Doctor Care Anywhere Group PLC (ASX:DOC) Shares Could Be 37% Below Their Intrinsic Value Estimate

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 05, 2021
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Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of Doctor Care Anywhere Group PLC (ASX:DOC) by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today's value. The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model is the tool we will apply to do this. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

We generally believe that a company's value is the present value of all of the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one valuation metric among many, and it is not without flaws. For those who are keen learners of equity analysis, the Simply Wall St analysis model here may be something of interest to you.

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Step by step through the calculation

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. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next ten years. 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.

Generally we assume that a dollar today is more valuable than a dollar in the future, so we need to discount the sum of these future cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Levered FCF (£, Millions) -UK£8.90m UK£2.20m UK£3.39m UK£4.70m UK£6.00m UK£7.19m UK£8.23m UK£9.10m UK£9.84m UK£10.4m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ 54.28% Est @ 38.55% Est @ 27.55% Est @ 19.84% Est @ 14.45% Est @ 10.67% Est @ 8.03% Est @ 6.18%
Present Value (£, Millions) Discounted @ 6.0% -UK£8.4 UK£2.0 UK£2.9 UK£3.7 UK£4.5 UK£5.1 UK£5.5 UK£5.7 UK£5.8 UK£5.8

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = UK£32m

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the initial 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 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 1.9%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 6.0%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = UK£10m× (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (6.0%– 1.9%) = UK£258m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= UK£258m÷ ( 1 + 6.0%)10= UK£144m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is UK£176m. 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$0.6, the company appears quite undervalued at a 37% discount to where the stock price trades currently. The assumptions in any calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it is better to view this as a rough estimate, not precise down to the last cent.

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ASX:DOC Discounted Cash Flow November 5th 2021

The assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. If you don't agree with these result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the 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 Doctor Care Anywhere Group 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 6.0%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.843. 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, the DCF calculation is only one of many factors that you need to assess for a company. It's not possible to obtain a foolproof valuation with a DCF model. Rather it should be seen as a guide to "what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?" For example, changes in the company's cost of equity or the risk free rate can significantly impact the valuation. Why is the intrinsic value higher than the current share price? For Doctor Care Anywhere Group, we've put together three important aspects you should further research:

  1. Risks: You should be aware of the 2 warning signs for Doctor Care Anywhere Group we've uncovered before considering an investment in the company.
  2. Future Earnings: How does DOC'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: Do you like a good all-rounder? 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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