annual 
1 
$1,100.00 
6 
Semiannual 
2 
$1,102.50 
7 
Quarterly 
4 
$1,103.81 
8 
Bimonthly 
6 
$1,104.26 
9 
Monthly 
12 
$1,104.71 
10 
Biweekly 
26 
$1,104.96 
11 
Weekly 
52 
$1,105.06 
12 
Daily 
365 
$1,105.16 
To complete the worksheet, enter the FV formula in C5: =FV(B$3/B5,B5,0,B$2,1) and copy it down to the other cells. It is important that you insert the dollar signs as indicated so that the references to the present value and interest rate remain fixed when copying.
Notice that, as before, the more frequent the compounding, the higher the future value. Furthermore, the future value increases at a decreasing rate as the number of compounding periods increases. This can be seen more easily if we create a graph of the future values. To accomplish this, select the labels in A5:A13 and the numbers in C5:C13 (remember, you can select noncontiguous ranges by holding down the Ctrl key while dragging the mouse). Note that you are selecting one extra row because we will use this worksheet again later to add one more data point. Now, click on the Chart Wizard icon and follow the prompts. You should end up with a worksheet that resembles the one in Exhibit 713.
EXHIBIT 713
NONANNUAL COMPOUNDING RESULTS
We have seen that more frequent compounding leads to higher future values. However, our examples extended this idea only as far as daily compounding. There is no reason that we can t also compound every halfday, every hour, or even every minute. In fact, this concept can be extended to the smallest imaginable time period: the instant. This type of compounding is referred to as continuous compounding.
Continuous compounding is an extension of what we have seen already. To recap, recall that we changed the basic future value function:
FVN = PV??1 + mi?? Nm
The more frequently we compound, the larger m is going to be. For example, with semiannual compounding m = 2, but with daily compounding m = 365. What if we set m equal to infinity? Actually, we can t do that because i/? is effectively equal to zero. What we can do is to take the limit as m approaches infinity. When we do this, we get:
mlim??FV_{N }= PVe^{iN }(711)
Summary
where e is the base of the natural logarithm, and is approximately equal to 2.718
Excel does not offer functions to solve for the present or future value when compounding is continuous. However, we can easily create the formulas. To do so requires that you know about the EXP function which raises e to a specified function is defined as:
EXP(NUMBER)
Using the worksheet in Exhibit 713, we can add, in cell C13: =B$2*exp(B$3). Since we have assumed a one year period in this example, the power to which e is raised is simply the interest rate. Add the label: Continuous in A13 and the worksheet is complete. Note that continuous compounding doesn t offer much of an increase over daily compounding. The advantage does get larger as the amount invested grows, but it would take huge sums to make a significant difference. To see this, change the present value, B2, to 10,000,000.
We can also calculate the present value of a continuously compounded sum. All that needs to be done is to solve equation (711) for PV:
m ?? Ne iN . (712) lim PV = FV
In this chapter we have discussed the concept of the time value of money. Present value represents the amount of money that needs to be invested today in order to purchase a future cash flow or stream of cash flows. Future value represents the amount of money that will be accumulated if we invest known cash flows at known interest rates. Further, we discussed various types of cash flows. Annuities are equal cash flows, equally spaced through time. Uneven cash flows are those in which the periodic cash flows are not equal.
Before continuing with future chapters you should be comfortable with these concepts. Practice by changing the worksheets presented in this chapter until you develop a sense for the type of results that you will obtain.
FINANCIAL FUNCTIONS USEDIN THIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Find the future value 
FV(RATE, NPER, PMT, PV,TYPE) 
185 
Find the present value 
PV(RATE, NPER, PMT, FV,TYPE) 
187 
Payment of an annuity 
PMT(RATE, NPER, PV, FV,TYPE) 
194 
Number of periods 
NPER(RATE, PMT, PV, FV,TYPE) 
195 
Yield of an annuity 
RATE(NPER, PMT, PV, FV,TYPE,GUESS) 
196 
Present value of unequal cash flows 
NPV(RATE,VALUE1,VALUE2, ) 
202 
Find the yield of unequal cash flows 
IRR(VALUES,GUESS) 
203 
Raise e to a power 
EXP(NUMBER) 
209 
1. Upon starting your new job after college, you ve been confronted with selecting the investments for your 401k retirement plan. You have four choices for investing your money:
• A money market fund which has historically returned about 5% per year.
• A longterm bond fund which has earned an average annual rate of return of 8%.
• A conservative commonstock fund which has earned 10% per year.
Problems
• An aggressive commonstock fund which has historically earned 14% per year.
a. If you were to contribute $3,600 per year for the next 35 years, how much would you accumulate in each of the above funds?
b. Now, change your worksheet so that it allows for nonannual investments (monthly, biweekly, etc.). Set up a scenario analysis that shows your accumulated value in each fund if you were to invest quarterly, monthly, biweekly, and weekly. Create a scenario summary of your results.
c. What relationship do you notice between the frequency of investment and the future value?
2. Given the following set of cash flows:
Period 
Cash Flow 
1 
12,000 
2 
10,000 
3 
8,000 
4 
6,000 
5 
4,000 
a. If your required rate of return is 12% per year, what is the present value of the above cash flows? Future value?
b. Now, suppose that you are offered another investment that is identical, except that the cash flows are reversed (i.e., cash flow 1 is 4,000, cash flow 2 is 6,000, etc.). Is this investment worth more, or less, than the original? Why?
c. If you paid $25,000 for the original investment, what average annual rate of return would you earn?
3. Your fiveyearold daughter has just announced that she would like to attend college. Your best guess is that it will cost approximately $25,000 per year (for four years) in tuition, books,
rent, etc. for her to attend State College 13 years from now. You believe that you can earn a rate of 9% on investments to meet this goal.
a. If you were to invest a lump sum today in hopes of covering your daughter s college costs, how much would you have to invest?
b. If you now decided to invest annually instead, how much would you have to invest each year?
c. You just learned of a $10,000 inheritance and plan to invest it in your daughter s college fund. Given this new source of funds, how much will you now have to invest each year?
CHAPTER 8 8 Valuation and Rates of Return
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Differentiate among the definitions of value and explain the importance of intrinsic value in making financial decisions.
2. Explain how intrinsic value is calculated by considering the size, timing, and perceived riskiness of the cash flows.
3. Explain the concept of required rate of return and calculate this rate using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
4. Show how any security (common or preferred stocks, bonds, etc.) can be valued in Excel or by hand.
5. Calculate the various bond return measures in Excel.
Determining the value of financial assets is important to both investors and corporate financial managers. The obvious reason is that nobody wants to pay more than an asset is worth, since such behavior would lead to lower returns. Less obvious, but equally important, is that we can draw some valuable conclusions from the observed prices of assets. We will examine one of these conclusions in detail in the next chapter when we use the value of corporate securities to determine the required rate of return on investments.
What Is Value?
The term value has many different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. For our purposes, there are four important types of value.
Generally, value can be defined as the amount that a willing and able buyer agrees to pay for an asset to a willing and able seller. In order to establish the value of an asset, it is important that both the buyer and seller be willing and able. Otherwise, no legitimate transaction can take place, and value cannot be determined without an exchange. Notice that we did not say that the value of an asset is always the same as its price. Price and value are distinct, though related, concepts. The price of an asset can be greater than its value (in which case we say that the asset is overvalued or overpriced), less than its value (undervalued), or equal to its value (fairlyvalued).
Book value is the price of an asset minus its accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is a systematic method of accounting for the reduction in the value of an asset over its useful life. Because of the systematic nature of depreciation (i.e., it is determined in advance according to some welldefined formula), book value does not necessarily fairly represent the actual market value of the asset. Because of this, and other distortions of value, a school of investors (known as value investors) has arisen. These investors seek out the stocks of companies that they believe to be undervalued, in hopes that the market will eventually recognize the true value of the company.
Intrinsic value is the value of an asset to a particular investor. Intrinsic value can be determined by taking the present value of the future cash flows at that investor s required rate of return. Because we use the investor s required rate of return in the calculation, and because each investor has different preferences and perceptions, intrinsic value is unique to each individual. Without these differences in intrinsic values markets could not function.
Market value is the price of an asset as determined in a competitive marketplace. The market price is the price that the marginal investor is willing to pay, and will fluctuate (sometimes wildly) throughout the trading day. Investors will purchase assets with market values below their intrinsic values (undervalued assets), and sell assets with market values above their intrinsic values (overvalued assets). It is easy to determine the market value of securities traded in the public markets, but not so easy for many other types of assets. Houses, for example, trade only rarely so it is difficult to determine their true market value. In these cases, we must rely on estimates of market value made by experts (e.g., appraisers).
Fundamentals of Valuation
Unless otherwise modified, or obvious from the context, all references to the term value from this point forward will refer to the individual s intrinsic value.
As noted above, the intrinsic value of an asset is the present value of the expected future cash flows provided by the asset. Mathematically, intrinsic value is given by:
V = ?N (Cf+ ti)t (81)
_{t }_{=1}
where Cf^{t} is the expected cash flow in period t, and i is the required rate of return for the investor performing the calculation.1
The most important components of value are likely to be the size and timing of the expected cash flows. The larger the expected cash flows are, and the more quickly they are to be received, the higher the value will be. In other words, there is a positive relationship between the size of the cash flows and value, and a negative relationship between the time until the cash flows are received and value.
The other component of value is the investor s required rate of return. The required return is affected by the rates of return offered by competing investment vehicles and the riskiness of the investment. For example, if bonds are offering higher returns than stocks, we would expect that the prices of stocks would drop (and the prices of bonds would rise) as investors moved their money out of stocks and into bonds. This would occur because investors would recognize that bonds are less risky than are stocks, and they would raise their required returns for stocks. Since an increase in the required return will decrease value, investors would sell stocks, thereby driving down the prices. This process would continue until the prices of stocks had fallen enough, and bond prices risen enough, so that the expected returns reverted to the equilibrium relationship.
To determine the value of a security, then, we must first determine three things:
1. What are the expected cash flows?
2. When will the cash flows occur?
3. What is the required rate of return for this particular stream of cash flows?
As we discuss the methods of valuing securities, keep these ideas in mind as they are the fundamentals of all security valuation.
As mentioned above, one of the determinants of the required return for any stream of cash flows is the perceived riskiness of those cash flows. We will leave an indepth discussion of risk for Chapter 11, but for now we will assume that the risk of a security is known.
In general, each investor can be classified by risk preference into one of three basic categories:
1. Risk Averse The risk averse investor prefers less risk for a given rate of return. The risk averter can be encouraged to accept nearly any level of risk, but only if the rate of return is expected to compensate him fairly. In other words, he must be paid in order to accept risk.
2. Risk Neutral The risk neutral investor is indifferent to the level of risk. His required rate of return will not change, regardless of the risk involved.
3. Risk Lover The risk loving investor will actually lower his required rate of return as the risk increases. In other words, he is willing to pay to take on extra risk.
Under ordinary circumstances we assume that all investors are risk averse, and must receive a higher rate of return in order to accept a higher risk. Realize, however, that even investors in the same category can have different risk preferences, so two risk averse investors will likely have different required returns for the same asset.
Figure 81 illustrates the exante (expected) riskreturn tradeoff for two risk averse investors. We know they are risk averse because the lines have a positive slope. In
Determining the Required Rate of Return
this case security B is riskier than A and therefore has the higher expected return for both investors. Investor I_{1} can be seen to be more risk averse than I_{2} because the slope of the riskreturn line is steeper. In other words, the risk premium grows at a faster rate for I_{1} than it does for I_{2}.
FIGURE 81
THEORETICAL RISKRETURN TRADEOFFFOR TWO RISK AVERSE INVESTORS
An easy method of determining the rate of return for a security can be derived by assuming that the relationship pictured in Figure 81 is constant. If this is the case, then we can define the expected rate of return for an asset as a base rate (Yaxis intercept) plus a premium which is based on the riskiness of the security. In equation form:
E(R_{i}) = Base Rate + Risk Premium
where E(R_{i}) is the expected rate of return for security i, the base rate is the rate of return on some benchmark security, and the risk premium is subjectively determined.
The problem with this model is that it is entirely subjective. Both the security chosen to provide the base rate and the risk premium are defined by the individual using the model. For example, one individual might choose as the base rate the rate of return on bonds issued by his company, while another might choose the average rate paid on AAArated corporate bonds. Furthermore, because of individual differences in risk preferences, each individual is likely to assign a different value to the risk premium. Obviously, what is needed is a more objective approach.
The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) provides us with a more objective version of the simple risk premium model for determining expected returns. For our purposes, we can consider the CAPM to be a version of the simple risk premium model with its inputs more rigorously defined. The CAPM is given by:
E(R_{i}) = R_{f }+ ?_{i}[E(R_{m}) R_{f}] (82)
where R_{f} is the riskfree rate of interest, ?_{i} is a measure of the riskiness of security i relative to the riskiness of the market portfolio, and E(R_{m}) is the expected rate of return on the market portfolio.
In the CAPM, R_{f} serves as the base rate of interest. It is defined as the rate of return on a security with zero risk. Sometimes R_{f} is referred to as the pure time value of money, or, in other words, the rate of return that is earned for delaying consumption but not accepting any risk. Because it is riskfree, we know R_{f} with certainty in advance. Ordinarily, R_{f} is assumed to be the rate of return on a U.S. Treasury security with time to maturity equal to the expected holding period of the security in question. Treasury securities are chosen because they are free of default risk, and are therefore the closest of all securities to being truly riskfree.
The second term in the CAPM is the risk premium and is more difficult to understand. The market portfolio is a portfolio of all risky assets, usually proxied by a stock index such as the S&P 500, which serves as a sort of benchmark against which other portfolios are measured. Subtracting the riskfree rate of return from the expected market return gives the expected market risk premium. Beta (?) is an
Determining the Required Rate of Return
index of systematic risk. It measures the risk of a particular security relative to the market portfolio. If a stock has a beta of 2, then we could say that the stock is twice as risky as the market portfolio. If it is twice as risky, then common sense (and the CAPM) tells us that the risk premium for this stock should be twice that of the market. Likewise, a stock with a beta of 0.5 should carry half of the risk premium of the market.
So the CAPM is no more than a sophisticated version of the simple risk premium model. With this in mind, we can redraw the riskreturn tradeoff graph (known as the security market line) in Figure 82.
To see the CAPM in action, consider the following example:
As a security analyst for Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe Securities you are preparing a report detailing your firm s expectations regarding two stocks for the year to come. Your report is to include the expected returns for these stocks and a graph illustrating the expected riskreturn tradeoff. Other analysts at DCH have informed you that the firm expects the S&P 500 to earn a return of 11% in the year ahead while the riskfree rate is 5%. According to Value Line, the betas for stocks X and Y are 0.5 and 1.5, respectively. What are the expected returns for X and Y?
To work this example, open a new workbook and enter the data so that it resembles the worksheet in Exhibit 81.
EXHIBIT 81
CALCULATING EXPECTED RETURNSWITHTHE CAPM
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
The Security Market Line 

2 
Riskfree 
X 
Market 
Y 

3 
Beta 
0.00 
0.50 
1.00 
1.50 

4 
Expected Return 
5.00% 
11.00% 
Before continuing, it is important to understand some of these inputs. The example problem did not mention the betas of the riskfree asset or of the market portfolio. How did we know that the beta of the riskfree asset is 0? Recall that beta measures the riskiness of the asset relative to the market. Since the riskfree asset has no risk, by definition, any measure of risk must be equal to zero. Similarly, by definition the market has a beta of 1.00 (why?).
To complete this example, we need to enter the formula for the CAPM, equation (82), into C4 and E4. In C4 enter: =$B$4+C3*($D$4$B$4) and then copy this cell to E4. You should see that security X has an expected return of 8% and Y has an expected return of 14%. Notice that the expect return of X is not onehalf that of the market, nor is the expected return of Y 50% greater than that of the market. Instead, it is the risk premium of these securities that is onehalf (for X) or one and onehalf (for Y) the risk premium of the market. The portion of the expected return that comes from delaying consumption (the riskfree rate) is the same for both securities.
Finally, we can create a graph of the SML with these data points. Select B3:E4 and use the Chart Wizard to create an XY scatter graph being sure that you make the first row the category (Xaxis) labels. You can experiment with the SML by changing the expected return for the market or the riskfree rate. You will notice that the slope of the SML changes as you change the market risk premium. At this point your worksheet should match the one in Exhibit 82.
EXHIBIT 82
EXPECTED RETURNSANDTHE SECURITY MARKET LINE
The first question to ask when attempting to value any security is, What are the expected cash flows? In the case of common stocks there are two types of cash flows: dividends and the amount received at the time of the sale. Consider the following problem:
Suppose that you are interested in purchasing shares of the common stock of the XYZ Corporation. XYZ recently paid a dividend of $2.40, and you expect that this dividend will continue to be paid into the foreseeable future. Furthermore, you believe (for reasons that will become clear) that you will be able to sell this stock in three years for $20 per share. If your required return is 12% per year, what is the maximum amount that you should be willing to pay for a share of XYZ common stock?
To clarify the problem, it helps to examine it in terms of a timeline. Figure 83 presents the timeline.
FIGURE 83
TIMELINEFOR XYZ COMMON STOCK
Calculating the value of this stock is a simple matter of calculating the present value of its cash flows (equation (81)). Given that your required return is 12%, the intrinsic value must be:
V = ^{2.40}1.12 + _{(}1.12^{2.40}_{)}2 + ^{2.40 + 20}_{(}1.12_{)}3 = 20
If the stock is currently selling for $24 (the market value), would you purchase any shares? Obviously not, because the market value exceeds your intrinsic value by $4. If you did purchase the shares, and your cash flow expectations were realized, your average annual rate of return would be less than your required return.
Of course, the XYZ example problem is somewhat contrived, because there is no way to know, for sure, what the dividends and selling price are going to be in the future. With dividends this is not so much of a problem, because firms tend to have a somewhat stable dividend policy. The advanced knowledge of the selling price is a different matter. It is impossible to know exactly what the market price will be tomorrow, and even more difficult to know the price three years hence.
To eliminate these problems, we can make a couple of assumptions. The first assumption is that dividends will change at a constant rate. With this assumption, knowing the most recent dividend is equivalent to knowing all future dividends. Also assume that we have an infinite holding period. In other words, we will never
sell the stock, so we don t have to worry about forecasting the selling price. While this second assumption may sound ludicrous, we will see that it is little more than a mathematical trick which allows us to develop a model.
These assumptions lead to a model for the valuation of common stock which is known as the constantgrowth dividend discount model (DDM), or the Gordon Model. Recall that we have defined the value of a common stock as the present value of future dividends plus the present value of the selling price. Since the stock will never be sold, because of the infinite holding period, the model becomes:
VCS = (1 +^{D}k^{1}_{CS}) + (1 +^{D}k^{2}_{CS})2 + (1 +^{D}k^{3}_{CS})3 + + (1 +^{D}k^{?}_{CS})?
particular period, and where V^{CS} is the value of the common stock, the k_{CS} is the required return._{4} Because the dividends areDs are the dividends in a growing at a constant rate, they can be expressed as a function of the most recently paid dividend (D_{0}):
2 3 ?
VCS 1 + k 1 + kCS 1 + kCS (1 + kCS)?
This equation can be restated in closedform as:
VCS = Dk0CS(1 +gg) = kCSD1 g (83)
Returning to the example, realize that XYZ s dividend growth rate is 0% (i.e., the dividend stream is not growing). Therefore, the value of a share is:
V_{CS }= ^{2.0 1 + 0}0.12^{( }0 ^{) }= 20
which is exactly the same value as was found when assuming that you knew the value of the stock three years hence.
To see how you knew that the value of the stock would be $20 in three years, we can again use the timeshifting technique. Let s look at another example.
Suppose that you are interested in purchasing a share of the common stock of the ABC Corporation. ABC has not recently paid any dividends, nor is it expected to for the next three years. However, ABC is expected to begin paying a dividend of $1.50 per share four years from now. In the future, that dividend is expected to grow at a rate of 7% per year. If your required return is 15% per year, what is the maximum amount that you should be willing to pay for a share of ABC common stock?
FIGURE 84
VALUING ABC COMMON STOCKWITH TIMESHIFTING
? 0 0 0 1.50 1.61 1.72 1.84 1.97 2.10 2.25
Real Time 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shifted Time3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
In order to determine the value of ABC common stock as of today (period 0), we must first find the value as of some future time period. The constant growth dividend discount model can be used at any time period, and will always provide the value of the stock at the time period that is one period before the dividend which is used in the numerator. For this particular problem, the future time period we choose is somewhat arbitrary as long as it is period 3 or later (but period 3 is the easiest). In this case, let s find the value as of period 3 (using the period 4 dividend):
V_{3 }= k_{CS}^{D}^{4 }g = 0.15^{1.50}0.07 = 18.75
So we know that the stock will be worth $18.75 per share three years from today. Remembering that the value of a stock is the present value of its cash flows, and that the only relevant cash flow in this case is the value at year three (which encapsulates the value of all future dividends), the value as of today must be:
V_{0 }= ^{18.75}1.153 = 12.33
We could also begin the valuation process at period 5 (or any other period). In this case, the value at period 5 (using the period 6 dividend) is:
V_{5 }= 0.15^{1.72}0.07 = 21.50
The next step is to take the present value of all future cash flows (in this case: D_{4}, D5, and V5):
V_{0 }= 1.15^{1.50}_{4 }+ ^{1.61 + 21.50}1.155  = 12.35
The $0.02 difference in values is due to rounding. Incidentally, note that had we only discounted back to period 3, the value at that time would have been $18.75.
Earlier we said that the assumption of an infinite holding period was not as ludicrous as it sounds. Let s examine this assumption in more detail with a worksheet. Open a new worksheet and enter the labels as shown so that it matches the fragment of a worksheet in Exhibit 83.
EXHIBIT 83
WORKSHEETTO TESTTHE INFINITE HOLDING PERIOD ASSUMPTION
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 

1 
Infinite Holding Period Assumption 

2 
Period 
Dividends 
Present Value 
Growth Rate 
7% 
3 
1 
0.00 
$0.00 
Req. Return 
15% 
4 
2 
0.00 
$0.00 

5 
3 
0.00 
$0.00 

6 
4 
1.50 
$0.86 

7 
5 
1.61 
$1.66 

8 
6 
1.72 
$2.40 

9 
7 
1.84 
$3.09 

10 
8 
1.97 
$3.73 

11 
9 
2.10 
$4.33 

12 
10 
2.25 
$4.89 
Note that the series of numbers representing the periods extends from 1 to 120 in cells A3:A122. To easily input these numbers, enter a 1 in A3 and then highlight the cells in the range A3:A122. Use the Edit Fill Series command to fill in the numbers. In the Series dialog box, set the Step value to 1 and the Stop value to 120. Also be sure to set the series Type to Linear and Series in to Columns. The dialog box should look like the one in Figure 85.
In this worksheet we want to calculate the value of the stock with various numbers of dividends included. From the example problem, we know that ABC will first pay a dividend of $1.50 in period 4 and that the dividend will grow at a 7% (cell E2) rate each year. Before continuing, enter the dividends into the worksheet as follows: First, enter a 0 for each of the first three dividends. For period 4, enter: 1.50 in B6. In B7 we want to calculate the period 5 dividend, so enter:
=B6*(1+E$2). Now copy this formula to each cell in the range B8:B122. To make sure that the copy was successful, note that the value in B122 should be 3842.46 (the power of compounding!).
Now, we want to find the present values of dividends in cells C3:C122. We will use the NPV function to calculate the present values of the dividends. In C3 enter:
=NPV(E$3,B$3:B3). The dollar sign will effectively freeze the first cell reference, so if we copy this formula down the range will expand. Copy the formula over the range C4:C122. Column C gives the value of the stock if we include only the dividends through the selected period. For example, the value in C20 ($8.15) is the value of the stock if we consider only the first 18 dividends. Similarly, the value in C50 ($11.85) is the value of the stock if we consider only the first 48 dividends.
Notice how the present value of the dividends converges to the value of the stock ($12.33) as we include more and more dividends in the calculation. It is not necessary to include more than about 120 dividends because the present value of all dividends beyond that point is effectively zero. This is easier to see if we create a graph of the values versus the number of dividends. Highlight the range C3:C122. Now select the Chart Wizard icon and follow the prompts to create the line graph.
Be sure to choose a line graph without symbols and on the Series tab set the range for the Xaxis labels to A3:A122. Your worksheet should now resemble the one in Exhibit 84, except that we have added a line to represent the known value of the stock ($12.33).
EXHIBIT 84
THE INFINITE HOLDING PERIOD IS JUSTFOR SIMPLICITY
Assuming that the dividends will grow at a constant rate forever is convenient from a mathematical perspective, but it isn t very realistic. Other valuation models have been developed that are more realistic. For example, there is a twostage growth model that allows for a period of supranormal growth followed by constant growth. In addition, a threestage model modifies the twostage model to allow for a gradual decline into the constantgrowth stage. Both of these models are more complex than the constantgrowth model, but keep in mind that they are still present value calculations. The only thing that has changed is the pattern of the future cash flows.
The twostage valuation model allows for the dividend to grow at one rate for several periods, and then to grow at a (usually, but not necessarily) slower rate from that point on. This is a much more realistic model because a firm s dividends may be growing at a fast rate now, but that rate of growth is unlikely to be continued forever. All companies will eventually mature and find that their earnings growth slows so their dividend growth rate must slow as well. The twostage model assumes that the change in the dividend growth rate will happen instantaneously at some point.
Let g_{1} represent the dividend growth rate from period 1 to n, and g_{2} be the dividend growth rate for the remainder of time. Assuming that D_{0} ? 0, g_{1} ? k_{CS} and g_{2} < kCS, the model is:
D
D
VCS = k0CS(1 +gg11)1 ??11++kgCS1?? n+ 0(1(+1kCSg+1k)CSng(12)n+ g2) (84)
Note that the first term in equation (84) is simply the present value of the first n dividends growing at a rate of g_{1}. The second term is the present value of all of the remaining dividends growing at a constant rate of g_{2}. This is exactly the same procedure we used earlier to value ABC s common stock, except that ABC not only had two growth rates (0% and 7%), but also was not originally paying a that if g_{1} = g_{2} then equation (84) simplifies to equation (83).
To demonstrate the use of this model, let s use an example.
Oviedo Paper, Inc. is a major producer of paper products. Due to its immensely popular new stationery product, analysts expect that the firm s earnings and dividends will grow at a rate of 15% per year for the next five years. After that, analysts expect that the firm s growth rate will decline to its historical value of 8% per year as competitors launch similar products. If Oviedo Paper recently paid a dividend (D_{0}) of $0.35 and your required return is 12%, what is the value of the stock today?
To find the value, use equation (84):
^{0.35 1.15}^{( )}1 ^{?}_{?}^{1.15}1.12_{?}^{? }^{5}+ ^{0.35 1.150.12}^{(}_{(}1.12^{)}^{0.08}^{5}_{)}5^{(}^{1.08}^{)} = 12.68
V_{CS }= 0.12 0.15
Since this equation is quite tedious, and Excel has no builtin function for this model, we have written a macro to do the calculations. Make sure that you have the file opened so that you have access to the macro. Now, return to your original workbook and open a new worksheet. The macro we will use is called FAME_TwoStageValue and is defined as:
where DIV1 is the dividend to be paid at the end of period 1, REQRATE is the required return, GROWTHRATE1 and GROWTHRATE2 are the two growth rates, and G1PERIODS is the length of the first growth period.
Set up your new worksheet to look like the one in Exhibit 85. To get the value in B7, use the Insert Function dialog box. Choose the User Defined category, and then select FAME_TwoStageValue from the list. After entering the appropriate cell addresses, your function in B7 should be: !
FAME_TwoStageValue(B1*(1+B2),B5,B2,B3, B4). Note that to get the dividend at period 1 (DIV1), we need to multiply the period 0 dividend by 1 + B2, which is the first growth rate. Your answer in B7 should confirm the calculations we made using equation (84).
EXHIBIT 85
THE TWOSTAGE GROWTH MODEL
A 
B 

1 
Dividend 0 
0.35 
2 
Growth Rate 1 
15% 
3 
Growth Rate 2 
8% 
4 
Period 1 Length 
5 
5 
Required Return 
12% 
6 

7 
TwoStage Value of Stock 
$ 12.68 
The threestage growth model is very similar in concept to the twostage model. The difference is that the twostage model assumes that the change in the growth rate occurs instantaneously, whereas the threestage model assumes a linear decline in the growth rate over some period. In other words, the threestage model allows the growth rate to decline more slowly to a constant rate. This is a more realistic assumption.
Mathematically, the threestage model is given by:
V_{CS }= _{k}_{CS}^{D}^{0 }_{g}_{2}(1 + g_{2}) + ^{n}^{1 }^{+}_{2 }^{n}^{2}(g_{1 }g_{2})(85)
Note that equation (85) looks quite similar to equation (83). The difference is that rather than using a single growth rate, the term in brackets in the threestage model represents a factor by which the constant growth model must be multiplied to account for the higher initial growth rates. Also, note that all of the variables in (85) are as previously defined, except that n_{2} is the number of years until the growth rate becomes constant.
It should be obvious that the average growth rate in the threestage model will be higher than the average growth rate in the twostage model. For this reason, the threestage model will always give a somewhat higher valuation than the twostage model. How much higher depends on the length of the transition period.
Let s return to our example using Oviedo Paper, Inc. In addition to the previous information, assume that the growth rate will transition from 15% to 8% over a threeyear period. That makes the time in the first stage 5 years (n_{1}), and the time until constant growth of 8 years (n_{2}). Using equation (85), we find that the value of the stock has increased to:
V_{CS }= 0.12^{0.35}0.081.08 + ^{5 + 8}2 (0.15 0.08)= 13.43
As with the twostage model, we have written a function macro to make the calculations for the threestage model. This function is defined as:
FAME_ThreeStageValue(DIV1, REQRATE, GROWTHRATE1, GROWTHRATE2, G1PERIODS,TRANSPERIODS).
All of the function s inputs are the same as before, except that TRANSPERIODS is the length of the transition period between growth rates.
To use this function, you will need to modify your worksheet from Exhibit 85 slightly. Select row 5 and insert a row. In cell A5 enter the label: Transition
Period Length, and in B5 enter 3. In A9 enter: 3stage Value of Stock. In B9, use the Insert Function dialog box to enter the function. It is:
!FAME_ThreeStageValue(B1*(1+B2),B6,B2,B3,
B4,B5). As you can see in Exhibit 86, the threeyear transition period adds $0.75 to the value of the stock as compared to the twostage model.
EXHIBIT 86
THE THREESTAGE GROWTH MODEL
A 
B 

1 
Dividend 0 
0.35 
2 
Growth Rate 1 
15% 
3 
Growth Rate 2 
8% 
4 
Period 1 Length 
5 
5 
Transition Period Length 
3 
6 
Required Return 
12% 
7 

8 
TwoStage Value of Stock 
$ 12.68 
9 
ThreeStage Value of Stock 
$ 13.43 
Ultimately, its important to remember that all three of the common stock valuation models are nothing more than present value functions. Each uses a differing assumption about the growth pattern of the dividends, but they are still present value calculations. When faced with a problem that doesn t fit the assumptions of any of these models, simply forecast the dividends in the future using whatever growth assumptions are appropriate. Then, calculate the present value of the future dividends. This is the method that was used to find the value of ABC common stock in the example problem on page 224.
A bond is an interestbearing, or discounted, security which obligates the issuer to pay the bondholder periodic interest payments and to repay the principal at maturity. Bonds are valued in the same manner as most other securities. That is, the value of a bond is the present value of its future cash flows.
For a bond the cash flows consist of periodic (usually semiannual) interest payments and the return of the principal at maturity. The cash flow at maturity will therefore consist of both the last interest payment and the principal (often $1,000). For a fouryear semiannual payment bond the timeline is pictured in Figure 86.
FIGURE 86
TIMELINEFORA FOURYEAR BONDWITH SEMIANNUAL INTEREST PAYMENTS
As Figure 86 makes clear, a bond consists of two types of cash flows: an annuity (the interest payments) and a lump sum (the principal). Recalling the principal of value additivity from Chapter 7, we know that this stream of cash flows can be valued by adding the present values of its components. For a bond, the value is
given by:
1 ^{( }1
V_{B }= Pmt^{1}k^{+}_{B }^{k}^{B}^{)}^{N}+ (1 +^{FV}k_{B})_{N }(86)
where Pmt is the periodic interest payment, k_{B} is the periodic required rate of return for the bond, N is the number of periods, and FV is the face value. Recognize that this formula is valid only on a payment date.
Consider the example problem:
WrentaWreck, Inc., has issued bonds with 20 years to maturity, an 8% coupon rate, and $1,000 face value. If your required rate of return is 9% and the bonds pay interest semiannually, what is the value of these bonds?
Before solving this problem, some definitions are required. Until fairly recently, bonds were printed on ornately decorated paper with small detachable coupons around the edges. These coupons were to be presented to the issuer in order to collect the periodic interest payments. Because of this practice, the interest payment has come to be known as the coupon payment and the rate of interest that
the issuer has promised to pay is referred to as the coupon rate. The annual interest payment is determined by multiplying the face value (principal) by the coupon rate. For bonds which pay interest more frequently than annually, the annual interest payment is divided by the number of payments per year. Most often, interest is paid twice per year so the annual interest payment must be divided by two.
For the WrentaWreck bonds, the annual interest payment is $80 (=0.08*1,000), but the semiannual payment is $40 (=80/2). Furthermore, because the bond interest is paid twice per year, we must adjust the required return and number of periods to a semiannual basis. The required return is 9% per year which is 4.5% (=9%/2) per sixmonth period. Since there are 20 years to maturity, there are 40 (=20*2) sixmonth periods to maturity. Therefore, the value of the bonds is:
V_{B }= 401 1 ^{40}^{1,000} = 907.99
0.045+ 1.045_{40}
Excel has a number of builtin functions which can be used for bond valuation. Most of these functions are beyond the scope of this text, so we will examine only two. To find the value of a coupon bearing bond, Excel provides the PRICE function. Note that, unlike equation (86), the PRICE function works even on nonpayment dates. The PRICE function is defined as:
PRICE(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY, RATE,YLD, REDEMPTION, FREQUENCY, BASIS).
SETTLEMENT is the date on which money and securities change hands, and MATURITY is the date on which the last coupon payment is made and the principal is returned. Excel uses the Windows date format to determine if what you have entered is a date. The Windows date format can be changed in the Control Panel if necessary, but most users will accept the default for their country. In the U.S. the default is the Month/Day/Year format so Excel will recognize, say, 2/4/2004 as February 4, 2004, and treat it as a date. You could also enter this date as Feb 4, 2001, and Excel will convert it to a date. Unrecognized date formats are treated as text strings. Dates are converted to a number which represents the number of days since January 1, 1900 (or January 1, 1904, on the Macintosh). In the 1900 date system the serial number 1 corresponds to January 1, 1900. In the 1904 date system the serial number 1 corresponds to January 2, 1904 (January 1, 1904, is 0). To see the actual serial number, you can use the General number format. The difference in date systems is important to those transferring files from PCs to Macs. Using serial numbers makes date math quite simple. For example, you can determine the number of days between two dates with simple subtraction. Also, note that the date serial number is independent of the date format applied.
RATE is the annual coupon rate. YLD is the annual required rate of return. In Excel functions, percentage rates are always entered in decimal form. If the coupon rate is 10%, you must enter it as 0.10, although Excel will convert a number followed by a percent sign (%) to this format. The effect of the percent sign is to cause Excel to divide the preceding number by 100.
REDEMPTION is the amount to be received per $100 of face value when the bond is redeemed. It is important to realize that the redemption price can be different than the face value of the bond. This would be the case, for example, if the bond was called by the issuer. Calling a bond issue is very similar to refinancing a mortgage in that the issuer usually wishes to reissue debt at a lower interest rate. There is often a premium that is paid to bondholders when bonds are called, and this premium plus the face value is the redemption price. If a bond issue has a 4% call premium, then REDEMPTION would be set to 104. For noncallable bonds this will be set to 100.
FREQUENCY is the number of coupons paid each year. Most commonly this will be 2, though other values are possible. Excel will return the #NUM! error if FREQUENCY is any value other than 1, 2, or 4 (annual, semiannual, or quarterly).
BASIS describes the assumption regarding the number of days in a month and year. Historically, different financial markets have made different assumptions regarding the number of days in a month and a year. Corporate, agency, and municipal bonds
are priced assuming that there are 30 days in a month and 360 days in a year. Treasury securities are priced assuming a 365day year (366 days in a leap year) and the actual number of days in a month. Excel allows for four possibilities [days per month/days per year (code)]: 30/360 (0 or omitted); actual/actual (1); actual/ 360 (2); actual/365 (3). Any number greater than 3 will result in an error. For our purposes, the basis is unlikely to make a difference in the calculated price. However, if you are trading in large numbers of bonds, the basis can make a significant difference.
To see how the PRICE function works, open a new worksheet and enter the data displayed in Exhibit 87 which is taken from the example. The settlement date should be entered by simply typing the date as it appears. As noted above, Excel will automatically recognize it as a date. Recall that the WrentaWreck bonds mature in 20 years. We have assumed that the settlement date is 2/15/2004. Your inclination is probably to enter 2/15/2024 for the maturity date, but that is actually 20 years and 5 days. To find the actual date that is exactly 20 years in the future, we have entered the formula: =B2+20*365 in B3. This formula takes the settlement date in B2 and adds 20 years to it. We do this to be consistent with the example calculations. In actual practice, the maturity date of the bond could be found in the indenture, by simply asking a broker, or by consulting a bond guide.
EXHIBIT 87
BOND VALUATION WORKSHEET USINGTHE PRICE FUNCTION
A 
B 

1 
Bond Valuation 

2 
Settlement Date 
2/15/2004 
3 
Maturity Date 
2/10/2024 
4 
Coupon Rate 
8.00% 
5 
Required Return 
9.00% 
6 
Redemption Value 
100 
7 
Frequency 
2 
8 
Basis 
0 
9 
Value 
$ 907.99 
The current value of the bond can now be found by entering the function:
=PRICE(B2,B3,B4,B5,B6,B7,B8)*10 in B9. The value is $907.99, exactly as we found by hand. Since bond prices are normally quoted as a percentage of par value we have multiplied the PRICE function s return value by 10. This will convert the output to an actual price. If the face value is something other than $1,000, you will have to use a different multiplier. Also notice that we have not made any adjustment to account for the fact that the bond pays interest semiannually. Excel automatically makes this adjustment for you based on the frequency.
In most textbooks, the homework problems don t provide dates for input to spreadsheet functions. There are two ways to attack these types of problems. The first method is illustrated above: simply assume the dates. The actual dates are not important, as long as the time between the dates is equal to the time specified in the problem. The second method is to use other builtin time value functions. For example, we could have entered: =PV(B5/2,40,B4*1000/2,1000,0) in
B9. Note that, because of the way that we set up the worksheet, we must adjust the required return and the interest payment to a semiannual basis. Note also that the result is exactly the same as the other methods that we have used, $907.99.
Most often, investors do not decide to buy a bond because the price is below their arbitrarily determined intrinsic value. Instead, they examine the alternatives and compare bonds on the basis of the returns that they offer. There are several ways to calculate the returns offered by bonds. In this section we will cover three return measures for bonds and two additional measures for discounted debt securities.
The current yield is defined as the annual coupon payment divided by the current price of the bond:
CY = ^{Pmt} (87)
V_{B}
The current yield is considered to be a rough measure of the return earned over the next year. We say that it is rough because it ignores compounding and the change in price which may occur over the life of the bond.
Excel has no builtin function to calculate the current yield, but it is a simple matter to write the formula yourself. On your worksheet, move to A11 and type:
Current Yield. Now, in B11 enter: =(B4*B6*10)/B9. We must multiply the redemption value (in B6) by 10 to convert to the annual interest payment. In our example, the current yield is 8.81% which is, in fact, the return that you would earn over the next year if you received $80 in interest on an investment of $907.99. However, if interest rates remain unchanged over the year, the value of the bond will increase to $909.75. The capital gain of $1.76 is ignored in the current yield calculation.
The yield to maturity is the compound annual rate of return that can be expected if the bond is held to maturity. The yield to maturity is not without its problems as a return measure, but it is superior to the current yield because it accounts for both interest payments and capital gains. Unfortunately, it is also much more complex to calculate.
Essentially, the yield to maturity is found by taking the bond price as given and solving the valuation equation for the required return (k_{B}). No method exists, however, to solve directly for the yield to maturity. The yield can be found by using a trial and error approach, but it is a bit tedious. Excel makes the yield calculation simple with its builtin YIELD function which is defined as:
YIELD(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY, RATE, PR, REDEMPTION, FREQUENCY, BASIS)
All of the variables are the same as previously defined with the exception of PR, which is the price of the bond as a percentage of the face value.
To make the calculation, first place the label: Yield to Maturity in A12 and then enter: =YIELD(B2,B3,B4,B9/10,B6,B7,B8) in B12. Note that the only difference from the PRICE function is that we replaced YLD with the current price of the bond as a percentage of par. In this case, we had to convert the bond price (in B9) back to a percentage of par by dividing it by 10. The result, as should be expected, is 9%.
Note that we could also use the RATE function (see page 200) to find the yield to maturity if we assume that the settlement date is also an interest payment date for the bond. This technique is especially useful if you don t know the exact settlement and maturity dates for the bond, and if you are calculating the yield on a payment date. Rather than replace our YIELD function, we ll simply insert the RATE function in C12 so that we can compare the results. In C12 enter the function:
=RATE((B3B2)/365*B7,B4*B6/2,B9/10,B6)*2.
In order to use this function, we ve had to embed several calculations. For the number of periods, we are taking the difference between the maturity and settlement dates to find the number of days. We next convert this to the number of periods by dividing by 365 and multiplying by the number of periods in a year. The payment amount is simply the coupon rate times the face (redemption) value divided by two. Finally, we need to adjust the price of the bond by dividing by 10 to convert it to a percentage of the face value. You ll note that after annualizing the result by doubling (because it pays semiannually), the answer is the same 9% as before.
One other common measure of return is the yield to call. As noted earlier, many issuers reserve the right to buy back the bonds that they sell if it serves their interests. In most cases, bonds will be called if interest rates drop substantially so that the firm will save money by refinancing at a lower rate. If we calculate the yield to maturity assuming that the bond will be called at the first opportunity, we will have calculated the yield to call. Since it is common to have a contractual obligation to pay a premium over par value if the bonds are called, this must be taken into account in our calculation.
In order to make this calculation we must add a couple of lines to our worksheet.
First, insert a row above row 4. To do this highlight row 4, and choose Insert
Rows. Now, in A4 type: First Call Date to indicate that this is the first date at which the firm has the option of calling the bonds. In B4 enter: 2/15/2009. This date reflects the fact that the first call date is often five years after the issue date (which we are assuming is the same as the settlement date in this case). Next, insert a row above row 8 and label it in A8: Call Price. Cell B8 will be the price at which the bonds can be called, in this case 5% over par value, so enter: 105. In A15, enter the label: Yield to Call.
Finally, we will calculate the yield to call in B15 with the formula:
=YIELD(B2,B4,B5,B11/10,B8,B9,B10). This is exactly the same formula as the yield to maturity, except that we have changed the maturity date to the call date, and the redemption value to the call price. Note that the call premium plus the earlier receipt of the face value has caused the yield to call to be 11.23%. Of course, the issuer would never call the bond under these circumstances because interest rates have risen since the bond was originally issued.
Your worksheet should now resemble the one in Exhibit 88.
EXHIBIT 88
BOND VALUATION WORKSHEETWITH YIELDTO CALL ADDED
A 
B 

1 
Bond Valuation 

2 
Settlement Date 
2/15/2004 
3 
Maturity Date 
2/10/2024 
4 
First Call Date 
2/15/2009 
5 
Coupon Rate 
8.00% 
6 
Required Return 
9.00% 
7 
Redemption Value 
100 
8 
Call Price 
105 
9 
Frequency 
2 
10 
Basis 
0 
11 
Value 
$ 907.99 
12 
Return Measures 

13 
Current Yield 
8.81% 
14 
Yield to Maturity 
9.00% 
15 
Yield to Call 
11.23% 
Not all debt instruments are bonds of the type that we have discussed above. Money market securities are shortterm, highquality, debt instruments that are sold on a discounted basis. That is, they do not pay interest; instead, they are sold for less than their face value. Since the full face value is returned to the investor at maturity, the interest is the difference between the face value and the purchase price. Examples of this type of security would include U.S. Treasury Bills, commercial paper, banker s acceptances, and shortterm municipals.
Returns on discount securities on usually quoted on a bank discount basis. The bank discount rate is calculated as follows:
BDR = ^{FV}FV^{P}^{0 }× ^{360}M (88)
where FV is the face value of the security, P_{0} is the purchase price, and M is the number of days until maturity. For example, if you purchase a sixmonth (182day) TBill for $985, the bank discount rate is:
BDR = ^{1,000}1,000^{985} ^{× }^{360}182 = 0.02967 = 2.967%
We can calculate the bank discount rate in Excel using the DISC function:
DISC(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY, PR, REDEMPTION, BASIS)
All of the variables are as previously defined. To see how this function works, insert a new worksheet into your workbook and enter the data as shown in Exhibit 89.
EXHIBIT 89
CALCULATINGTHE BANK DISCOUNT RATE
A 
B 

1 
Discount Securities 

2 
Settlement Date 
2/15/2004 
3 
Maturity Date 
8/15/2004 
4 
Redemption Value 
100 
5 
Purchase Price 
98.5 
6 
Days to Maturity 
182 
7 

8 
Bank Discount Rate 
Notice that both the redemption value and purchase price are entered as a percentage of par, though we could enter the actual values. In B8 enter the DISC function as: =DISC(B2,B3,B5,B4,2). Note that we have set the BASIS to 2 because we are using the actual/360 day count convention. The answer is 2.967%, exactly as we calculated in equation (88).
The bank discount rate is the method that is used to quote discount securities in the market. However, it does have a couple of problems: (1) It uses the face value as the basis for calculating the return, but you have only paid the purchase price, not the face value. (2) It assumes that there are only 360 days in a year, instead of 365 (366 in a leap year). We can solve these problems by calculating the bond equivalent yield:
BEY = BDY × ^{FV}P_{0 }^{× }^{365}360 = ^{FV}P_{0}^{P}^{0 }^{× }^{365}M (89)
Note that the bond equivalent yield is simply a fixed version of the bank discount rate: We are using the purchase price as the basis for calculating the return, and changing the day count convention to actual/actual. In this example the bond equivalent yield is:
BEY = 0.2967 ^{× }^{1,000}985 ^{× }^{365}360 = ^{1,000}985^{985} ^{× }^{365}182 = 0.03054 = 3.054%
As you might expect, Excel has a builtin function to calculate the bond equivalent yield:
In A9 of your worksheet enter the label: Bond Equivalent Yield, and in B9 enter the formula: =YIELDDISC(B2,B3,B5,B4,3). Note that the BASIS is set to 3 in this case. Again, the answer is 3.054% as we found using the equation.
As should be clear, bond values are a function of several parameters: interest payment amount, face value, term to maturity, and the required return. Of these, only the interest payment and face value are constant over the life of the bond. Obviously, all other things being equal, the value of a bond is positively related to both. It is not so obvious how the value changes as the term to maturity or required return changes. In this section, we will examine the sensitivity of the value to changes in these variables.
Because the value of a bond is the present value of its future cash flows, you probably expect that the value will increase as the interest rate declines and vice versa. And you would be correct. Let s examine this idea to fix it in your mind, and to point out a factor which you may not have considered.
Return to the worksheet created for our bond valuation example (Exhibit 88). We want to create a new section on this worksheet which will show the value of the bond at various interest rates. Move to A19 and enter: Required Return, and in B19 enter: Bond Value. Starting in A20, we want a column of interest rates ranging from 1% to 15% in steps of 1% (i.e., 0.01). Create this data series using the Edit Fill Series menu command. In B20 we need the value of the bond, using 1% as the required return. Using the PRICE function, this can be done with the
formula: =PRICE($B$2,$B$3,$B$5,A20,$B$7,$B$9,$B$10)*10. This is the same formula as we used previously in B11, except that we have replaced the rate with the value in A20. Further, we have added dollar signs to fix most of the cell references so that they do not change as we copy this formula down. The interest rate is not fixed because we want it to change in each row.
If you now create a chart with the interest rate on the Xaxis and the bond value on the Yaxis, your worksheet should look similar to the one in Exhibit 810.
EXHIBIT 810
BOND VALUEFOR VARIOUS REQUIRED RETURNS
We have embellished our graph to show the current price and required rate of return. As expected, the price is negatively related to the required return. However, the relationship is not linear; instead it is convex to the origin. This nonlinear relationship leads to an interesting conclusion that we will now examine.
Move the chart to the right so that column C is exposed. To do this, click once on the chart with the left mouse button and drag it to the right. In C19 enter the label: Change. In C20:C34 we want to enter the change in the bond price from the current price. In other words, the numbers in this range will be the gain or loss that would be experienced if you purchased the bond and then interest rates changed to the value in column A. In C20 enter the formula: =_{B20B$28} which will fix the subtracted price at B28. Now copy the formula down the entire range.
FIGURE 87
BOND VALUEVS. REQUIRED RETURN
Figure 87 shows how your chart should appear. In your worksheet examine C20:C34 carefully. In particular, notice that the price changes are not symmetric. For example, if the interest rate falls 4% (to 5%), the price rises by $468.38. However, if the rate rises by 4% (to 13%), the price falls by only $261.61. In other words, as yields drop the price rises by more than it falls if yields rise a similar amount. Exhibit 811 demonstrates this asymmetry, and how it grows (in absolute value) as the change in rates grows.
EXHIBIT 811
ABSOLUTE VALUEOF CHANGESIN PRICEVS. CHANGESIN YIELD
As a bond approaches its maturity date, the bond price must approach its face value (ignoring accrued interest). Since a bond can sell at a premium (above face value), at face value, or at a discount (below face value), the investor may realize a capital loss, no gain or loss, or a capital gain if they hold the bond to maturity.
To see how the price changes as maturity approaches, move to A37 and enter the labels so that your worksheet resembles the fragment in Exhibit 812. Create a series in A39:A59 from 20 down to 0. Use the Edit Fill Series command with a step value of 1. Now, change the value in A59 from 0 to 0.01. This is because the PRICE function will return a #NUM! error if the maturity date is the same as the settlement date.
EXHIBIT 812
BOND PRICESVS. TIMETO MATURITY
A 
B 
C 

37 
Sensitivity to Time to Maturity 

38 
Time to Maturity 
Bond 1 
Bond 2 
39 
20 
907.99 
1106.72 
40 
19 
909.75 
1104.16 
41 
18 
911.67 
1101.41 
42 
17 
913.77 
1098.45 
43 
16 
916.06 
1095.29 
44 
15 
918.56 
1091.92 
45 
14 
921.30 
1088.29 
46 
13 
924.28 
1084.41 
47 
12 
927.54 
1080.24 
48 
11 
931.09 
1075.80 
49 
10 
934.97 
1071.03 
Notice that we have included a column for a second bond. Make a copy of the original bond data (in B2:B11) and place it in C2:C11. The only difference between the two bonds will be the required return. For the second bond set the required return to 7%, and notice that the price of this bond is $1106.72. We are doing this to compare bonds selling at a discount and premium as they move towards maturity.
In B39, we want to enter the PRICE function for the first bond allowing only the time to maturity to change. The formula to do this is:
=PRICE(B$2,B$2+$A39*365,B$5,B$6,B$7,B$9,B$10)*10. Since the second parameter is the maturity date, we must calculate it based on the number of years which is given in A39. We do this by taking the settlement date plus 365 times the number of years to maturity. Copy this formula to C39 to find the price of the second bond, and then copy both of these down the entire range. The numbers in your worksheet should be the same as those in Exhibit 812.
Notice that the first bond slowly increases in price as the time to maturity declines. The second bond s price, however, slowly decreases in price as time to maturity declines. To see this more clearly, create a chart of this data with the Chart Wizard by selecting B38:C59. Again, make sure that A39:A59 is used for the category axis labels. Once the chart is created, you may want to adjust the scale of the Yaxis. Rightclick the Yaxis and choose Format Axis, then click on the Scale tab. Now set the Minimum edit box to 850. This will change the scale so that the origin of the Yaxis is at 850, effectively magnifying the area of the chart that we are interested in. Note that we have also added a line to indicate the par value of the bond. In cell D39 enter 1000 and copy it down to the rest of the range. Now, select D39:D59 and drag the series over the chart and drop it there. You should see that the data has been added to the chart as a new series. After adding labels to the chart, this part of your worksheet should look like Exhibit 813.
EXHIBIT 813
BOND PRICEVS. TIMETO MATURITY
We have seen how bond prices change when the required return and time to maturity change. But, when examining these changes all other variables were held constant. When all of the variables are allowed to change, bond price behavior is much more complex to predict.
Preferred stock is a kind of hybrid security. It represents an ownership claim on the assets of the firm, like common stock, but holders of preferred stock do not benefit from increases in the firms earnings and they generally cannot vote in corporate elections, like bonds. Further, like a bond, preferred stock generally pays a fixed dividend payment each period. Also, like a common stock, there is no predefined maturity date, so the life of a share of preferred stock is effectively infinite.
With the complex nature of preferred stock, it would be natural to assume that it must be difficult to determine its value. As we will see, preferred stock is actually easier to value than either bonds or common stock. To see how we can derive the valuation formula for preferred stock, consider the following example.
The XYZ Corporation has issued preferred stock which pays a 10% annual dividend on its $50 par value. If your required return for investments of this type is 12%, what is the maximum amount that you should be willing to pay for a share of XYZ preferred?
As usual, the first step in valuing preferred stock is to determine the cash flows. In the case of XYZ preferred, we have an infinite stream of dividends which are 10% of the par value. That is, we have a perpetual annuity, or perpetuity, of $5 per year. Figure 88 illustrates the expected cash flows for XYZ preferred stock.
FIGURE 88
TIMELINEFOR XYZ PREFERRED STOCK
5 5 5
One way that we can arrive at a valuation formula for preferred stock is to realize that the cash flows resemble those of common stock. Preferred stock pays a dividend and never matures, just like common stock. The only difference, as far as the cash flows are concerned, is that the dividend never changes. In other words, the growth rate is zero. Therefore, we can say that the value of preferred stock is:
V_{P }= ^{D}^{0}k^{(}_{P}^{1 +}g^{g}^{)}
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but since the growth rate is 0 we can simplify this to:
V_{P }^{= }_{k}^{D}_{P} (810)
Notice that the subscript has been dropped on the dividend because all dividends are equal.
As an alternative, we can value the perpetuity as if it were a bond with an infinite life. In this case, we have:
1 (^{1 +1k}^{P}^{)}_{?}+ (1 +^{FV}k_{P})?
V_{P }= Dk_{P}
Realizing that any number greater than 1 raised to an infinite power is equal to infinity, we can rewrite this expression as:
V_{P }= D 1k_{P}1? + FV?
But any number divided by infinity is effectively equal to 0, so this equation reduces to:
V_{P }= k^{D}_{P}
which is exactly the same as equation (810). So, for valuation purposes, regardless of whether we treat preferred stock like common stock or bonds, we arrive at exactly the same valuation formula. To find the value of a share of preferred stock, we need to merely divide its dividend payment by our required rate of return. Therefore, the value of XYZ s preferred stock must be:
V_{P }= 0.12^{5 } = 41.66
You can prove this to yourself by recreating Exhibit 84 (page 227) with all of the dividends set to 5.
The valuation process is important to both financial managers and investors. As we will see in future chapters, understanding the valuation process is crucial to making sound financial decisions.
In this chapter we found that the value of a security depends on several factors:
• The size of the expected cash flows.
• The timing of the expected cash flows.
• And the perceived riskiness of the expected cash flows.
Once the cash flows and required rate of return have been determined, we can value the security by finding the present value of its future cash flows.
The actual equations are different for different cash flow patterns, but they all reduce to the present value of future cash flows. The formulas are:
Valuation Model 
Formula 
Page 

Constant growth common stock 
V_{CS }= ^{D}k^{0}_{CS}^{(}^{1 +}g^{g}^{) }= 
^{D}^{1 }k_{CS }g 
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Twostage growth common stock 
D V_{CS }= _{k}^{0}_{CS}^{(}^{1 +}_{g}^{g}_{1}^{1}^{)}1 
^{D}^{0}^{(}^{1 + g}^{1}^{)}^{n}^{(}^{1 + g}^{2}^{) }??11++kgCS1?? n + (1kCS+ kCSg2)n  
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Summary
Valuation Model 
Formula 
Page 

Threestage growth common stock 
V_{CS }= _{K}_{CS}^{D}^{0 }_{g}_{2}(1 + g_{2}) + ^{n}^{1 }^{+}_{2 }^{n}^{2}(g_{1} 
g_{2}) 
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Bonds 
1 ^{1 }_{N}FV V_{B }= Pmt^{(}^{1}k^{+}_{B }^{k}^{B}^{) }+ (1 + k_{B})N 
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Preferred stock 
V_{P }= k^{D}_{P} 
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FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDIN THIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Twostage growth model 
FAME_TwoStageValue(DIV1, REQRATE, GROWTHRATE1,GROWTHRATE2,G1PERIODS) 
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Threestage growth model 
FAME_ThreeStageValue(DIV1, REQRATE,GROWTHRATE1,GROWTHRATE2, G1PERIODS,TRANSPERIODS) 
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Value of a bond 
PRICE(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY,YLD, REDEMPTION, FREQUENCY, BASIS) 
233 
Yield to maturity of a bond 
YIELD(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY, RATE,PR, REDEMPTION, FREQUENCY, BASIS) 
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Bank Discount Rate 
DISC(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY, PR, REDEMPTION, BASIS) 
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Bond Equivalent Yield 
YIELDDISC(SETTLEMENT, MATURITY, PR, REDEMPTION, BASIS) 
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1. As an analyst at Churnem & Burnem Securities, you are responsible for making recommendations to your firm s clients regarding common stocks. After gathering data on Denver Semiconductors, you have found that their dividends have been growing at a rate of 10% per year to the current (D_{0}) rate of $0.60 per share. The stock is currently selling for $12 per share, and you believe that an appropriate rate of return for this stock is 15% per year.
a. If you expect that the dividend will continue to grow at a 10% rate into the foreseeable future, what is the highest price at which you would recommend purchasing this stock to your clients?
b. Suppose now that you determine that the company s new product line will cause much higher growth in the near future. Your revised estimate is for a threeyear period of 20% annual growth which will be followed by a return to the historical 10% growth rate. Under these new assumptions, what is the current value of the stock using the twostage dividend growth model?
c. After considering your assumptions from Part b, you realize that it is likely that the growth will gradually transition from 20% down to 10% rather than instantaneously. If you believe that this transition will take five years, what is the value that you place on the stock today? Use the threestage dividend growth model.
2. As an investor, you are considering an investment in the bonds of the Conifer Coal Company. The bonds, which pay interest semiannually, will mature in eight years, and have a coupon rate of 9.5% on a face value of $1,000. Currently, the bonds are selling for $872.
a. If your required return is 11% for bonds in this risk class, what is the highest price you would be willing to pay? (Note: use the PV function.)
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b. What is the yield to maturity on these bonds if you purchase them at the current price? (Note: use the RATE function.)
c. If the bonds can be called in three years with a call premium of 4% of the face value, what is the yield to call on these bonds? (Note: use the RATE function.)
d. Now assume that the settlement date for your purchase would be 7/30/2004, the maturity date is 7/28/2012, and the first call date is 7/29/2007. Using the PRICE and YIELD functions recalculate your answers to Parts a, b, and c.
e. If market interest rates remain unchanged, do you think it is likely that the bond will be called in three years? Why or why not?
f. Create a chart that shows the relationship of the bond s price to your required return. Use a range of 0% to 15% in calculating the prices.
1. Using the Yahoo! Finance Web site () get the current price and fiveyear dividend history for Albertsons, Inc. To gather this data, enter the ticker symbol (ABS), choose Chart from the dropdown list of quote types, and click the Get Quotes button. At the bottom of the chart, click on the historical quotes link. To get a table of previous dividends, select Dividends at the top of the table, set the Start Date to five years before today s date and click the Get Historical Data button. Click the Download Spreadsheet Format link at the bottom of the table to download a file with this data. Open the .CSV file in Excel. You may find that the dates and dividends are sharing a cell. In this case, select all of the data choose Data Text to Columns from Excel s menu. On the second dialog box, select Space as the delimiter and then click the OK button. You should now have the dividend data in a usable form.
a. Since ABS pays dividends quarterly, calculate the quarterly percentage change in the dividends. Now, calculate the compound quarterly growth rate of the dividends using the GEOMEAN function.
b. Now, annualize the quarterly dividend growth rate.
c. Calculate the intrinsic value of the stock using a 10% required rate of return and the calculated annual growth rate. Use the sum of the most recent four dividends as D_{0}.
d. How does the calculated intrinsic value compare to the actual market price of the stock? Would you purchase the stock at its current price?
2. Using the Bond Screener at the Yahoo! Finance Web site (http:// ), find a AAA rated corporate bond with at least 12 years to maturity. Click the link to get more detailed information on your chosen bond, and then set up a worksheet to answer the following questions. Note that since we are using corporate bonds, the basis should be set to 0 (30/360).
a. Using the coupon rate, settlement date, maturity date, and the given yield to maturity, calculate the value of the bond using the PRICE function.
b. Using the coupon rate, settlement date, maturity date, and the given price of the bond, calculate the current yield.
c. Using the coupon rate, settlement date, maturity date, and the given price of the bond, calculate the yield to maturity using the YIELD function.
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After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Define hurdle rate and show how it relates to the firm s Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC).
2. Calculate the WACC using both book and marketvalue weights.
3. Calculate component costs of capital with flotation costs and taxes.
4. Explain how and why a firm s WACC changes as total capital requirements change.
5. Use Excel to calculate the breakpoints in a firm s marginal WACC curve, and graph this curve in Excel.
Knowledge of a firm s cost of capital is vital if managers are to make appropriate decisions regarding the use of the firm s funds. Without this knowledge, poor investments may be made that actually reduce shareholder wealth. In this chapter we will examine what the cost of capital is and how to calculate it.
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A firm s required rate of return on investments is often referred to as its hurdle rate because all projects must earn a rate of return high enough to clear this rate. Otherwise, a project will not cover its cost of financing, thereby reducing shareholder wealth. But what is the appropriate rate to use? Let s look at an example.
The managers of the Rocky Mountain Motors (RMM) are considering the purchase of a new tract of land which will be held for one year. The purchase price of the land is $10,000. RMM s capital structure is currently made up of 40% debt, 10% preferred stock, and 50% common equity. Because this capital structure is considered to be optimal, any new financing will be raised in the same proportions. RMM must raise the new funds as indicated in Table 91.
FUNDINGFOR RMM S LAND PURCHASE
Source of Funds 
Amount 
Dollar Cost 
AfterTax Cost 
Debt 
$ 4,000 
$ 280 
7% 
Preferred Stock 
1,000 
100 
10% 
Common Stock 
5,000 
600 
12% 
Total 
10,000 
980 
9.8% 
Before making the decision, RMM s managers must determine what required rate of return will simultaneously satisfy all of their capital providers. What minimum rate of return will accomplish this goal?
Obviously, the land must generate at least $980 in excess of its cost in order to cover the financing costs. This represents a minimum required return of 9.8% on
The Appropriate Hurdle Rate
the investment of $10,000. Table 92 shows what would happen under three alternative rate of return scenarios.
ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOSFOR RMM
Rate of Return 
8% 
9.8% 
11% 
Total Funds Available 
$ 10,800 
$ 10,980 
$ 11,100 
Less: Debt Costs 
4,280 
4,280 
4,280 
Less: Preferred Costs 
1,100 
1,100 
1,100 
Available to Common Shareholders 
5,420 
5,600 
5,720 
Recall that the common shareholders required rate of return is 12% on the $5,000 that they provided. If RMM earns only 8%, the common shareholders will receive only $5,420 which is $180 less than required. Presumably, the common shareholders have alternative investment opportunities (with equal risk) which would return 12%. Therefore, if the project can return only 8%, the best decision that the managers could make would be to allow the common shareholders to hold on to their money. In other words, the project should be rejected.
On the other hand, if the project is expected to return 9.8% the common shareholders will receive exactly the amount that they require. If the project returns 11%, they will be more than satisfied. Under these latter two scenarios the project should be accepted because shareholder wealth will either be increased by the amount required ($600) or increased by more than required ($720).
It still remains to determine, in a general way, what required rate of return will simultaneously satisfy all of the firm s stakeholders. Recall that 40% of RMM s funds were provided by the debt holders. Therefore, 40% of this minimum required rate of return must go to satisfy the debt holders. For the same reason, 10% of this minimum required rate of return must go to satisfy the preferred stockholders, and 50% will be required for the common stockholders. In general, the minimum required rate of return must be a weighted average of the individual required rates of return on each form of capital provided.
Therefore, we refer to this minimum required rate of return as the weighted average cost of capital (WACC). The weighted average cost of capital can be found as follows:
WACC = w_{d}k_{d }+ w_{P}k_{P }+ w_{cs}k_{cs }(91)
where the ws are the weights of each source of capital, and the ks are the costs (required returns) for each source of capital. In the case of RMM, the WACC is:
WACC = 0.40 0.07( ) + 0.10 0.10( ) + 0.50 0.12( ) = 0.098 = 9.80% which is exactly the required return that we found above.
The weights that one uses in the calculation of the WACC will obviously affect the result. Therefore, an important question is, where do the weights come from? Actually, there are two possible answers to this question. Perhaps the most obvious answer is to find the weights on the balance sheet.
The balance sheet weights (usually referred to as the bookvalue weights) can be obtained by the following procedure. Find the total longterm debt, total preferred equity, and the total common equity. Add together each of these to arrive at the grand total of the longterm sources of capital. Finally, divide each component by the grand total to determine the percentage that each source is of total capital. Table 93 summarizes these calculations for RMM.
CALCULATIONOF BOOKVALUE WEIGHTSFOR RMM
Source of Capital 
Total Book Value 
Percentage of Total 
Longterm Debt 
$400,000 
40% 
Preferred Equity 
100,000 
10% 
Common Stock 
500,000 
50% 
Grand Total 
1,000,000 
100% 
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The problem with bookvalue weights is that they represent the weights as they were when the securities were originally sold. That is, the bookvalue weights represent historical weights. The calculated WACC would better represent current reality if we used the present weights. Since the market constantly revalues the firm s securities, we can find the weights by using the current market values of the securities.
The procedure for determining the marketvalue weights is similar to that used to find the bookvalue weights. First, determine the total market value of each type of security. Total the results, and divide the market value of each source of capital by the total to determine the weights.
CALCULATIONOF MARKETVALUE WEIGHTSFOR RMM
Source 
Price Per Unit 
Units 
Total Market Value 
Percentage of Total 
Debt 
$ 904.53 
400 
$ 361,812 
31.14% 
Preferred 
100.00 
1,000 
100,000 
8.61% 
Common 
70.00 
10,000 
700,000 
60.25% 
Totals 
1,161,812 
100.00% 
Table 94 shows RMM s current capital structure in marketvalue terms. Note that, in market value terms, the percentage of common equity has risen considerably, while the percentages of debt and preferred equity have fallen. Using these weights we can see that their WACC is:
WACC = 0.3114 0.07( ) + 0.0861 0.10( ) + 0.6025 0.12( ) = 0.1027 = 10.27%
In this example, the bookvalue WACC and the marketvalue WACC are quite close together. This is not always the case. Whenever possible, use the market values of the firm s securities to determine the WACC.
We can easily set up a worksheet to do the calculations for the WACC as in Table 94. To do this, first copy the data from Table 94 into a new worksheet, starting with the headings in A1.
In column D, we want to calculate the total market value of the securities which is the price times the number of units outstanding. So, in D2 enter: =_{B2*C2} and copy the formula down to D3 and D4. Cell D5 should have the total market value of the securities, so enter: =Sum(D2:D4). In Column E we need the percentage that each security represents of the total market value. These are the weights that we will use to calculate the WACC. In E2 enter: =_{D2/D$5} and copy down to E3 and E4. As a check, calculate the total in E5.
Next, we want a column for the aftertax costs of each source of capital, and the weightedaverage cost of capital. In F1 enter the label: Aftertax Cost. Now, in F2:F4 enter the aftertax cost of each component from Table 91. We could calculate the WACC in F5 with the formula: =E2*F2+E3*F3+E4*F4. Even easier would be to use the array formula: =SUM(E2:E4*F2:F4), just remember to press Ctrl+Shift+Enter when entering this formula. The completed worksheet appears in Exhibit 91. Note that the WACC is exactly as we calculated are encouraged to experiment by changing the market prices of the securities to see how the weights, and the WACC, change.
EXHIBIT 91
WORKSHEETTO CALCULATE RMM S WACC
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Source 
Price 
Units 
Total Market Value 
Percentage of Total 
Aftertax Cost 
2 
Debt 
$ 904.53 
400 
$ 361,812 
31.14% 
7.00% 
3 
Preferred 
$ 100.00 
1,000 
$ 100,000 
8.61% 
10.00% 
4 
Common 
$ 70.00 
10,000 
$ 700,000 
60.25% 
12.00% 
5 
Totals 
$ 1,161,812 
100.00% 
10.27% 
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Calculating the Component Costs
Up to this point, we have taken the component costs of capital as a given. In reality, these costs are anything but given, and, in fact, change continuously. How we calculate these costs is the subject of this section.
To begin, note that the obvious way of determining the required rates of return is to simply ask each capital provider what her required rate of return is for the particular security that she owns. For all but the most closely held of firms, this would be exceedingly impractical and you would likely get some outlandish responses. However, there is a way by which we can accomplish the same end result.
Recall from Chapter 8 that the market value of a security is equal to the intrinsic value of the marginal investor. Further, if shareholders are rational, they will buy (sell) securities as the expected return rises above (falls below) their required return. Therefore, we can say that the investors in the firm vote with their dollars on the issue of the firm s cost of capital. This force operates in all markets. So at any given moment, the price of a security will reflect the overall required rate of return for that security. All we need, then, is a method of converting the observed market prices of securities into required rates of return.
Since we have already discussed the valuation of securities (common stock, preferred stock, and bonds) you should recall that a major input was the investor s required rate of return. As we will see, we can simply invert the valuation equations to solve for the required rate of return.
Because of complexities in the real world, finding a company s cost of common equity is not always straightforward. In this section we will look at two approaches to this problem, both of which we have seen previously in other guises.
Recall that a share of common stock is a perpetual security which, we often assume, will periodically pay a cash flow which grows over time. We have previously demonstrated that the present value of such a stream of cash flows is given by equation (83):
V_{CS }= ^{D}k^{0}_{CS}^{(}^{1 +}g^{g}^{) }= k_{CS}^{D}^{1 }g
assuming an infinite holding period and a constant rate of growth for the cash flows.
If we know the current market price of the stock, we can use this knowledge to solve for the common shareholder s required rate of return. Simple algebraic manipulation will reveal that this rate of return is given by:
k_{CS }= ^{D}^{0}^{(}V^{1}_{CS}^{+ g}^{) }+ g = V^{D}_{CS}^{1} + g (92)
Note that this equation says that the required rate of return on common equity is equal to the sum of the dividend yield and the growth rate of the dividend stream.
Not all common stocks will meet the assumptions of the Dividend Discount Model. In particular, many companies do not pay dividends. An alternative approach to determining the cost of equity is to use the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM ).
The CAPM gives the expected rate of return for a security if we know the riskfree rate of interest, the market risk premium, and the riskiness of the security relative to the market portfolio (i.e., the security s beta). The CAPM, you will recall, is the equation for the security market line:
E R( _{i}) = R_{f }+ ?_{i}(E R( _{m}) R_{f})
Assuming that the stockholders are all pricetakers, their expected return is the same as the firm s required rate of return. Therefore, we can use the CAPM to determine the required rate of return on equity.
Calculating the Component Costs
Preferred stock, for valuation purposes, can be viewed as a special case of the common stock with the growth rate of dividends equal to zero. We can carry this idea to the process of solving for the preferred stockholders required rate of return. First, recall that the value of a share of preferred stock was given by equation (810):
V_{P }= k^{D}_{P}
As with common stock, we can algebraically manipulate this equation to solve for the required return if the market price is known:
kP = VDp (93)
Finding the cost of debt is more difficult than finding the cost of either preferred or common equity. The process is similar: determine the market price of the security, and then find the discount rate which makes the present value of the expected future cash flows equal to this price. However, we cannot directly solve for this discount rate. Instead, we must use an iterative trial and error process. Recall that the value of a bond is given by equation (86):
VB = Pmt1^{(}^{1}k^{+}_{d}^{1k}^{d}^{)}_{N} + (1 +FVk_{d})N
The problem is to find k_{d} such that the equality holds between the left and right sides of the equation. Suppose that, as in Exhibit 91, the current price of RMM s bonds is $904.53, the coupon rate is 10%, the face value of the bonds is $1,000, and the bonds will mature in 10 years. If the bonds pay interest annually, our equation looks as follows:
1 ^{(}^{1 +}1^{k}
904.53 = _{100}k_{d }^{d}^{)}^{10}_{+ }(1^{1,000}+ k_{d})10
We must make an initial, but intelligent, guess as to the value of k_{d}. Since the bond is selling at a discount to its face value, we know that the yield to maturity (k_{d}) must be greater than the coupon rate. Therefore, our first guess should be something greater than 10%. If we choose 12% we will find that the price would be $886.99 which is lower than the actual price. Our first guess was incorrect, but we now know that the answer must lie between 10% and 12%. The next logical guess is 11%, which is the halfway point. Inserting this for k_{d} we get a price of $941.11 which is too high, but not by much. Further, we have narrowed the range of possible answers to those between 11% and 12%. Again, we choose the halfway point, 11.5%, as our next guess. This results in an answer of $913.48. Continuing this process we will eventually find the correct answer to be 11.67%.
Notice that the answer that we found for the cost of debt, 11.67%, is not the same as that listed in Exhibit 91. Because interest is a taxdeductible expense, interest payments actually cost less than the full amount of the payment. In this case, if
RMM were to make an interest payment of $116.70, and the marginal tax rate is
40%, it would only cost them $70.02 (= 116.70 × (1 0.40)). Notice that 70.02 ? 1,000 ? 0.07, or 7%, which is the aftertax cost of debt listed in Exhibit 91.
In general, we need to adjust the cost of debt to account for the deductibility of the interest expense by multiplying the beforetax cost of debt (i.e., the yield to maturity) by 1  t, where t is the marginal tax rate. Note that we do not make the same adjustment for the cost of common or preferred equity because dividends are not tax deductible.
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Using Excel to Calculate the Component Costs
A general principle that we have relied on in constructing our worksheet models is that we should make Excel do the calculations whenever possible. We will now make changes to our worksheet in Exhibit 91 to allow Excel to calculate the component costs of capital.
We cannot calculate any of the component costs on our worksheet without adding some additional information. We will first add information which will be used to calculate the aftertax cost of debt. Beginning in A7 with the label: Additional Bond Data, add the information from Table 95 into your worksheet.
ADDITIONAL DATAFOR CALCULATINGTHE COSTOF DEBTFOR RMM
Additional Bond Data 

Tax Rate 
40% 
Coupon Rate 
10% 
Face Value 
$1,000 
Maturity 
10 
With this information entered, we now need a function to find the cost of debt. Excel provides two builtin functions that will do the job: RATE and YIELD. We have already seen both of these functions. Since YIELD (defined on page 237) requires more information than we have supplied, we will use RATE. Recall that RATE will solve for the yield for an annuitytype stream of cash flows and allows for a different present value and future value. Specifically, RATE is defined as:
RATE(NPER, PMT, PV, FV,TYPE,GUESS)
The only unusual aspect of our usage of this function is that we will be supplying both a PV and an FV. Specifically, PV will be the negative of the current bond price and FV is the face value of the bond. In F2 enter the RATE function as:
=RATE(B11,B9*B10,B2,B10). The result is 11.67%, which we found to be the pretax cost of debt. Remember that we must also make an adjustment for taxes, so we need to multiply by 1 t. The final form of the formula in F2 then is:
=RATE(B11,B9*B10,B2,B10)*(1B8), and the result is 7.00%.
With the new bond information, your worksheet should resemble Exhibit 92.
EXHIBIT 92
RMM WORKSHEETWITH BOND DATA
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Source 
Price 
Units 
Total Market Value 
Percentage of Total 
Aftertax Cost 
2 
Debt 
$ 904.53 
400 
$ 361,812 
31.14% 
7.00% 
3 
Preferred 
$ 100.00 
1,000 
$ 100,000 
8.61% 
10.00% 
4 
Common 
$ 70.00 
10,000 
$ 700,000 
60.25% 
12.00% 
5 
Totals 
$ 1,161,812 
100.00% 
10.27% 

6 

7 
Additional Bond Data 

8 
Tax Rate 
40% 

9 
Coupon Rate 
10% 

10 
Face Value 
$ 1,000 

11 
Maturity 
10 
Compared to calculating the aftertax cost of debt, finding the cost of preferred stock is easy. We need only add one piece of information: the preferred dividend.
In C7 type: Additional Preferred Data. In C8 type: Dividend and in
D8 enter: 10.
We know from equation (93) that we need to divide the preferred dividend by the current price of the stock. Therefore, the equation in F3 is: =_{D8/B3}.
To calculate the cost of common stock, we need to know the most recent dividend and the dividend growth rate in addition to the current market price of the stock. In E7 type: Additional Common Data. In E8 type: Dividend 0 and in F8 enter: 3.96. In E9 enter the label: Growth Rate and in F9 enter: 6%.
Finally, we will use equation (92) to calculate the cost of common stock in F4. Since we know the most recent dividend (D_{0}) we need to multiply that by 1 + g.
The formula in F4 is: =(F8*(1+F9))/B4+F9, and the result is 12% as we found earlier.
The Role of Flotation Costs
As you will see, we have not yet completed the calculation of the component costs for RMM. We have left out one crucial piece which we will discuss in the next section. At this point, your worksheet should resemble that in Exhibit 93.
EXHIBIT 93
RMM COSTOF CAPITAL WORKSHEET
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Source 
Price 
Units 
Total Market Value 
Percentage of Total 
Aftertax Cost 
2 
Debt 
$ 904.53 
400 
$ 361,812 
31.14% 
7.00% 
3 
Preferred 
$ 100.00 
1,000 
$ 100,000 
8.61% 
10.00% 
4 
Common 
$ 70.00 
10,000 
$ 700,000 
60.25% 
12.00% 
5 
Totals 
$ 1,161,812 
100.00% 
10.27% 

6 

7 
Additional Bond Data 
Additional Preferred Data 
Additional Common Data 

8 
Tax Rate 
40% 
Dividend 
$ 10.00 
Dividend 0 
$ 3.96 
9 
Coupon Rate 
10% 
Growth Rate 
6% 

10 
Face Value 
$ 1,000 

11 
Maturity 
10 
Any action that a corporation takes has costs associated with it. Up to this point we have implicitly assumed that securities can be issued without cost, but this is not the case. Selling securities directly to the public is a complicated procedure, generally requiring a lot of management time as well as the services of an investment banker. An investment banker is a firm which serves as an intermediary between the issuing firm and the public. In addition to forming the underwriting syndicate to sell the securities, the investment banker also functions as a consultant to the firm. As a consultant, the investment banker usually advises the firm on the pricing of the issue and is responsible for preparing the registration statement for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The cost of the investment banker s services, and other costs of issuance, are referred to as flotation costs. (The term derives from the fact that the process of selling a new issue is generally referred to as floating a new issue.) These flotation costs add to the total cost of the new securities to the firm, and we must increase the component cost of capital to account for them.
There are two methods for accounting for flotation costs. The most popular method is the cost of capital adjustment. Under this method the market price of new securities is decreased by the per unit flotation costs. This results in the net amount that the company receives from the sale of the securities. The component costs are then calculated in the usual way except that the net amount, not the market price, is used in the equation.
The second, less common, method is the investment cost adjustment. Under this methodology we increase the initial outlay for the project under consideration to account for the total flotation costs. Component costs are then calculated as we did above. The primary disadvantage of this technique is that, because it assigns all flotation costs to one project, it implicitly assumes that the securities used to finance a project will be retired when the project is completed.
Because it is more common, and its assumptions are more realistic, we will use the cost of capital adjustment technique. When flotation costs are included in the analysis, the equations for the component costs are given in Table 96.
COSTOF CAPITAL EQUATIONSWITH FLOTATION COST ADJUSTMENT
Component 
Equation* 
Cost of new common equity 
k_{CS }= ^{D}V^{0}^{(}_{CS}^{1 + }f^{g}^{) }+ g = V_{CS}^{D}^{1 }f + g 
Cost of preferred equity 
k_{P }= V_{p}^{D }f 
Pretax cost of debt (solve for k_{d}) 
B1 ^{(}^{1}k^{+}_{d}1^{k}^{d}^{)}^{N}+ (1 +^{FV}k_{d})N V f = Pmt 
*In these equations the flotation costs ( f ) are a dollar amount per unit. It is also common
for flotation costs to be stated as a percentage of the unit price.
The Role of Flotation Costs
We can easily incorporate the adjustment for flotation costs into our worksheet. All we need to do is change the references to the current price in each of our formulas to the current price minus the per unit flotation costs. These costs are given in Table 97.
FLOTATION COSTSASA PERCENTAGEOF SELLING PRICEFOR RMM
Security 
Flotation Cost 
Bonds 
1% 
Preferred Stock 
2% 
Common Stock 
5% 
Enter the information from Table 97 into your worksheet. For each security, we have added the information at the end of the Additional information section. For example, in A12 enter: Flotation and in B12 enter: 1%, which is the flotation cost for bonds.
To account for flotation costs, change your formulas to the following:
F2 =RATE(B11,B9*B10,B2*(1B12),B10)*(1B8)
F3 =D8/(B3*(1D9))
F4 =(F8*(1+F9))/(B4*(1F10))+F9
Once these changes have been made, you will notice that the cost of each component has risen. Your worksheet should now resemble the one pictured in Exhibit 94.
EXHIBIT 94
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 

1 
Source 
Price 
Units 
Total Market Value 
Percentage of Total 
Aftertax Cost 
2 
Debt 
$ 904.53 
400 
$ 3 61,812 
31.14% 
7.10% 
3 
Preferred 
$ 100.00 
1,000 
$ 1 00,000 
8.61% 
10.20% 
4 
Common 
$ 70.00 
10,000 
$ 700,000 
60.25% 
12.31% 
5 
Totals 
$ 1,161,812 
100.00% 
10.51% 

6 

7 
Additional Bond Data 
Additional Preferred Data 
Additional Common Data 

8 
Tax Rate 
40% 
Dividend 
$ 10.00 
Dividend 0 
$ 3.96 
9 
Coupon Rate 
10% 
Flotation 
2% 
Growth Rate 
6% 
10 
Face Value 
$ 1,000 
Flotation 
5% 

11 
Maturity 
10 

12 
Flotation 
1% 
COSTOF CAPITAL WORKSHEETWITH FLOTATION COSTS
We have shown how to calculate the required returns for purchasers of new common equity, preferred stock, and bonds, but firms also have another source of longterm capital: retained earnings. Is there a cost to such internally generated funds, or are they free? Consider that managers generally have two options as to what they do with the firm s internally generated funds. They can either reinvest them in profitable projects or return them to the shareholders in the form of dividends. Since these funds belong to the common shareholders alone, the definition of a profitable project is one that earns at least the common shareholder s required rate of return. If these funds will not be invested to earn at least this return, they should be returned to the common shareholders (in the form of extra dividends, share buybacks, etc.). So there is a cost (an opportunity cost) to internally generated funds: the cost of common equity.
Note that the only difference between retained earnings (internally generated common equity) and new common equity is that the firm must pay flotation costs on the sale of new common equity. Since no flotation costs are paid for retained earnings, we can find the cost of retained earnings in the same way we did before
learning about flotation costs. In other words,
k_{RE }= ^{D}^{0}^{(}V^{1}_{CS}^{+ g}^{) }+ g = V^{D}_{CS}^{1} + g (94)
This notion of an opportunity cost for retained earnings is important for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, managers should be disabused of the notion that the funds on hand are free. As you now know, there is a cost to these funds and it should be accounted for when making decisions. In addition, there may be times when a project that otherwise appears to be profitable is really unprofitable when the cost of retained earnings is correctly accounted for. Accepting such a project is contrary to the principle of shareholder wealth maximization, and will result in the firm s stock price falling.
A firm s weighted average cost of capital is not constant. Changes can occur in the WACC for a number of reasons. As a firm raises more and more new capital its WACC will likely increase due to an increase in supply relative to demand for the firm s securities. Furthermore, total flotation costs may increase as more capital is raised. Additionally, no firm has an unlimited supply of projects that will return more than the cost of capital, so the risk that new funds will be invested unprofitably increases.
We will see in the next chapter that these increases in the WACC play an important role in determining the firm s optimal capital budget. For the remainder of this chapter we will concentrate on determining the WACC at varying levels of total capital.
We can model a firm s marginal WACC curve with a step function. This type of function resembles a staircase when plotted. They are commonly used as a linear (though discontinuous) approximation to nonlinear functions. The accuracy of the approximation improves as the number of steps increases.
Estimating the marginal WACC (MCC) curve is a two step process:
1. Determine the levels of total capital at which the marginal WACC is expected to increase. These points are referred to as breakpoints.
2. Determine the marginal WACC at each breakpoint.
Figure 91 illustrates what a marginal WACC curve might look like for Rocky Mountain Motors. Notice that the breakpoints are measured in terms of dollars of total capital. In this section we will estimate where these breakpoints are likely to occur and the WACC at the breakpoints.
FIGURE 91
THE MARGINAL WACC (MCC) CURVEASA STEP FUNCTION
After consulting with their investment bankers, the managers of RMM have determined that they can raise new money at the costs indicated in Table 98. Open a new worksheet and enter the data from Table 98 beginning in cell A1. The percentages in the % of Total column should be referenced from the worksheet that was created for Exhibit 94.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOTORS INFORMATION
Source 
% of Total 
Amounts Which Can Be Sold 
Marginal AfterTax Cost 
Common 
60.25% 
Up to 100,000 
12.31% 
100,001 to 500,000 
15.00% 

More than 500,000 
17.00% 

Preferred 
8.61% 
Up to 50,000 
10.20% 
More than 50,000 
13.00% 

Debt 
31.14% 
Up to 250,000 
7.10% 
More than 250,000 
8.00% 
Note that you should enter just the numbers from the Amounts Which Can Be Sold column. You can define custom formats, if desired, so the numbers are displayed with the text. This allows us to have the text, and still use the numbers for the calculations that follow. For example, you can format the first cell as “Up to “#,##0 which will cause the number to be displayed as shown in the table. The second number (500,000) can be formatted with “100,001 to “#,##0 so that it will display as shown.
RMM feels that its current capital structure is optimal, so any new money will be raised in the same percentages. For example, if the firm decides to raise $200,000 in total capital, then $120,500 (60.25% of $200,000) will come from common equity, $62,280 (31.14%) will be debt, and $17,220 (8.61%) will be preferred equity.
Using the information in Table 98, we can determine the breakpoints in RMM s marginal WACC curve. To do this, first realize that a break will occur wherever the cost of an individual source of capital changes (why?). There will be a breakpoint associated with the issuance of $100,000 in common stock, for example. But recall that breakpoints are measured in dollars of total capital. So the question is, How do we convert this $100,000 in common stock into the amount of total capital?
Since all of the capital will be raised in constant proportion, we can use the following equation:
$ Total Capital = ^{$ Common Stock} _{(95)}
% Common Stock
In this case, we can see that if RMM raised $100,000 in new common stock, then they must have raised $165,973 in total capital. Using equation (95):
$165,973 ^{? }^{$100,000}0.6025 
We can use this information to see that if RMM issued $100,000 in new common stock, then they must also have raised $51,684 (= $165,973 × 0.3114) in new debt, and $14,290 (= $165,973 × 0.0861) in new preferred.
To locate all of the breakpoints, all we need to do is find the points at which the cost of each source changes, and then convert those into dollars of total capital.
Table 99, using the information from Table 98, shows how to find these breakpoints.
FINDINGTHE BREAKPOINTSIN RMM S MARGINAL WACC CURVE
Source 
Calculation 
BreakPoint 
Common Stock 
100,000 ? 0.6025 
$ 165,973 
Common Stock 
500,000 ? 0.6025 
$ 829,866 
Preferred Stock 
50,000 ? 0.0861 
$ 580,906 
Debt 
250,000 ? 0.3114 
$ 802,773 
In your worksheet enter Breakpoints in cell E1. The first breakpoint is associated with the $100,000 level of new common stock. In E2, enter the formula =_{C2/B$2}. The result is $165,973, exactly as we found in Table 99. Copy this formula to E3. In E5 the formula is: =C5/B$5. In E7 your formula will be: =C7/ $B$7.
The next step is to determine the WACC at each of the breakpoints. To find the WACC we must convert each breakpoint into its components, and then determine the cost of each component. There are a number of ways we might approach this problem in the worksheet. Because we would ultimately like to generate a chart of the marginal WACC, we will set up a table which shows the amount of total capital, the cost of each component, and the WACC at that level of total capital.
Begin by entering the labels in A10:E10. In A10 enter: Total Capital. In
B10: Cost of Equity. In C10: Cost of Preferred. In D10: Cost of Debt. In E10: WACC. Now, in A11:A36, enter a series from 0 to 2,500,000 in steps of 100,000. Use Edit Fill Series from the menus, or AutoFill, to enter the series.
Next, we will determine the cost of each source for each level of total capital. In B11, we need to find the cost of equity at $0 of total capital. To facilitate later copying, we will set up a nested IF statement. In this case, the formula is:
=IF(A11*$B$2<=$C$2,$D$2,IF(A11*$B$2<=$C$3,$D$3,$D$4)).
In words, this formula says: If the amount of total capital (in A11) times the percentage of common stock (B2) is less than or equal to $100,000 (C2) then the cost is 12.31% (D2). Otherwise, if the amount is less than or equal to $500,000 then the cost is 15% (D3). Otherwise, the cost is 17% (D4).
We use similar, but less complicated, formulas to determine the cost of preferred stock and debt at each level of total capital. For preferred stock, enter the formula:
=IF(A11*$B$5<=$C$5,$D$5,$D$6) into C11. In D11 enter the formula: =IF(A11*$B$7<=$C$7,$D$7,$D$8) to determine the appropriate cost of debt.
Finally, we can calculate the marginal weighted average cost of capital (in E11), with the formula: =$B$2*B11+$B$5*C11+$B$7*D11. This formula calculates a weighted average of the costs which were calculated in B11:D11. Make sure that you have entered the formulas exactly as given, and then copy them down through each row to row 36.
We can create the chart of the marginal WACC by selecting A10:A36 and E10:E36 and then using the Chart Wizard to create an XY scatter chart. Your worksheet should appear like that in Exhibit 95.
Note that in Exhibit 95 we have placed the chart on top of the data to save space. Also, the chart does not depict a perfect step function, as shown in Figure 91. With a little trick, we can easily change this chart into a perfect step function.
First, realize that we want the line to be perfectly vertical at each breakpoint. In order to do that, we must have two Yvalues (WACC) corresponding to that particular Xvalue (amount of total capital). In addition, we must have the exact breakpoints in our charted data series. The first breakpoint is that caused by the increase in the cost of new common equity at a total capital level of $165,973. To enter this data point into the chart, select rows 13 and 14 and then choose Insert
Rows. Now, in A13 enter =E2, and in A14 enter =E2+0.01. Now copy B12:E12 to B13:E14. We now have two entries for the breakpoint, and the chart looks exactly right up to the first breakpoint. Repeat these steps with the other three breakpoints, and then your chart should look like the one in Exhibit 96.
EXHIBIT 95
MARGINAL WACC WORKSHEETFOR RMM
A B C D E
1 Source % of Total Max Level Aftertax Cost Breakpoints
2 Common 60.25% 100,000 12.31% 165,973
3 500,000 15.00% 829,866
4 500,000 17.00%
5 Preferred 8.61% 50,000 10.20% 580,906
6 50,000 13.00%
7 Debt 31.14% 250,000 7.10% 802,773
8 250,000 8.00%
9
10 Total Capital Cost of Equity Cost of Preferred Cost of Debt WACC
11 0 12.31% 10.20% 7.10% 10.51%
12 100,000 12.31% 10.20% 7.10% 10.51%
13 200,000 15.00% 10.20% 7.10% 12.13%
14 300,000 15.00% 10.20% 7.10% 12.13%
15 400,000 15.00% 10.20% 7.10% 12.13%
16 500,00015.00% 15.00%Marginal WACC Curve for RMM10.20% 7.10% 12.13%
17 600,000 15.00% 13.00% 7.10% 12.37% 18 700,000^{14.00% }15.00% 13.00% 7.10% 12.37%
19 800,000^{13.00% }15.00% 13.00% 7.10% 12.37%
20 900,00012.00% 17.00% 13.00% 8.00% 13.85% 21 1,000,000_{11.00% }17.00% 13.00% 8.00% 13.85%
22 1,100,000_{10.00% }17.00% 13.00% 8.00% 13.85%
23 1,200,000_{9.00% }17.00% 13.00% 8.00% 13.85%
24 1,300,000 17.00% 13.00% 8.00% 13.85%
25 1,400,0008.00% 0 17.00500,000% 1,000,00013.001,500,000% 2,000,0008.00% 2,500,000 3,000,00013.85%
26 1,500,000 17.00% 13.00_{Total Capital}% 8.00% 13.85%
27 1,600,000 17.00% 13.00% 8.00% 13.85%
Summary
EXHIBIT 96
THE MCC ASA PERFECT STEP FUNCTION
We began this chapter with a discussion of the appropriate required rate of return to use in the evaluation of a company s scarce capital resources. We demonstrated that a weighted average of the cost of each source of capital would be sufficient to simultaneously satisfy the providers of capital. In addition, we showed that the costs of the sources of capital can be found by simply inverting the valuation equations from Chapter 8 and including flotation costs. Finally, we saw that the firm s marginal weighted average cost of capital changes as the amount of total capital changes. We showed how to determine the location of the breakpoints and how to plot the marginal WACC curve.
FUNCTIONS INTRODUCEDIN THIS CHAPTER
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Determine the yield to maturity for an annuity or bond 
RATE(NPER, PMT, PV, FV, TYPE, GUESS) 
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1. TRM Consulting Services currently has the following capital structure:
Source 
Book Value 
Quantity 
Common Stock 
$4,200,000 
240,000 
Preferred Stock 
$250,000 
2,500 
Debt 
$3,100,000 
3,100 
Debt is represented by 15 year original maturity bonds, issued 5 years ago with a coupon rate of 9%, which are currently selling for $945. The bonds pay interest semiannually. The preferred stock pays an $11 dividend annually, and is currently valued at $125 per share. Flotation costs on debt and preferred equity are negligible and can be ignored, but they will be 8% of the selling price for common stock. The common stock, which can be bought for $41.50, has experienced a 7% annual growth rate in dividends and is expected to pay a $1.25 dividend next year. In addition, the firm expects to have $200,000 of retained earnings. Assume that TRM’s marginal tax rate is 35%.
a. Set up a worksheet with all of the data from the problem in a wellorganized input area.
b. Calculate the bookvalue weights for each source of capital.
c. Calculate the market value weights for each source of capital.
Internet Exercise
d. Calculate the component costs of capital (i.e., debt, preferred equity, retained earnings, and new common equity).
e. Calculate the weighted average costs of capital using both the market value and book value weights.
2. Suppose that TRM Consulting Services has discussed its need for capital with its investment bankers. The bankers have estimated that TRM can raise new funds in the capital markets under the following conditions:
Source 
Range 
AfterTax Cost 
Retained Earnings 
Up to 200,000 
10.01% 
Common Equity 
Up to 1,000,000 
10.27% 
1,000,001 to 3,000,000 
10.75% 

More than 3,000,000 
11.25% 

Preferred Equity 
Up to 200,000 
8.80% 
More than 200,000 
9.10% 

Debt 
Up to 1,000,000 
6.43% 
1,000,001 to 2,000,000 
6.75% 

More than 2,000,000 
7.00% 
a. Using the information developed in the previous problem, calculate each of the breakpoints. Don t forget to include the breakpoint due to retained earnings.
b. Create a chart of TRM s marginal weighted average cost of capital curve using the market value weights. Make sure that it is a perfect step function.
1. Using the Yahoo! Finance Web site () get the current price and fiveyear dividend history for PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: PPG). Use the same procedure as in the Internet Exercise of Chapter 8 to gather this data. In addition, get the beta for PPG from its profile page on Yahoo! Finance, and the fiveyear U.S. Treasury yield (ticker: ^FVX). Note that you will need to divide the index value by 10 to get the yield.
a. Calculate the annualized dividend growth rate from the fiveyear dividend history using the same procedure as in Chapter 8.
b. Using the stock s current price, dividend, and growth rate calculate the cost of retained earnings for PPG.
c. Assuming that the average market return over the next five years will be 12%, calculate the cost of retained earnings using the CAPM. Use the actual beta and fiveyear Treasury yield (riskfree rate) in the model.
d. To get your final estimate of the cost of retained earnings, simply average the results from parts b and c.
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After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Identify the relevant cash flows in capital budgeting.
2. Demonstrate the use of Excel in calculating the aftertax cash flows used as inputs to the various decision making techniques.
3. Compare and contrast the six major capital budgeting decision techniques (payback period, discounted payback, NPV, PI, IRR, and MIRR).
4. Explain scenario analysis, and show how it can be done in Excel.
5. Use Excel s Solver to determine the firm s optimal capital budget under capital rationing.
Capital budgeting is the term used to describe the process of determining how a
firm should allocate scarce capital resources to available longterm investment opportunities. Some of these opportunities are expected to be profitable, while others are not. Inasmuch as the goal of the firm is to maximize shareholder s wealth, the financial manager is responsible for selecting only those investments that are expected to increase shareholder wealth.
The techniques that you will learn in this chapter have wide applicability beyond corporate asset management. Lease analysis, bond refunding decisions, mergers
and acquisition analysis, corporate restructuring, and new product decisions are all examples of where these techniques are used. On a more personal level, decisions regarding mortgage refinancing, renting versus buying, and choosing a credit card are but a few examples of where these techniques are useful.
On the surface, capital budgeting decisions are simple. If the benefits exceed the costs the project should be accepted, otherwise it should be rejected. Unfortunately, quantifying costs and benefits is not always straightforward. We will examine this process in this chapter and extend it to decision making under conditions of uncertainty in the next.
Before we can determine whether an investment will increase shareholder wealth or not, we need to estimate the cash flows that it will generate. While this is usually easier said than done, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind. There are two important conditions that a cash flow must meet in order to be included in our analysis.
The cash flows must be:
1. Incremental The cash flows must be in addition to those that the firm already has. For example, a firm may be considering an addition to an existing product line. But the new product may cause some current customers to switch from another of the firm s products. We must in this case consider both the cash flow increase from the new product and the cash flow decrease from the existing product. In other words, only the net new cash flows are considered.
2. Aftertax The cash flows must be considered on an aftertax basis. The shareholders are not concerned with beforetax cash flows because they can t be reinvested or paid out as dividends until the taxes have been paid.
But we should disregard cash flows which are:
1. Sunk costs These are cash flows which have occurred in the past and cannot be recovered. Since value is defined as the present value of the expected future cash flows, we are only concerned with the future cash flows. Therefore, sunk costs are irrelevant for capital budgeting purposes.
2. Financing costs The cost of financing is obviously important in the analysis, but it will be implicitly included in the discount rate used to evaluate the profitability of the project. Explicitly including the dollar amount of financing costs (e.g., extra interest expense) would amount to double counting. For example, suppose that you discovered an investment which promised a sure 15% return. If you could borrow money at 10% to finance the purchase of this investment, it obviously makes sense because you will earn 5% over your cost. Notice that the dollar interest cost is implicitly included, because you must earn at least 10% to cover your financing costs.
With these points in mind we can move on to discuss the estimation of the relevant cash flows. We will classify all cash flows as a part of one of the three groups illustrated in Figure 101.
The initial outlay (abbreviated IO in Figure 101) represents the net cost of the project. Though we will presume that the initial outlay occurs at time period 0 (today), there are many cases, perhaps most, in which the cost of a project is spread out over several periods. For example, the contractor in large construction projects is usually paid some percentage upfront, with additional monies being paid as the project reaches various stages of completion. Furthermore, there is usually some delay between the analysis phase of a project and its implementation. So to be technically correct, the initial outlay actually occurs over some nearterm future time period.
The initial outlay is comprised of several cash flows. It is impossible to enumerate all of the components for all possible projects, but we will provide some basic principles. The most obvious is the cash outlay required to purchase the project. The price of a piece of machinery or of a building are obvious examples. There are other components however. Any shipping expenses, labor costs to install machinery, or employee training costs should be included. Together, the costs to get a project up and running are referred to as the depreciable base for the project because this is the amount which we will depreciate over the life of the project.
There may also be cash flows which serve to reduce the initial outlay. For example, in a replacement decision (e.g., replacing an existing machine with a newer model) there is often some salvage value for the old machine. This amount will be deducted from the initial outlay. However, there may be taxes associated with the sale. Whenever an asset is sold for an amount that differs from its book value there are tax consequences. If an asset is sold for more than its book value tax is owed on the difference. If it is sold for less than book value, the difference is used to offset the firm s taxable income thus resulting in a tax savings. These extra taxes (tax savings) will increase (decrease) the initial outlay.
Finally, there may be costs which are not at all obvious. For example, suppose that a company is considering an investment in a new machine which is substantially faster than the older model currently being used. Because of the extra speed, the company may find that it needs to increase its investment in raw materials. The cost of these extra raw materials should be included as an increase in the initial outlay because they would not be purchased unless the project is undertaken. This cost is referred to as the increase in net working capital.
The calculation of the initial outlay can be summarized by the following equation:
IO = Price of Project + Shipping + Installation + Training (Salvage Value
Additional Taxes) + Change in Net Working Capital
Calculating the initial outlay, as complicated as it may appear, is relatively easy compared with accurately calculating the annual aftertax cash flows. The reason is that we really can t be sure of the cash flows in the future. For the time being, we will assume that we do know exactly what the future cash flows will be, and in the next chapter we will consider the complications of uncertainty.
Generally, the annual aftertax cash flows are made up of four components, but not necessarily all four:
1. Additional Revenue New products, and sometimes production processes, can lead to net new revenue. Remember that we must consider only the incremental revenues.
2. Cost savings There may be some savings which will accompany the acceptance of a project. For example, the firm may decide to replace a manually operated machine with a fully automated version. Part of the savings would be the salary and benefits of the operators of the old machine. Other savings might come from lower maintenance costs, lower power consumption, or fewer defects.
3. Additional expenses Instead of purchasing a fully automated machine, the firm might opt for a process which is more labor intensive. This would allow the company more flexibility to adjust to changes in the market, but the extra labor costs must be considered when determining the cash flows.
4. Additional depreciation benefitsWhenever the asset mix of the firm changes, there is likely to be a change in the amount of depreciation expense. Since depreciation expense is a noncash expense that serves to reduce taxes, we need to consider the tax savings, or extra taxes, due to depreciation.
We must be careful to remember that the only relevant cash flows are those that are aftertax and incremental. Keeping this in mind, we can summarize the calculation of the aftertax cash flows as follows:
ATCF = (?Revenues + Savings Expenses) × (1 marginal tax rate) +
(? Depreciation × marginal tax rate)
The terminal cash flow consists of those nonoperating cash flow events which occur only in the final time period of the project. Normally, there will also be operating cash flows that occur during this period, but we have categorized those as the final period aftertax cash flows. The terminal cash flow will consist of things such as the expected salvage value of the new machine, any tax effects associated with the sale of the machine, recovery of any investment in net working capital, and perhaps some shutdown costs.
TCF = Recovery of NWC (Shutdown Expenses × (1 marginal tax rate)) + Salvage Value ((Salvage Value Book Value) × marginal tax rate)
Throughout this chapter we will demonstrate the concepts with the following example.
The Supreme Shoe Company is considering the purchase of a new, fully automated machine to replace a manually operated one. The machine being replaced, now five years old, originally had an expected life of ten years, is being depreciated using the straight line method from $40,000 down to $0, and can now be sold for $22,000. It takes one person to operate the machine and he earns $29,000 per year in salary and benefits. The annual costs of maintenance and defects on the old machine are $6,000 and $4,000, respectively. The replacement machine being considered has a purchase price of $75,000 and an expected salvage value of $15,000 at the end of its five year life. There will also be shipping and installation expenses of $6,000. Because the new machine would work faster, investment in raw materials would increase by a total of $3,000. The company expects that annual maintenance costs on the new machine will be $5,000 while defects will cost $2,000. Before considering this project the company undertook an engineering analysis of current facilities to determine if other changes would be necessitated by the purchase of this machine. The study cost the company $5,000 and determined that existing facilities could support this new machine with no other changes. In order to purchase the new machine, the company would have to take on new debt of $30,000 at 10% interest, resulting in increased interest expense of $3,000 per year. The required rate of return for this project is 15% and the company s marginal tax rate is 34%. Furthermore, management has determined that the maximum allowable time to recover its investment is three years. Is this project acceptable?
For this type of problem, it is generally easiest to separate the important data from the text. This is true regardless of whether you are doing problems by hand or with a spreadsheet program. Of course, a spreadsheet offers many advantages that we
will examine later. For now, open a new worksheet and enter the data displayed in Exhibit 101.
Notice that in creating Exhibit 101 we have simply listed all of the relevant data from the Supreme Shoe problem. There are also some minor calculations entered. Remember, it is important that you set up your worksheets so that Excel does all of the possible calculations for you. This will allow us to more easily experiment with different values (i.e., perform a whatif analysis) later.
EXHIBIT 101
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
The Supreme Shoe Company 

2 
Replacement Analysis 

3 
Old Machine 
New Machine 
Difference 

4 
Price 
40,000 
75,000 

5 
Shipping and Install 
0 
6,000 

6 
Original Life 
10 
5 

7 
Current Life 
5 
5 

8 
Original Salvage Value 
0 
15,000 

9 
Current Salvage Value 
22,000 
0 

10 
Book Value 
20,000 
81,000 

11 
Increase in Raw Materials 
0 
3,000 

12 
Depreciation 
4,000 
13,200 
(9,200) 
13 
Salaries 
29,000 
29,000 

14 
Maintenance 
6,000 
5,000 
1,000 
15 
Defects 
4,000 
2,000 
2,000 
16 
Marginal Tax Rate 
34.00% 

17 
Required Return 
15.00% 
We have left the cost of the engineering study out of our model. Because the $5,000 was spent before our analysis it is considered to be a sunk cost. That is, there is no way to recover that money, especially if we reject the project, so it is irrelevant to any future decisions. Adding this to the cost of the project would unnecessarily penalize the project. Furthermore, we haven t considered the $3,000 in extra interest expense that will be incurred each year. The money spent to finance a project must be ignored because we will account for it in the required return. In addition, Supreme Shoe has decided to take on the debt for 10 years which is longer than the expected life of the new machine. Therefore it wouldn t be correct to apply all of the interest expense to this one project.
With this in mind, the first calculation is depreciation. Supreme Shoe uses the straightline method for analysis purposes. Straightline depreciation applies depreciation equally throughout the expected useful life of the project, and is calculated as follows:
^{Depreciable Base}^{Salvage Value}
Useful Life
Excel has builtin functions for calculating depreciation in five different ways: straightline (SLN), doubledeclining balance (DDB), fixeddeclining balance (DB), sum of the years digits (SYD), and variablydeclining balance (VDB). The VDB function is interesting because it allows you to specify the rate at which the asset value declines, and whether to switch to straightline when that method leads to higher depreciation. Since Supreme Shoe uses the straightline method, we will use the SLN function which is defined as:
SLN(COST, SALVAGE, LIFE)
where COST is the depreciable base of the asset, SALVAGE is the estimated salvage value, and LIFE is the number of years over which the asset is to be depreciated. Recall that the depreciable base includes the price of the asset plus the shipping and installation costs. For the old machine, then, in cell B12 insert: =SLN(B4+B5, B8,B6). Because the annual depreciation will be calculated the same way for the new machine, simply copy the formula in B12 to C12.
We calculate the book value of the current machine in B10 because the book value and the salvage value together will determine the tax liability from the sale of this machine. Book value is calculated as the difference between the depreciable base and the accumulated depreciation. In this instance, the depreciable base is found by adding B4 and B5. The accumulated depreciation is the annual depreciation expense times the number of years of the original life that have passed. In our worksheet this is B12*(B6 B7). So the formula in B10 is: =B4+B5B12*(B6B7). Just for informational purposes copy the formula to C10.
The difference column presents the savings that the new machine will provide. The formulas are simply the difference between the expenses of the current machine and those of the proposed machine. In D12 place the formula: =_{B12C12} and
then copy it to cells D13:D15. To avoid confusion, we only calculate differences for the relevant cells. Your worksheet should now resemble Exhibit 101 (page 287).
Now that the data are more clearly presented we can calculate the relevant cash flows. The initial outlay consists of the price of the new machine, the shipping and installation costs, and the salvage value of the old machine and any taxes that might be due from that sale. We will calculate the initial outlay in B19 as: =(C4+_{C5}B9+(B9B10)*B16+C11). The formula is less complex than it looks. The first three terms simply represent the total cost of the new machine minus the salvage value of the old machine. The next part of the formula calculates the tax that is due on the sale of the old machine. Notice that if the book value were less than the salvage value this formula will add a negative value thus reducing the initial outlay. Again, it is important that you construct the worksheet formulas so that any changes are automatically reflected in the calculated values. Finally, we add the increased investment in raw materials because this investment would not be necessary unless the new machine were purchased.
Next we need to calculate the annual aftertax cash flows for this project. We will separate the calculation of the depreciation tax benefit from the other cash flows because it is informative to see the savings generated by the increased depreciation (also because, as we will see in the next chapter, the depreciation tax benefit is a less risky cash flow than the others). In B20 we calculate the annual aftertax savings as: =SUM(D13:D15)*(1B16). We have used the SUM function because it is more compact than simply adding the three cell addresses individually. Also, if we later discover any other savings (or extra costs) we can insert them into the range and the formula will automatically reflect the change. Note that this project will not have any impact on overall revenues.
The depreciation tax benefit represents the savings in taxes that we will have because of the extra depreciation expense. Remember that depreciation is a noncash expense so that the only result of increasing depreciation is to reduce taxes and thereby increase cash flow. To calculate the depreciation tax benefit in cell B21 enter the formula: =D12*B16. We make the depreciation amount negative because the change in depreciation in D12 is negative (indicating extra expense). In B22 we total the annual aftertax savings and the depreciation tax benefit with the formula: =SUM(B20:B21).
Finally, the terminal cash flow consists of any nonoperating cash flows which occur only in the final period. For the Supreme Shoe project, the additional cash flows are the aftertax salvage value and the recovery of the investment in raw materials. In this case, there is no tax consequence of salvaging the machine for $15,000 because that is the same as the book value. The formula in B23 is:
=_{C11+C8}. Don t forget that the terminal cash flow is only a part of the total cash flow in year 5. We will have to add on the annual aftertax cash flow (operating cash flows) in year 5 before analyzing the profitability of the project.
At this point, your worksheet should resemble the one pictured in Exhibit 102.
EXHIBIT 102
CASH FLOWSFOR SUPREME SHOE
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
The Supreme Shoe Company 

2 
Replacement Analysis 

3 
Old Machine 
New Machine 
Difference 

4 
Price 
40,000 
75,000 

5 
Shipping and Install 
0 
6,000 

6 
Original Life 
10 
5 

7 
Current Life 
5 
5 

8 
Original Salvage Value 
0 
15,000 

9 
Current Salvage Value 
22,000 
0 

10 
Book Value 
20,000 
81,000 

11 
Increase in Raw Materials 
0 
3,000 

12 
Depreciation 
4,000 
13,200 
(9,200) 
13 
Salaries 
29,000 
29,000 

14 
Maintenance 
6,000 
5,000 
1,000 
15 
Defects 
4,000 
2,000 
2,000 
16 
Marginal Tax Rate 
34.00% 

17 
Required Return 
15.00% 

18 
Cash Flows 
Period 
Cash Flows 

19 
Initial Outlay 
(62,680) 
0 
(62,680) 
20 
Annual AfterTax Savings 
21,120 
1 
24,248 
21 
Depreciation Tax Benefit 
3,128 
2 
24,248 
22 
Total ATCF 
24,248 
3 
24,248 
23 
Terminal Cash Flow 
18,000 
4 
24,248 
291
We are now ready to make a decision as to the profitability of this project. Financial managers have a number of tools at their disposal to evaluate profitability. We will examine six of these. Before beginning the analysis, examine the time line presented in Figure 102 which summarizes the cash flows for the Supreme Shoe replacement decision.
The payback method answers the question, How long will it take to recoup our initial investment? If the answer is less than or equal to the maximum allowable period, the project is considered to be acceptable. If the payback period is longer than acceptable, then the project is rejected. Note that the payback period serves as a kind of breakeven period, and thus provides some information regarding the liquidity of the project under analysis.
There are two ways to calculate the payback period. The easiest method, which we can use for the Supreme Shoe problem, is used when the cash flows are an annuity. To calculate the payback for these types of cash flows, simply divide the initial outlay by the annuity payment:
Payback Period = ^{Initial Outlay }
Annuity Payment
For Supreme Shoe, the cash flows are not strictly an annuity, except for the first four years. If the payback period is less than four years then we can use this method. For this project the payback period is calculated as:
Payback Period = ^{62,680} = 2.58 years
24,248
Because Supreme Shoe requires that projects have a maximum payback period of three years, the replacement machine is acceptable by this criteria. In A25, enter the label: Payback Period and in B25 enter the formula: =B19/B22. Your result should be 2.58 years.
An alternative way to calculate the payback period subtracts the cash flows from the initial outlay until the outlay is recovered. This method is much easier to demonstrate than to describe. So let s look at the Supreme Shoe problem using this method. Table 101 illustrates this procedure.
Calculation 
Comments 
Cumulative Payback 
62,680 
Initial outlay 

24,248 
minus first cash flow 
1 year 
= 38,432 
left to be recovered 

24,248 
minus second cash flow 
2 years 
= 14,184 
left to be recovered 
2 years < payback < 3 years 
At this point we know that the payback period must be between two and three years, and that the remainder will be recovered during the third year. Assuming that the cash flow in year 3 is evenly spread out through the year, we can simply divide the amount yet to be recovered by the cash flow in year 3 to arrive at the fraction of the year required to recover this amount. In this case, it will take 0.58 years (= 14,184 ÷ 24,248 ) to recover the remainder. Add this to the two years that we have already counted, and we arrive at 2.58 years, exactly as before. Note that when the project s cash flows are not an annuity, this is the method that must be used to calculate the payback period.
While the payback period makes a great deal of sense intuitively, it is not without its problems. Specifically, the principal problem is that the payback method ignores the time value of money. You know, from the discussion of time value in Chapter 7, that we cannot simply add cash flows which occur in different time periods. Furthermore, it should be obvious that most investments become increasingly more (less) attractive as the firm s WACC falls (rises). However, the payback period doesn t change when the WACC changes. We will address this problem shortly.
A second difficulty with the payback period is that it does not take all of the cash flows into account. Because it ignores all cash flows beyond the payback period, it
can lead to less than optimal decisions. Suppose, for example, that the year 5 cash flow for the Supreme Shoe project was $ 100,000 instead of $42,248. The payback period is still 2.58 years which suggests that it should be accepted, but anybody taking even a cursory look at the cash flows would reject the project immediately. This second problem will be remedied when we look at the NPV, PI, IRR, and MIRR techniques.
We can remedy the time value problem with the discounted payback period. This method is identical to the regular payback period, except that we use the present value of the cash flows instead of the nominal values. Because present values are always less than nominal values, the discounted payback period will always be longer than the regular payback period.
For Supreme Shoe, the discounted payback period is 3.53 years. Calculating this number is slightly more difficult than calculating the regular payback period because the present values of the cash flows are different in each period. For this reason we must use the second method to calculate the discounted payback period.Since Excel does not have a payback function we have included one in the workbook named . Writing macros is beyond the scope of this text, so we will not discuss the macro in detail. Before continuing with this example make sure that the workbook is open. This workbook contains a function macro called FAME_PAYBACK which can be used exactly like any other builtin function, as long as the workbook is open. The function is defined as:
where CASHFLOWS is a contiguous range of cash flows, and RATE is the optional discount rate to be used to calculate the present values of the cash flows. If RATE is left out, the default discount rate is 0% so this function will calculate the regular payback period. Be aware that the initial outlay (i.e., the first cash flow in the list) must be negative, or else you will get unpredictable results. All other cash flows may be either positive or negative.
Before using the FAME_PAYBACK macro, and the other functions that we will be using later, we need to set up a table of cash flows. In cells C18:D24 set up the following table:
EXHIBIT 103
CASH FLOWSFOR CALCULATINGTHE DISCOUNTED PAYBACK PERIOD
C 
D 

18 
Period 
Cash Flows 
19 
0 
(62,680) 
20 
1 
24,248 
21 
2 
24,248 
22 
3 
24,248 
23 
4 
24,248 
24 
5 
42,248 
In order to set up the table in Exhibit 103 very little data input is required since most of the data already exists or can be calculated. Start by typing the column labels in cells C18 and D18. To enter the period numbers, in cell C19 type a zero and then select the range C19:C24. From the Edit menu select Fill Series and click on OK when the dialog box appears (the default options should work fine). This command will enter a series of numbers starting with the first number in the selected range. It can be very helpful in situations where you need a list of consecutive numbers or dates.
The cash flows are most easily entered by using references to the cells where the original calculations exist. Entering the numbers in this way, rather than retyping them, will later allow us to experiment with various scenarios. In cell D19 enter: =_{B19} to capture the initial outlay. In cell D20 we need the first cash flow, so enter: =_{B$22}. Note that the dollar sign will freeze the cell reference so that it will remain at row 22 when we copy it. Copy the formula from D20 to the range D21:D23, and note that the value is the same in each cell as it was in D20. Finally, to get the last year s cash flow in D24 enter: =B22+B23.
Now that the table of cash flows is set up, calculating the discounted payback period is a simple matter. In cell B26 enter the formula:
!Fame_Payback(D19:D24,B17). The discounted payback period is 3.53 years which is longer than the maximum acceptable payback. You should verify this result by hand.
Using the threeyear benchmark in this case would be incorrect, since it was presumably determined under the assumptions of the regular payback period. Some allowance must be made for the fact that the discounted payback period will always be greater than the regular payback period. Suppose then that management decides that the discounted payback must be 3.75 years or less to be acceptable. With the new criteria, the project is acceptable under both payback methods.
However, the benefit of the discounted payback period technique is that the acceptability of a project will change as required returns change. If the required return should rise to 18%, the discounted payback period will rise to 3.80 years and the project would be rejected. Since the regular payback period ignores the time value of money it would still suggest that the project is acceptable, regardless of the required return. Try changing the required return in B17 to verify this for yourself.
Note that the discounted payback period still ignores cash flows beyond the period where payback is achieved. All of the remaining techniques that we will introduce are considered to be superior because they recognize the time value of money and all of the cash flows are considered in the analysis.
Neither the regular payback period nor the discounted payback period are economically correct decision criteria. Even with the discounted payback method we are ignoring cash flows beyond the payback period. How then can the financial analyst make the correct decision? In this section we will cover the net present value technique.
Most people would agree that purchasing an asset for less than its value is a good deal. Further, purchasing an asset for exactly its value isn t bad. What most people try to avoid is purchasing an asset for more than its value. If we define value as the present value of future cash flows (see Chapter 8), then net present value (NPV) represents the excess value captured by purchasing an asset. More specifically:
NPV = PVCF IO = Value Cost
or more mathematically:
NPV = ?N (ATCF1 + i)tt IO (101) t =1
There are a couple of important things to note about the NPV. Most importantly, since value can be greater than, equal to, or less than cost, the NPV can be greater than, equal to, or less than zero. If the value is less than the cost, the NPV will be less than zero, and the project will be rejected. Otherwise, the project will be accepted because the value is greater than (or equal to) the cost. In the latter case, the wealth of the shareholders will be increased (or at least unchanged) by the acceptance of the project. So NPV really represents the change in shareholder wealth that accompanies the acceptance of an investment. Since the goal of management is to maximize shareholder wealth, they must accept all projects where the NPV is greater than or equal to zero.
Why does NPV represent a change in shareholder wealth? To see this important point, remember that any cash flows in excess of expenses accrue to the common stockholders of the firm. Therefore, any project which generates cash flows sufficient to cover its costs will result in an increase in shareholder wealth.Consider the following example:
Huey and Louie are considering the purchase of a lemonade stand which will operate during the summer months. It will cost them $100 to build and operate the stand. Since they only have $50 of their own (common equity) they will need to raise the additional capital elsewhere. Huey s father agrees to loan the pair $30 (debt), with the understanding that they will repay him a total of $33 at the end of the summer. The other $20 can be
raised in a preferred stock offering to several of the other kids in the neighborhood. The preferred stock is sold with the promise to pay a five dollar dividend, if possible, at the end of the summer. Huey and Louie would have to earn at least $10 in order to compensate them for their time, effort, and money invested. Assuming that the stand will be demolished at the end of the summer, should they undertake this project?
The answer to this question depends on the cash flows that Huey and Louie expect the lemonade stand to generate. The three scenarios in Table 102 will demonstrate the possibilities:
Scenario 1 
Scenario 2 
Scenario 3 

Total cash inflow after operating expenses 
$118 
$130 
$110 
Less cost of debt 
(33) 
(33) 
(33) 
Less cost of preferred stock 
(25) 
(25) 
(25) 
Less cost of common equity 
(60) 
(60) 
(60) 
Remainder to common stockholders (NPV) 
0 
12 
8 
For this example, we have purposely ignored taxes to concentrate on the definition of net present value. Notice that the required returns of each of the stakeholders is unchanged in each scenario. The only variable is the cash inflow after operating expenses. In the first scenario all of the stakeholders are exactly satisfied, even Huey and Louie get the $10 return that they have demanded. Therefore, the project is acceptable, and it has a net present value of zero (as indicated by the remainder). Under the second scenario, everybody is satisfied and there is an extra $12 which goes directly to Huey and Louie (the shareholders). This is an example of a positive NPV. Finally, under scenario 3, the debtholder and the preferred stockholders are satisfied, but there is a shortfall of $8 which will reduce Huey and Louie s return to only $2. Notice that in the last case, the return to the common stockholders is positive (i.e., they do make money), but less than required. This is an example of a negative NPV and will cause Huey and Louie to reject the project.
Returning now to our Supreme Shoe example, the NPV of this project can be determined by taking the present value of the aftertax cash flows and subtracting the initial outlay. In this case, performing the calculations by hand poses no great difficulty. However, Excel can calculate the NPV just as easily and allow us to experiment. You have already made use of the builtin NPV function in Chapter 7. At that point, we did not make clear the misleading nature of this function. It does not really calculate the NPV as we defined it. Instead, it simply calculates the sum of present values of the cash flows as of one period before the first cash flow. It is vitally important that you understand this point before using this function. To use the NPV function for this problem, insert: =NPV(B17,D20:D24)+B19 into B27. Note that we do not include the initial outlay in the range used in the NPV function. Instead, we use the NPV function to determine the present value of the cash flows and then add the (negative) initial outlay to this result. The net present value is shown to be $27,552.24, so the project is acceptable. An alternative method is to include the initial outlay and then adjust the result. In this case, the present value would be as of time period 1, so multiplying by (1 + i) will bring it to time period 0. The alternative, then, is to place the formula:
=NPV(B17,D19:D24)*(1+B17) into B27. This will give exactly the same result.
The beauty of the net present value is that it reports the dollar increase in shareholder wealth that would result from acceptance of a project. Most of the time this is desirable, but there is one problem. Comparing projects of differing size can be misleading when a firm is operating with a fixed amount of investment capital. Assuming that both projects are acceptable and mutually exclusive, the larger project will likely have a higher NPV. The profitability index (PI) provides a measure of the dollar benefit per dollar of cost ( bang for the buck ). PI is calculated by:
?N ATCFt
PI (102)
As indicated in the equation, the benefit is calculated as the present value of the aftertax cash flows and the cost is the initial outlay. Obviously, then, if the PI is greater than or equal to 1, the project is acceptable because the benefits exceed or at least equals the costs. Otherwise, the benefits are less than the costs and the project would be rejected.
There are two ways that we can calculate the PI in Excel. The most apparent is to use the NPV function and to divide that result by the initial outlay. In other words,
in B28 type: =NPV(B17,D20:D24)/(B19). This will give 1.4396 as the result, indicating that the project is acceptable. The alternative is to make use of the following relationship:
NPV = PVCF IO
or, by rearranging we get:
PVCF = NPV + IO Therefore, since we have already calculated the NPV in B27, we can calculate the
PI with: =(B27B19)/(B19). This method will be slightly faster because Excel doesn t have to recalculate the present values. In all but the largest problems, the increase in speed probably won t be noticeable on a PC, but the technique is especially helpful when doing problems by hand.
The internal rate of return (IRR) provides a measure of the average annual rate of return that a project will provide. If the IRR exceeds the required return for a project, the project will be accepted. Because it is a measure of the percentage return, many analysts prefer it to the other methods that we have discussed, but, as we will see, there are many problems with the IRR.
The IRR is the discount rate which makes the net present value equal to zero. An alternative, but equivalent, definition is that the IRR is the discount rate which equates the present value of the cash flows to the initial outlay. In other words, the IRR is the discount rate which makes the following equality true:
N
?ATCF^{t })t (103)
Unfortunately, in most cases there is no closedform method for solving for the IRR. The primary method of solving this equation is an iterative trialanderror approach. While this may sound tedious, generally a solution can be found within three or four iterations if some intelligence is used. However, there is little need for this procedure since Excel has a builtin function that performs this operation.
The builtin RATE function in Excel will find the IRR for an annuitytype of cash flow stream, but it cannot accept an uneven series of cash flows. To deal with uneven cash flows, Excel provides the IRR function which is defined as:
IRR(VALUES, GUESS)
where VALUES is the contiguous range of cash flows and GUESS is the (optional) initial guess at the true IRR. Note that your cash flow stream must include at least one negative cash flow (payment) or else the IRR would be infinite (why?). Since solving for the IRR is an iterative process, it is possible that Excel will not converge to a solution. Excel will indicate this situation by displaying #NUM! in the cell rather than an answer. If this error occurs, one possible solution is to change your GUESS until Excel can converge to a solution.
To calculate the IRR for the Supreme Shoe example, enter: =IRR(D19:D24) into cell B29. The result is 30.95% which is greater than the required return of 15%. So the project is acceptable. At this point, let s try an experiment to prove our definition of the IRR. Recall that the IRR was defined as the discount rate which makes the NPV equal zero. To prove this, temporarily change the value in B17 to:
=_{B29}. Notice that the net present value in B27 changes to $0.00 which proves the point. Note also that the profitability index changes to 1.0000 (why?). Before continuing, change the required return back to its original value of 15%.
The internal rate of return is a popular profitability measure because, as a percentage, it is easy to understand and easy to compare to the required return. However, the IRR suffers from several problems that could potentially lead to lessthanoptimal decisions. In this section we will discuss these difficulties, and solutions where they exist.
Earlier, we mentioned that the NPV will almost always lead you to the economically correct decision. Unfortunately, the IRR and NPV will not always lead to the same decision when projects are mutually exclusive. Mutually exclusive projects are those for which the selection of one project precludes the acceptance of another. When projects that are being compared are mutually exclusive, a ranking conflict may arise between the NPV and IRR. In other words, the NPV method
may suggest that Project A be accepted while the IRR may suggest Project B. If you can t select both, which profitability measure do you believe?
There are two causes of this type of problem: (1) the projects are of greatly different sizes; or (2) the timing of the cash flows are different. To see the size problem more clearly, consider the following question. Would you rather earn a 100% return on a $10 investment (Project A), or a 10% return on a $1,000 investment (Project B)? Obviously, most of us would be more concerned with the dollar amounts and would choose the 10% return because that would provide $100 versus only $10 in the other case. The solution to this problem is actually quite simple. If you can raise $1,000 for the Project B, then the correct comparison is not between A and B, but between B and A plus whatever you could do with the other $990 (call it Project C) that is available if you choose Project A. If Project C would return 10%, then you could earn $109 by investing in both A and C, which is preferable to investing in B.
The timing problem is more difficult to deal with. Suppose that you are given the task of evaluating the two mutually exclusive projects in Table 103, with a 10% required return.
Period 
Project A 
Project B 
Project C (= A B) 
0 
(1000) 
(1000) 
0 
1 
0 
400 
(400) 
2 
200 
400 
(200) 
3 
300 
300 
0 
4 
500 
300 
200 
5 
900 
200 
700 
NPV 
$291.02 
$248.70 
$42.32 
IRR 
17.32% 
20.49% 
12.48% 
Which would you choose? Obviously there is a conflict because Project A would be selected under the NPV criteria, but Project B would be selected by the IRR criteria. We can use logic similar to that used for the size problem to see that NPV is the correct criteria. If Project B is accepted, we must reject Project A and the differential cash flows (Project C). If the differential cash flows provide a positive NPV, then they should not be rejected. In effect, what we are arguing is that Project A is equivalent to Project B plus the differential cash flows. So choosing between these projects is effectively deciding whether the differential cash flows are profitable or not. Conveniently, all that we really need to do is to accept the project with the highest NPV.
Yet another problem with the IRR is that there may be more than one IRR. Specifically, because the general equation for the IRR is an Nth degree polynomial, it will have N solutions. In the usual case, where there is one cash outflow followed by several inflows, there will be only one real number solution; the others are imaginary numbers. However, when there are net cash outflows in the outlying periods, we may be able to find more than one real solution. In particular, there can be, at most, one real solution per sign change in the cash flow stream.
CASH FLOWSFOR MULTIPLE IRRS
Consider, as an example, the cash flows depicted in Figure 103. Solving for the IRR in this example will lead to three solutions: 207.82%, 31.54%, and 76.27%. The answer that you get from Excel will depend on the initial GUESS that you supply. If you don t provide Excel with a GUESS, it will give 31.54% as the answer. Any GUESS of 21.7% or greater will get an answer of 207.82%, and a guess of 71.11% will get an answer of 76.27%. It is impossible to say which of these answers is correct since all will result in an NPV of zero if used as the discount rate (try it!).
An easy solution to the problems of the IRR as a profitability measure is to simply use the NPV instead. This is not likely to please everyone, however. Despite its problems, executives continue to prefer the IRR to the NPV because, as a
percentage, it is easy to compare to the firm s cost of capital. To understand how we can use an IRRtype calculation and still arrive at correct answers requires that you understand the root cause of the problems with the IRR.
Implicit in the calculation of the IRR is the assumption that the cash flows are reinvested at the IRR. In other words, the IRR method assumes that as each cash flow is received, it is reinvested for the remaining life of the project at a rate which is the same as the IRR. For projects with a very high, or very low, IRR this assumption is likely to be violated. If the cash flows are reinvested at some other rate, the actual average annual rate of return will be different than the IRR. To see this assumption at work, consider again our Supreme Shoe project. The timeline is pictured in Figure 104 with the explicit reinvestment of the cash flows at the IRR of 30.945%.
Assuming that the cash flows are reinvested at 30.945% per year, at the end of year 5 Supreme Shoe will have accumulated $241,310 from their original investment of $62,680. The compound average annual return, then, must be:
5 241,310 1 ? 30.945%
62,680
which is exactly the same as the IRR. Note that we have used the geometric mean, equation (11) from Chapter 1, in this example.
It seems unlikely that Supreme Shoe can earn a rate this high over a fiveyear period. If we change the reinvestment rate to a more reasonable 15% (the WACC), then we have the timeline in Figure 105.
SUPREME SHOE CASH FLOWSWITH EXPLICIT REINVESTMENTAT 15%
In this case, Supreme Shoe will have accumulated only $181,489 by the end of the fifth year. Their average annual rate of return with a 15% reinvestment rate will be:
5 181,489 1 ? 23.69%
62,680
which is substantially lower than the 30.95% IRR. When we calculate the average annual return with a reinvestment rate that is different than the IRR we refer to it as the modified internal rate of return, or MIRR. For Supreme Shoe, the MIRR is 23.69% which is greater than the required return of 15%, so the project should be accepted.
Excel has a builtin function to calculate the MIRR. The function is defined as:
MIRR(VALUES, FINANCE_RATE, REINVEST_RATE)
where VALUES is the range of cash flows, FINANCE_RATE is the required rate of return, and REINVEST_RATE is the rate at which the cash flows are to be reinvested.
To calculate the MIRR in your Supreme Shoe worksheet, enter:
=MIRR(D19:D24,B17,B17) into B30. Exactly as we calculated above, the answer is 23.69%. In this example we have used the same rate for the required return and the reinvestment rate. This is normally the appropriate assumption to make (it is the same assumption that is implicit within the NPV calculation). But if you have other information which suggests a different reinvestment rate, then that different rate should be used.
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Sensitivity Analysis
Probably the most important benefit of using a spreadsheet program is that it allows us to play whatif games with the data. That is, we can experiment with different values to determine how sensitive the results are to changes in the assumptions.
One useful technique that we can use is referred to as the NPV profile. This is simply a chart of the NPV at various discount rates. The analyst can determine, at a glance, how sensitive the NPV is to the assumed discount rate. To create an NPV profile chart, we merely set up a range of discount rates and NPV calculations and then create a chart.
To create an NPV profile chart for Supreme Shoe, let s create a range of discount rates from 0% to 35% in 5% increments. Move to cell A36 and enter: 0. To create the range of discount rates, select A36:A43 and then choose Edit Fill Series from the menus. In the dialog box, change the Step Value to: 0.05 and then click the OK button. You should now have a range of discount rates from 0% to 35%. We will use these rates in our NPV calculations.
To calculate the NPV at each discount rate, enter: =NPV(A36,D$20:D$24)+D$19 in B36. Notice that this is exactly the same formula as in B27, except that we have added a few dollar signs to freeze the references and we changed the discount rate to reference A36. Copying this formula to B37:B43 will calculate the NPV for each discount rate. Note that the NPV becomes negative at a discount rate just over 30% because the IRR was 30.95%.
Finally, to create the chart select the B35:B43 and press the Chart Wizard button on the toolbar. Follow the prompts, choosing a line chart, until your chart appears.
This section of your worksheet should resemble the one in Exhibit 104.
EXHIBIT 104
NPV PROFILEFOR SUPREME SHOE
Notice that the chart clearly shows the IRR is just over 30%. This is the point where the NPV line crosses the Xaxis of the NPV profile chart. Furthermore, it is obvious that for any discount rate below 30% the project has a positive NPV, thus it is acceptable. Typically, an NPV profile chart is used to compare two mutually exclusive projects. Whenever there is a ranking conflict, the NPV profiles will cross at a rate at which the firm would be indifferent between the two projects. This crossover rate can be found exactly by calculating the IRR of the difference in the cash flows of the two projects.
Excel contains a very powerful tool called the Scenario Manager which helps in analyzing the effects of different assumptions. Scenario Manager can be used to toggle your worksheet between various alternative scenarios, or it can create a summary of the effects of changing the assumptions.
As an example we will create three scenarios in which the estimates of maintenance and defect costs are different than expected. The three scenarios are listed in Table 104.
Sensitivity Analysis
THREE POSSIBLE SCENARIOS FOR SUPREME SHOE
Best Case 
Expected Case 
Worst Case 

Maintenance 
$2,000 
$5,000 
$8,000 
Defects 
$1,000 
$2,000 
$5,000 
In the Best Case scenario both maintenance and defects are lower than in the Expected Case (which represents the original estimates). In the Worst Case, both are higher than expected. Since we are going to be changing our assumed values for maintenance and defects, it will be helpful to first define range names for these cells. Click on cell C14 and then choose Insert Name Define and assign the name Maintenance to this cell. Now define the name Defects for cell C15 (see page 9 for a discussion of named ranges).
Creating scenarios is quite simple. First select Tools Scenarios from the menus. Since no scenarios are defined at this point, the first dialog box will ask you to click the Add button to define your scenarios. In this case we want the maintenance and defect estimates to change, so press the Add button, then for the name enter: Best Case. Click in the Changing Cells edit box, highlight cells C14:C15, and then click the OK button.
The next dialog box will ask you to supply the new values for the changing cells. In the edit box labeled Maintenance: enter: 2000 and in the edit box labeled Defects: type: 1000. Note that this dialog box prompts you for the values using the names that we earlier defined for these cells. If you didn t define the names, then you will be prompted with the cell addresses instead of names.
Click the Add button to enter the next scenario. Now, repeat these steps for the other two cases using the names Expected Case and Worst Case and the appropriate values from Table 104.
Figure 107 shows how the dialog box will look when you have entered all three scenarios.
At this point, you can change the worksheet to display the scenario of your choice by highlighting the name of the case and clicking the Show button. For example, if you highlight Worst Case and click the Show button, the maintenance and defect cells will change and the worksheet will update. You can now see the effects of these changes on the cash flows and profitability measures (for example, the NPV is $14,277.70 under the Worst Case scenario). Return to the original data by choosing Expected Case from the list, and pressing the Show button. This type of flexibility is one of the promised results of proper worksheet design. Scenario analysis will not work properly unless you are diligent about using formulas, rather than retyping values, whenever possible.
It would be nice to see a summary of the different scenarios, and we can do just that. But first, exit from the Scenario Manager and define a name for each cell in B25:B30 so that the output will be easier to understand. Now, bring back the Scenario Manager and click the Summary button. When the Scenario Summary dialog box appears, select cells B25:B30 for the Result cells and click OK. Excel
will then automatically create a new worksheet that displays the changed values and the resulting profitability measures. Exhibit 105 shows the summary worksheet.
EXHIBIT 105
Scenario Summary Current Values: Best Case Expected Case Worst Case 

Changing Cells: 

Maintenance 
5,000 
2,000 5,000 8,000 
Defects 
2,000 
1,000 2,000 5,000 
Result Cells: 

Payback_Period 
2.58 2.33 2.58 3.09 

Discounted_Payback 
3.53 3.08 3.53 4.25 

NPV 
27,552.24 36,401.93 27,552.24 14,277.70 

PI 
1.44 1.58 1.44 1.23 

IRR 
30.95% 35.85% 30.95% 23.41% 

MIRR 
23.69% 26.03% 23.69% 19.82% 
Notes: Current Values column represents values of changing cells at time Scenario Summary Report was created. Changing cells for each scenario are highlighted in gray.
We have defined three simple scenarios, but other problems may require more scenarios or more changing variables. You can define as many scenarios as your PC s memory will hold, but only the first 251 will be displayed on the scenario summary worksheet. There is also a limit of 32 changing cells per scenario.
How large a firm s capital budget should be is a serious problem that confronts financial managers. One solution that is often chosen is capital rationing. Capital rationing is the arbitrary limiting of the amount of capital available for investment purposes. This solution is, however, economically irrational and contrary to the goal of the firm. In order to maximize shareholder wealth, the firm must accept all positive NPV projects. Remember that a positive NPV project is one which will cover the cost of financing (i.e., the weighted average cost of capital). In effect, a positive NPV project is selfliquidating, so there should be no problem raising the required funds to make the investment. No matter how much must be raised, as long as positive NPV projects exist, a firm should continue to invest until the cost of investing exceeds the benefits to be gained.
We have seen in the previous chapter that a firm s weighted average cost of capital will increase as the amount of capital to be raised increases. We can make use of this fact to determine exactly what a firm s optimal capital budget should be in the absence of capital rationing. Briefly, we rank all projects by their IRR and compare this ranking to the marginal weighted average cost of capital schedule.
Recall from the previous chapter the Rocky Mountain Motors (RMM) example. Assume that RMM has found 10 potential new projects, each of which would be profitable at their current WACC of 10.51% (i.e., all have IRRs > 10.51%). The projects are listed in Table 105.
Cost 
Cumulative Cost 
IRR 
$445,529 
$445,529 
15.02% 
439,207 
884,736 
15.87% 
407,769 
1,292,505 
16.51% 
396,209 
1,688,714 
16.16% 
271,477 
1,960,191 
15.38% 
201,843 
2,162,034 
11.69% 
189,921 
2,351,955 
13.82% 
146,661 
2,498,616 
12.19% 
138,298 
2,636,914 
11.48% 
74,950 
2,711,864 
13.00% 
Enter the data from Table 105 into your RMM worksheet beginning with the labels in A50. The cumulative cost can be calculated by entering: =SUM(A$51:A51) into B51 and then copying the formula to the other cells. The first step in determining the optimal capital budget is to sort all independent projects by their IRR. Select the data in A51:C60. To sort the data choose Data Sort from the menus, and select IRR in the Sort by list. Since we want to select the projects with the highest IRRs, choose to sort in Descending order. This sorted list of IRRs is known as the Investment Opportunity Schedule (IOS).
Next, we want to add the project IRRs to the marginal WACC chart that was created earlier (see Exhibit 95 and Exhibit 96). To add the new data, rightclick in the chart area and choose Source Data from the shortcut menu. Under the Series list, click on the Add button to create a new data series. Now, for the Name of the series type IOS and then enter B51:B60 for the X Values and C51:C60 for the Y Values. Your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 106.
EXHIBIT 106
As was shown on page 280, we can make the IOS line into a step function. The process is exactly the same as before: we must add additional data points for the cumulative cost and IRR so that we have two points at each change in the IRR. Once that is finished we can simply edit the data series by rightclicking the IOS and choosing Source Data from the menu. Now, edit the X and Y data ranges to the new ones. Once complete, your chart should look like the one in Exhibit 107.
The optimal capital budget without capital rationing is the level of total capital at which the marginal WACC schedule and the Investment Opportunity Schedule cross. In this case that would be $1,960,191.
EXHIBIT 107
COMPLETED MCC AND IOS CHART
Though technically irrational, capital rationing is common. How then can we determine the optimal capital budget in the presence of restricted capital? In this situation we need to find that combination of projects which maximizes the total net present value, subject to a capital constraint.
This can be a tedious exercise when there are a large number of positive NPV projects from which to choose. For example, assume that we have four positive NPV projects to choose among. At a minimum we must select one project, but we can select up to four. If we must look at every possible combination of these four projects, then we must examine sixteen possible combinations. As the number of projects grows, the number of combinations grows even faster. In general there are 2^{N} possible combinations, where N is the number of positive NPV projects. Note
that negative NPV projects are excluded from this calculation and further consideration because we cannot increase the total NPV by adding a negative NPV project.
Excel provides a tool called the Solver which can be used in any type of constrained maximization or minimization problem. The Solver provides a dialog box in which you describe the problem, the cells that may be changed, and the constraints under which the Solver must operate. It then finds the optimal solution. Let s look at an example.
Because of declining demand for highpressure frammis valves, the Frammis Valve Corporation of America (FVCA) is considering expanding into a number of other businesses. After discussions with its consultants, FVCA has determined that it has 13 potential new investments (see Table 106). The total cost of these investments would be $7,611,990, but they are limited to a maximum total investment of only $3,000,000. You have been asked to determine which combination of the projects the company should choose.
Since there are thirteen acceptable projects, you will have to examine each of the 8,192 (= 2^{13}) possible combinations and determine which provides the highest total NPV. This problem is obviously going to be time consuming unless you have access to a computer. Enter the data from the problem into a new worksheet beginning in cell A4.
FVCA S AVAILABLE PROJECTS UNDER CAPITAL RATIONING
Project 
Cost 
NPV 
A 
$237,005 
$84,334 
B 
766,496 
26,881 
C 
304,049 
23,162 
D 
565,178 
82,598 
E 
108,990 
20,590 
F 
89,135 
90,404 
G 
795,664 
18,163 
H 
814,493 
97,682 
I 
480,321 
52,063 
J 
826,610 
53,911 
K 
734,830 
56,323 
L 
910,598 
88,349 
M 
978,621 
69,352 
To solve this problem, we need some way to determine the sum of the costs and NPVs for only those projects which are to be selected. Since each project will either be selected or not, this is a perfect use for a binary variable. A binary variable can take on one of two values, most commonly 0 or 1. In this case, we will set up a column with 0s and 1s where 1 indicates that a project is selected, and 0 indicates rejection. Your worksheet should resemble that in Exhibit 108.
Note that we have initially set each cell in D4:D16 to 1. Also, due to the nature of the problem, we can not use an ordinary SUM function to total columns B and C. Recall that we only want the sum of the costs and NPVs of the projects which are to be selected. This requires an array formula.
EXHIBIT 108
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
The Optimal Capital Budget 

2 
Under Capital Rationing 

3 
Project 
Cost 
NPV 
Include 
4 
A 
237,005 
84,334 
1 
5 
B 
766,496 
26,881 
1 
6 
C 
304,049 
23,162 
1 
7 
D 
565,178 
82,598 
1 
8 
E 
108,990 
20,590 
1 
9 
F 
89,135 
90,404 
1 
10 
G 
795,664 
18,163 
1 
11 
H 
814,493 
97,682 
1 
12 
I 
480,321 
52,063 
1 
13 
J 
826,610 
53,911 
1 
14 
K 
734,830 
56,323 
1 
15 
L 
910,598 
88,349 
1 
16 
M 
978,621 
69,352 
1 
17 
Total 
7,611,990 
763,812 
13 
18 
Constraint 
3,000,000 
An array formula is one which operates on each element in a range, but without specifying each element separately. Array formulas are therefore easier to write and save space. To calculate the total cost of the accepted projects in B17, we want to write a formula which multiplies the costs in column B by the corresponding 0 or 1 in column D and keeps a running total of the results. One way to do this is to write a formula such as: =B4*D4 + B5*D5 + B6*D6 . However, this would be a long formula to enter. The equivalent array formula would be:
=Sum(B4:B16*$D4:$D16). This is much shorter and easier to understand.
Excel will not understand this formula unless you enter it in a specific way. You must enter array formulas by holding down the Shift+Ctrl keys when you press the Enter key. After correctly entering an array formula, it will appear in the formula bar surrounded by a pair of curly braces ({}). The formula in B17 will be displayed as: {=Sum(B4:B16*$D4:$D16)}. If you see a #VALUE! error in B17, you probably did not hold down Shift+Ctrl when pressing the Enter key. Copy the formula from B17 to C17, and your totals should be the same as those in Exhibit 108.
To restate the problem, we want to maximize the total NPV in C17 by changing the cells in D4:D16 subject to two constraints. The first constraint is that the total cost, in B17, must be less than or equal to 3,000,000. Next we must constrain the values in D4:D16 to be either 0 or 1, but they cannot take on any noninteger values (i.e., they must be binary values).
Bring up the Solver by selecting Tools Solver from the menus. In the Set Target Cell edit box enter: C17 and then click on the Max radio button. This tells the Solver that we want to maximize the function in C17. Note that, under different circumstances, we could also minimize this formula or force it to a specific value. Next we need to tell Solver which cells it may change to find a solution. In the By Changing Cells edit box enter: D4:D16.
The hardest part of solving many problems is setting up the appropriate constraints. In this problem we have two constraints, and it will take only two statements to fully specify them. In other cases it may take more than one statement to fully specify a single constraint. To add a constraint, click on the Add button. This will bring up a second dialog box in which we can enter a cell reference and the constraint. Note that the dialog box contains a dropdown list in the center which describes the possible relationships. These are <=, =, >=, int, and bin. int tells
the Solver that the values in the cells must be an integer, and bin says that they must be either 0 or 1.
Add the first constraint by entering B17 in the Cell Reference edit box, select <=, and enter B18 in the constraint exit box. This will make sure that the total cost is less than the $3,000,000 constraint. For the second constraint, we must constrain the cells in D4:D16 to be >= 0, <= 1, and to be an integer value. In other words, D4:D16 must be constrained to be binary. Add this constraint and the problem is almost ready to solve.
Because of the large number of possible solutions, the default configuration of the Solver may not find the solution. In the main Solver dialog box click on the Options button. This will bring up another dialog box containing the options that you can set. Most of these are beyond the scope of this text. Set the Max Time to at least 500 seconds (higher if you have a very slow PC) and Iterations to at least 500. These two options control how long the Solver will try to solve the problem (they are maximums and Solver will stop as soon as it finds the solution). Finally make sure that Assume Linear Model is checked. Click on the OK button.
Finally, to start the Solver working on the problem click the Solve button. When Solver finds the solution it will present you with a dialog box which asks if you would like to save the solution or return to the original values. If you choose to save the optimal solution, your worksheet will resemble the one in Exhibit 109. Note that projects A, C, D, F, H, and L are selected.
EXHIBIT 109
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
The Optimal Capital Budget 

2 
Under Capital Rationing 

3 
Project 
Cost 
NPV 
Include 
4 
A 
237,005 
84,334 
1 
5 
B 
766,496 
26,881 
0 
6 
C 
304,049 
23,162 
1 
7 
D 
565,178 
82,598 
1 
8 
E 
108,990 
20,590 
0 
9 
F 
89,135 
90,404 
1 
10 
G 
795,664 
18,163 
0 
11 
H 
814,493 
97,682 
1 
12 
I 
480,321 
52,063 
0 
13 
J 
826,610 
53,911 
0 
14 
K 
734,830 
56,323 
0 
15 
L 
910,598 
88,349 
1 
16 
M 
978,621 
69,352 
0 
17 
Total 
2,920,458 
466,529 
6 
18 
Constraint 
3,000,000 
As a final point about the Solver, you can easily change the constraint of $3,000,000 to any other value and then run the Solver again. Since the Solver settings are saved, you do not need to reenter the data every time. Further, once the optimal solution is found you can save it as a named scenario and then use the Scenario Analysis tool to view all of the different scenarios. For example, we could create scenarios with total investment constraints of $3 million, $5 million, and $7 million. Once you ve run the Solver with each of those constraints, choose Tools Scenarios and view the scenarios. You can also create a scenario summary as shown in Exhibit 1010. In this case, we have edited the worksheet a bit to label the result cells (B17:D17) and hidden the changing cells to improve readability.
Summary
EXHIBIT 1010
Scenario Summary $3 million constraint $5 million constraint 
$7 million constraint 

Changing Cells: 

Result Cells: 

Total Investment 
2,920,458 4,919,171 
6,816,326 
Total NPV 
466,529 641,695 
745,649 
Number of Projects 
6 9 
12 
Notes: Current Values column represents values of changing cells at time Scenario Summary Report was created. Changing cells for each scenario are highlighted in gray.
Because of the time required to maximize the total NPV, other techniques can be used to approximate the optimal capital budget. The first is to select the projects with the highest profitability indices. You may have to discard some high PI projects, and you will likely not achieve the maximum NPV, but the solution can often be found with less work than maximizing NPV. As an alternative, we could choose the projects with the highest IRRs. However, this could be misleading if the projects are of greatly different sizes (as in the RMM example).
Capital budgeting is one of the most important functions of the corporate financial manager. In this chapter we have seen how to calculate the relevant cash flows and how to evaluate those cash flows to determine the profitability of accepting the project.
We demonstrated six profitability measures which are summarized in Table 107.
Profitability Measure 
Acceptance Criteria 
Payback Period 
<= Maximum allowable period 
Discounted Payback 
<= Maximum allowable period 
Net Present Value 
>= 0 
Profitability Index 
>= 1 
Internal Rate of Return 
>= WACC 
Modified IRR 
>= WACC 
In addition, we introduced the Scenario Analysis and Solver tools provided by Excel. The Scenario Analysis tool allows us to easily compare the outcomes based on various inputs. The Solver allows us to find optimal values for a cell in a model.
Purpose 
Function 
Page 
Calculate straightline depreciation 
SLN(COST, SALVAGE, LIFE) 
288 
Calculate the payback period 
FAME_PAYBACK(CASHFLOWS,RATE) 
293 
Calculate the IRR 
IRR(VALUES,GUESS) 
300 
Calculate the MIRR 
MIRR(VALUES, FINANCE_RATE, REINVEST_RATE) 
304 
1. Chicago Turkey is considering building a new turkey farm to service their western region stores. The stores currently require 500,000 turkeys per year, and they are purchased from various local turkey farms for an average price of $7 per bird. The managers of Chicago Turkey believe that their new farm would
Problems
lower the cost per bird to $6, while maintaining their average selling price of $10 per bird. However, due to the centralized structure of this operation, shipping expenses will increase to $1.50 per bird from the current average of $1.00. In addition, the firm will need to increase its inventory of live turkeys by $12,000. It is estimated that it will cost $100,000 to purchase the land, and $300,000 to construct the buildings and purchase equipment. In addition, labor expenses will rise by $120,000 per year. The buildings and equipment will be depreciated using the straight line method over five years to a salvage value of $100,000. At the end of five years the company will sell the farm for $300,000 ($100,000 for the buildings and equipment and $200,000 for the land). Assume that the firm’s marginal tax rate is 40%, and note that land is not depreciable.
a. Calculate the initial outlay, annual aftertax cash flows, and terminal cash flow for this project.
b. If the WACC is 12%, calculate the payback period, discounted payback period, NPV, PI, IRR, and MIRR.
c. The managers of Chicago Turkey are uncertain about several of the variables in your analysis and have asked you to provide three different scenarios. Create a scenario analysis showing the profitability measures for this investment using the information in the table below. (Note: The salvage value of the buildings is the actual forecasted salvage value, not the salvage value used for depreciation.)
Scenario 
Labor Expense 
Salvage Value of Buildings 
Salvage Value of Land 
Best Case 
$100,000 
$150,000 
$300,000 
Expected Case 
120,000 
100,000 
200,000 
Worst Case 
140,000 
50,000 
100,000 
2. You are considering an investment in two projects, A and B. Both projects have an initial cash outlay of $50,000 and the projected cash flows are as follows:
Year 
Project A 
Project B 
1 
20,000 
35,000 
2 
25,000 
30,000 
3 
30,000 
25,000 
4 
35,000 
20,000 
5 
40,000 
15,000 
a. Assuming that the WACC is 15%, calculate the payback period, discounted payback period, NPV, PI, IRR, and MIRR. If the projects are mutually exclusive, which project should be selected?
b. Create an NPV profile chart for projects A and B. What is the exact crossover rate for these two projects?
3. The Chief Financial Officer of Eaton Medical Devices has determined that the firm s capital investment budget will be $5,000,000 for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, this amount is
Problems
not sufficient to cover all of the positive NPV projects that are available to the firm. You have been asked to choose which investments, of those listed in the table below, should be made.
Project 
Cost 
NPV 
A 
$628,200 
$72,658 
B 
352,100 
36,418 
C 
1,245,600 
212,150 
D 
814,300 
70,925 
E 
124,500 
11,400 
F 
985,000 
56,842 
G 
2,356,400 
93,600 
H 
226,900 
65,350 
I 
1,650,000 
48,842 
J 
714,650 
39,815 
a. Using the Solver, determine which of the above projects should be included in the budget if the firm s goal is to maximize shareholder wealth. (Note: Make sure to set the Solver options to Assume Linear Model.)
b. Now assume that the CFO has informed you that projects A and B are mutually exclusive, but one of them must be selected. Change your Solver constraints to account for this new information and find the new solution.
c. Ignore the constraints from Part b. The CFO has now informed you that Project I is of great strategic importance to the survival of the firm. For this reason it must be accepted. Change your Solver constraints to account for this new information and find the new solution.
After studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Define the five major statistical measures used in finance and calculate these both manually and in Excel.
2. Explain how risk can be incorporated into capital budgeting decisions, and show how to calculate the riskadjusted discount rate (RADR) in Excel.
3. Explain five alternative techniques for incorporating risk into the analysis.
4. Explain diversification and give an example using Excel.
5. Calculate portfolio risk measures with Excel.
Risk is a difficult concept to define, but most people recognize such obvious risks as swimming in sharkinfested waters. If you consider risky situations for a moment, you will realize that the thing that they all have in common is the possibility of a loss. Many times we face the loss of life or money. In this chapter we are concerned with the possibility of a financial loss. Specifically, we will say that the larger the possibility of loss, the larger the risk.
We will begin by attempting to measure the riskiness of an investment, and then we will consider how we can adjust our decisionmaking process to account for the risk
that we have measured. Finally, we will consider how we can reduce risk through diversification.
Any situation that has an uncertain outcome can be said to have a probability distribution associated with the possible outcomes. A probability distribution is simply a listing of the probabilities associated with potential outcomes. A probability distribution is said to be discrete if a limited number of potential outcomes are possible and continuous if an infinite number of possible outcomes can occur. Figure 111 illustrates both continuous and discrete probability distributions. Continuous probability distributions can be approximated by discrete distributions if we have enough possible outcomes. To keep things simple, in this chapter we will use only discrete distributions in our examples.
Continuous Distribution Discrete Approximation Distribution
One type of probability distribution has numerous properties that make it attractive for our use: the normal distribution. In particular, the normal distribution can be completely described by its mean and variance, which will prove useful in our efforts to understand risk.
The expected value of a distribution is a weighted average of all possible outcomes where the weights are the probabilities of occurrence. The expected value can be thought of as the most likely outcome, or the average outcome if we could run an
Review of Some Useful Statistical Concepts
experiment thousands of times. For any discrete probability distribution, the expected value is given by:
N
E X( ) = ??_{t}X_{t }(111)
t =1
where E(X) is the expected or most likely X, X_{t} is the t^{th} possible outcome, and ?_{t} is the probability that X_{t} will occur. For the normal distribution, the expected value is the same as the more familiar arithmetic mean.
To illustrate the calculation of the expected value, suppose that you have been offered an opportunity to participate in a game of chance. The rules of this particular game are such that you must pay $200 to play, and Table 111 describes the possible payoffs.
PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONFORA GAMEOF CHANCE
Probability 
Cash Flow 
0.25 
100 
0.50 
200 
0.25 
+300 
To determine whether or not you should play this game, we must compare the expected payoff to the cost of playing. If the expected cash flow is equal to or exceeds your cost it makes sense to play. The expected cash flow [E(Cf)] of this game is:
ECf = 0.25 100( ) + 0.50 200( ) + 0.25 300( ) = 200
so that you expect to break even after subtracting your cost to play. Note that in actuality, if the game is played only once you could lose as much as $100 or win as much as $100 net of your cost of entry. However, the most likely outcome is a net gain of $0.00. The arithmetic mean of cash flows (Cf) is:
Cf = ^{100 + 200 + 300} = 200
3
and subtracting your cost, you can see that they are the same. Again, in this case, the expected value and the arithmetic mean are the same because the outcomes of this game are symmetrically distributed.
It is important to understand that many times the assumption of a symmetrical distribution is not accurate, and in this case the arithmetic mean and the expected value will not be the same. Whenever possible, it is better to use the expected value as an estimate instead of the arithmetic mean.
Whenever we use an expected value, it is useful to know how much, on average, the actual outcome might deviate from the expected outcome. The larger these potential deviations are, the less confidence we will have that the expected outcome will actually occur. Another way of saying this is that the larger the potential deviations from the expected value, the higher the probability of an outcome far away from the expected outcome.
Recall that we earlier said that high probabilities of loss indicate a high risk situation. Therefore, when comparing distributions we can say that the distribution with the larger potential deviations has a higher probability of greater loss, and therefore has higher risk.
To measure risk, what we need is a way to measure the size of the potential deviations from the mean. One measure we could use is the average deviation. The average deviation is calculated as:
N
D = ??_{t}(X_{t }X) (112)
t =1
Review of Some Useful Statistical Concepts
But, in the case of the normal distribution (or any symmetrical distribution) the average deviation will always be zero (why?). So we need another measure of dispersion that doesn t suffer from this flaw. One possibility is the variance. The variance is the average of the squared deviations from the mean and is calculated as:^{2}
N
?^{2}_{X }= ??_{t}(X_{t }X)^{2 }(113)
t =1
Because we are squaring the deviations from the mean, and the result of squaring a number is always positive, the variance must be positive.^{3} The larger the variance, the less likely it is that the actual outcome will be near the expected outcome, and the riskier it is considered to be. Figure 112 illustrates this by comparing two distributions.
COMPARISONOFTHE RISKINESSOF TWO DISTRIBUTIONS
Returning to the example in Table 111, we can calculate the variance of possible outcomes as follows:
2. Note that in your beginning statistics class you probably defined the population variance as:
?2X = N1 ?N (Xt X)2
t =1
Our definition is equivalent if we assume that all outcomes are equally likely.
3. It is possible that the variance could be zero, but only if just one possible outcome exists.
?^{2 }= 0.25 100( 200)^{2 }+ 0.50 200( 200)^{2 }+ 0.25 300( 200)^{2 }= 5,000
So the variance of possible outcomes is 5,000. But 5,000 in what units? In this case the units are squared dollars, an unusual unit of measurement to be sure. In order to make this measurement more understandable, we commonly take the square root of the variance which gives us the standard deviation in the original units:
?_{X }= (114)
The standard deviation of potential outcomes in our game example is:
? = 5,000 = 70.71
which means that about 68% of all outcomes will be within one standard deviation of the mean (200 ± 70.71), and about 95.5% will be within two standard deviations (200 ± 141.42). Furthermore, it is exceedingly unlikely (< 0.30%), but not impossible, that the actual outcome will fall beyond three standard deviations from the mean.
Suppose that after playing our original game, you are offered a chance to play the game again, but this time the game is 10 times larger and so is your cost to play. The possible outcomes are presented in Table 112.
Probability 
Cash Flow 
0.25 
1000 
0.50 
2000 
0.25 
3000 
Is this game riskier than the old game? Let s look at the standard deviation to see:
? = 0.25 1000( 2000)^{2 }+ 0.50 2,000( 2,000)^{2 }+ 0.25 3,000( 2,000)^{2}
? = 707.106
Since the standard deviation is 10 times larger, it appears that the new game is much riskier. Recall, however, that we said that high risk was associated with a high probability of loss. In the new game your probability of loss is unchanged (25%). Since the probability of loss is unchanged, the risk should be the same.
Apparently the standard deviation has a scale problem. That is, larger numbers cause larger standard deviations, even if the relative dispersion is unchanged. The coefficient of variation handles the scale problem by dividing the standard deviation by the mean:
?^{X} (115)
? _{X }= ^{}_{X}
If the new game is truly riskier than the old game, it will have a higher coefficient of variation. Let s compare the coefficients of variation for both games:
? _{1 }= ^{70.7106}200  = 0.3535 ? _{2 }= ^{707.106}2,000  = 0.3535
Since ? _{1 }= ? _{2}, both games must be equally risky.
Now that we understand how risk can be evaluated, let s look at how Excel might be used to simplify the calculations. In this section we will introduce several of Excel s builtin functions and several macro functions that are contained in the file . Before continuing, open that file and also a new workbook, into which we will enter data from an example of a capital budgeting project.
The Freshly Frozen Fish Company currently markets frozen fish fillets and other related products. While seeking expansion ideas, management of the company decided to look into the possibility of a line of frozen catfish fillets. Entry into this business would require the purchase of an existing 80acre catfish farm in western Alabama at a cost of $250,000 for the land, and $400,000 for the buildings and equipment. The buildings and equipment will be depreciated at a rate of $40,000 per year for the fiveyear life of the project. At the end of the five years, management anticipates that the farm can be sold for $550,000 ($350,000 for the land and $200,000 for the buildings and equipment).
The marketing department estimates that the firm will be able to sell 200,000 pounds of fillets at an average wholesale price of $2.50 per pound during the first year. Unit demand is expected to grow at a rate of 8% annually thereafter. Variable operating expenses are expected to average 60% of gross sales, and fixed costs (not including depreciation) will be $80,000 per year. The company s marginal tax rate is 35% and its weighted average cost of capital is 10%.
Before we can determine the riskiness of this project, we must determine its cost and annual cash flows. Let s begin by entering all of the data from the problem into the worksheet starting in cell A1. The easiest way to extract data from a problem such as this is to take it as it comes and enter it into the worksheet in that order, being careful to label every row. This way, you are less likely to overlook an important piece of data. That is exactly what we ve done in Exhibit 111. If necessary, we can rearrange this table later.
Recall from Chapter 10 (page 283) that our first task is to determine the initial outlay. The example problem in that chapter was a little different than this one because it was a replacement problem. However, exactly the same techniques can be used to determine the cash flows. Just realize that in the case of this entirely new project we aren t replacing anything, so cash flows associated with selling off old equipment are set to zero.
FRESHLY FROZEN FISH COMPANY INPUTS
A 
B 

1 
Frozen Catfish Fillet Project Inputs 

2 
Cost of Land 
2 50,000 
3 
Cost of Buildings & Equipment 
400,000 
4 
Annual Depreciation 
40,000 
5 
Life of Project (Years) 
5 
6 
Terminal Value of Land 
350,000 
7 
Terminal Value of Buildings & Equipment 
200,000 
8 
First Year Catfish Sales (lbs) 
200,000 
9 
Price per Pound 
2 .50 
10 
Unit Sales Growth Rate 
8% 
11 
Variable Costs as % of Sales 
60% 
12 
Fixed Costs 
80,000 
13 
Tax Rate 
35% 
14 
WACC 
10% 
Before continuing, let s take a little time to set up our calculation area on the worksheet. Realize that the annual aftertax cash flows are going to be different in each of the five years. To keep things as simple as possible, we will set up the calculations in a modified income statement format. In A16 enter: Annual Cash Flows for Frozen Catfish Fillet Project, and center this title over A16:G16. Next, in B17 enter: Year 0 and use AutoFill to extend that to Year 5 in G17.
We have purposely simplified this example, so we have no shipping, installation, training, or construction costs. The initial outlay is simply the cost of the land and buildings. In A18 enter: Initial Outlay, and in B18 enter: =(B2+B3). This will give us the initial outlay as a negative number. The result is $ 650,000.
Our next step is to calculate the annual aftertax cash flows for each year. As noted above, the cash flows will be different each year because sales and variable operating expenses are expected to increase every year by 8%. We will calculate the ATCF for each year as:
ATCF_{N }= (S_{N }V_{N }F_{N})(1 t) + tD_{N}
where S_{N} is the total revenue in year N, V_{N} is the total variable costs, F_{N} is the fixed costs, t is the marginal tax rate, and D_{N} is the annual depreciation expense. Note that tD_{N} is the annual tax savings from the additional depreciation expense. This is exactly the same equation as shown on page 289, except it has been modified slightly to suit this problem.
In A19 enter: Sales as the label. We will calculate the first year sales in C19 by multiplying unit sales (200,000 pounds) by the selling price ($2.50), so the equation is: =_{B8*B9}. This gives us $500,000 in sales revenue for the first year. Each additional year s sales will be 8% greater than previous sales, so in D19 enter:
=C19*(1+$B$10). Now copy this formula over the range E19:G19. As a check, note that under these assumptions sales will grow to $680,244.48 by year 5.
Next, to calculate the annual variable costs enter: =C19*$B$11 into C20, and copy it across over D20:G20. In A20 enter: Variable Costs as the label for the row. In A21 enter: Fixed Costs for the label, and then in C21 enter: =$B$12. Copy this over D21:G21.
We can now calculate the taxable cash flows before depreciation in row 22. In A22 add the label: Taxable Cash Flows. Subtract the fixed and variable costs from sales in C22 with the formula: =C19SUM(C20:C21) and copy this across the other columns. In A23 enter the label: Taxes, and in C23 enter: =C22*$B$13 and copy it to D23:G23.
At this point, to get the ATCF we need to add the depreciation tax benefit. In A24 enter: Depreciation Tax Benefit as the label, and then in C24:
=$B$4*$B$13. Copy this to the remaining cells, and then in A25 enter: Annual
Aftertax Cash Flows. Finally, in C25 we can enter: =C22C23+C24.
Copy this to the other cells in D25:G25.
The last cash flow that we must calculate is the terminal cash flow. Recall that this is the sum of the nonoperating cash flows that occur at the end of the life of the project. In this problem, those would be the sale of the land and buildings as well as any taxes required on the gains. The land is not depreciable, so any gain on the sale of land is taxable. To calculate the tax on the buildings and equipment we must first determine their book value at year 5. Since the firm will pay $400,000 and receive $40,000 per year in depreciation, the book value will be $200,000. In this case, the expected selling price is exactly equal to the book value, so no tax is due. However, our formula must account for the possibility of taxes in case we change
the expected selling price. In A26 enter: Terminal Cash Flow, and the formula in G26 is: =B6(B6B2)*B13+B7(B7(B3B4*B5))*B13.
In order to summarize our calculations we will add one more row. In A27 enter:
Total Annual Cash Flows. In B27 enter: =B18. In C27 enter: =C25+C26, and copy it across. Check your worksheet against that shown in Exhibit 112 to be sure that your calculations are correct.
CALCULATIONOFTHE ANNUAL AFTERTAX CASH FLOWS
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 

16 
Annual Cash Flows for Frozen Catfish Fillet Project 

17 
Year 0 
Year 1 
Year 2 
Year 3 
Year 4 
Year 5 

18 
Initial Outlay 
(650,000) 

19 
Sales 
500,000 
540,000 
5 83,200 
629,856 
680,244 

20 
Variable Costs 
300,000 
324,000 
349,920 
377,914 
408,147 

21 
Fixed Costs 
80,000 
80,000 
80,000 
80,000 
80,000 

22 
Taxable Cash Flows 
120,000 
136,000 
1 53,280 
171,942 
192,098 

23 
Taxes 
42,000 
47,600 
53,648 
60,180 
67,234 

24 
Depreciation Tax Benefit 
14,000 
14,000 
14,000 
14,000 
14,000 

25 
Annual AfterTax Cash Flow 
92,000 
102,400 
113,632 
125,763 
138,864 

26 
Terminal Cash Flow 
5 15,000 

27 
Total Annual Cash Flows 
(650,000) 
92,000 
102,400 
113,632 
1 25,763 
653,864 
At this point we are ready to calculate the net present value to give a preliminary assessment of the merits of this project. In A29 enter: Net Present Value, and in B29 enter: =NPV(B14,C27:G27)+B27. The NPV is $95,533.22, which, would seem to indicate that the project is acceptable.
If we lived in a world of perfect certainty, the catfish fillet project would be accepted without question. After all, it appears that it will increase shareholder wealth by $95,533.22. Unfortunately, the world is not certain. Even in this simplified example, it should be clear that many sources of uncertainty may arise. For example, the marketing department doesn t really know that the firm will sell 200,000 pounds of catfish fillets in the first year. Likewise, it doesn t know that it will be able to get the assumed $2.50 per pound or that demand will grow at an annual rate of 8% per year. Consumer demand may be far less than expected. This could lead to a double whammy: Not only would unit demand be less than expected, but the wholesale price would likely be less than $2.50 per pound. Poor first year acceptance could also mean lower subsequent growth rates. These and many other uncertainties naturally result in uncertainty surrounding our expected annual cash flows which, in turn, results in uncertainty surrounding the estimated NPV.
In such an uncertain world, it is helpful to develop models that allow us to determine how much uncertainty surrounds our estimate of the NPV. For example, we might like to make an educated guess as to the probability that the NPV will actually turn out to be less than zero. The following sections will lead us to an answer to this question.
As noted above, many uncertain variables exist in our catfish fillet example. In fact, we could say that virtually all of the variables are uncertain, as are many others that we have not explicitly considered. However, some of these variables have more of an impact on the NPV than others. Since it would take a lot of time and effort to generate precise forecasts of every variable, it is helpful to concentrate on only the most important variables. Sensitivity analysis is the tool that helps us to identify the variables that deserve the most attention.
The idea is to make small changes in variables, one at a time, and observe the effect on the NPV (or any other variable). For example, we might change the selling price from $2.50 per pound to $2.25 (a change of 10%) and then calculate that the NPV would decline to $38,552.35. Record this fact and reset the selling price to its original value. Now, reduce the terminal value of the land to $225,000 (a change of
10%) and note that the NPV declines to $81,407.26. Reducing the selling price by 10% leads to a much bigger decline in the NPV than does a similar reduction in the terminal value of the land. Therefore, we should devote more resources to determining the selling price.
There are two problems with the procedure outlined above. First, by making only a single small change to each variable, we may miss nonlinear relationships. Second, to carry out this procedure for each uncertain variable would be cumbersome. We would have to change a variable, write down the resulting NPV, reset the variable to its original value, change another variable, write down the resulting NPV, and so on. To solve the first problem we can simply make several changes in each variable, both up and down. For example, we could change the selling price per pound by 30% to +30% in, say, 10% increments. This, however, exacerbates the second problem by making the analysis even more onerous.
Fortunately, Excel provides a solution.
A data table is an Excel tool that automatically performs the process described previously. To see how they work, let s set up a simple example. Suppose that we wish to see what happens to the expected NPV as the selling price varies from $1.50 to $3.50 per pound. To start, enter $1.50 in G5 and $2.00 in H5. Now use AutoFill to create the rest of the price series. The next step is to enter a formula into F6. In this case, we are interested in the NPV so we need to enter:
=NPV(B14,C27:G27)+B27.
When we execute the data table command, Excel will automatically substitute the values from G5:K5 into our model (in cell B9) one at a time, and record the resulting NPVs in the table. Select F5:K6 (this is the entire area of the table we are creating, including the NPV formula) and then choose Data Table from the menu. In the resulting dialog box type B9 into the Row input cell edit box as shown in Figure 113. After clicking the OK button, this section of your worksheet should look like the one in Exhibit 113.
THE DATA TABLEFOR DIFFERENT PRICES
F 
G 
H 
I 
J 
K 

5 
Unit Price 
$ 1.50 
$ 2.00 
$ 2.50 
$ 3.00 
$ 3.50 
6 
95,533.22 
(132,390.24) 
(18,428.51) 
95,533.22 
209,494.94 
323,456.67 
The values in G6:K6 are the NPVs. For example, if the price per pound was $1.50 the NPV would be $ 132,390.24. Similarly, if the price was $3.50 the NPV would be $323,456.67. If necessary, you can change any or all of the prices in rows and the table will automatically update.
Note that the original NPV in F6 is not a part of the table per se, and it might confuse some people. It is only there so that Excel knows what formula to use when calculating the table. We can easily hide this value by simply selecting F6 and changing the font color to white. This will make the table easier to read.
Excel allows for other types of data tables than we have demonstrated here. The data table in Exhibit 113 is called a roworiented onevariable table because our prices are in a row. If the prices were in a column instead, we could create a columnoriented onevariable table. To create a columnoriented table, the only difference is that you would enter the changing cell (B9) into the Column input cell edit box (see Figure 113). The result would be exactly the same, except for the orientation table. We can also create twovariable data tables that allow for two changing variables. The procedure is similar, but you should check the online help for the details.
Since we have more than one uncertain variable in our catfish fillet problem, we will need several data tables. It will also be helpful, for comparison purposes, to deviate a bit from the methodology described above. Specifically, we can set up several data tables based on percentage changes in our uncertain variables. This will make it easier to compare the result from a change in unit sales to the result from a change in the growth rate.
Let s start by changing the input area of the worksheet so that it can accommodate this type of sensitivity analysis more easily. In D5 enter: Sensitivity %, and then in D6:D11 enter: 0_{%} in each cell. Change B6 so that it has a formula rather than a number: =350000*(1+D6). Now if we put 10% into D6, for example, the terminal value of the land will change from $350,000 to $385,000. Make similar changes in cells B7:B11 so that those values change as we change the corresponding percentages. Your input area should now look like the one in Exhibit 114. Note that we will be doing the sensitivity analysis on only six of the variables.
THE INPUT AREA SET UPFOR SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS
A 
B 
C 
D 

1 
Frozen Catfish Fillet Project Inputs 

2 
Cost of Land 
250,000 

3 
Cost of Buildings & Equipment 
400,000 

4 
Annual Depreciation 
40,000 

5 
Life of Project (Years) 
5 
Sensitivity % 

6 
Terminal Value of Land 
350,000 
0% 

7 
Terminal Value of Buildings & Equipment 
200,000 
0% 

8 
First Year Catfish Sales (lbs) 
200,000 
0% 

9 
Price per Pound 
2.50 
0% 

10 
Unit Sales Growth Rate 
8% 
0% 

11 
Variable Costs as % of Sales 
60% 
0% 

12 
Fixed Costs 
80,000 

13 
Tax Rate 
35% 

14 
WACC 
10% 
At this point we can proceed in a similar manner as we did above. Let s first create a percentagebased data table for the terminal value of the land. Go to A38 and enter: Terminal Value of Land. In B38:H38 enter a series from 30% to +30% in 10% increments ( 30%, 20%, 10%, etc.). In A39, enter the NPV function: =NPV(B14,C27:G27)+B27. We have now set up the table and all that remains is to select it and execute the Data Table command. In this case the row input cell is D6, which is the percentage that corresponds to the terminal value of the land. The data table will plug 30% into D6 which will change the terminal land value in B6 resulting in a different NPV. Next, it will plug in 20% and so on.
Using the same procedure, create data tables for each of the uncertain variables, each time changing the row input cell (D7, D8, etc.). You should end up with six data tables as shown in Exhibit 115. Note that, as mentioned above, we have hidden the original NPV formula so that the table is easier to read.
EXHIBIT 115
A 
B 
C 
D 
E 
F 
G 
H 

37 
Sensitivity Tables 

38 
Terminal Value of Land 
30% 
20% 
10% 
0% 
10% 
20% 
30% 
39 
95,533.22 
53,155.34 
6 7,281.30 
81,407.26 
9 5,533.22 
109,659.18 
123,785.14 
137,911.10 
40 

41 
Value of Buildings & Equipment 
30% 
20% 
10% 
0% 
10% 
20% 
30% 
42 
95,533.22 
71,317.29 
7 9,389.26 
87,461.24 
9 5,533.22 
103,605.19 
111,677.17 
119,749.15 
43 

44 
First Year Catfish Sales (lbs) 
30% 
20% 
10% 
0% 
10% 
20% 
30% 
45 
95,533.22 
(75,409.37) 
(18,428.51) 
38,552.35 
9 5,533.22 
152,514.08 
209,494.94 
266,475.81 
46 

47 
Price per Pound 
30% 
20% 
10% 
0% 
10% 
20% 
30% 
48 
95,533.22 
(75,409.37) 
(18,428.51) 
38,552.35 
9 5,533.22 
152,514.08 
209,494.94 
266,475.81 
49 

50 
Unit Sales Growth Rate 
30% 
20% 
10% 
0% 
10% 
20% 
30% 
51 
95,533.22 
71,214.34 
7 9,201.23 
87,307.07 
9 5,533.22 
103,880.99 
112,351.75 
120,946.85 
52 

53 
Variable Costs as % of Sales 
30% 
20% 
10% 
0% 
10% 
20% 
30% 
54 
95,533.22 
351,947.10 
266,475.81 
181,004.51 
9 5,533.22 
10,061.92 
(75,409.37) 
(160,880.67) 
Many people can look at the data tables and see at a glance that the most important variables are the unit sales, price per pound, and the variable cost as a percentage of sales. Others, however, find it helpful to create charts of the data. The most appropriate type of chart for this analysis is an XY Scatter chart. We can either create a separate chart for each variable, or put all of the variables in one chart.
To create one chart that shows all of the variables we must first start with a chart of one of the variables. Select B38:H39 and create an XY Scatter chart and place it somewhere convenient on the screen. Now, select B42:H42 and drag the range over the chart and drop it there. You have now added a second data series. Continue adding each of the other data series in the same way. For this example problem, it turns out that some of the lines overlap, so it is impossible to tell them apart on the chart. This is not generally the case. However, even when we don t have this problem, it can be much easier to see which variables are most important if they are all in separate charts. This is particularly true when we have a lot of variables.
SENSITIVITY DIAGRAMSFOR EACH VARIABLE
Creating a separate chart for each variable is more time consuming, and you need to make sure that the scaling of the axis is the same in each chart. The advantage to this approach is that it is much easier to identify the individual data series. As can be seen in Figure 114, the lines with the steepest slopes are the same as those previously identified as the most important variables. In order to make this comparison, it is vital that the axis scaling is identical in each chart. To make creating all of these charts easier, you can copy and paste the first one and then simply change the data ranges.
The sensitivity analysis has identified the three most important variables, but we ve only seen their impact on the NPV in isolation. A scenario analysis will allow us to see the combined effect of changing all of these variables simultaneously. Suppose that after seeing the sensitivity analysis report, a meeting was held to determine three possible scenarios. The best and worst cases are shown in Table 113 along with the base case which represents the current expectations.
Variable 
Worst Case 20% 
Base Case 60% 
Best Case 20% 
Unit Sales 
125,000 
200,000 
275,000 
Price per Pound 
$2.25 
$2.50 
$2.65 
Variable Cost % 
65% 
60% 
55% 
Note that the worst case scenario is one in which all of the variables are at their worst possible values. Similarly, the best case assumes that all of the variables take on their best possible values simultaneously. While such extreme outcomes are unlikely, they are useful for determining the extreme boundaries around the expected NPV.
Excel provides the Scenario Manager to help us to analyze such scenarios. In Chapter 3