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    Dividend Discount Model

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    A relatively new firm has the dividend payment history shown in
    Table 9-10. Suppose this stock sells for $8 per share. Estimate the
    shareholders' required rate of return using the dividend discount model
    with the following:
    a. The dividend growth rate calculated over the firm's entire history.
    b. The growth rate calculated over the actual dividend paying history
    Why are the two answers different? Which do you think is most meaningful?
    TABLE 9-10
    Year Dividends Paid
    2000 $0
    2001 0
    2002 0
    2003 0
    2004 0.10
    2005 0.13
    2006 0.15
    2007 0.18

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    Dividends over the Firm's Entire History
    - First, to use the dividend discount model (DDM), several inputs are needed
    - DDM formula:

    Stock Value = Dividend Per Share Expected for the Next Year
    Required rate of return - Dividend growth rate

    Value = D / (k + g) where k is the required rate of return and g is the dividend growth rate

    - The stock value is given - $8
    - The dividends expected in the following year can be calculated using the dividend growth rate - next year's dividend = this year's dividends * (1 + g)
    - To calculate the average growth rate over the firm's entire history, we must add up all dividends paid and divide this total by the number of years the firm has been in operation

    Average growth rate = ...

    Solution Summary

    The question provides the dividends paid over several years and asks for computations of shareholders' required rate of return using the dividend discount model (DDM) and two different assumptions regarding the dividend growth rate.