Today I will be providing a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Aquafil S.p.A. (BIT:ECNL) as an investment opportunity by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. I will be using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not January 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Aquafil by following the link below.
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Crunching the numbers
I’m using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company’s growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have perpetual stable growth rate. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. I then discount the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.
5-year cash flow estimate
|Levered FCF (€, Millions)||€54.50||€49.50||€52.43||€55.53||€58.82|
|Source||Analyst x2||Analyst x2||Est @ 5.92%||Est @ 5.92%||Est @ 5.92%|
|Present Value Discounted @ 8.59%||€50.19||€41.98||€40.95||€39.94||€38.96|
Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= €212m
After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.9%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.
Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €59m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.9%) = €1.1b
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = €1.1b ÷ ( 1 + 8.6%)5 = €709m
The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next five years and the discounted terminal value, which results in the Total Equity Value, which in this case is €921m. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. If the stock is an depositary receipt (represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation) then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of €18.05. Compared to the current share price of €9.32, the stock is quite undervalued at a 48% discount to what it is available for right now.
I’d like to point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. You don’t have to agree with my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at Aquafil as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighed average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation I’ve used 8.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. This is derived from the Bottom-Up Beta method based on comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.
Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For ECNL, I’ve compiled three fundamental factors you should further examine:
- Future Earnings: How does ECNL’s growth rate compare to its peers and the wider market? Dig deeper into the analyst consensus number for the upcoming years by interacting with our free analyst growth expectation chart.
- Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of ECNL? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!
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