mCloud Technologies Corp. (CVE:MCLD) Shares Could Be 47% Below Their Intrinsic Value Estimate

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 06, 2020

Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of mCloud Technologies Corp. (CVE:MCLD) by taking the forecast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today's value. Our analysis will employ the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. Models like these may appear beyond the comprehension of a lay person, but they're fairly easy to follow.

We generally believe that a company's value is the present value of all of the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one valuation metric among many, and it is not without flaws. If you still have some burning questions about this type of valuation, take a look at the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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Is mCloud Technologies fairly valued?

We're 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 a stable growth rate. To begin with, we have to get estimates of 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) estimate

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Levered FCF (CA$, Millions) CA$6.74m CA$7.54m CA$8.21m CA$8.76m CA$9.22m CA$9.60m CA$9.92m CA$10.2m CA$10.5m CA$10.7m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x2 Est @ 11.96% Est @ 8.87% Est @ 6.71% Est @ 5.19% Est @ 4.13% Est @ 3.39% Est @ 2.87% Est @ 2.51% Est @ 2.25%
Present Value (CA$, Millions) Discounted @ 9.2% CA$6.2 CA$6.3 CA$6.3 CA$6.2 CA$5.9 CA$5.7 CA$5.4 CA$5.0 CA$4.7 CA$4.4

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = CA$56m

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the initial 10-year period, we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 1.7%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 9.2%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2030 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CA$11m× (1 + 1.7%) ÷ (9.2%– 1.7%) = CA$144m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= CA$144m÷ ( 1 + 9.2%)10= CA$60m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is CA$116m. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of CA$2.2, the company appears quite good value at a 47% discount to where the stock price trades currently. The assumptions in any calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it is better to view this as a rough estimate, not precise down to the last cent.

TSXV:MCLD Discounted Cash Flow November 6th 2020

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 mCloud Technologies 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 9.2%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.258. 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.

Looking Ahead:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it is only one of many factors that you need to assess for a company. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Rather it should be seen as a guide to "what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?" 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. What is the reason for the share price sitting below the intrinsic value? For mCloud Technologies, there are three essential aspects you should further examine:

  1. Risks: You should be aware of the 3 warning signs for mCloud Technologies (1 is a bit unpleasant!) we've uncovered before considering an investment in the company.
  2. Future Earnings: How does MCLD'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: Do you like a good all-rounder? 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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