DCF method is only as good as what lies beneath
Abstract: This article uses a 2012 case, In re Bachrach Clothing, to illustrate that the discounted cash flow (DCF) method is only as reliable as its underlying assumptions — and the objectivity of the experts performing the analyses. The article describes the background of this case and looks at the discrepancies between the two experts’ approaches. The experts both relied on the same cash flow projections and used the DCF method — but reached radically different conclusions. The article notes the importance of supporting valuation assumptions with objective, market-derived evidence to reach a well-reasoned valuation conclusion that can withstand court scrutiny. In re Bachrach Clothing (Bankruptcy No. 0655, Adversary No. 08-00726, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern Division, Oct. 10, 2013).