# Is ForFarmers N.V. (AMS:FFARM) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At The Intrinsic Value

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Does the February share price for ForFarmers N.V. (AMS:FFARM) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. I will be 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 February 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

### 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. 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 forecast

 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Levered FCF (€, Millions) €46.90 €51.90 €50.76 €49.65 €48.57 Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ -2.19% Est @ -2.19% Est @ -2.19% Present Value Discounted @ 8.07% €43.40 €44.43 €40.22 €36.40 €32.94

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= €197m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after the five years. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at an annual growth rate equal to the 10-year government bond rate of 0.4%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.1%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €49m × (1 + 0.4%) ÷ (8.1% – 0.4%) = €633m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = €633m ÷ ( 1 + 8.1%)5 = €429m

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 €627m. 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 €6.26. Compared to the current share price of €8.29, the stock is quite expensive and not available at a discount at this time.

### 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 ForFarmers 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 8.1%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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 FFARM, there are three fundamental factors you should look at:

1. Financial Health: Does FFARM 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 FFARM’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 FFARM? 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.