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Calculating The Fair Value Of WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC)

Kayla Ward

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE:WCC) by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not January 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for WESCO International by following the link below.

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Is WCC fairly valued?

I’m using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company’s growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have perpetual stable growth rate. To begin with we have to get estimates of the next five years of cash flows. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. I then discount the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $251.27 $263.52 $260.07 $281.50 $283.17
Source Analyst x7 Analyst x5 Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Est @ 0.59%
Present Value Discounted @ 12.37% $223.62 $208.71 $183.31 $176.58 $158.08

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$950m

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 an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.9%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 12.4%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$283m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (12.4% – 2.9%) = US$3.1b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$3.1b ÷ ( 1 + 12.4%)5 = US$1.7b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$2.7b. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. If the stock is an depositary receipt (represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation) or ADR then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $57.37. Compared to the current share price of $48.81, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 15% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:WCC Intrinsic Value Export January 7th 19

Important assumptions

Now 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 my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at WESCO International as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighed average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation I’ve used 12.4%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.336. This is derived from the Bottom-Up Beta method based on comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.

Next Steps:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For WCC, I’ve compiled three fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does WCC 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 WCC’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 High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of WCC? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.