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FIN449 Valuation

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FIN449Valuation

Michael Dimond

January 2000: Internet Capital Group was trading at $174.

“Valuation is often not a helpful tool in determining when to sell hypergrowth stocks”, Henry Blodget, Merrill Lynch Equity Research Analyst in January 2000, in a report on Internet Capital Group.

- There have always been investors in financial markets who have argued that market prices are determined by the perceptions (and misperceptions) of buyers and sellers (inefficiencies of the market), and not by anything as prosaic as cash flows or earnings.
- Perceptions do matter, but they are not everything.
- Asset prices cannot be justified by merely using the “bigger fool” theory.

January 2000: Internet Capital Group was trading at $174.

January 2001: Internet Capital Group was trading at $ 3.

Facts & Information

Risk &

Cost of Capital

Forecast Financials

Recasting & Sustainable OCF

DCF Calculations

Exam

Starbucks

Burger King

Comps

Final Project

Value &

Perspective

- What is it: In discounted cash flow valuation, the value of an asset is the present value of the expected cash flows on the asset.
- Philosophical Basis: Every asset has an intrinsic value that can be estimated, based upon its characteristics in terms of cash flows, growth and risk.
- Fundamental Analysis derives those cash flows from the underlying, or fundamental, operations of the business.

- Information Needed: To use discounted cash flow valuation, you need
- to estimate the life of the asset
- to estimate the cash flows during the life of the asset
- to estimate the discount rate to apply to these cash flows to get present value

- Market Inefficiency: Markets are assumed to make mistakes in pricing assets across time, and are assumed to correct themselves over time, as new information comes out about assets.

- Since DCF valuation, done right, is based upon an asset’s fundamentals, it should be less exposed to market moods and perceptions.
- If good investors buy businesses, rather than stocks (the Warren Buffett adage), discounted cash flow valuation is the right way to think about what you are getting when you buy an asset.
- DCF valuation forces you to think about the underlying characteristics of the firm (fundamentals) and understand its business. If nothing else, it brings you face to face with the assumptions you are making when you pay a given price for an asset.

- Since it is an attempt to estimate intrinsic value, it requires far more inputs and information than other valuation approaches
- These inputs and information are not only noisy (and difficult to estimate), but can be manipulated by the savvy analyst to provide the conclusion he or she wants.

- In an intrinsic valuation model, there is no guarantee that anything will emerge as under or over valued. Thus, it is possible in a DCF valuation model, to find every stock in a market to be over valued. This can be a problem for
- equity research analysts, whose job it is to follow sectors and make recommendations on the most under and over valued stocks in that sector
- equity portfolio managers, who have to be fully (or close to fully) invested in equities

- This approach is easiest to use for assets (firms) whose
- cashflows are currently positive and
- can be estimated with some reliability for future periods, and
- where a proxy for risk that can be used to obtain discount rates is available.

- It works best for investors who either
- have a long time horizon, allowing the market time to correct its valuation mistakes and for price to revert to “true” value or
- are capable of providing the catalyst needed to move price to value, as would be the case if you were an activist investor or a potential acquirer of the whole firm

where CFt is the cash flow in period t, r is the discount rate appropriate given the riskiness of the cash flow and t is the life of the asset.

- For an asset to have value, the expected cash flows have to be positive some time over the life of the asset.
- Assets that generate cash flows early in their life will be worth more than assets that generate cash flows later; the latter may however have greater growth and higher cash flows to compensate.

- Value just the equity stake in the business
- Value the entire business, which includes, besides equity, the other claimholders in the firm

- Never mix and match cash flows and discount rates.
- The key error to avoid is mismatching cashflows and discount rates, since discounting cashflows to equity at the weighted average cost of capital will lead to an upwardly biased estimate of the value of equity, while discounting cashflows to the firm at the cost of equity will yield a downward biased estimate of the value of the firm.

- The value of equity is obtained by discounting expected cashflows to equity, i.e., the residual cashflows after meeting all expenses, tax obligations and interest and principal payments, at the cost of equity, i.e., the rate of return required by equity investors in the firm.
where,

CF to Equityt = Expected Cashflow to Equity in period t

ke = Cost of Equity

- The dividend discount model is a specialized case of equity valuation, and the value of a stock is the present value of expected future dividends.

- The value of the firm is obtained by discounting expected cashflows to the firm, i.e., the residual cashflows after meeting all operating expenses and taxes, but prior to debt payments, at the weighted average cost of capital, which is the cost of the different components of financing used by the firm, weighted by their market value proportions.
where,

CF to Firmt = Expected Cashflow to Firm in period t

WACC = Weighted Average Cost of Capital

- To get from firm value to equity value, which of the following would you need to do?
- Subtract out the value of long term debt
- Subtract out the value of all debt
- Subtract the value of all non-equity claims in the firm, that are included in the cost of capital calculation
- Subtract out the value of all non-equity claims in the firm

- Doing so, will give you a value for the equity which is
- greater than the value you would have got in an equity valuation
- lesser than the value you would have got in an equity valuation
- equal to the value you would have got in an equity valuation

- Assume that you are analyzing a company with the following cashflows for the next five years.
YearCF to EquityInt Exp (1-t)CF to Firm

1$ 50$ 40$ 90

2$ 60$ 40$ 100

3$ 68$ 40$ 108

4$ 76.2$ 40$ 116.2

5$ 83.49$ 40$ 123.49

Terminal Value$ 1603.0$ 2363.008

- Assume also that the cost of equity is 13.625% and the firm can borrow long term at 10%. (The tax rate for the firm is 50%.)
- The current market value of equity is $1,073 and the value of debt outstanding is $800.
- Calculate the Equity Value and the Firm Value.

Method 1: Discount CF to Equity at Cost of Equity to get value of equity

- Cost of Equity = 13.625%
- PV of Equity = 50/1.13625 + 60/1.136252 + 68/1.136253 + 76.2/1.136254 + (83.49+1603)/1.136255
= $1073

Method 2: Discount CF to Firm at Cost of Capital to get value of firm

- Cost of Debt = Pre-tax rate (1- tax rate) = 10% (1-.5) = 5%
- WACC = 13.625% (1073/1873) + 5% (800/1873) = 9.94%
- PV of Firm = 90/1.0994 + 100/1.09942 + 108/1.09943 + 116.2/1.09944 + (123.49+2363)/1.09945
= $1873

- PV of Equity = PV of Firm - Market Value of Debt
= $ 1873 - $ 800 = $1073

- Never mix and match cash flows and discount rates.
- The key error to avoid is mismatching cashflows and discount rates, since discounting cashflows to equity at the weighted average cost of capital will lead to an upwardly biased estimate of the value of equity, while discounting cashflows to the firm at the cost of equity will yield a downward biased estimate of the value of the firm.

Error 1: Discount CF to Equity at Cost of Capital to get equity value

PV of Equity = 50/1.0994 + 60/1.09942 + 68/1.09943 + 76.2/1.09944 + (83.49+1603)/1.09945 = $1248

Value of equity is overstated by $175.

Error 2: Discount CF to Firm at Cost of Equity to get firm value

PV of Firm = 90/1.13625 + 100/1.136252 + 108/1.136253 + 116.2/1.136254 + (123.49+2363)/1.136255 = $1613

PV of Equity = $1612.86 - $800 = $813

Value of Equity is understated by $ 260.

Error 3: Discount CF to Firm at Cost of Equity, forget to subtract out debt, and get too high a value for equity

Value of Equity = $ 1613

Value of Equity is overstated by $ 540

- 96 Common Errors in Company Valuations
by Pablo Fernandez & Jose Maria Carabias

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=895151

- What are the four financial statements, and the purpose of each?
- Statement of Shareholders’ Equity
- Income Statement
- Balance Sheet
- Statement of Cash Flows

- How do they relate?

Planning

- Financing
- Current:
- Notes Payable
- Accounts Payable
- Salaries Payable
- Income Tax Payable
Noncurrent:

- Bonds Payable
- Common Stock
- Retained Earnings

- Investing
- Current:
- Cash
- Accounts Receivable
- Inventories
- Marketable Securities
- Noncurrent:
- Land, Buildings, & Equipment
- Patents
- Investments

Operating

- Sales
- Cost of Goods Sold
- Selling Expense
- Administrative Expense
- Interest Expense
- Income Tax Expense

Net Income

Liabilities & Equity

Income statement

Assets

Cash Flow

Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet

Statement of

Cash Flows

Statement of Shareholders’ Equity

- Accounting analysis: Studying transactions and events judging how accounting policies affect financial statements, and adjusting FS to better reflect the underlying economics and make them more amenable to analysis. In other words, to evaluate how well a firm’s accounting reflects reality and to mitigate accounting distortions.

- Comparative (“Horizontal”) Analysis
- Common-size (“Vertical”) Analysis

Comparative “Horizontal” Analysis

Ratio Analysis

Financial analysis is the use of financial statements to analyze a company’s financial position and performance and to assess future financial performance, and includes an examination of profitability, risk, and cash flows (sources and uses of funds).

Financial ratios must answer a question

Analysis vs Synthesis

Where should you start?

- Financial analysis will answer questions regarding a firm’s past, present and future situation, including
- How profitable is the company?
- Did earnings meet analyst forecasts?
- How strong is the company’s financial position?
- What are the firm’s sources of profitability?
- Does the company have the resources to succeed and grow?
- What limitations to growth exist?
- Is the firm making good use of assets?
- Does the company have resources to invest in new projects?
- What is the company’s future earning power?
- How does capital structure affect return?

- Assume that you are analyzing a company with the following cashflows for the next five years.
YearCF to EquityInt Exp (1-t)CF to Firm

1$ 50$ 40$ 90

2$ 60$ 40$ 100

3$ 68$ 40$ 108

4$ 76.2$ 40$ 116.2

5$ 83.49$ 40$ 123.49

Terminal Value$ 1603.0$ 2363.008

- Assume also that the cost of equity is 13.625% and the firm can borrow long term at 10%. (The tax rate for the firm is 50%.)
- What is the growth rate for FCFE assumed for each year?
- How is terminal value calculated?
- What is the implied growth rate for the terminal value?

- FCFE = Net income – Net investment + Net debt issued

- Net investment = (Capital expenditures – Depreciation) + Increase in noncash working capital

- Line item on Statement of Cash Flows?
- Calculate the changes (from year to year) of ALL long-term assets shown on the balance sheet.
- Find the total amount (for a given year) shown in the “Investing” section of the Statement of Cash Flows. Issues?

- “Basic definition” of net cash flow = net income + depreciation
- Non-cash expense
- In the “balance sheet” approach to define capital expenditures, depreciation is usually not incorporated explicitly. Why not?
- If the “Statement of Cash Flows” approach is used, one must explicitly subtract depreciation from capital expenditures (shown in the “Operating” section of the Statement of Cash Flows)

- Noncash working capital = (current assets – cash) – current liabilities… what else?
- Noncash working capital = (current assets – cash) – (current liabilities – interest bearing debt included in current liabilities) Why?
- Why not include cash?

- “Net” debt issued implies that one must take both debt issuances AND repayments into account
- Discussion: Constant Debt Ratio
- Suppose a firm always finances new investment with a fixed debt ratio (say, 30% debt and 70% equity, for example). The general equation for FCFE then may be expressed as follows:
- FCFE = Net income – (1 – debt ratio)(Net investment)
OR

- FCFE = Net income – (equity ratio)(Net investment)

- FCFE = Net income – Net investment + Net debt issued

- http://www.sec.gov

- See online document
- Due Monday. You may turn it in to me directly or to the SBA Faculty Services office on the 5th Floor.