Shares of Axfood AB (publ) (STO:AXFO) could be 46% below their estimated intrinsic value
In this article, we will estimate the intrinsic value of Axfood AB (publ) (STO:AXFO) by taking expected future cash flows and discounting them to the present value. This will be done using the discounted cash flow (DCF) model. Patterns like these may seem beyond a layman’s comprehension, but they’re pretty easy to follow.
We draw your attention to the fact that there are many ways to value a company and, like the DCF, each technique has advantages and disadvantages in certain scenarios. If you still have burning questions about this type of assessment, take a look at Simply Wall St.’s analysis template.
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Is Axfood correctly valued?
We will use a two-stage DCF model which, as the name suggests, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is usually a period of higher growth which stabilizes towards the terminal value, captured in the second period of “sustained growth”. In the first step, we need to estimate the company’s cash flow over the next ten years. Wherever possible, we use analysts’ estimates, but where these are not available, we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the latest estimate or reported value. We assume that companies with decreasing free cash flow will slow their rate of contraction and companies with increasing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow during this period. We do this to reflect the fact that growth tends to slow more in early years than in later years.
A DCF is based on the idea that a dollar in the future is worth less than a dollar today, so we need to discount the sum of these future cash flows to arrive at an estimate of present value:
10-Year Free Cash Flow (FCF) Forecast
|Leveraged FCF (SEK, millions)||kr2.37b||kr2.99b||kr3.58b||kr3.77b||kr3.92b||kr4.02b||kr4.11b||kr4.17b||kr4.22b||kr4.25b|
|Growth rate estimate Source||Analyst x3||Analyst x3||Analyst x3||Is at 5.31%||Is at 3.81%||Is at 2.76%||Is at 2.03%||Is at 1.51%||Is at 1.15%||Is at 0.9%|
|Present value (SEK, million) discounted at 3.7%||kr2.3k||kr2.8k||kr3.2k||kr3.3k||kr3.3k||kr3.2k||kr3.2k||kr3.1k||kr3.0k||kr3.0k|
(“East” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
10-year discounted cash flow (PVCF) = kr30b
We now need to calculate the terminal value, which represents all future cash flows after this ten-year period. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate the terminal value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average 10-year government bond yield of 0.3%. We discount terminal cash flows to present value at a cost of equity of 3.7%.
Terminal value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = kr4.3b × (1 + 0.3%) ÷ (3.7%–0.3%) = kr126b
Present value of terminal value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)ten= kr126b÷ ( 1 + 3.7%)ten= kr87b
The total value is the sum of the cash flows for the next ten years plus the present terminal value, which gives the total equity value, which in this case is 118 kr. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide it by the total number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of 303 kr, the company looks quite undervalued at a 46% discount to the current share price. Remember though that this is only a rough estimate, and like any complex formula – trash in, trash out.
We emphasize that 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 assessment of a company’s future performance, so try the math yourself and check your own assumptions. The DCF also does not take into account the possible cyclicality of an industry, nor the future capital needs of a company, so it does not give a complete picture of a company’s potential performance. Since we consider Axfood as a potential shareholder, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which takes debt into account. In this calculation, we used 3.7%, which is based on a leveraged beta of 0.800. Beta is a measure of a stock’s volatility relative to the market as a whole. We derive our beta from the average industry beta of broadly comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable company.
Let’s move on :
Although the valuation of a business is important, it will ideally not be the only piece of analysis you will look at for a business. It is not possible to obtain an infallible valuation with a DCF model. Preferably, you would apply different cases and assumptions and see their impact on the valuation of the business. For example, changes in the company’s cost of equity or the risk-free rate can have a significant impact on the valuation. Why is intrinsic value higher than the current stock price? For Axfood, there are three relevant aspects that you should examine in more detail:
- Financial health: Does AXFO have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors such as leverage and risk.
- Future earnings: How does AXFO’s growth rate compare to its peers and the wider market? Dive deeper into the analyst consensus figure for the coming years by interacting with our free analyst growth forecast chart.
- Other high-quality alternatives: Do you like a good all-rounder? Explore our interactive list of high-quality actions to get an idea of what you might be missing!
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