How far off is Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited (HKG:914) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, I am going to take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today’s value. I will be using 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 September 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.
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 this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.
5-year cash flow forecast
|Levered FCF (CN¥, Millions)||CN¥25.44k||CN¥25.12k||CN¥26.96k||CN¥28.94k||CN¥31.07k|
|Source||Analyst x5||Analyst x6||Est @ 7.34%||Est @ 7.34%||Est @ 7.34%|
|Present Value Discounted @ 9.31%||CN¥23.27k||CN¥21.02k||CN¥20.65k||CN¥20.27k||CN¥19.91k|
Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= CN¥105.13b
We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. 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 (2.2%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 9.3%.
Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CN¥31.07b × (1 + 2.2%) ÷ (9.3% – 2.2%) = CN¥447.05b
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = CN¥447.05b ÷ ( 1 + 9.3%)5 = CN¥286.52b
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is CN¥391.65b. 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 in the company’s reported currency of CN¥73.91. However, 914’s primary listing is in China, and 1 share of 914 in CNY represents 1.139 ( CNY/ HKD) share of OTCPK:AHCH.F, so the intrinsic value per share in HKD is HK$84.19. Relative to the current share price of HK$46, the stock is quite good value at a 45.4% discount to what it is available for right now.
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 Anhui Conch Cement 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 9.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.911. 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.
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 914, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should further research:
- Financial Health: Does 914 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.
- Future Earnings: How does 914’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.
- Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of 914? 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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