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Calculating The Fair Value Of Fernheizwerk Neukölln Aktiengesellschaft (FRA:FHW)

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In this article we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of Fernheizwerk Neukölln Aktiengesellschaft (FRA:FHW) by estimating the company's future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!

Companies can be valued in a lot of ways, so we would point out that a DCF is not perfect for every situation. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Fernheizwerk Neukölln

What's the estimated valuation?

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. 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.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, so we discount the value of these future cash flows to their estimated value in today's dollars:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Levered FCF (€, Millions) €5.57m €5.59m €5.62m €5.64m €5.65m €5.67m €5.69m €5.70m €5.71m €5.73m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Est @ 0.6% Est @ 0.49% Est @ 0.41% Est @ 0.36% Est @ 0.32% Est @ 0.29% Est @ 0.27% Est @ 0.26% Est @ 0.25% Est @ 0.24%
Present Value (€, Millions) Discounted @ 5.0% €5.3 €5.1 €4.9 €4.6 €4.4 €4.2 €4.0 €3.9 €3.7 €3.5

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = €43m

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 10-year government bond rate of 0.2%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 5.0%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2019 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €5.7m× (1 + 0.2%) ÷ 5.0%– 0.2%) = €120m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= €120m÷ ( 1 + 5.0%)10= €74m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is €117m. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of €48.6, the company appears about fair value at a 4.4% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Remember though, that this is just an approximate valuation, and like any complex formula - garbage in, garbage out.

DB:FHW Intrinsic value, October 13th 2019

The assumptions

Now 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 Fernheizwerk Neukölln 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 5.0%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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.

Next Steps:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. 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. For Fernheizwerk Neukölln, I've put together three further factors you should further research:

  1. Future Earnings: How does FHW'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.
  2. Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of FHW? 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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