Is Zepp Health Corporation (NYSE:ZEPP) Worth US$3.8 Based On Its Intrinsic Value?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 23, 2022
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Does the February share price for Zepp Health Corporation (NYSE:ZEPP) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate the stock's intrinsic value 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. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!

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. If you still have some burning questions about this type of valuation, take a look at the Simply Wall St analysis model.

See our latest analysis for Zepp Health

Crunching the numbers

We use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of growth rates for the company's cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a lower growth phase. To start off with, we need to estimate the next ten years of cash flows. Seeing as no analyst estimates of free cash flow are available to us, we have extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the company's last 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.

Generally we assume that a dollar today is more valuable than a dollar in the future, so we discount the value of these future cash flows to their estimated value in today's dollars:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Levered FCF (CN¥, Millions) CN¥91.7m CN¥96.4m CN¥100.4m CN¥103.9m CN¥107.1m CN¥110.0m CN¥112.7m CN¥115.2m CN¥117.8m CN¥120.2m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Est @ 6.51% Est @ 5.13% Est @ 4.17% Est @ 3.49% Est @ 3.02% Est @ 2.69% Est @ 2.46% Est @ 2.3% Est @ 2.18% Est @ 2.11%
Present Value (CN¥, Millions) Discounted @ 9.9% CN¥83.5 CN¥79.8 CN¥75.7 CN¥71.3 CN¥66.9 CN¥62.5 CN¥58.3 CN¥54.3 CN¥50.5 CN¥46.9

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = CN¥649m

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 a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 1.9%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 9.9%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CN¥120m× (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (9.9%– 1.9%) = CN¥1.5b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= CN¥1.5b÷ ( 1 + 9.9%)10= CN¥601m

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¥1.2b. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of US$3.8, the company appears slightly overvalued at the time of writing. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope - move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.

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NYSE:ZEPP Discounted Cash Flow February 23rd 2022

The 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 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 Zepp Health 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 9.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.610. 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 ideally won't be the sole piece of analysis you scrutinize for a company. It's not possible to obtain a foolproof valuation with a DCF model. Rather it should be seen as a guide to "what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?" 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. Why is the intrinsic value lower than the current share price? For Zepp Health, we've compiled three pertinent elements you should further research:

  1. Risks: Case in point, we've spotted 3 warning signs for Zepp Health you should be aware of.
  2. Future Earnings: How does ZEPP'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 Solid Businesses: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are fundamental to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals to see if there are other companies you may not have considered!

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