Mid period discounting in excel

Hello - how do I modify a NPV formula in excel to achieve mid period discounting?

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dlmilleConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I take that back.  By my own provided definition, mid-period discounting should be:

NPV(end-Period) * (1+periodic_rate)^.5

It doesn't matter whether your cashflows are quarterly or yearly, what matters is what the periods are that you are using.

If your periods are quarterly, then mid-period would still be the equation I cited above.

The point is, to go from end to mid-period discounting is moving the DCF's up by half a period, which is what the *(1+periodic_rate)^.5 does.

If your annual rate is 8% and periodic rate is then 8%/4, or 2%, then it would be:


So if your end-period is:

then mid-period would be:

See attached

Does that help?

NPV uses end-period discounting.  E.g.,


Mid-Period Discounting can utilize the existing NPV formula, with one modification:

=NPV(periodic_rate,cash_flows)*(1+periodic_rate)^.5 + initial_cash_flow

See attached workbook example where this is proven by comparing the NPV calc (above) with a more "manual" set of periodic DCFs that are added up to equal the same result.

Here's a confirming link:
See Pg 48, re: http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/office-and-productivity-applications/9780735623965/evaluating-investments-by-using-net-present-value-criteria/48#X2ludGVybmFsX0ZsYXNoUmVhZGVyP3htbGlkPTk3ODA3MzU2MjM5NjUvNDg=

A bit on XNPV as an alternative:

Also, you could use XNPV for this, though it would not exactly match the NPV enhanced calculation, primarily because leap year is taken into account, # days in months are different, etc., so if you have a different starting year, you'd get a slightly different result, than just working with plain vanilla periods, as with the NPV calculation.

However, I also share the XNPV approach in the attached, as well, for completeness.

IMHO for straight-forward enterprise valuation methodologies, I suggest keeping things simple and using the enhanced NPV approach, bringing the cash flows forward 1/2 year with the NPV * (1+r)^.5 as opposed to dealing with XNPV.  The differences in the calculation should not be material.

Again, this is primarily talking about even cash flows, where we're just doing mid-period discounting, not irregular cash flows which would require a DCF calculated approach if not for XNPV.

Further discussion on using NPV versus XNPV: http://www.finance30.com/forum/topics/1987892:Topic:38950


SentientGroupAuthor Commented:
Hello, the discounted cash flow I am working with has the following formula.

It is ^ (1/4) as the cashflows are quarterly


As such should I change it to


Or will it be




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Please provide a sample workbook with your current end-period NPV so I can answer accurately.

SentientGroupAuthor Commented:
Yes - thanks
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