Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of Christian Berner Tech Trade AB (publ) (STO:CBTT B) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!
We generally believe that a company's value is the present value of all of the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one valuation metric among many, and it is not without flaws. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.
Is Christian Berner Tech Trade fairly valued?
We're using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company's growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have a stable growth rate. To begin with, we have to get estimates of the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren't available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.
A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:
10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast
|Levered FCF (SEK, Millions)||kr44.0m||kr45.0m||kr39.4m||kr36.1m||kr34.0m||kr32.6m||kr31.8m||kr31.2m||kr30.9m||kr30.7m|
|Growth Rate Estimate Source||Analyst x1||Analyst x1||Est @ -12.34%||Est @ -8.51%||Est @ -5.83%||Est @ -3.95%||Est @ -2.63%||Est @ -1.71%||Est @ -1.07%||Est @ -0.62%|
|Present Value (SEK, Millions) Discounted @ 7.9%||kr40.8||kr38.7||kr31.4||kr26.7||kr23.3||kr20.7||kr18.7||kr17.0||kr15.6||kr14.4|
("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = kr247m
After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 10-year period, we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all future cash flows beyond the first stage. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of a country's GDP growth. In this case we have used the 10-year government bond rate (0.4%) to estimate future growth. In the same way as with the 10-year 'growth' period, we discount future cash flows to today's value, using a cost of equity of 7.9%.
Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2019 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = kr31m× (1 + 0.4%) ÷ 7.9%– 0.4%) = kr415m
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= kr415m÷ ( 1 + 7.9%)10= kr194m
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is kr441m. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of kr25.1, the company appears around fair value at the time of writing. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope - move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.
The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. Part of investing is coming up with your own evaluation of a company's future performance, so try the calculation yourself and check your own assumptions. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company's future capital requirements, so it does not give a full picture of a company's potential performance. Given that we are looking at Christian Berner Tech Trade as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation we've used 7.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.248. Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally 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. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Rather it should be seen as a guide to "what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?" If a company grows at a different rate, or if its cost of equity or risk free rate changes sharply, the output can look very different. For Christian Berner Tech Trade, I've compiled three important aspects you should further research:
- Financial Health: Does CBTT 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.
- Future Earnings: How does CBTT 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.
- Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of CBTT 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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