The intrinsic value of WeCommerce Holdings Ltd. (CVE:WE) is potentially 31% higher in its share price
Today we are going to do a simple overview of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of WeCommerce Holdings Ltd. (CVE:WE) as an investment opportunity by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to the present value. One way to do this is to use the discounted cash flow (DCF) model. Don’t be put off by the jargon, the underlying calculations are actually quite simple.
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The calculation
We use what is called a 2step 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. In the first step, we need to estimate the company’s cash flow over the next ten years. Since no analyst estimate of free cash flow is available, we have extrapolated the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the company’s latest 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, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today’s value:
10Year Free Cash Flow (FCF) Forecast
2022 
2023 
2024 
2025 
2026 
2027 
2028 
2029 
2030 
2031 

Leveraged FCF (CA$, Millions) 
CA$9.59m 
C$11.1 million 
12.4 million Canadian dollars 
13.5 million Canadian dollars 
14.4 million Canadian dollars 
C$15.1 million 
15.7 million Canadian dollars 
16.2 million Canadian dollars 
16.7 million Canadian dollars 
C$17.1 million 
Growth rate estimate Source 
Is at 22.25% 
Is at 16.04% 
Is at 11.7% 
Is at 8.66% 
Is at 6.53% 
Is at 5.04% 
Is 3.99% 
Is at 3.26% 
Is at 2.75% 
Is at 2.39% 
Present value (CA$, millions) discounted at 6.4% 
CA$9.0 
CA$9.8 
CA$10.3 
CA$10.5 
CA$10.5 
CA$10.4 
CA$10.2 
CA$9.9 
CA$9.5 
CA$9.2 
(“East” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
10year discounted cash flow (PVCF) = 99 million Canadian dollars
The second stage is also known as the terminal value, it is the cash flow of the business after the first stage. For a number of reasons, a very conservative growth rate is used which cannot exceed that of a country’s GDP growth. In this case, we used the 5year average of the 10year government bond yield (1.6%) to estimate future growth. Similar to the 10year “growth” period, we discount future cash flows to present value, using a cost of equity of 6.4%.
Terminal value (TV)= FCF_{2031} × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = C$17 million × (1 + 1.6%) ÷ (6.4%–1.6%) = C$358 million
Present value of terminal value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)^{ten}= C$358m÷ (1 + 6.4%)^{ten}= 192 million Canadian dollars
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 C$291 million. The final step is to divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of C$5.4, the company looks slightly undervalued at a 24% discount to the current share price. Ratings are imprecise instruments, however, much like a telescope – move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Keep that in mind.
The hypotheses
The above calculation is highly dependent on two assumptions. One is the discount rate and the other is the 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 WeCommerce Holdings as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which factors in debt. In this calculation, we used 6.4%, which is based on a leveraged beta of 1.143. 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 :
While valuing a business is important, it ideally won’t be the only piece of analysis you look at for a business. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Rather, it should be seen as a guide to “what assumptions must be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?” For example, changes in the company’s cost of equity or the riskfree rate can have a significant impact on the valuation. Why is the stock price below intrinsic value? For WeCommerce Holdings, we’ve compiled three additional things you should consider in more detail:

Risks: For example, we discovered 3 warning signs for WeCommerce Holdings which you should be aware of before investing here.

Future earnings: How does WE’s growth rate compare to its peers and the market in general? Dive deeper into the analyst consensus figure for the coming years by interacting with our free analyst growth forecast chart.

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