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Estimating The Fair Value Of Brinker International Inc (NYSE:EAT)

Kayla Ward

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Brinker International Inc (NYSE:EAT) using the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. 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. If you are reading this after February 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Brinker International here.

What’s the value?

I use what is known as the 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the initial phase has higher growth rates that plateau over time. To begin, I took the analyst consensus forecast of EAT’s levered free cash flow (FCF) over the next five years and discounted these values at the cost of equity of 12.94%. 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 $674.7M. Keen to know how I calculated this value? Take a look at our detailed analysis here.

NYSE:EAT Future Profit Feb 21st 18

The graph above shows how EAT’s earnings are expected to move going forward, which should give you an idea of EAT’s outlook. Now we need to determine the terminal value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. I’ve decided 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. After discounting the terminal value back five years, the present value becomes $989.2M.

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 $1,663.9M. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. This results in an intrinsic value of $35.90, which, compared to the current share price of $32.67, we see that Brinker International is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 9.00% discount to what it is available for right now.

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 EAT, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further examine:

PS. Simply Wall St does a DCF calculation for every US stock every 6 hours, so if you want to find the intrinsic value of any other stock just search here.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.