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# Calculating The Fair Value Of DIC Asset AG (ETR:DIC)

### Key Insights

• Using the Dividend Discount Model, DIC Asset fair value estimate is €8.13
• DIC Asset's €9.25 share price indicates it is trading at similar levels as its fair value estimate
• Our fair value estimate is 38% higher than DIC Asset's analyst price target of €11.20

Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of DIC Asset AG (ETR:DIC) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today's value. One way to achieve this is by employing the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. Before you think you won't be able to understand it, just read on! It's actually much less complex than you'd imagine.

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. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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## What's The Estimated Valuation?

We have to calculate the value of DIC Asset slightly differently to other stocks because it is a real estate company. In this approach dividends per share (DPS) are used, as free cash flow is difficult to estimate and often not reported by analysts. Unless a company pays out the majority of its FCF as a dividend, this method will typically underestimate the value of the stock. We use the Gordon Growth Model, which assumes dividend will grow into perpetuity at a rate that can be sustained. The dividend is expected to grow at an annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 0.2%. We then discount this figure to today's value at a cost of equity of 8.4%. Relative to the current share price of €9.3, the company appears around fair value at the time of writing. Remember though, that this is just an approximate valuation, and like any complex formula - garbage in, garbage out.

Value Per Share = Expected Dividend Per Share / (Discount Rate - Perpetual Growth Rate)

= €0.7 / (8.4% – 0.2%)

= €8.1

## The 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. Part of investing is coming up with your own evaluation of a company's future performance, so try the calculation yourself and check your own assumptions. 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 DIC Asset 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 8.4%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.380. 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.

### SWOT Analysis for DIC Asset

Strength
• Dividend is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the market.
Weakness
• Earnings declined over the past year.
• Interest payments on debt are not well covered.
• Expensive based on P/E ratio and estimated fair value.
Opportunity
• Annual earnings are forecast to grow for the next 3 years.
Threat
• Debt is not well covered by operating cash flow.
• Dividends are not covered by earnings.
• Annual earnings are forecast to grow slower than the German market.

## 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. 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. For DIC Asset, we've put together three relevant items you should further research:

1. Risks: To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with DIC Asset (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant) .
2. Future Earnings: How does DIC'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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