Does the November share price for Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (ASX:CCL) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. This is done using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! 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. Please also note that this article was written in November 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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### The method

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 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

2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023 | |

Levered FCF (A$, Millions) | A$351.00 | A$388.50 | A$439.40 | A$438.08 | A$436.77 |

Source | Analyst x3 | Analyst x2 | Analyst x1 | Est @ -0.3% | Est @ -0.3% |

Present Value Discounted @ 8.55% | A$323.34 | A$329.68 | A$343.49 | A$315.47 | A$289.74 |

**Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)**= AU$1.6b

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 (2.8%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.

**Terminal Value (TV)** = FCF_{2022} × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AU$437m × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.8%) = AU$7.8b

**Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)** = TV / (1 + r)^{5} = AU$7.8b ÷ ( 1 + 8.6%)^{5} = AU$5.2b

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 AU$6.8b. 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 A$9.33**. Compared to the current share price of A$10.17, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

### 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 Coca-Cola Amatil 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 8.6%, 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For CCL, I’ve put together three important factors you should further research:

**Financial Health**: Does CCL 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 CCL’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 CCL? 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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