An empirical study of the discounted cash flow model

Detta är en D-uppsats från Handelshögskolan i Stockholm/Institutionen för redovisning och finansiering

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this thesis is to compare the practical use of the DCF model with the theoretical recommendations. The empirical study is based on eight different DCF models performed by American, European and Nordic investment banks on the Swedish retail company Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). These models are currently being used internally by the corresponding equity research departments to determine the fair value of the H&M stock. The aspects that are studied are regarded as the basic theoretical requirements of the DCF model. The discrepancies between theory and practice are concluded to be significant and the overall quality of the studied DCF models is determined to be poor. The explanation for the differences between theoretical practice and empirical findings is mainly attributed to the use of the DCF model as a tool to merely motivate an investment recommendation and not derive a correct theoretical value.

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