A Look At The Fair Value Of Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSE:AR)

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSE:AR) by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. 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. Please also note that this article was written in December 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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The model

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 begin with we have to get estimates of 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 forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $50.97 $35.74 $59.96 $8.75 $8.67
Source Analyst x4 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ -0.88%
Present Value Discounted @ 15.19% $44.25 $26.93 $39.23 $4.97 $4.28

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$120m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth 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 at a cost of equity of 15.2%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$8.7m × (1 + 2.3%) ÷ (15.2% – 2.3%) = US$69m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$69m ÷ ( 1 + 15.2%)5 = US$34m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$154m. 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 CA$1.16. Relative to the current share price of CA$1.24, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.

TSX:AR Intrinsic Value Export December 15th 18
TSX:AR Intrinsic Value Export December 15th 18

The assumptions

Now 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 Argonaut Gold 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 15.2%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.678. 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For AR, there are three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does AR 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 AR’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 AR? 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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