A Look At The Fair Value Of Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC)

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Does the February share price for Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by taking the foreast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today’s value. I will use the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of 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 calculation

We are going to use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name states, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period which levels off heading towards the terminal value, captured in the second ‘steady growth’ period. 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. 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 ($, Millions) $88.00 $73.00 $76.26 $79.67 $83.23
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ 4.47% Est @ 4.47% Est @ 4.47%
Present Value Discounted @ 10.06% $79.96 $60.26 $57.20 $54.29 $51.53

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$303m

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond 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 (2.7%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 10.1%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$83m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (10.1% – 2.7%) = US$1.2b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$1.2b ÷ ( 1 + 10.1%)5 = US$722m

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 US$1.0b. 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 $41.44. Relative to the current share price of $38.4, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 7.3% discount to what it is available for right now.

NASDAQGS:KFRC Intrinsic Value Export February 20th 19
NASDAQGS:KFRC Intrinsic Value Export February 20th 19

The assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual 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 Kforce 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 10.1%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.009. 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. For KFRC, there are three fundamental aspects you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does KFRC 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 KFRC’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 KFRC? 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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