Course 404: Putting DCF into Action
Step 2--Determine a Discount Rate
In this course
1 Introduction
2 Step 1--Project Free Cash Flow
3 Step 2--Determine a Discount Rate
4 Step 3--Discount Projected Free Cash Flows to Present
5 Step 4--Calculate Discounted Perpetuity Value
6 Step 5--Add It All Up
7 The Bottom Line

Because we're using the "free cash flow to equity" method of DCF, we can ignore Charlie's cost of debt and WACC in coming up with a discount rate. Instead, we'll focus on coming up with an assumed cost of equity, using the principles highlighted in the previous lesson.

Charlie's has been in business for more than 60 years, and it has not had an unprofitable year in decades. Its brand is well-known and respected, and this translates into very respectable returns on its invested capital. Given this and the relatively stable outlook for Charlie's profits, settling for a 9% cost of equity (lower than average) seems appropriate given the modest risks Charlie's faces.

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