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A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT)

Key Insights

  • The projected fair value for TransAct Technologies is US$7.83 based on 2 Stage Free Cash Flow to Equity

  • TransAct Technologies' US$6.76 share price indicates it is trading at similar levels as its fair value estimate

  • Peers of TransAct Technologies are currently trading on average at a 14% premium

Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today's value. One way to achieve this is by employing the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple!

Remember though, that there are many ways to estimate a company's value, and a DCF is just one method. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

View our latest analysis for TransAct Technologies

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 begin with, we have to get estimates of 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.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast

2024

2025

2026

2027

2028

2029

2030

2031

2032

2033

Levered FCF ($, Millions)

US$4.54m

US$4.71m

US$4.87m

US$5.01m

US$5.15m

US$5.28m

US$5.42m

US$5.55m

US$5.68m

US$5.81m

Growth Rate Estimate Source

Est @ 4.50%

Est @ 3.81%

Est @ 3.33%

Est @ 3.00%

Est @ 2.77%

Est @ 2.60%

Est @ 2.49%

Est @ 2.41%

Est @ 2.35%

Est @ 2.31%

Present Value ($, Millions) Discounted @ 8.3%

US$4.2

US$4.0

US$3.8

US$3.6

US$3.5

US$3.3

US$3.1

US$2.9

US$2.8

US$2.6

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = US$34m

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. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of a country's GDP growth. In this case we have used the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield (2.2%) to estimate future growth. In the same way as with the 10-year 'growth' period, we discount future cash flows to today's value, using a cost of equity of 8.3%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2033 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$5.8m× (1 + 2.2%) ÷ (8.3%– 2.2%) = US$98m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= US$98m÷ ( 1 + 8.3%)10= US$44m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is US$78m. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of US$6.8, the company appears about fair value at a 14% discount to where the stock price trades currently. The assumptions in any calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it is better to view this as a rough estimate, not precise down to the last cent.

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Important Assumptions

Now 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 these result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the 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 TransAct Technologies 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 8.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.214. 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.

Next Steps:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn't be the only metric you look at when researching a company. It's not possible to obtain a foolproof valuation with a DCF model. Rather it should be seen as a guide to "what assumptions need to be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?" If a company grows at a different rate, or if its cost of equity or risk free rate changes sharply, the output can look very different. For TransAct Technologies, there are three essential elements you should look at:

  1. Risks: As an example, we've found 2 warning signs for TransAct Technologies (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you need to consider before investing here.

  2. Future Earnings: How does TACT'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: Do you like a good all-rounder? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

PS. The Simply Wall St app conducts a discounted cash flow valuation for every stock on the NASDAQGM every day. If you want to find the calculation for other stocks just search here.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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