Today I will be providing a simple run-through of the discounted cash flows (DCF) method to estimate the attractiveness of CalAmp Corp (NASDAQ:CAMP) as an investment opportunity. 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 after February 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for CalAmp here.
What’s the value?
I’ve used 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. To begin, I use the analyst consensus estimates of CAMP’s levered free cash flow (FCF) over the next five years and discounted these values at the cost of equity of 10.55%. 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 $202.4M. Keen to know how I arrived at this number? Take a look at our detailed analysis here.
The infographic above illustrates how CAMP’s top and bottom lines are expected to move in the future, which should give you an idea of CAMP’s outlook. Now we need to calculate the terminal value, which is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. I’ve decided to use the 10-year government bond rate of 2.8% as the stable 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 $435.1M.
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 $637.5M. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. This results in an intrinsic value of $17.90, which, compared to the current share price of $23.3, we see that CalAmp is quite expensive at the time of writing.
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 CAMP, there are three fundamental aspects you should look at:
- 1. Financial Health: Does CAMP 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 CAMP’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 CAMP? 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.