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Today we’ll do a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Gévelot SA (EPA:ALGEV) as an investment opportunity by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!
Companies can be valued in a lot of ways, so we would point out that a DCF is not perfect for every situation. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model.
Step by step through the calculation
We’re 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 a stable growth rate. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next ten years. Seeing as no analyst estimates of free cash flow are available to us, we have extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the company’s last reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.
A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today’s value:
10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast
|Levered FCF (€, Millions)||€11.64||€10.53||€9.85||€9.42||€9.16||€9.00||€8.91||€8.87||€8.86||€8.87|
|Growth Rate Estimate Source||Est @ -13.97%||Est @ -9.56%||Est @ -6.47%||Est @ -4.31%||Est @ -2.8%||Est @ -1.74%||Est @ -1%||Est @ -0.48%||Est @ -0.11%||Est @ 0.14%|
|Present Value (€, Millions) Discounted @ 7.89%||€10.79||€9.05||€7.84||€6.95||€6.27||€5.71||€5.24||€4.83||€4.47||€4.15|
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= €65.30m
“Est” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St
After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 10-year period, we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 0.7%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today’s value at a cost of equity of 7.9%.
Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2029 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €8.9m × (1 + 0.7%) ÷ (7.9% – 0.7%) = €125m
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)10 = €€125m ÷ ( 1 + 7.9%)10 = €58.42m
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is €123.71m. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. This results in an intrinsic value estimate of €160.77. Relative to the current share price of €190, the company appears around fair value at the time of writing. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope – move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.
We would point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. Part of investing is coming up with your own evaluation of a company’s future performance, so try the calculation yourself and check your own assumptions. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company’s future capital requirements, so it does not give a full picture of a company’s potential performance. Given that we are looking at Gévelot as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation we’ve used 7.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.076. Beta is a measure of a stock’s volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally 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. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Rather it should be seen as a guide to “what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?” If a company grows at a different rate, or if its cost of equity or risk free rate changes sharply, the output can look very different. For Gévelot, There are three important aspects you should further examine:
- Financial Health: Does ALGEV 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.
- Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of ALGEV? 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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