SINA Corporation (NASDAQ:SINA) Is Trading At A 49.53% Discount

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of SINA Corporation (NASDAQ:SINA) by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today’s value. This is done using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in October 2018 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. 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 the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $304.67 $684.00 $585.88 $685.48 $795.15
Source Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ 17%, capped from 22.14% Est @ 16%, capped from 22.14%
Present Value Discounted @ 10.77% $275.05 $557.48 $431.09 $455.34 $476.85

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$2.2b

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond the first stage. 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 10.8%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$795m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (10.8% – 2.9%) = US$10.5b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$10.5b ÷ ( 1 + 10.8%)5 = US$6.3b

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$8.5b. 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 $118.58. Compared to the current share price of $59.85, the stock is quite undervalued at a 50% discount to what it is available for right now.

NasdaqGS:SINA Intrinsic Value Export October 22nd 18
NasdaqGS:SINA Intrinsic Value Export October 22nd 18

The 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 SINA 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 10.8%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.109. 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:

Although the valuation of a company is important, 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 SINA, I’ve put together three important factors you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does SINA 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 SINA’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 SINA? 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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