In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Sogeclair SA (EPA:SOG) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. This is done using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not December 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Sogeclair by following the link below.
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 start off with we need to estimate the next five years of cash flows. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. The sum of these cash flows is then discounted to today’s value.
5-year cash flow estimate
|Levered FCF (€, Millions)||€4.20||€6.70||€7.23||€7.80||€8.41|
|Source||Analyst x2||Analyst x2||Est @ 7.87%||Est @ 7.87%||Est @ 7.87%|
|Present Value Discounted @ 10.69%||€3.79||€5.47||€5.33||€5.19||€5.06|
Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= €25m
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 an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 0.8%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 10.7%.
Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €8.4m × (1 + 0.8%) ÷ (10.7% – 0.8%) = €86m
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = €86m ÷ ( 1 + 10.7%)5 = €51m
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is €76m. 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 €27.72. Compared to the current share price of €18.1, the stock is quite good value at a 35% discount to what it is available for right now.
I’d like to point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. If you don’t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at Sogeclair 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 10.7%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.075. 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.
Whilst important, DCF calculation 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 SOG, I’ve put together three relevant factors you should look at:
- Financial Health: Does SOG 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 SOG’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 SOG? 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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