I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Barracuda Networks Inc (NYSE:CUDA) using the discounted cash flow (DCF) method. If you want to learn more about this method, the basis for my calculations can be found in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. Also note that this article was written in February 2018 so be sure check the latest calculation for Barracuda Networks here.
Crunching the numbers
I’ve used the 2-stage growth model, which takes into account the initial higher growth stage of a company’s life cycle and the steadier growth phase over the long run. To start off, I use the analyst consensus estimates of CUDA’s levered free cash flow (FCF) over the next five years and discounted these values at the cost of equity of 9.54%. When estimates weren’t available, I’ve extrapolated the average annual growth rate over the previous five years, capped at a reasonable level. This resulted in a present value of 5-year cash flow of $336.6M. Keen to understand how I calculated this value? Check out our detailed analysis here.
The infographic above illustrates how CUDA’s top and bottom lines are expected to move in the future, which should give you an idea of CUDA’s outlook. Next, I calculate the terminal value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. I think it’s suitable to use the 10-year government bond rate of 2.8% as the steady growth rate, which is rightly below GDP growth, but more towards the conservative side. The present value of the terminal value after discounting it back five years is $1,071.1M.
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is $1,407.6M. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. This results in an intrinsic value of $26.23, which, compared to the current share price of $27.54, we see that Barracuda Networks is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.
Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company.
For CUDA, I’ve put together three key aspects you should further examine:
- 1. Financial Health: Does CUDA 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 CUDA’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.
- 2. Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of CUDA? 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.