In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCO) 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. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in January 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.
Crunching the numbers
I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. 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 this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.
5-year cash flow estimate
|Levered FCF ($, Millions)||$64.05||$96.58||$105.06||$114.28||$124.31|
|Source||Est @ 8.78%||Analyst x1||Est @ 8.78%||Est @ 8.78%||Est @ 8.78%|
|Present Value Discounted @ 13.62%||$56.37||$74.81||$71.63||$68.57||$65.65|
Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$337m
After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond 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 (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 13.6%.
Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$124m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (13.6% – 2.9%) = US$1.2b
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$1.2b ÷ ( 1 + 13.6%)5 = US$634m
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$971m. 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 of $41.57. Compared to the current share price of $30.98, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 25% discount to what it is available for right now.
I’d like to point out that 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 Columbus McKinnon 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 13.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.513. 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.
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. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For CMCO, there are three essential factors you should further examine:
- Financial Health: Does CMCO 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.
- Future Earnings: How does CMCO’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.
- Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of CMCO? 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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