DCF Valuation Example (Excel)
Originally published: 26/06/2020 07:57
Last version published: 26/06/2020 08:16
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DCF Valuation Example (Excel)

DCF Valuation Example (Discounted Cash Flow) in Microsoft Excel.

This is an easy-to-follow discounted cash flow (DCF) valuation template and can be used as an example to illustrate the step-by-step process of doing a standard DCF valuation. It can also be used as a template for making DCF valuations of businesses (or other projects if modified). The interface is clean and intuitive with terminology and labeling used in finance, M&A and business. This would ideally suit students looking to learn about discounted cash flow valuations and net present value (NPV) modeling or professionals who need to learn about DCF valuations (e.g. before a finance/banking interview or test) or professionals who want to make a first attempt at a valuation before seeking financial advice or in an attempt to verify a financial advisors valuation. The figures used in the model are fictional but are not too different from real-life examples. Template does not come with step-by-step instructions so assumes a basic understanding of finance (e.g. what EBIT is). If not, users can search for definitions online to supplement the template. Or if requested, an amended version can be created and re-published. Formulas are all linked and can be followed to interpret how calculations are made. Objective of the tool is to share best practice and teach beginners or those looking to recap how to do a DCF valuation.

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To assist learners in understanding the mechanics of a DCF used in practice.


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