A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of Cargojet Inc (TSE:CJT)

Today I will be providing a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Cargojet Inc (TSE:CJT) as an investment opportunity by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will be 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. Please also note that this article was written in October 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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Is CJT 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. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. I then discount this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF (CA$, Millions) CA$68.77 CA$79.95 CA$94.34 CA$110.38 CA$128.04
Source Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Est @ 18%, capped from 19.47% Est @ 17%, capped from 19.47% Est @ 16%, capped from 19.47%
Present Value Discounted @ 12.71% CA$61.01 CA$62.93 CA$65.88 CA$68.39 CA$70.38

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= CA$329m

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after the first stage. 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 12.7%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = CA$128m × (1 + 2.3%) ÷ (12.7% – 2.3%) = CA$1.3b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = CA$1.3b ÷ ( 1 + 12.7%)5 = CA$694m

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 CA$1.0b. 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$76.23. Compared to the current share price of CA$80.2, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

TSX:CJT Intrinsic Value Export October 12th 18
TSX:CJT Intrinsic Value Export October 12th 18

Important assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the 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 Cargojet 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 12.7%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.354. 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:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For CJT, there are three essential factors you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does CJT 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 CJT’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 CJT? 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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