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Want Want China Holdings Limited's (HKG:151) Intrinsic Value Is Potentially 62% Above Its Share Price

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Does the August share price for Want Want China Holdings Limited (HKG:151) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate the stock's intrinsic value by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today's value. The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model is the tool we will apply to do this. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

Companies can be valued in a lot of ways, so we would point out that a DCF is not perfect for every situation. For those who are keen learners of equity analysis, the Simply Wall St analysis model here may be something of interest to you.

See our latest analysis for Want Want China Holdings

The Method

We use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of growth rates for the company's cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a lower growth phase. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next ten years. 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

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032
Levered FCF (CN¥, Millions) CN¥4.83b CN¥5.30b CN¥5.43b CN¥4.61b CN¥4.65b CN¥4.49b CN¥4.41b CN¥4.37b CN¥4.36b CN¥4.38b
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x9 Analyst x8 Analyst x8 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ -3.41% Est @ -1.92% Est @ -0.88% Est @ -0.15% Est @ 0.36%
Present Value (CN¥, Millions) Discounted @ 5.4% CN¥4.6k CN¥4.8k CN¥4.6k CN¥3.7k CN¥3.6k CN¥3.3k CN¥3.0k CN¥2.9k CN¥2.7k CN¥2.6k

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = CN¥36b

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after this ten year period. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 1.6%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 5.4%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2032 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CN¥4.4b× (1 + 1.6%) ÷ (5.4%– 1.6%) = CN¥115b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= CN¥115b÷ ( 1 + 5.4%)10= CN¥68b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is CN¥103b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of HK$6.2, the company appears quite good value at a 38% discount to where the stock price trades currently. 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.

dcfSEHK:151 Discounted Cash Flow August 16th 2022

The Assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual 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 Want Want China Holdings 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 5.4%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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.

Moving On:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it is only one of many factors that you need to assess for a company. It's not possible to obtain a foolproof valuation with a DCF model. Instead the best use for a DCF model is to test certain assumptions and theories to see if they would lead to the company being undervalued or overvalued. For instance, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can dramatically alter the overall result. Why is the intrinsic value higher than the current share price? For Want Want China Holdings, we've put together three essential factors you should explore:

  1. Risks: For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Want Want China Holdings that you should be aware of before investing here.
  2. Future Earnings: How does 151'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 Solid Businesses: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are fundamental to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals to see if there are other companies you may not have considered!

PS. Simply Wall St updates its DCF calculation for every Hong Kong stock every day, so if you want to find the intrinsic value of any other stock just search here.

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