Does the share price for Navitas Limited (ASX:NVT) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value 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. If you are reading this and its not June 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Navitas by following the link below. Check out our latest analysis for Navitas

### Is NVT fairly valued?

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. 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 forecast

2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | |

Levered FCF (A$, Millions) | A$81.00 | A$97.00 | A$100.00 | A$105.41 | A$111.12 |

Source | Analyst x2 | Analyst x2 | Analyst x1 | Extrapolated @ (5.41%) | Extrapolated @ (5.41%) |

Present Value Discounted @ 8.55% | A$74.62 | A$82.31 | A$78.17 | A$75.91 | A$73.72 |

**Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)**= AU$384.73m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (2.8%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.

**Terminal Value (TV)** = FCF_{2022} × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AU$111.12m × (1 + 2.8%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.8%) = AU$1.98b

**Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)** = TV / (1 + r)^{5} = AU$1.98b ÷ ( 1 + 8.6%)^{5} = AU$1.31b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is AU$1.70b. 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$4.73**. Relative to the current share price of A$4.63, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 2.17% discount to what it is available for right now.

### The assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. If you don’t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at Navitas 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 8.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company.

For NVT, I’ve put together three essential factors you should further research:

**Financial Health**: Does NVT 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 NVT’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 NVT? 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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*To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.**The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.*