In this article, you will get all information regarding Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) (STO:SUS) shares could be 49% below their intrinsic value estimate

Important insights

  • Surgical Science Sweden’s estimated fair value is SEK 314 based on 2-step free cash flow to equity
  • Current share price of SEK 162 indicates that Surgical Science Sweden is 49% undervalued
  • Analyst price target for SUS is SEK 239 which is 24% below our estimate of fair value

Today we will do a simple review of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Surgical Science Sweden AB (publ) (STO: SUS) as an investment opportunity by taking the company’s projected future cash flows and discounting them back to today’s value. This will be done using the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. Before you think you won’t be able to understand it, just read on! It’s actually a lot less complicated than you might imagine.

We want to caution that there are many ways to value a company and, like DCF, each technique has advantages and disadvantages in certain scenarios. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the logic behind this calculation can be read in detail in Simply Wall St analysis model.

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The method

We will use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name suggests, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period that levels off towards the terminal value, captured in the second “steady growth period”. To begin with, we need to get estimates of the next ten years’ cash flows. Where possible, we use analyst estimates, but when these are not available, we extrapolate past free cash flow (FCF) from the most recent estimate or reported value. We assume that companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of contraction, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow during this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

In general, we assume that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar in the future, so we must discount the sum of these future cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate.

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032
Levered FCF (SEK, million) SEK 169.6 million SEK 239.0 million SEK 313.2 million SEK 495.7 million SEK 616.3 million SEK 721.9 million SEK 809.5 million SEK 879.2 million SEK 933.3 million SEK 974.6 million
Source for estimation of growth rate Analyst x3 Analyst x3 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Calculated @ 24.32% Calculated @ 17.15% Calculated @ 12.13% Calculated @ 8.61% Calculated @ 6.15% Calculated @ 4.43%
Present value (SEK, million) discounted @ 5.4% SEK 161 SEK 215 SEK 268 SEK 402 SEK 474 SEK 527 SEK 561 SEK 578 SEK 582 SEK 577

(“Estimate” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present value of 10-year cash flow (PVCF) = SEK 4.3 billion

The second step is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after the first step. For several reasons, a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed a country’s GDP growth. In this case, we have used the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield (0.4%) to estimate future growth. As with the 10-year “growth period,” we discount future cash flows to present value, using a cost of equity of 5.4%.

Terminal value (TV)= FCF2032 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = SEK975m× (1 + 0.4%) ÷ (5.4%–0.4%) = SEK20b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= SEK20b÷ (1 + 5.4%)10= SEK 12 billion

The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next ten years plus the discounted terminal value, which results in Total Equity Value, which in this case is SEK 16 billion. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of outstanding shares. Compared to the current share price of SEK 162, the company appears to be quite undervalued at a 49% discount to where the share price is currently trading. The assumptions in each calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it’s better to think of this as a rough estimate, not exactly down to the last cent.

OM:SUS discounted cash flow December 27, 2022

The 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 these inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing around with them. DCF also does not take into account an industry’s possible cyclicality, or a company’s future capital requirements, so it does not provide a complete picture of a company’s potential performance. Given that we view Surgical Science Sweden 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 the debt. In this calculation, we have used 5.4%, which is based on a leverage beta of 0.894. Beta is a measure of a stock’s volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We derive 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 Surgical Science Sweden


  • Profit growth over the past year outpaced the industry.

  • No major weaknesses identified for SUS.

  • The annual result is expected to grow faster than the Swedish market.
  • Trades below our estimate of fair value by more than 20%.

  • Revenue is expected to grow slower than 20% per year.

Move on:

While important, the DCF calculation is only one of many factors you need to assess for a business. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Ideally, you would apply different cases and assumptions and see how they would affect the company’s valuation. For example, changes in the company’s cost of equity capital or the risk-free rate can significantly affect the valuation. What is the reason why the share price is below the intrinsic value? For Surgical Science Sweden, we have compiled three additional factors you should assess:

  1. Financial health: Does SUS have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at ours free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors such as leverage and risk.
  2. Future results: How does SUS’s growth rate compare to its peers and the broader market? Dig deeper into the analyst consensus numbers for the coming years by interacting with our free charts for analyst growth expectations.
  3. Other high-quality options: Do you like a good all-round player? Explore our interactive list of high-quality stocks to get an idea of ​​what else is out there you might be missing!

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