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Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of TELUS Corporation (TSE:T)

How far off is TELUS Corporation (TSE:T) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, I am going to take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in November 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

Check out our latest analysis for TELUS

The calculation

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. To start off with we need to estimate the next five years of cash flows. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. I then discount the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow forecast

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

Levered FCF (CA$, Millions)

CA$1.49k

CA$1.73k

CA$1.99k

CA$2.07k

CA$2.14k

Source

Analyst x11

Analyst x6

Analyst x3

Est @ 3.74%

Est @ 3.74%

Present Value Discounted @ 8.47%

CA$1.37k

CA$1.47k

CA$1.56k

CA$1.49k

CA$1.43k

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= CA$7.3b

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After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.3%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.5%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CA$2.1b × (1 + 2.3%) ÷ (8.5% – 2.3%) = CA$35.8b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = CA$35.8b ÷ ( 1 + 8.5%)5 = CA$23.8b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is CA$31.2b. 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 CA$52.11. Relative to the current share price of CA$44.69, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 14% discount to what it is available for right now.

TSX:T Intrinsic Value Export November 8th 18
TSX:T Intrinsic Value Export November 8th 18

Important assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual cash flows. You don’t have to agree with my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at TELUS 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 8.5%, 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For T, I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does T 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.

  2. Future Earnings: How does T’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.

  3. Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of T? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

PS. Simply Wall St does a DCF calculation for every CA stock every 6 hours, so if you want to find the intrinsic value of any other stock just search here.

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.