In the previous posting, I have covered on intrinsic value calculation using earning projection and discount it for future projection. As mentioned before, there are many types of valuation. Today, I will write on Discounted Cash Flow. This calculation will be based on Cash Flow. What is cash flow? It tells investors that how strong a company in term of generating cash from their daily operation.
For this exercise, I will choose AEON due to its strong cash flow generation. AEON is one of the oldest retail chain store in Malaysia (formerly known as Jusco). Remember, some metric or KPI may not be fit for certain sector. AEON do not need to spend its cash except for expanding new branches as well refurbish existing branch. As for daily operation, as long as customers are coming to the store and buy things, it will still continue to generate cash on daily basis.
Also worth to highlight the ability of AEON to sustain free cash flow. Meaning, on top of generating cash flow from operation, after deducting capital expenditure, AEON still manage to spare some cash.
What are other business characteristics that AEON possess besides Strong Cash Flow? This is what you should be looking for:
- Sustainable and consistent ROE
- Strong, consistent and sustainable Cash
- Strong brand and customer loyalty
- Good and recognize management
If you missed out AEON, you might want to look another similar strong cash companies like AEON. May be I will discuss later for Pos Malaysia.
Based on the historical dividend payout, AEON has the sustainability of cash to pay dividend to shareholders at least 10 consecutive years.
Based on the above valuation, it is still undervalued by 21%. Based on margin of safety principle, this may not be a good entry. You may want to enter at 50% MOS. It depends on your appetite for safety net. But it is just a guidelines, not the exact science. If you decided to make a position, be prepared to average down your position.
AEON annual report can be found the following link: http://www.jusco.com.my/annual.html
Disclaimer: The above simulation is intended for discussion. Not intended for buy or sell call. Please consult certified financial adviser for your investment decision.