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# A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE:ALV)

Does the December share price for Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE:ALV) reflect itâ€™s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stockâ€™s intrinsic value by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to todayâ€™s value. I will use the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Donâ€™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. If you are reading this and its not December 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Autoliv by following the link below.

### The calculation

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the companyâ€™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 (\$, Millions) \$529.65 \$618.57 \$535.00 \$633.00 \$656.10 Source Analyst x17 Analyst x17 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ 3.65% Present Value Discounted @ 12.82% \$469.47 \$485.99 \$372.57 \$390.73 \$358.98

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US\$2.1b

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the businessâ€™s cash flow after the first stage. 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 (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year â€˜growthâ€™ period, we discount this to todayâ€™s value at a cost of equity of 12.8%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 Ã— (1 + g) Ã· (r â€“ g) = US\$656m Ã— (1 + 2.9%) Ã· (12.8% â€“ 2.9%) = US\$6.8b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US\$6.8b Ã· ( 1 + 12.8%)5 = US\$3.7b

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 US\$5.8b. 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 \$66.82. Relative to the current share price of \$71.75, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

### The assumptions

Iâ€™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. You donâ€™t have to agree with my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at Autoliv 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 Iâ€™ve used 12.8%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.4. 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 shouldnâ€™t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For ALV, Iâ€™ve compiled three key factors you should further research:

1. Financial Health: Does ALV 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 ALVâ€™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 ALV? 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.