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Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of BBA Aviation plc (LON:BBA)

Thomas Auclair

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of BBA Aviation plc (LON:BBA) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. I will be using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in August 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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The model

We are going to use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name states, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period which levels off heading towards the terminal value, captured in the second ‘steady growth’ period. To start off with we need to estimate 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 this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $278.70 $304.07 $305.87 $307.68 $309.50
Source Analyst x3 Analyst x3 Est @ 0.59% Est @ 0.59% Est @ 0.59%
Present Value Discounted @ 8.28% $257.39 $259.34 $240.93 $223.83 $207.94

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$1.19b

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (1.4%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.3%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$309.5m × (1 + 1.4%) ÷ (8.3% – 1.4%) = US$4.56b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$4.56b ÷ ( 1 + 8.3%)5 = US$3.06b

The total value is the sum of cash flows for the next five years and the discounted terminal value, which results in the Total Equity Value, which in this case is US$4.25b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding, or the equivalent number if this is a depositary receipt or ADR. This results in an intrinsic value in the company’s reported currency of $4.14. However, BBA’s primary listing is in United Kingdom, and 1 share of BBA in USD represents 0.769 ( USD/ GBP) share of OTCPK:BBAV.F, so the intrinsic value per share in GBP is £3.18. Relative to the current share price of £3.09, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 3.0% discount to what it is available for right now.

LSE:BBA Intrinsic Value Export August 31st 18

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 my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at BBA Aviation 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 8.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For BBA, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does BBA 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 BBA’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 BBA? 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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