How much should I pay for growth


Investors hoping to make a good return may focus on companies that are trading below book value or may be a potential take over target.  However one of the best catalysts for stock price growth is earnings growth.  But how much should you ay?

Using a simple discounted cash flow model we assumed;

-          - EPS growth rates of 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 30%

-          - no dividends paid

-          - securities sold in year 5 at a multiple of 14

-          - cost of capital 10%

Based on the assumptions, we estimated the value of stocks based on a multiple of historic earnings;


Growth PE Multiple
5 11
10 14
15 17.5
20 21.6
30 32.3

It does appear that a PEG ratio of 1 is a good approximation for growth in excess of 20% while some adjustments need to be made below that.

However, it is a big assumption to believe that current growth rates will persist for 5 years.  Investors should be cautious and understand that if growth falls back to 5% in years 4 and 5 then the multiple reduces to;

GrowthPE Multiple


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Disclosure:  The author holds no positions in any of the above stocks and has no intention to initiate any in the next 72 hours.