Calculating The Fair Value Of Domain Holdings Australia Limited (ASX:DHG)

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Domain Holdings Australia Limited (ASX:DHG) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. I will be using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Don’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 October 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Domain Holdings Australia by following the link below.

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The calculation

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. 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. The sum of these cash flows is then discounted to today’s value.

5-year cash flow forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF (A$, Millions) A$67.33 A$80.00 A$88.50 A$93.47 A$122.00
Source Analyst x3 Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 8.55% A$62.03 A$67.89 A$69.18 A$67.31 A$80.93

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= AU$347m

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 2.8%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AU$122m × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.8%) = AU$2.2b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = AU$2.2b ÷ ( 1 + 8.6%)5 = AU$1.4b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is AU$1.8b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding, or the equivalent number if this is a depositary receipt or ADR. This results in an intrinsic value of A$3.08. Relative to the current share price of A$3.32, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

ASX:DHG Intrinsic Value Export October 10th 18
ASX:DHG Intrinsic Value Export October 10th 18

Important assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual cash flows. If you don’t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at Domain Holdings Australia 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.

Next Steps:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For DHG, I’ve compiled three important factors you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does DHG 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 DHG’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 DHG? 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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