Is There An Opportunity With Nexa Resources S.A.’s (NYSE:NEXA) 30.98% Undervaluation?

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I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Nexa Resources S.A. (NYSE:NEXA) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in February 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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The method

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. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. The sum of these cash flows is then discounted to today’s value.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $13.00 $-44.80 $-115.00 $-95.00 $505.00
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x5 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 16.61% $11.15 $-32.95 $-72.52 $-51.38 $234.21

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$89m

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.7%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 16.6%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$505m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (16.6% – 2.7%) = US$3.7b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$3.7b ÷ ( 1 + 16.6%)5 = US$1.7b

The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next five years and the discounted terminal value, which results in the Total Equity Value, which in this case is US$1.8b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. If the stock is an depositary receipt (represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation) then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $13.68. Compared to the current share price of $9.44, the stock is quite good value at a 31% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:NEXA Intrinsic Value Export February 18th 19
NYSE:NEXA Intrinsic Value Export February 18th 19

Important assumptions

I’d like to 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 my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at Nexa Resources as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighed average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation I’ve used 16.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.909. This is derived from the Bottom-Up Beta method based on 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 shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For NEXA, I’ve compiled three fundamental aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does NEXA have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Future Earnings: How does NEXA’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: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of NEXA? 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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