Are investors undervaluing Groupe CRIT SA (EPA:CEN) by 42%?

In this article, we will estimate the intrinsic value of Groupe CRIT SA (EPA:CEN) by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to the present value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model for this purpose. Patterns like these may seem beyond a layman’s comprehension, but they’re pretty easy to follow.

Businesses can be valued in many ways, which is why we emphasize that a DCF is not perfect for all situations. If you want to know more about discounted cash flow, the rationale for this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis template.

See our latest analysis for Groupe CRIT

The calculation

We use what is called a 2-stage model, which simply means that we have two different periods of company cash flow growth rates. Generally, the first stage is a higher growth phase and the second stage is a lower growth phase. To begin with, we need to obtain cash flow estimates for 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.

Generally, we assume that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar in the future, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today’s value:

10-Year Free Cash Flow (FCF) Forecast

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Leveraged FCF (€, Millions) €72.9 million €74.8 million €66.6m €61.6 million €58.5 million €56.4 million €55.1 million €54.2m €53.6m €53.3 million
Growth rate estimate Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Is @ -10.85% Is @ -7.5% East @ -5.16% Is @ -3.52% Is @ -2.38% Is @ -1.57% Is @ -1.01% Is @ -0.62%
Present value (€, millions) discounted at 4.9% 69.5 € €68.0 57.8 € €51.0 46.1 € 42.4 € 39.5 € 37.1 € €35.0 33.2 €

(“East” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
10-year discounted cash flow (PVCF) = €479 million

The second stage is also known as the terminal value, it is the cash flow of the business after the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate the terminal value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 0.3%. We discount the terminal cash flows to their present value at a cost of equity of 4.9%.

Terminal value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €53 million × (1 + 0.3%) ÷ (4.9%– 0.3%) = €1.2 billion

Present value of terminal value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)ten= €1.2 billion÷ ( 1 + 4.9%)ten= €729 million

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 1.2 billion euros. In the last step, we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of €63.0, the company looks like a pretty good value at a 42% discount to the current share price. Remember though that this is only a rough estimate, and like any complex formula – trash in, trash out.

ENXTPA: CEN Cash Flow Update March 24, 2022

The hypotheses

We emphasize that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. If you disagree with these results, try the math yourself and play around with the assumptions. The DCF also does not take into account the possible cyclicality of an industry or the future capital needs of a company, so it does not give a complete picture of a company’s potential performance. Since we consider Groupe CRIT 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 4.9%, which is based on a leveraged beta of 0.965. 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.

Next steps:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of crafting your investment thesis, and it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Preferably, you would apply different cases and assumptions and see their impact on the valuation of the business. If a company grows at a different pace, or if its cost of equity or risk-free rate changes sharply, output may be very different. Can we understand why the company is trading at a discount to its intrinsic value? For Groupe CRIT, we’ve put together three more things you should explore:

  1. Financial health: Does CEN 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.
  2. Future earnings: How does CEN’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.
  3. Other strong companies: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are essential to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with strong trading fundamentals to see if there are any other companies you may not have considered!

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

This Simply Wall St article is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It is not a recommendation to buy or sell stocks and does not take into account your objectives or financial situation. Our goal is to bring you targeted long-term analysis based on fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not take into account the latest announcements from price-sensitive companies or qualitative materials. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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