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# Is eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPI) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At The Intrinsic Value

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Does the February share price for eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPI) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value 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. Please also note that this article was written in February 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

### Is EXPI fairly valued?

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. 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) \$26.33 \$31.33 \$36.97 \$43.26 \$50.18 Source Est @ 20%, capped from 69.4% Est @ 19%, capped from 69.4% Est @ 18%, capped from 69.4% Est @ 17%, capped from 69.4% Est @ 16%, capped from 69.4% Present Value Discounted @ 11.25% \$23.67 \$25.32 \$26.85 \$28.24 \$29.45

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US\$134m

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 11.2%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US\$50m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (11.2% – 2.7%) = US\$605m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US\$605m ÷ ( 1 + 11.2%)5 = US\$355m

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\$489m. 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 \$8.06. Relative to the current share price of \$10.79, the stock is rather overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.

### Important assumptions

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 my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at eXp World Holdings 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 11.2%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.172. 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 EXPI, there are three key factors you should further examine:

1. Financial Health: Does EXPI 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 EXPI’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 EXPI? 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.