Investors Are Undervaluing Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:BECN) By 27.23%

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Does the February share price for Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:BECN) 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. This is done 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 February 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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The method

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 the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $273.64 $312.90 $380.00 $449.00 $524.00
Source Analyst x6 Analyst x4 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 14.98% $237.98 $236.67 $249.96 $256.86 $260.71

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$1.2b

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 2.7%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 15%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$524m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (15% – 2.7%) = US$4.4b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$4.4b ÷ ( 1 + 15%)5 = US$2.2b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$3.4b. The last step is to then 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) then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $50.15. Relative to the current share price of $36.49, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 27% discount to what it is available for right now.

NASDAQGS:BECN Intrinsic Value Export February 4th 19
NASDAQGS:BECN Intrinsic Value Export February 4th 19

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 Beacon Roofing Supply 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%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.685. 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. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For BECN, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does BECN 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 BECN’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 BECN? 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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