Today we'll do a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of MaxFastigheter i Sverige AB (publ) (STO:MAXF) as an investment opportunity 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. Models like these may appear beyond the comprehension of a lay person, but they're fairly easy to follow.
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, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:
10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast
|Levered FCF (SEK, Millions)||kr63.0m||kr65.0m||kr66.4m||kr67.5m||kr68.4m||kr69.1m||kr69.7m||kr70.3m||kr70.8m||kr71.2m|
|Growth Rate Estimate Source||Analyst x1||Analyst x1||Est @ 2.16%||Est @ 1.66%||Est @ 1.31%||Est @ 1.06%||Est @ 0.89%||Est @ 0.77%||Est @ 0.69%||Est @ 0.63%|
|Present Value (SEK, Millions) Discounted @ 13%||kr56.0||kr51.3||kr46.6||kr42.1||kr37.9||kr34.1||kr30.6||kr27.4||kr24.5||kr21.9|
("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = kr372m
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 (0.5%) 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 13%.
Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2030 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = kr71m× (1 + 0.5%) ÷ (13%– 0.5%) = kr595m
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= kr595m÷ ( 1 + 13%)10= kr183m
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is kr555m. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of kr27.7, 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.
The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the 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 MaxFastigheter i Sverige 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 13%, which is based on a levered beta of 2.000. 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.
Whilst important, the DCF calculation shouldn't be the only metric you look at when researching 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?" 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 MaxFastigheter i Sverige, there are three important factors you should explore:
- Risks: For instance, we've identified 5 warning signs for MaxFastigheter i Sverige (2 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.
- Future Earnings: How does MAXF'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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