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An Intrinsic Calculation For elf Beauty Inc (NYSE:ELF) Shows It’s 33.85% Undervalued

Yolanda Lovett

Does the share price for elf Beauty Inc (NYSE:ELF) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done 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 method

I’m using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company’s growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have perpetual stable growth rate. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. I then discount the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow forecast

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $38.41 $43.34 $50.97 $59.64 $69.18
Source Analyst x3 Analyst x4 Est @ 17.61% Est @ 17%, capped from 17.61% Est @ 16%, capped from 17.61%
Present Value Discounted @ 8.59% $35.37 $36.75 $39.81 $42.89 $45.82

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$200.65m

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. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.9%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.6%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$69.18m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.9%) = US$1.26b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$1.26b ÷ ( 1 + 8.6%)5 = US$836.36m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$1.04b. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. If the stock is an depositary receipt (represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation) then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $21.84. Compared to the current share price of $14.45, the stock is quite undervalued at a 33.85% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:ELF Intrinsic Value Export August 8th 18

Important assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the 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 e.l.f. Beauty 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 8.6%, 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. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For ELF, I’ve compiled three essential aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does ELF 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 ELF’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 ELF? 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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