Adjusted present value

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Adjusted present value (APV) is a valuation method introduced in 1974 by Stewart Myers. [1]

Valuation (finance) process of estimating what something is worth, used in the finance industry

In finance, valuation is the process of determining the present value (PV) of an asset. Valuations can be done on assets or on liabilities. Valuations are needed for many reasons such as investment analysis, capital budgeting, merger and acquisition transactions, financial reporting, taxable events to determine the proper tax liability, and in litigation.

Stewart Clay Myers is the Robert C. Merton (1970) Professor of Financial Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is notable for his work on capital structure and innovations in capital budgeting and valuation, and has had a "remarkable influence" on both the theory and practice of corporate finance. Myers, in fact, coined the term "real option". He is the co-author with Richard A. Brealey and Franklin Allen of Principles of Corporate Finance, a widely used and cited business school textbook, now in its 11th edition. He is also the author of dozens of research articles.

According to Myers, the value of the levered firm (Value levered, Vl) is equal to the value of the firm with no debt (Value unlevered, Vu) plus the present value of the tax savings due to the tax deductability of interest payments, the so called value of the tax shield (VTS). Myers proposes calculating the VTS by discounting the tax savings at the cost of debt (Kd). The argument is that the risk of the tax saving arising from the use of debt is the same as the risk of the debt. The method is to calculate the NPV of the project as if it is all-equity financed (so called base case). Then the base-case NPV is adjusted for the benefits of financing. Usually, the main benefit is a tax shield resulted from tax deductibility of interest payments. Another benefit can be a subsidized borrowing at sub-market rates. The APV method is especially effective when a leveraged buyout case is considered since the company is loaded with an extreme amount of debt, so the tax shield is substantial.

A tax shield is the reduction in income taxes that results from taking an allowable deduction from taxable income. For example, because interest on debt is a tax-deductible expense, taking on debt creates a tax shield. Since a tax shield is a way to save cash flows, it increases the value of the business, and it is an important aspect of business valuation.

Leveraged buyout acquired control over a company by the purchase of its shares with borrowed money

A leveraged buyout (LBO) is a financial transaction in which a company is purchased with a combination of equity and debt, such that the company's cash flow is the collateral used to secure and repay the borrowed money. The use of debt, which normally has a lower cost of capital than equity, serves to reduce the overall cost of financing the acquisition. The cost of debt is lower because interest payments often reduce corporate income tax liability, whereas dividend payments normally do not. This reduced cost of financing allows greater gains to accrue to the equity, and, as a result, the debt serves as a lever to increase the returns to the equity.

Technically, an APV valuation model looks similar to a standard DCF model. However, instead of WACC, cash flows would be discounted at the unlevered cost of equity, and tax shields at either the cost of debt (Myers) or following later academics also with the unlevered cost of equity. [2] APV and the standard DCF approaches should give the identical result if the capital structure remains stable.

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Capital structure

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APV formula

APV = Unlevered NPV of Free Cash Flows and assumed Terminal Value + NPV of Interest Tax Shield and assumed Terminal Value

The discount rate used in the first part is the return on assets or return on equity if unlevered. The discount rate used in the second part is the cost of debt financing by period.

In detail:

EBIT

- Taxes on EBIT

=Net Operating Profit After Tax (NOPAT)

+ Non cash items in EBIT

- Working Capital changes

- Capital Expenditures and Other Operating Investments

=Free Cash Flows

Take Present Value (PV) of FCFs discounted by Return on Assets % (also Return on Unlevered Equity %)

+ PV of terminal value

=Value of Unlevered Assets

+ Excess cash and other assets

=Value of Unlevered Firm (i.e., firm value without financing effects or benefit of interest tax shield)

+ Present Value of Debt's Periodic Interest Tax Shield discounted by Cost of Debt Financing %

=Value of Levered Firm

- Value of Debt

=Value of Levered Equity or APV

The value from the interest tax shield assumes the company is profitable enough to deduct the interest expense. If not, adjust this part for when the interest can be deducted for tax purposes.

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References

  1. Myers, S.C. (1974), “Interactions of Corporate Financing and Investment Decisions - Implications for Capital Budgeting”, Journal of Finance (March), pp. 1-25
  2. Pablo, Fernández (May 2006). Levered and Unlevered Beta (PDF) (Technical report). University of Navarra. 488.