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Is Rightmove plc (LON:RMV) Worth UK£5.8 Based On Its Intrinsic Value?

Key Insights

  • The projected fair value for Rightmove is UK£4.49 based on 2 Stage Free Cash Flow to Equity

  • Current share price of UK£5.80 suggests Rightmove is potentially 29% overvalued

  • Our fair value estimate is 24% lower than Rightmove's analyst price target of UK£5.90

Does the May share price for Rightmove plc (LON:RMV) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate the stock's intrinsic value by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today's value. Our analysis will employ the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

Remember though, that there are many ways to estimate a company's value, and a DCF is just one method. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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The Model

We use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of growth rates for the company's cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a lower growth phase. To begin with, we have to get estimates of the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren't available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

Generally we assume that a dollar today is more valuable than a dollar in the future, so we discount the value of these future cash flows to their estimated value in today's dollars:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

2028

2029

2030

2031

2032

Levered FCF (£, Millions)

UK£205.9m

UK£218.8m

UK£232.7m

UK£257.0m

UK£276.0m

UK£289.7m

UK£300.9m

UK£310.1m

UK£317.9m

UK£324.7m

Growth Rate Estimate Source

Analyst x12

Analyst x14

Analyst x10

Analyst x1

Analyst x1

Est @ 4.97%

Est @ 3.85%

Est @ 3.07%

Est @ 2.52%

Est @ 2.13%

Present Value (£, Millions) Discounted @ 8.6%

UK£190

UK£185

UK£182

UK£185

UK£183

UK£176

UK£169

UK£160

UK£151

UK£142

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = UK£1.7b

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business's cash flow after the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 1.2%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2032 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = UK£325m× (1 + 1.2%) ÷ (8.6%– 1.2%) = UK£4.5b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= UK£4.5b÷ ( 1 + 8.6%)10= UK£1.9b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is UK£3.7b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of UK£5.8, the company appears slightly overvalued at the time of writing. The assumptions in any calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it is better to view this as a rough estimate, not precise down to the last cent.

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Important Assumptions

We would point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. If you don't agree with these result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company's future capital requirements, so it does not give a full picture of a company's potential performance. Given that we are looking at Rightmove 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 accounts for debt. In this calculation we've used 8.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.059. Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.

SWOT Analysis for Rightmove

Strength

  • Earnings growth over the past year exceeded its 5-year average.

  • Currently debt free.

  • Dividends are covered by earnings and cash flows.

Weakness

  • Earnings growth over the past year underperformed the Interactive Media and Services industry.

  • Dividend is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Interactive Media and Services market.

  • Expensive based on P/E ratio and estimated fair value.

Opportunity

  • Annual revenue is forecast to grow faster than the British market.

Threat

  • Annual earnings are forecast to grow slower than the British market.

Next Steps:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it shouldn't be the only metric you look at when researching a company. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Instead the best use for a DCF model is to test certain assumptions and theories to see if they would lead to the company being undervalued or overvalued. For instance, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can dramatically alter the overall result. Can we work out why the company is trading at a premium to intrinsic value? For Rightmove, there are three essential items you should assess:

  1. Financial Health: Does RMV 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 RMV'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 Solid Businesses: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are fundamental to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals to see if there are other companies you may not have considered!

PS. The Simply Wall St app conducts a discounted cash flow valuation for every stock on the LSE every day. If you want to find the calculation for other stocks just search here.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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