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Is There An Opportunity With NN, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:NNBR) 47.64% Undervaluation?

Alexis Guardo

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR) by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today’s value. This is done using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not January 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for NN by following the link below.

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Is NNBR fairly valued?

I’m using the 2-stage growth model, which simply means we take in account two stages of company’s growth. In the initial period the company may have a higher growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have perpetual stable growth rate. 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 estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $79.26 $88.50 $98.19 $108.94 $120.86
Source Analyst x5 Analyst x2 Est @ 10.95% Est @ 10.95% Est @ 10.95%
Present Value Discounted @ 17.27% $67.59 $64.35 $60.88 $57.60 $54.50

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$305m

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 2.7%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 17.3%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$121m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (17.3% – 2.7%) = US$854m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$854m ÷ ( 1 + 17.3%)5 = US$385m

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$690m. 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 $16.39. Compared to the current share price of $8.58, the stock is quite undervalued at a 48% discount to what it is available for right now.

NASDAQGS:NNBR Intrinsic Value Export January 28th 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. You don’t have to agree with my inputs, I recommend redoing the calculations yourself and playing with them. Because we are looking at NN 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 17.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 2. 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:

Valuation is only one side of the coin in terms of building your investment thesis, and 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 NNBR, there are three important aspects you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does NNBR 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 NNBR’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 NNBR? 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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