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A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of PetMed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS)

Mercedes Harden

Does the share price for PetMed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today’s 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 September 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for PetMed Express by following the link below.

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Step by step through the calculation

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. 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

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $50.32 $57.64 $64.00 $66.48 $69.05
Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ 3.87% Est @ 3.87%
Present Value Discounted @ 12.88% $44.58 $45.24 $44.50 $40.95 $37.68

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$213.0m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.9%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 12.9%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$69.1m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (12.9% – 2.9%) = US$716.1m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$716.1m ÷ ( 1 + 12.9%)5 = US$390.8m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$603.7m. 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 $29.45. Compared to the current share price of $34.84, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

NasdaqGS:PETS Intrinsic Value Export September 7th 18

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. You don’t have to agree with my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at PetMed Express 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 12.9%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.408. 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 PETS, there are three essential aspects you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does PETS 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 PETS’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 PETS? 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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