How far is Mineral Resources Limited (ASX:MIN) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, we will examine whether the stock price is fair by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. The Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model is the tool we will apply to do this. This may sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple!

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. Anyone interested in learning a little more about intrinsic value should read the Simply Wall St.

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### Are mineral resources valued at their fair value?

We will use a two-stage DCF model which, as the name suggests, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is usually a period of higher growth which stabilizes towards the terminal value, captured in the second period of “sustained growth”. 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 (A\$, Millions) -A\$449.2 million -A\$509.5 million A\$419.9 million A\$540.8 million A\$652.7 million A\$750.8 million A\$833.9 million A\$903.0 million A\$960.2 million A\$1.01 billion Growth rate estimate Source Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Analyst x3 East @ 28.8% Is at 20.7% Is at 15.03% Is at 11.06% Is at 8.28% Is at 6.34% Is at 4.98% Present value (A\$, millions) discounted at 6.6% -AU\$421 -AU\$448 AU\$346 AU\$418 AU\$473 AU\$510 AU\$532 AU\$540 AU\$538 AU\$530

(“East” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
10-year discounted cash flow (PVCF) = AU\$3.0 billion

We now need to calculate the terminal value, which represents all future cash flows after this ten-year period. 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 (1.8%) 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 6.6%.

Terminal value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AU\$1.0 billion × (1 + 1.8%) ÷ (6.6%–1.8%) = AU\$21 billion

Present value of terminal value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)ten= AU\$21 billion÷ (1 + 6.6%)ten= AU\$11 billion

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of future cash flows, which in this case is A\$14 billion. The final step is to divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of AU\$47.8, the company appears to have pretty good value at a 37% discount to the current share price. Remember though that this is only a rough estimate, and like any complex formula – trash in, trash out.

### The hypotheses

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 mineral resources 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 6.6%, which is based on a leveraged beta of 1.142. 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.

### Next steps:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it’s just one of many factors you need to assess for a company. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Rather, it should be seen as a guide to “what assumptions must be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?” For example, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can significantly change the overall result. Why is intrinsic value higher than the current stock price? For mineral resources, there are three relevant aspects you should consider:

1. Risks: To this end, you should inquire about the 2 warning signs we spotted with Mineral Resources (including 1 which does not suit us too much).
2. Future earnings: How does MIN’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.
3. Other high-quality alternatives: Do you like a good all-rounder? Explore our interactive list of high-quality actions to get an idea of ​​what you might be missing!

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