Estimating The Intrinsic Value Of Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI)

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. I will use 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. If you are reading this and its not November 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Activision Blizzard by following the link below.

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What’s the value?

I’m 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 perpetual stable growth rate. To begin with we have to get estimates of the next five years of cash flows. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. I then discount this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $2.18k $2.59k $3.13k $2.71k $3.05k
Source Analyst x15 Analyst x10 Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Est @ 12.59%
Present Value Discounted @ 10.66% $1.97k $2.11k $2.31k $1.81k $1.84k

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$10b

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 10.7%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$3.0b × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (10.7% – 2.9%) = US$41b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$41b ÷ ( 1 + 10.7%)5 = US$25b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$35b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding, or the equivalent number if this is a depositary receipt or ADR. This results in an intrinsic value of $45.31. Compared to the current share price of $50.94, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.

NasdaqGS:ATVI Intrinsic Value Export November 21st 18
NasdaqGS:ATVI Intrinsic Value Export November 21st 18

The assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual cash flows. If you don’t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at Activision Blizzard 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 10.7%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.093. 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For ATVI, I’ve compiled three important aspects you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does ATVI 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 ATVI’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 ATVI? 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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