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# Investors Are Undervaluing Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ:TILE) By 40.19%

Today I will be providing a simple run through of a valuation method used to estimate the attractiveness of Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ:TILE) as an investment opportunity 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. Please also note that this article was written in December 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

### Is TILE fairly valued?

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. 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 forecast

 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Levered FCF (\$, Millions) \$111.35 \$111.45 \$112.43 \$113.43 \$114.43 Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Est @ 0.88% Est @ 0.88% Est @ 0.88% Present Value Discounted @ 10.47% \$100.80 \$91.33 \$83.40 \$76.16 \$69.55

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US\$421m

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 (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 10.5%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US\$114m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (10.5% – 2.9%) = US\$1.6b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US\$1.6b ÷ ( 1 + 10.5%)5 = US\$952m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US\$1.4b. 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 \$23.07. Compared to the current share price of \$13.8, the stock is quite good value at a 40% discount to what it is available for right now.

### The assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual 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 Interface 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 10.5%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.067. 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 TILE, I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should look at:

1. Financial Health: Does TILE 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 TILE’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 TILE? 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.