Is There An Opportunity With DWS Limited’s (ASX:DWS) 34.84% Undervaluation?

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of DWS Limited (ASX:DWS) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. I will use the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not December 2017 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for DWS by following the link below. View our latest analysis for DWS

What’s the value?

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 ‘steady growth’ period. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. Where possible I use analyst estimates, but when these aren’t available I have extrapolated the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the year before. For this growth rate I used the average annual growth rate over the past five years, but capped at a reasonable level. I then discount the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow forecast

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Levered FCF (A$, Millions) A$16.20 A$15.00 A$18.10 A$19.59 A$21.21
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Extrapolated @ (8.26%) Extrapolated @ (8.26%)
Present Value Discounted @ 8.55% A$14.92 A$12.73 A$14.15 A$14.11 A$14.07

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= A$70

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after 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 (2.8%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2021 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = A$21 × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.8%) = A$376

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = A$376 / ( 1 + 8.6%)5 = A$250

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is A$320. 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$2.42, which, compared to the current share price of A$1.58, we see that DWS is quite good value at a 34.84% discount to what it is available for right now.

ASX:DWS Intrinsic Value Dec 26th 17
ASX:DWS Intrinsic Value Dec 26th 17

Important 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 my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at DWS 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 0.8. 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:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For DWS, I’ve compiled three relevant factors you should further research:

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