I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc (TSX:ATD.B) using the discounted cash flow (DCF) method. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. Also note that this article was written in May 2018 so be sure check the latest calculation for Alimentation Couche-Tard here.
Crunching the numbers
I use what is known as the 2-stage model, which takes into account the initial higher growth stage of a company’s life cycle and the steadier growth phase over the long run. Firstly, I pulled together the analyst consensus forecast of ATD.B’s levered free cash flow (FCF) over the next five years and discounted these values at the cost of equity of 8.43%. This resulted in a present value of 5-year cash flow of US$6.67B. Want to know how I calculated this value? Check out our detailed analysis here.
The graph above shows how ATD.B’s top and bottom lines are expected to move going forward, which should give you some color on ATD.B’s outlook. Secondly, I calculate the terminal value, which is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. It’s appropriate to use the 10-year government bond rate of 2.8% as the perpetual 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 US$21.21B.
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$27.88B. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. This results in an intrinsic value of CA$64.13, which, compared to the current share price of CA$54.5, we see that Alimentation Couche-Tard is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 15.02% discount to what it is available for right now.
Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company.
For ATD.B, there are three relevant aspects you should look at:
- Financial Health: Does ATD.B 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.
- Future Earnings: How does ATD.B’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.
- Other High Quality Alternatives: Are there other high quality stocks you could be holding instead of ATD.B? 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.