The model
I’m 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 perpetual stable growth rate. 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
2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | |
Levered FCF (A$, Millions) | A$-7.20 | A$-4.10 | A$1.60 | A$7.40 | A$8.58 |
Source | Analyst x1 | Analyst x1 | Analyst x1 | Analyst x1 | Extrapolated @ (16%, capped from 137.59%) |
Present Value Discounted @ 8.55% | A$-6.63 | A$-3.48 | A$1.25 | A$5.33 | A$5.69 |
Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= A$2.16
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) = FCF_{2022} × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = A$8.58 × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.8%) = A$152.61
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)^{5} = A$152.61 / ( 1 + 8.6%)^{5} = A$101.24
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is A$103.40. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. If the stock is an depositary receipt (represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation) or ADR then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of A$0.47. Relative to the current share price of A$0.65, the stock is rather overvalued at the time of writing.
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 Frontier Digital Ventures 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:
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 FDV, there are three relevant factors you should look at:
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