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Why is B&G Foods Inc (BGS) intrinsic value above its September share price?

Ray Foley

How far off is B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) to its intrinsic value? I am going to take a look now by taking the expected future cash flows and discounted them to the value today. A discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis represents the net present value (NPV) of projected cash flows to a stock. Don't get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward.

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We are going to use a two stage model that takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage may have a high growth rate and the second stage is usually assumed to have a stable growth rate. To begin with we have to get estimates of the next 5 years of cash flows, where possible I use analysts estimates but when these aren't available I have extrapolated the previous Free Cash Flow (FCF) from the year before. For this growth rate I used the average annual growth rate over the past 5 years, but capped to a reasonable level. The sum of these cash flows is then discounted to today's value.

NYSE:BGS Intrinsic Value Sep 20th 17

The calculation

Please note that the numbers here are in millions apart from the per share values.

5-year cash flow estimate

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Levered FCF (USD, Millions) $112.24 $193.93 $212.00 $248.04 $287.73
Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Extrapolated @ (17%, capped from 23.46%) Extrapolated @ (16%, capped from 23.46%)
Present Value Discounted @ 8.68% $103.28 $164.19 $165.15 $177.80 $189.77

Present value of next 5 years cash flows: $800

The 2nd stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the cash flows to the business after the 1st stage. For a number of reasons a very conservative rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10 year government bond rate (2.3%). In the same way as with the 5 year 'growth' period we discount this to today's value.

Terminal Value

Terminal Value = FCF2021 × (1 + g) ÷ (Discount Rate – g)

Terminal Value = $288 × (1 + 2.3%) ÷ (8.7% – 2.3%)

Terminal value based on the Perpetuity Method where growth (g) = 2.3%: $4,637

Present value of terminal value: $3,058

The total value or equity value is then the sum of of the present value of the cash flows.

Equity Value

Equity Value (Total value) = Present value of next 5 years cash flows + terminal value = $800 + $3,058 = $3,858

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.

Value = Total value / Shares Outstanding ($3,858.23 / 66.50)

Value per share: $58.02

Now when we compare the intrinsic value of 58.02 to the current share price of $31.75 we see B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) is quite undervalued at a 45% discount to what it is available for right now.

Important 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 B&G Foods as potential investors the Cost of Equity is used as the discount rate, not the Cost of Capital (or Weighed Average Cost of Capital/ WACC) which accounts for debt.

In this calculation I've used 8.7% and this is based on a Levered Beta of 0.828. I'm not going to go into how I calculate the Levered Beta in detail, I used the 'Bottom up Beta' method based on the comparable businesses, I also impose a limit between 0.8 and 2 which is a reasonable range for a stable business. Google this if you want to learn more.

Final Words

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