An Intrinsic Calculation For Kumba Iron Ore Limited (JSE:KIO) Suggests It's 39% Undervalued

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 20, 2022
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Today we'll do a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Kumba Iron Ore Limited (JSE:KIO) as an investment opportunity by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. We will take advantage of the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model for this purpose. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!

Remember though, that there are many ways to estimate a company's value, and a DCF is just one method. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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Step by step through the calculation

We're 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 a stable growth rate. To start off with, we need to estimate the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren't available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or 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, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Levered FCF (ZAR, Millions) R28.6b R27.7b R27.9b R28.8b R30.2b R32.0b R34.2b R36.7b R39.6b R42.9b
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ 0.64% Est @ 3.1% Est @ 4.82% Est @ 6.03% Est @ 6.87% Est @ 7.46% Est @ 7.87% Est @ 8.16%
Present Value (ZAR, Millions) Discounted @ 16% R24.6k R20.5k R17.8k R15.7k R14.2k R12.9k R11.9k R11.0k R10.2k R9.5k

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = R148b

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after this ten year period. 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 8.8%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 16%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = R43b× (1 + 8.8%) ÷ (16%– 8.8%) = R626b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= R626b÷ ( 1 + 16%)10= R139b

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 R287b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of R543, the company appears quite good value at a 39% discount to where the stock price trades currently. 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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JSE:KIO Discounted Cash Flow January 20th 2022

The assumptions

We would point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. Part of investing is coming up with your own evaluation of a company's future performance, so try the calculation yourself and check your own assumptions. 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 Kumba Iron Ore 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 16%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.080. 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.

Looking Ahead:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it ideally won't be the sole piece of analysis you scrutinize for a company. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Preferably you'd apply different cases and assumptions and see how they would impact the company's valuation. For example, changes in the company's cost of equity or the risk free rate can significantly impact the valuation. Can we work out why the company is trading at a discount to intrinsic value? For Kumba Iron Ore, we've compiled three relevant aspects you should further examine:

  1. Risks: Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 3 warning signs with Kumba Iron Ore (at least 1 which shouldn't be ignored) , and understanding these should be part of your investment process.
  2. Future Earnings: How does KIO'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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