# A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of Codan Limited (ASX:CDA)

In this article we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of Codan Limited (ASX:CDA) by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will be using the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward.

Companies can be valued in a lot of ways, so we would point out that a DCF is not perfect for every situation. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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### The model

We use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a lower growth phase. To start off with, we need to estimate the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren’t available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or 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, so we discount the value of these future cash flows to their estimated value in today’s dollars:

#### 10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast

 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 Levered FCF (A\$, Millions) AU\$47.0m AU\$62.3m AU\$71.3m AU\$77.7m AU\$82.9m AU\$87.0m AU\$90.3m AU\$93.0m AU\$95.2m AU\$97.1m Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ 9.01% Est @ 6.63% Est @ 4.96% Est @ 3.8% Est @ 2.98% Est @ 2.41% Est @ 2.01% Present Value (A\$, Millions) Discounted @ 7.1% AU\$43.9 AU\$54.4 AU\$58.1 AU\$59.2 AU\$58.9 AU\$57.8 AU\$56.0 AU\$53.9 AU\$51.6 AU\$49.2

(“Est” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = AU\$542m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after this ten year period. 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 1.1%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today’s value at a cost of equity of 7.1%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2029 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AU\$97m× (1 + 1.1%) ÷ 7.1%– 1.1%) = AU\$1.6b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= AU\$1.6b÷ ( 1 + 7.1%)10= AU\$832m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is AU\$1.4b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of AU\$7.8, the company appears around fair value at the time of writing. Remember though, that this is just an approximate valuation, and like any complex formula – garbage in, garbage out.

### The assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. You don’t have to agree with these inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. 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 Codan 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 7.1%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.097. 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.

### Next Steps:

Whilst important, DCF calculation 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 Codan, There are three relevant aspects you should further research:

1. Future Earnings: How does CDA’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.
2. Management:Have insiders been ramping up their shares to take advantage of the market’s sentiment for CDA’s future outlook? Check out our management and board analysis with insights on CEO compensation and governance factors.
3. Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of CDA? 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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