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A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSE:AR)

Felix Olson

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSE:AR) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. I will use the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. Please also note that this article was written in January 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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What’s the value?

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 five years of cash flows. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. The sum of these cash flows is then discounted to today’s value.

5-year cash flow forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $53.22 $38.74 $107.48 $8.75 $8.67
Source Analyst x4 Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ -0.88%
Present Value Discounted @ 13.19% $47.02 $30.24 $74.12 $5.33 $4.67

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$161m

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 (1.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 13.2%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$8.7m × (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (13.2% – 1.9%) = US$79m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$79m ÷ ( 1 + 13.2%)5 = US$42m

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$204m. 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 CA$1.52. Relative to the current share price of CA$1.4, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 8.1% discount to what it is available for right now.

TSX:AR Intrinsic Value Export January 22nd 19

The 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. If you don’t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at Argonaut Gold 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 13.2%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.396. 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:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For AR, I’ve put together three relevant aspects you should further examine:

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