# What discount rate should I use for DCF?

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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)

## How do you find the discount rate for DCF?

What is the Discounted Cash Flow 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.

## What is the proper discount rate to use when evaluating a potential acquisition by DCF?

The rate at which future cash flows will be discounted is determined by both the risk of the asset and the risk of the business plan. To provide some context, unleveraged discount rates in real estate fall between 6% and 12%.

## What is the best discount rate to use?

Usually within 6-12%. For investors, the cost of capital is a discount rate to value a business. Don’t forget margin of safety. A high discount rate is not a margin of safety.

## What NPV discount rate should I use?

It’s the rate of return that the investors expect or the cost of borrowing money. If shareholders expect a 12% return, that is the discount rate the company will use to calculate NPV. If the firm pays 4% interest on its debt, then it may use that figure as the discount rate.

## How do you calculate DCF value?

The following steps are required to arrive at a DCF valuation:

1. Project unlevered FCFs (UFCFs)
2. Choose a discount rate.
3. Calculate the TV.
4. Calculate the enterprise value (EV) by discounting the projected UFCFs and TV to net present value.
5. Calculate the equity value by subtracting net debt from EV.
6. Review the results.

## Why is DCF the best valuation method?

DCF should be used in many cases because it attempts to measure the value created by a business directly and precisely. It is thus the most theoretically correct valuation method available: the value of a firm ultimately derives from the inherent value of its future cash flows to its stakeholders.

## When would it be best for me to use DCF?

As such, a DCF analysis is appropriate in any situation wherein a person is paying money in the present with expectations of receiving more money in the future. For example, assuming a 5% annual interest rate, \$1 in a savings account will be worth \$1.05 in a year.

## What discount rate does Warren Buffett use?

Warren Buffett’s 3% Discount Rate Margin.

## What does higher discount rate mean?

In general, a higher the discount means that there is a greater the level of risk associated with an investment and its future cash flows. Discounting is the primary factor used in pricing a stream of tomorrow’s cash flows.

## What happens when the discount rate increases?

The net effects of raising the discount rate will be a decrease in the amount of reserves in the banking system. Fewer reserves will support fewer loans; the money supply will fall and market interest rates will rise. If the central bank lowers the discount rate it charges to banks, the process works in reverse.

## What is the difference between IRR and discount rate?

The IRR equals the discount rate that makes the NPV of future cash flows equal to zero. … The IRR is the rate at which those future cash flows can be discounted to equal \$100,000. IRR assumes that dividends and cash flows are reinvested at the discount rate, which is not always the case.