What is SOTP Valuation (Sum of Parts)?
Some of the parts (SOTP) is the method of valuation of the firm where each of the company’s subsidiaries or its business segment is valued separately. Then all of them are added together to arrive at the firm’s total value.
Most large companies operate in more than one business. Valuing a diversified company requires separate valuations for each business and the corporate headquarters. This method of valuing a company by parts and then adding them up is known as SOTP or its full form Sum of the Parts valuation and is commonly used in practice by stock market analysts and companies themselves. (Simple :-))
Table of contents
- What is SOTP Valuation (Sum of Parts)?
- Sum of Parts Valuation (SOTP) simplified
- SOTP Valuation of MOJO Corp
- Sum of Parts Valuation (SOTP) Example – ITC
- Segment 1 – Cigarette Segment Valuation
- Step 1 – Understand the Key Characteristics of Cigarette Segment
- Step 2 – Choosing an appropriate Peer Group – Indian Peers
- Step 3 – Comparable Company Valuation Analysis for these Indian peers.
- Step 4 – Choosing an appropriate Peer Group – Global Peers
- Step 5 – Identifying the Most suitable valuation methodology
- Segment 2 – ITC Hotel Segment Valuation
- Segment 3 – Paper Segment Valuations
- Segment 4 – FMCG (Non-Cigarettes) Segment
- Segment 5 – Agriculture Segment Valuation
- Summing it all together – Sum of Parts – SOTP Valuation of ITC
- Sum of the Parts Valuation – SOTP – Waterfall Charts
- SOTP and Diversification Discount
- Limitations of Sum of the Parts Valuation
- What’s Next?
Sum of Parts Valuation (SOTP) simplified
Let us understand the sum of the Parts valuation using an example of a large conglomerate company (ticker MOJO) that operates the following business segments.
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SOTP Valuation of MOJO Corp
The common valuation techniques are Relative Valuations, Comparable Acquisition Analysis, and the DCF DCF Discounted cash flow analysis is a method of analyzing the present value of a company, investment, or cash flow by adjusting future cash flows to the time value of money. This analysis assesses the present fair value of assets, projects, or companies by taking into account many factors such as inflation, risk, and cost of capital, as well as analyzing the company's future performance.Analysis. These techniques can be applied to value MOJO Corp; however, before we do so, let us answer the questions below –
Should you apply the Discounted Cash Flow Approach to Value MOJO?
- Yes, you can. However, if you do so, the valuation would be technically INCORRECT.
- Reason – You can use DCF Financial ModelingFinancial ModelingFinancial modeling refers to the use of excel-based models to reflect a company's projected financial performance. Such models represent the financial situation by taking into account risks and future assumptions, which are critical for making significant decisions in the future, such as raising capital or valuing a business, and interpreting their impact. to value segments like Automobiles, Oil and Gas, Software, and eCommerce. However, Banks are typically valued using the Relative valuation approach (usually Price to Book value) or Residual Income Method.
Should you apply the Relative Valuation approach to value MOJO?
- Yes, you can do so. But do you think a single valuation methodology like PE Ratio, EV/EBITDAEV/EBITDAEV to EBITDA is the ratio between enterprise value and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization that helps the investor in the valuation of the company at a very subtle level by allowing the investor to compare a specific company to the peer company in the industry as a whole, or other comparative industries., P/CF, Price to Book ValuePrice To Book ValuePrice to Book Value Ratio or P/B Ratio helps to identify stock opportunities in Financial companies, especially banks, and is used with other valuation tools like PE Ratio, PCF, EV/EBITDA. Price to Book Value Ratio = Price Per Share / Book Value Per Share , PEG RatioPEG RatioThe PEG ratio compares the P/E ratio of a company to its expected rate of growth. A PEG ratio of 1.0 or lower, on average, indicates that a stock is undervalued. A PEG ratio greater than 1.0 indicates that a stock is overvalued., etc. is appropriate to value all the segments? Obviously, this would again be technically INCORRECT.
- Reason – If the E-commerce segment is unprofitable, applying a blanket PE multiple for valuing all segments will not make much sense. Likewise, banks are correctly valued using the Price to Book value approach than the other available multiples.
What is the solution?
The solution is to value the different parts of the business separately and add the values of the different parts of the business together. This is a sum of parts or SOTP valuation.
How do we apply the Sum of Parts valuation in the case of MOJO?
To value a conglomerate like MOJO, one can use different valuation tools to value each segment.
- Automobile Segment Valuation – Automobile Segment could be best valued using EV/EBITDA or PE ratiosPE RatiosThe price to earnings (PE) ratio measures the relative value of the corporate stocks, i.e., whether it is undervalued or overvalued. It is calculated as the proportion of the current price per share to the earnings per share. .
- Oil and Gas Segment Valuation – For Oil and Gas companies, the best approach is to use EV/EBITDA or P/CF or EV/boe (EV/barrels of oil equivalent)
- Software Segment Valuation – We use PE or EV/EBIT multiple to value Software Segment
- Bank Segment Valuation – We generally use P/BV or Residual Income Method to value Banking Sector
- E-commerce Segment – We use EV/Sales to value the E-commerce segment (if the segment is not profitable) or EV/Subscriber or PE multiple
If you are new to Relative valuation methodologies, you can read the following articles to enhance your learning of valuations –
Sum of Parts Valuation (SOTP) Example – ITC
Let us apply SOTP on ITC Ltd, a large conglomerate based in India. ITC has a diversified presence in Cigarettes, Hotels, Paperboards & Specialty Papers, Packaging, Agri-Business, Packaged Foods & Confectionery, Information Technology, Branded Apparel, Personal Care, Stationery, Safety Matches, and other FMCGFMCGFast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are non-durable consumer goods that sell like hotcakes as they usually come with a low price and high usability. Their examples include toothpaste, ready-to-make food, soap, cookie, notebook, chocolate, etc. products.
While ITC is an outstanding market leader in its traditional businesses of Cigarettes, Hotels, Paperboards, Packaging, and Agri-Exports, it is rapidly gaining market share even in its nascent Packaged Foods & Confectionery, Branded Apparel, Personal Care, and Stationery.
As each of ITC’s businesses is vastly different from the others in its type, the state of its evolution, and the basic nature of its activity, the challenge for analysts, therefore, lies in fashioning a model that addresses the value for each of its unique businesses and then arrives at a value for the company as a whole.
Below are the segment details of ITC
(p.s. The data taken is from 2008-09 annual reportsAnnual ReportsAn annual report is a document that a corporation publishes for its internal and external stakeholders to describe the company's performance, financial information, and disclosures related to its operations. Over time, these reports have become legal and regulatory requirements. and does not reflect the current performance of the breakup of ITC Ltd Segments. This case study of ITC valuation should only be used for educational purposes and does not be construe any investment advice)
Let us apply the Sum of Parts – SOTP Valuation approach here
Segment 1 – Cigarette Segment Valuation
A cigarette is the core business of ITC and the major revenue contributor. It contributes more than 65% to the total revenues generated, and 68% of profits are generated by this segment only.
Step 1 – Understand the Key Characteristics of Cigarette Segment
- ITC’s monopoly status within the cigarette industry
- ITC’s volume growth of 3.7% has been twice that of the industry in the past 15%
- Faster growth considering low cigarette penetration.
Step 2 – Choosing an appropriate Peer Group – Indian Peers
- Godfrey Philips: Strong player in the middle price segments
- VST Industries: Lower end in the market
- GTC Industries: Lower end in the market
The data below reflects the market share and value share of this segment.
Step 3 – Comparable Company Valuation Analysis for these Indian peers.
Practical Problem in identifying peers – As you can see from the above charts, ITC has a clear monopoly in the Cigarette segment (both volume and value share). So how can we compare the valuation of the ITC segment with the valuation of much smaller peers? With this, we should look for global peers who may be of similar size.
Step 4 – Choosing an appropriate Peer Group – Global Peers
Below is the list of Cigarette Segment global peers and their valuation multiples –
Step 5 – Identifying the Most suitable valuation methodology
The most appropriate valuation multiple for valuing ITC Cigarette Segment is P/E or EV/EBITDA Multiple
Segment 2 – ITC Hotel Segment Valuation
Contributes only 8% to sales but approximately an 18% contribution to EBIT.
Step 1 – Key Characteristics of Hotel Segment
- Asset intensive and has a long gestation period business.
- High Margins
Step 2 – Identify Listed Peers in Hotel Segment
Step 3 – Choose an appropriate valuation multiple
For valuing the hotel segment, the valuation of multiple approaches like Enterprise value/room or PE or EV/EBITDA can be used.
Segment 3 – Paper Segment Valuations
The paper and packaging segment contributes 5% of Sales and 10% to ITC’s EBIT.
Step 1 – Note the Key Characteristics
- The paper industry is capital intensiveCapital IntensiveCapital intensive refers to those industries or companies that require significant upfront capital investments in machinery, plant & equipment to produce goods or services in high volumes and maintain higher levels of profit margins and return on investments. Examples include oil & gas, automobiles, real estate, metals & mining. and prone to global cycles.
- Indian Paper industry is fragmented
- Most Indian paper mills are small (98% of mills have a capacity of <50,000 tpa versus the ideal of 300,000 tpa)
- Large mills account for only 33% of output
- Asset intensive and has a long gestation period business
Step 2 – Identify the Key Comparables
No visible listed Indian Peer
Step 3 – Choose the appropriate Valuation Multiple
- Prefer P/BV as this segment is an asset-intensive segment and no visible listed Indian Peer
- Benchmarking P/BV multiple to the average of the Global Peers may be the correct approach
Segment 4 – FMCG (Non-Cigarettes) Segment
FMCG (non-cigarettes) segment contributes 9% of Sales; however, this segment is unprofitable and results in an EBIT margin of -2%.
Step 1 – Identify the Key Characteristics
- Non-profitable, negative earnings
Step 2 – Listed Comparables Operating in the same segment
Step 3 – Choosing the Right Valuation Multiple –
- EV/Sales or P/Sales could be used to value the company
Segment 5 – Agriculture Segment Valuation
The agriculture segment contributes 11% of Sales for ITC and 4% of EBIT.
Step 1 – Identify the Key Characteristics
- The earnings contribution of this business is very small (EBIT contribution is less than 4%)
Step 2 – Choose an appropriate Peer
- No publicly listed peer group available
Step 3 – Choose an appropriate Valuation Multiple
- Agriculture multiple should be based on the fact that it is a trading business
- We may use a PE multiple of 10x for valuing this agriculture commodity business.
Summing it all together – Sum of Parts – SOTP Valuation of ITC
Below is the table that consolidates the valuation of all five segments. Please note that the various scenarios are used to evaluate the fundamental value of ITC. E.g., If Global Peers (PE) is used for valuing the FMCG segment, then the contribution to the share price is Rs110/share. However, if you used Global Peers (EV/EBITDA), the contribution would have been Rs105/share.
The final Sum of Parts valuation is =
Rs110 (FMCG-Cigarettes) + Rs21 (Hotel Segment) + Rs25 (FMCG – non cigarettes) + Rs15 (Paper and Packaging) + Rs3 (Agriculture Business) + Rs13 (Cash per share) = Rs187/share.
Sum of the Parts Valuation – SOTP – Waterfall Charts
The analysis done using the Sum of Parts looks stunning once you use the Waterfall ChartsWaterfall ChartsA waterfall chart, also known as a bridge chart in Excel, is a form of column chart that shows how the starting position of a series of data changes over time, whether it is increasing or decreasing. to communicate the analysis to the clients. Below is the waterfall chart of ITC Ltd Sum of Parts Valuation.The analysis done using the Sum of Parts looks stunning once you use theThe analysis done using the Sum of Parts looks stunning once you use the Waterfall ChartsWaterfall ChartsA waterfall chart, also known as a bridge chart in Excel, is a form of column chart that shows how the starting position of a series of data changes over time, whether it is increasing or decreasing. to communicate the analysis to the clients. Below is the waterfall chart of ITC Ltd Sum of Parts Valuation.
Download – ITC Waterfall chart
SOTP and Diversification Discount
Diversification discount also known as a conglomerate discountConglomerate DiscountA conglomerate in business terminology is a company that owns a group of subsidiaries conducting business separately, often in distinct industries. It reflects diversification of operations, product line and market to allow business expansion., typically arises when you value a company using the Sum of the Parts or SOTP. This happens because multiple business segments are valued where there is no adequate information on business metrics and a lack of management focus.
Diversification discounts range from 10% to 30% generally. However, it may change significantly for specific countries. For example, in India, the Diversification discount used for SOTP could be as high as 50%.
Limitations of Sum of the Parts Valuation
- The sum of parts or SOTP relies on adequate information provided for each segment. However, in most conglomerates, sufficient information is not available to value each business segment.
- Segment valuation under SOTP depends on the stage of its business cycleBusiness CycleThe business cycle refers to the alternating phases of economic growth and decline.. This information is sometimes very difficult to find out due to limited information availability.
- Another problem with the sum of parts is that there are various synergies and cost savings associated with the functioning of each segment when they operate as a part of a conglomerate. While evaluating the segment separately, the synergies and costs are not available.
- SOTP valuation can only be fully realized if the management decides to break up the segments and run them as a separate company/unit. However, this becomes impossible as “company size” and management remuneration are generally closely linked, and the spin-off may not be in their interests.
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