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Estimating The Fair Value Of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM)

Will Harmon

Does the January share price for Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back 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. If you are reading this and its not January 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Schweitzer-Mauduit International by following the link below.

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Is SWM fairly valued?

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) $109.30 $114.90 $122.09 $129.72 $137.84
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ 6.25% Est @ 6.25% Est @ 6.25%
Present Value Discounted @ 17.27% $93.20 $83.55 $75.70 $68.59 $62.15

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$383m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.7%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 17.3%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$138m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (17.3% – 2.7%) = US$974m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$974m ÷ ( 1 + 17.3%)5 = US$439m

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$822m. 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 $26.73. Compared to the current share price of $29.69, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

NYSE:SWM Intrinsic Value Export January 17th 19

The assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the 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 Schweitzer-Mauduit 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 17.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 2. 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For SWM, there are three important factors you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does SWM 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 SWM’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 SWM? 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.