Are Investors Undervaluing Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY) By 31%?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 17, 2021
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In this article we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. (TSE:PEY) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. We will take advantage of the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model for this purpose. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

We would caution that there are many ways of valuing a company and, like the DCF, each technique has advantages and disadvantages in certain scenarios. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model.

See our latest analysis for Peyto Exploration & Development

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 ten years of cash flows. 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) forecast

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Levered FCF (CA$, Millions) CA$343.0m CA$285.7m CA$253.4m CA$234.6m CA$223.5m CA$217.1m CA$213.7m CA$212.5m CA$212.5m CA$213.6m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x5 Analyst x3 Est @ -11.29% Est @ -7.44% Est @ -4.74% Est @ -2.85% Est @ -1.53% Est @ -0.61% Est @ 0.04% Est @ 0.49%
Present Value (CA$, Millions) Discounted @ 9.1% CA$314 CA$240 CA$195 CA$166 CA$145 CA$129 CA$116 CA$106 CA$97.3 CA$89.7

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = CA$1.6b

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 a country's GDP growth. In this case we have used the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield (1.6%) to estimate future growth. In the same way as with the 10-year 'growth' period, we discount future cash flows to today's value, using a cost of equity of 9.1%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CA$214m× (1 + 1.6%) ÷ (9.1%– 1.6%) = CA$2.9b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= CA$2.9b÷ ( 1 + 9.1%)10= CA$1.2b

The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next ten years plus the discounted terminal value, which results in the Total Equity Value, which in this case is CA$2.8b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of CA$11.6, the company appears quite undervalued at a 31% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope - move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.

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TSX:PEY Discounted Cash Flow November 18th 2021

Important assumptions

We would 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 these inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. 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 Peyto Exploration & Development 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 9.1%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.716. 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:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it ideally won't be the sole piece of analysis you scrutinize for a company. It's not possible to obtain a foolproof valuation with a DCF model. Preferably you'd apply different cases and assumptions and see how they would impact the company's valuation. If a company grows at a different rate, or if its cost of equity or risk free rate changes sharply, the output can look very different. Can we work out why the company is trading at a discount to intrinsic value? For Peyto Exploration & Development, there are three important factors you should further research:

  1. Risks: Case in point, we've spotted 4 warning signs for Peyto Exploration & Development you should be aware of, and 2 of them are a bit concerning.
  2. Management:Have insiders been ramping up their shares to take advantage of the market's sentiment for PEY's future outlook? Check out our management and board analysis with insights on CEO compensation and governance factors.
  3. Other Solid Businesses: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are fundamental to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals to see if there are other companies you may not have considered!

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