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Investors Are Undervaluing Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ:UEIC) By 35.84%

Today I will be providing a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ:UEIC) as an investment opportunity by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will use 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 December 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Universal Electronics by following the link below.

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Is UEIC fairly valued?

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. 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 forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $24.93 $45.60 $48.48 $51.54 $54.79
Source Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ 6.31% Est @ 6.31% Est @ 6.31%
Present Value Discounted @ 10.27% $22.60 $37.50 $36.15 $34.86 $33.60

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$165m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 10.3%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$55m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (10.3% – 2.9%) = US$771m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$771m ÷ ( 1 + 10.3%)5 = US$473m

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$637m. In the final step we 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) or ADR then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $46.16. Relative to the current share price of $29.62, the stock is quite undervalued at a 36% discount to what it is available for right now.

NasdaqGS:UEIC Intrinsic Value Export December 14th 18

Important assumptions

I’d like to point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual 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 Universal Electronics 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 10.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.038. 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 UEIC, I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further research:

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