Are Investors Undervaluing GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. (NYSE:GHG) By 37%?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 07, 2021

In this article we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of GreenTree Hospitality Group Ltd. (NYSE:GHG) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today's value. This will be done using the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

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. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model.

See our latest analysis for GreenTree Hospitality Group

The method

We're using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company's growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have a stable growth rate. 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.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Levered FCF (CN¥, Millions) CN¥387.5m CN¥539.0m CN¥703.5m CN¥827.8m CN¥935.3m CN¥1.03b CN¥1.10b CN¥1.17b CN¥1.22b CN¥1.27b
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ 17.67% Est @ 12.98% Est @ 9.7% Est @ 7.4% Est @ 5.79% Est @ 4.67% Est @ 3.88%
Present Value (CN¥, Millions) Discounted @ 8.9% CN¥356 CN¥455 CN¥545 CN¥589 CN¥611 CN¥615 CN¥607 CN¥589 CN¥567 CN¥540

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = CN¥5.5b

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 2.0%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 8.9%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2030 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CN¥1.3b× (1 + 2.0%) ÷ (8.9%– 2.0%) = CN¥19b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= CN¥19b÷ ( 1 + 8.9%)10= CN¥8.0b

The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next ten years plus the discounted terminal value, which results in the Total Equity Value, which in this case is CN¥14b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of US$12.9, the company appears quite good value at a 37% 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.

NYSE:GHG Discounted Cash Flow January 7th 2021

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. 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 GreenTree Hospitality Group 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 8.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.096. 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:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it is only one of many factors that you need to assess 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. 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. Can we work out why the company is trading at a discount to intrinsic value? For GreenTree Hospitality Group, we've compiled three additional items you should consider:

  1. Risks: For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for GreenTree Hospitality Group that you should be aware of before investing here.
  2. Future Earnings: How does GHG'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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