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Is Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) Worth $7.4 Based On Intrinsic Value?

Andy Nguyen

Does the share price for Noodles & Company (NASDAQ:NDLS) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value 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. If you are reading this after May 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Noodles here.

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, I pulled together the analyst consensus forecast of NDLS’s levered free cash flow (FCF) over the next five years and discounted these values at the cost of equity of 10.56%. When estimates weren’t available, I’ve extrapolated the average annual growth rate over the previous five years, capped at a reasonable level. This resulted in a present value of 5-year cash flow of US$61.62M. Keen to know how I arrived at this number? Take a look at our detailed analysis here.

NasdaqGS:NDLS Future Profit May 10th 18

Above is a visual representation of how NDLS’s top and bottom lines are expected to move going forward, which should give you an idea of NDLS’s outlook. Then, I determine the terminal value, which is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. I’ve decided to use the 10-year government bond rate of 2.8% as the steady 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$148.94M.

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$210.57M. In the final step we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. This results in an intrinsic value of $5.12, which, compared to the current share price of $7.4, we find that Noodles is quite expensive at the time of writing.

Next Steps:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For NDLS, I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does NDLS 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 NDLS’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 NDLS? Explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

PS. Simply Wall St does a DCF calculation for every US stock every 6 hours, so if you want to find the intrinsic value of any other stock just search here.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.