# What is the discount period in a DCF?

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In a DCF without mid-year convention, we would use discount period numbers of 1 for the first year, 2 for the second year, 3 for the third year, and so on. With mid-year convention, we would instead use 0.5 for the first year, 1.5 for the second year, 2.5 for the third year, and so on.

## How do you find the discount period?

The discount period is the period between the last day on which the discount terms are still valid and the date when the invoice is normally due. For example, if the discount must be taken within 10 days, with normal payment due in 30 days, then the discount period is 20 days.

## How do you discount DCF?

Here is the DCF formula:

1. CF = Cash Flow in the Period.
2. r = the interest rate or discount rate.
3. n = the period number.
4. If you pay less than the DCF value, your rate of return will be higher than the discount rate.
5. If you pay more than the DCF value, your rate of return will be lower than the discount.

## How many years should a DCF have?

Operating Cash Flow Projections

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The most prevalent is that the uncertainty with cash flow projection increases for each year in the forecast—and DCF models often use five or even 10 years’ worth of estimates.

## What discount rate should I use for DCF?

For SaaS companies using DCF to calculate a more accurate customer lifetime value (LTV), we suggest using the following discount rates: 10% for public companies. 15% for private companies that are scaling predictably (say above \$10m in ARR, and growing greater than 40% year on year)

## What is a discount period *?

Discount period. The period during which a customer can deduct the discount from the net amount of the bill when making payment.

## What does less the discount mean?

“Less discount” would refer to a total stated but prior to a discount being given. This would be the “gross” total.

## How do you find the discounted payback period?

The discounted payback period is calculated by discounting the net cash flows of each and every period and cumulating the discounted cash flows until the amount of the initial investment is met.

## Why do you discount cash flows?

Discounted cash flow (DCF) helps determine the value of an investment based on its future cash flows. The present value of expected future cash flows is arrived at by using a discount rate to calculate the DCF. If the DCF is above the current cost of the investment, the opportunity could result in positive returns.

## Should terminal value be discounted?

The terminal value based on a perpetuity model must be discounted back by the same number of periods as the last year’s free cash flow during the discrete projection period, which is N – 0.5 years when the mid-period convention is used, and N years when the end-period convention is used.

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## Is discounted cash flow accurate?

DCF Valuation is extremely sensitive to assumptions related to perpetual growth rate and discount rate. Any minor tweaking here and there, and the DCF Valuation will fluctuate wildly and the fair value so generated won’t be accurate. It works best only when there is a high degree of confidence about future cash flows.

## What should be discount rate?

An equity discount rate range of 12% to 20%, give or take, is likely to be considered reasonable in a business valuation. This is about in line with the long-term anticipated returns quoted to private equity investors, which makes sense, because a business valuation is an equity interest in a privately held company.

## What is an appropriate discount rate today?

If you are acquiring an existing stabilized asset with credit tenants then you could use a discount rate of around 7%. If you are analyzing a speculative development, you discount rate should be in the high teens. In general, discount rates in real estate fall between 6-12%.