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Intrinsic Calculation For Village Roadshow Limited (ASX:VRL) Shows Investors Are Overpaying

Hector Vargas

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Village Roadshow Limited (ASX:VRL) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in June 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below. Check out our latest analysis for Village Roadshow

What’s the value?

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. Where possible I use analyst estimates, but when these aren’t available I have extrapolated the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the year before. For this growth rate I used the average annual growth rate over the past five years, but capped at a reasonable level. I then discount this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.

5-year cash flow estimate

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Levered FCF (A$, Millions) A$-15.00 A$35.50 A$34.00 A$50.13 A$51.74
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Extrapolated @ (3.2%)
Present Value Discounted @ 17.23% A$-12.80 A$25.83 A$21.11 A$26.55 A$23.37

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= AU$84.06m

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 2.8%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 17.2%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AU$51.74m × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (17.2% – 2.8%) = AU$367.95m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = AU$367.95m ÷ ( 1 + 17.2%)5 = AU$166.21m

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$250.28m. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding, or the equivalent number if this is a depositary receipt or ADR. This results in an intrinsic value of A$1.55. Compared to the current share price of A$2.27, the stock is quite expensive at the time of writing.

ASX:VRL Intrinsic Value June 24th 18

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 Village Roadshow 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 17.2%, which is based on a levered beta of 2. 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:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it 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 VRL, there are three important factors you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does VRL 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 VRL’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 VRL? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

PS. The Simply Wall St app conducts a discounted cash flow for every stock on the ASX every 6 hours. If you want to find the calculation for other stocks just search here.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.