JSW Energy Limited's (NSE:JSWENERGY) Intrinsic Value Is Potentially 89% Above Its Share Price

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 24, 2021
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How far off is JSW Energy Limited (NSE:JSWENERGY) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, we'll take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by estimating the company's future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model on this occasion. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

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.

View our latest analysis for JSW Energy

The model

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 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.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, so we discount the value of these future cash flows to their estimated value in today's dollars:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Levered FCF (₹, Millions) -₹15.0b -₹37.8b ₹18.5b ₹28.0b ₹38.7b ₹49.8b ₹60.8b ₹71.5b ₹81.7b ₹91.6b
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x4 Analyst x4 Analyst x2 Est @ 51.44% Est @ 38.06% Est @ 28.7% Est @ 22.14% Est @ 17.55% Est @ 14.34% Est @ 12.09%
Present Value (₹, Millions) Discounted @ 12% -₹13.4k -₹30.0k ₹13.1k ₹17.6k ₹21.6k ₹24.8k ₹27.0k ₹28.2k ₹28.7k ₹28.7k

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = ₹146b

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after this ten year period. 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 (6.8%) 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 12%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = ₹92b× (1 + 6.8%) ÷ (12%– 6.8%) = ₹1.8t

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= ₹1.8t÷ ( 1 + 12%)10= ₹559b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is ₹705b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of ₹216, 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.

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NSEI:JSWENERGY Discounted Cash Flow August 25th 2021

The assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. If you don't agree with these result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the 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 Energy 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 0.800. 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. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. 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. What is the reason for the share price sitting below the intrinsic value? For JSW Energy, we've compiled three fundamental aspects you should assess:

  1. Risks: For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for JSW Energy (1 is significant) you should be aware of.
  2. Management:Have insiders been ramping up their shares to take advantage of the market's sentiment for JSWENERGY's future outlook? Check out our management and board analysis with insights on CEO compensation and governance factors.
  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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