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Are Investors Undervaluing Best Pacific International Holdings Limited (HKG:2111) By 28%?

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Does the March share price for Best Pacific International Holdings Limited (HKG:2111) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate the stock's intrinsic value 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. Believe it or not, it's not too difficult to follow, as you'll see from our example!

Remember though, that there are many ways to estimate a company's value, and a DCF is just one method. 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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The method

We use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of growth rates for the company's cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a lower growth phase. 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, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Levered FCF (HK$, Millions) HK$392.0m HK$335.0m HK$302.7m HK$283.6m HK$272.4m HK$266.0m HK$262.9m HK$262.0m HK$262.5m HK$264.0m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ -9.65% Est @ -6.3% Est @ -3.96% Est @ -2.32% Est @ -1.17% Est @ -0.37% Est @ 0.2% Est @ 0.59%
Present Value (HK$, Millions) Discounted @ 12% HK$351 HK$268 HK$217 HK$182 HK$156 HK$137 HK$121 HK$108 HK$96.7 HK$87.0

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = HK$1.7b

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after this ten year period. 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 1.5%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 12%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2030 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = HK$264m× (1 + 1.5%) ÷ (12%– 1.5%) = HK$2.6b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= HK$2.6b÷ ( 1 + 12%)10= HK$864m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is HK$2.6b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of HK$1.8, the company appears a touch undervalued at a 28% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Remember though, that this is just an approximate valuation, and like any complex formula - garbage in, garbage out.

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SEHK:2111 Discounted Cash Flow March 3rd 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 Best Pacific International Holdings 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 12%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.633. 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.

Moving On:

Whilst important, the DCF calculation ideally won't be the sole piece of analysis you scrutinize for a company. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Rather it should be seen as a guide to "what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?" For instance, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can dramatically alter the overall result. Why is the intrinsic value higher than the current share price? For Best Pacific International Holdings, we've put together three additional items you should consider:

  1. Risks: Be aware that Best Pacific International Holdings is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...
  2. Future Earnings: How does 2111'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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