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# Calculating The Fair Value Of JSW Steel Limited (NSE:JSWSTEEL)

In this article we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of JSW Steel Limited (NSE:JSWSTEEL) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model on this occasion. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!

Companies can be valued in a lot of ways, so we would point out that a DCF is not perfect for every situation. 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 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 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, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

#### 10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 Levered FCF (₹, Millions) ₹54.3b ₹57.4b ₹99.3b ₹157.0b ₹180.8b ₹203.6b ₹225.8b ₹247.5b ₹269.2b ₹291.1b Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x6 Analyst x12 Analyst x11 Analyst x3 Est @ 15.17% Est @ 12.64% Est @ 10.87% Est @ 9.63% Est @ 8.76% Est @ 8.15% Present Value (₹, Millions) Discounted @ 15% ₹47.2k ₹43.4k ₹65.3k ₹89.8k ₹89.9k ₹88.1k ₹84.9k ₹81.0k ₹76.6k ₹72.0k

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = ₹738b

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 6.7%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 15%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = ₹291b× (1 + 6.7%) ÷ (15%– 6.7%) = ₹3.8t

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= ₹3.8t÷ ( 1 + 15%)10= ₹931b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is ₹1.7t. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of ₹563, the company appears about fair value at a 19% 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.

### 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 JSW Steel 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 15%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.286. 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. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Preferably you'd apply different cases and assumptions and see how they would impact the company's valuation. For example, changes in the company's cost of equity or the risk free rate can significantly impact the valuation. For JSW Steel, there are three pertinent elements you should assess:

1. Risks: For example, we've discovered 4 warning signs for JSW Steel (1 can't be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
2. Future Earnings: How does JSWSTEEL'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.
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