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An Intrinsic Calculation For Rogers Communications Inc. (TSE:RCI.B) Shows It’s 20.89% Undervalued

Michael Crabtree

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSE:RCI.B) by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. I will be using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! 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 January 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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What’s the value?

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. 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 the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF (CA$, Millions) CA$2.33k CA$2.55k CA$3.05k CA$3.19k CA$3.29k
Source Analyst x9 Analyst x9 Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Est @ 3.32%
Present Value Discounted @ 8.39% CA$2.15k CA$2.17k CA$2.40k CA$2.31k CA$2.20k

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= CA$11b

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond 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 1.9%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.4%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CA$3.3b × (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (8.4% – 1.9%) = CA$52b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = CA$52b ÷ ( 1 + 8.4%)5 = CA$35b

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 CA$46b. 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 CA$89.45. Relative to the current share price of CA$70.77, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 21% discount to what it is available for right now.

TSX:RCI.B Intrinsic Value Export January 31st 19

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 Rogers Communications 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 8.4%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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 RCI.B, there are three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does RCI.B 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 RCI.B’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 RCI.B? 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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