Three-Stage Dividend Discount Model
Originally published: 22/06/2016 12:48
Publication number: ELQ-82863-1
View all versions & Certificate

Three-Stage Dividend Discount Model

Value the equity in a firm with three stages of growth

This model is designed to value the equity in a firm with three stages of growth - an initial period of high growth, a transition period of declining growth and a final period of stable growth.

The user should enter the following inputs:
1. Length of each growth phase
2. Growth rate in each growth phase
3. Dividend payout ratios in each growth phase.
4. Costs of Equity in each growth phase

Note: this model is being shared with the authorization of Professor Aswath Damodaran from NYU Stern Business School (

This Best Practice includes
1 Excel Model File

Prof. Aswath Damodaran offers you this Best Practice for free!

download for free

Add to bookmarks


Further information


- Cost of Equity
- Current Earnings per share

- Growth Rate in Earnings per share - Initial High - - Growth phase

- Historical Growth
- Outside Estimates
- Fundamental Growth
- Weighted Average

- Payout Ratio for high growth phase

- Stable Growth Phase
- Growth Rate in Stable Phase
- Payout Ratio in Stable Phase
- Cost of Equity in Stable Phase
- Price at the end of growth phase

- Present Value of dividends in high growth phase
- Present Value of dividends in transition phase
- Present Value of Terminal Price
- Value of the stock

Best suited for firms paying residual cash in dividends, while having high growth.

1. The firm is assumed to be in an extraordinary growth phase currently.
2. This extraordinary growth is expected to last for an initial period that has to be specified.
3. The growth rate declines linearly over the transition period to a stable growth rate.
4. The firm's dividend payout ratio changes consistently with the growth rate.

4.8 / 5 (21 votes)

please wait...