An intrinsic value calculation for WABCO Holdings Inc (WBC) shows investors are overpaying

Does the April share price for WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) reflect its intrinsic value? I am going to calculate it now using a method called discounted cash flow or DCF. Discounted cash flow (DCF) is a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of an investment opportunity by taking the expected Future Cash Flows and discounting them to their present valye. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward.

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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. In the 1st stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next 5 years, 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. We then discount this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.

WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) Intrinsic Value Apr 21st 17
WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) Intrinsic Value Apr 21st 17

The calculation

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

5-year cash flow forecast

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Levered FCF (USD, Millions) $276.70 $319.57 $327.00 $358.00 $366.61
Source Analyst x6 Analyst x6 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Extrapolated @ (2.4%)
Present Value Discounted @ 9.11% $253.61 $268.45 $251.77 $252.64 $237.12

Present value of next 5 years cash flows: $1,264

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the 5 years. The Perpetuity Method (Gordon Formula) is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10 year government bond rate of (2.5%).

Terminal Value

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

Terminal Value = $367 × (1 + 2.5%) ÷ (9.1% – 2.5%)

Terminal value based on the Perpetuity Method where growth (g) = 2.5%: $5,662

Present value of terminal value: $3,662

So the total value is the sum of the next 5 years cash flows and the terminal value discounted to today, this is known as the Equity Value.

Equity Value

Equity Value (Total value) = Present value of next 5 years cash flows + terminal value = $1,264 + $3,662 = $4,926

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 ($4,925.60 / 52.85)

Value per share: $93.19

Now when we compare the intrinsic value of 93.19 to the current share price of $117.77 we find WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) is slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

Important assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. If you don’t agree with my result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. Because we are looking at WABCO Holdings 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 9.1% and this is based on a Levered Beta of 0.881. 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.


Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. Is WABCO Holdings in a healthy financial condition? What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? See our latest FREE analysis to find out!

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