Is Frontier Digital Ventures Limited (ASX:FDV) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At The Intrinsic Value

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Frontier Digital Ventures Limited (ASX:FDV) by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. 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 April 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Frontier Digital Ventures by following the link below. Check out our latest analysis for Frontier Digital Ventures

Step by step through the calculation

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. To start off with we need to estimate the next five years of cash flows. 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$, Millions) A$-7.10 A$-4.00 A$1.80 A$7.80 A$9.05
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Extrapolated @ (16%, capped from 137.59%)
Present Value Discounted @ 8.55% A$-6.54 A$-3.39 A$1.41 A$5.62 A$6.00

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= A$3

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) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = A$9 × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.8%) = A$161

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = A$161 / ( 1 + 8.6%)5 = A$107

The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next five years and the discounted terminal value, which results in the Total Equity Value, which in this case is A$110. 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$0.49, which, compared to the current share price of A$0.65, we find that Frontier Digital Ventures is quite expensive at the time of writing.

ASX:FDV Intrinsic Value Apr 24th 18
ASX:FDV Intrinsic Value Apr 24th 18

Important assumptions

I’d like to point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual 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 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 0.8. 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation 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, I’ve put together three important aspects you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does FDV 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 FDV’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 FDV? 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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