I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. I will be using 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. If you are reading this and its not September 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Boyd Gaming by following the link below.
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 begin with we have to get estimates of 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
|Levered FCF ($, Millions)||$377.80||$466.35||$443.46||$421.69||$400.99|
|Source||Analyst x3||Analyst x2||Est @ -4.91%||Est @ -4.91%||Est @ -4.91%|
|Present Value Discounted @ 13.04%||$334.21||$364.95||$307.00||$258.25||$217.24|
Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$1.48b
The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. 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 13%.
Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$401.0m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (13% – 2.9%) = US$4.09b
Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$4.09b ÷ ( 1 + 13%)5 = US$2.22b
The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$3.70b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding, or the equivalent number if this is a depositary receipt or ADR. This results in an intrinsic value of $32.93. Relative to the current share price of $36.42, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.
The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the 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 Boyd Gaming 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%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.431. 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.
Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For BYD, I’ve put together three essential aspects you should look at:
- Financial Health: Does BYD 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 BYD’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 BYD? 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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