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# Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Renishaw plc (LON:RSW)

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Renishaw plc (LON:RSW) by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to todayâ€™s value. I will be using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Donâ€™t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not November 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Renishaw by following the link below.

### The method

We are going to use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name states, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period which levels off heading towards the terminal value, captured in the second â€˜steady growthâ€™ period. To begin with we have to get estimates of the next five years of cash flows. 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 forecast

 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Levered FCF (Â£, Millions) Â£96.60 Â£103.70 Â£119.17 Â£158.10 Â£207.70 Source Analyst x4 Analyst x4 Analyst x3 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Present Value Discounted @ 8.28% Â£89.21 Â£88.45 Â£93.87 Â£115.01 Â£139.54

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= UKÂ£526m

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. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (1.4%). In the same way as with the 5-year â€˜growthâ€™ period, we discount this to todayâ€™s value at a cost of equity of 8.3%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 Ã— (1 + g) Ã· (r â€“ g) = UKÂ£208m Ã— (1 + 1.4%) Ã· (8.3% â€“ 1.4%) = UKÂ£3.1b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = UKÂ£3.1b Ã· ( 1 + 8.3%)5 = UKÂ£2.1b

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 UKÂ£2.6b. 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 Â£35.47. Compared to the current share price of Â£42.24, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

### The assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual cash flows. If you donâ€™t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at Renishaw 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 Iâ€™ve used 8.3%, 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.

### Next Steps:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldnâ€™t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For RSW, there are three essential aspects you should further research:

1. Financial Health: Does RSW have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
2. Future Earnings: How does RSWâ€™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.
3. Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of RSW? 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.