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Is Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:LOMA) Trading At A 46% Discount?

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How far off is Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:LOMA) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, we'll take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. Our analysis will employ the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. Models like these may appear beyond the comprehension of a lay person, but they're fairly easy to follow.

We generally believe that a company's value is the present value of all of the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one valuation metric among many, and it is not without flaws. If you still have some burning questions about this type of valuation, take a look at the Simply Wall St analysis model.

See our latest analysis for Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima

The method

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 ten years of cash flows. Seeing as no analyst estimates of free cash flow are available to us, we have extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the company's last reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

Generally we assume that a dollar today is more valuable than a dollar in the future, so we need to discount the sum of these future cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2022

2023

2024

2025

2026

2027

2028

2029

2030

2031

Levered FCF (ARS, Millions)

AR$6.48b

AR$10.2b

AR$14.3b

AR$18.4b

AR$22.3b

AR$25.7b

AR$28.5b

AR$31.0b

AR$33.0b

AR$34.7b

Growth Rate Estimate Source

Est @ 80.57%

Est @ 57%

Est @ 40.5%

Est @ 28.94%

Est @ 20.86%

Est @ 15.2%

Est @ 11.24%

Est @ 8.46%

Est @ 6.52%

Est @ 5.16%

Present Value (ARS, Millions) Discounted @ 15%

AR$5.6k

AR$7.7k

AR$9.3k

AR$10.4k

AR$11.0k

AR$11.0k

AR$10.6k

AR$9.9k

AR$9.2k

AR$8.4k

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = AR$93b

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the initial 10-year period, we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 2.0%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 15%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = AR$35b× (1 + 2.0%) ÷ (15%– 2.0%) = AR$267b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= AR$267b÷ ( 1 + 15%)10= AR$65b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is AR$158b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of US$7.5, the company appears quite undervalued at a 46% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope - move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.

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The assumptions

We would point out that the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and of course the actual cash flows. Part of investing is coming up with your own evaluation of a company's future performance, so try the calculation yourself and check your own assumptions. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company's future capital requirements, so it does not give a full picture of a company's potential performance. Given that we are looking at Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation we've used 15%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.812. Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.

Looking Ahead:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it is only one of many factors that you need to assess for a company. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Instead the best use for a DCF model is to test certain assumptions and theories to see if they would lead to the company being undervalued or overvalued. For instance, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can dramatically alter the overall result. Can we work out why the company is trading at a discount to intrinsic value? For Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima, there are three fundamental items you should explore:

  1. Risks: Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima you should know about.

  2. Future Earnings: How does LOMA'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 Solid Businesses: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are fundamental to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals to see if there are other companies you may not have considered!

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