Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of KESM Industries Berhad (KLSE:KESM) 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. Don't get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward.
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.
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, 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
|Levered FCF (MYR, Millions)||RM13.4m||RM21.1m||RM26.9m||RM31.4m||RM35.4m||RM39.0m||RM42.1m||RM45.0m||RM47.6m||RM50.1m|
|Growth Rate Estimate Source||Analyst x1||Analyst x1||Analyst x1||Est @ 16.76%||Est @ 12.81%||Est @ 10.04%||Est @ 8.11%||Est @ 6.75%||Est @ 5.8%||Est @ 5.14%|
|Present Value (MYR, Millions) Discounted @ 9.9%||RM12.2||RM17.4||RM20.3||RM21.6||RM22.1||RM22.2||RM21.8||RM21.2||RM20.4||RM19.6|
("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = RM198m
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 3.6%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 9.9%.
Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = RM50m× (1 + 3.6%) ÷ (9.9%– 3.6%) = RM828m
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= RM828m÷ ( 1 + 9.9%)10= RM323m
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is RM521m. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of RM14.4, the company appears around fair value at the time of writing. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope - move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.
Now 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 KESM Industries Berhad 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 9.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.162. 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.
Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it shouldn't be the only metric you look at when researching 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?" For example, changes in the company's cost of equity or the risk free rate can significantly impact the valuation. For KESM Industries Berhad, we've compiled three pertinent items you should explore:
- Risks: Be aware that KESM Industries Berhad is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...
- Future Earnings: How does KESM'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.
- 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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