Are investors undervaluing Sapiens International Corporation NV (NASDAQ:SPNS) by 30%?

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Does the February stock price for Sapiens International Corporation NV (NASDAQ:SPNS) reflect what it’s really worth? Today we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of the stock by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model for this purpose. Believe it or not, it’s not too hard to follow, as you’ll see in our example!

We generally believe that the value of a company is the present value of all the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one of many evaluation metrics, and it is not without its flaws. For those who are passionate about equity analysis, the Simply Wall St analysis template here may be something that interests you.

Check out our latest analysis for Sapiens International

Step by step in the calculation

We use the 2-stage growth model, which simply means that we consider two stages of business growth. In the initial period, the company may have a higher growth rate, and the second stage is generally assumed to have a stable growth rate. To start, we need to estimate the cash flows 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.

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:

Estimated free cash flow (FCF) over 10 years

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Leveraged FCF ($, millions) $64.0 million $80.0 million $94.0 million $103.6 million $111.6 million $118.2 million $123.8 million $128.7 million $132.9 million $136.8 million
Growth rate estimate Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Is at 10.19% Is at 7.71% Is at 5.97% Is at 4.76% Is @ 3.91% East @ 3.31% Is at 2.89%
Present value (millions of dollars) discounted at 7.1% $59.8 $69.8 $76.6 $78.8 $79.3 $78.5 $76.8 $74.5 $71.9 $69.1

(“East” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
10-year discounted cash flow (PVCF) = $735 million

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 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield (1.9%) to estimate future growth. Similar to the 10-year “growth” period, we discount future cash flows to present value, using a cost of equity of 7.1%.

Terminal value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$137 million × (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (7.1%–1.9%) = US$2.7 billion

Present value of terminal value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)ten= $2.7 billion ÷ (1 + 7.1%)ten= $1.4 billion

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of future cash flows, which in this case is $2.1 billion. The final step is to divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of US$27.0, the company looks slightly undervalued at a 30% discount to the current share price. The assumptions of any calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it’s best to consider this as a rough estimate, not accurate down to the last penny.

NasdaqGS: SPNS Discounted Cash Flow February 28, 2022

Important assumptions

Now, 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 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 Sapiens International 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 takes debt into account. In this calculation, we used 7.1%, which is based on a leveraged beta of 1.042. 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.

Look forward:

While important, calculating DCF shouldn’t be the only metric to consider when researching 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 the stock price below intrinsic value? For Sapiens International, there are three key aspects you need to explore:

  1. Risks: For example, we discovered 1 warning sign for Sapiens International which you should be aware of before investing here.
  2. Future earnings: How does SPNS’ 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.
  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!

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