Calculating The Fair Value Of Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC)

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How far off is Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, I am going to take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. I will be using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not February 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Tennant by following the link below.

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The calculation

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) $77.30 $85.90 $104.20 $119.30 $135.60
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 12.3% $68.83 $68.11 $73.57 $75.01 $75.92

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$361m

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 (2.7%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 12.3%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$136m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (12.3% – 2.7%) = US$1.5b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$1.5b ÷ ( 1 + 12.3%)5 = US$815m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$1.2b. 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. This results in an intrinsic value of $64.9. Relative to the current share price of $62.68, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 3.4% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:TNC Intrinsic Value Export February 18th 19
NYSE:TNC Intrinsic Value Export February 18th 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 Tennant 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 12.3%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.317. 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 TNC, I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does TNC 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 TNC’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 TNC? 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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