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Are Investors Undervaluing Lakeland Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAKE) By 32%?

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Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of Lakeland Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAKE) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. One way to achieve this is by employing the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model. Don't get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward.

Companies can be valued in a lot of ways, so we would point out that a DCF is not perfect for every situation. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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The model

We use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of growth rates for the company's cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a lower growth phase. To begin with, we have to get estimates of the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren't available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today's value:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) forecast

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Levered FCF ($, Millions) US$38.2m US$18.4m US$18.4m US$18.4m US$18.6m US$18.9m US$19.1m US$19.5m US$19.8m US$20.2m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Est @ 0.47% Est @ 0.94% Est @ 1.27% Est @ 1.5% Est @ 1.66% Est @ 1.78% Est @ 1.86%
Present Value ($, Millions) Discounted @ 7.4% US$35.5 US$15.9 US$14.8 US$13.8 US$13.0 US$12.3 US$11.6 US$11.0 US$10.4 US$9.8

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = US$148m

We now need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows after this ten year period. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 2.0%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 7.4%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2030 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$20m× (1 + 2.0%) ÷ (7.4%– 2.0%) = US$381m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= US$381m÷ ( 1 + 7.4%)10= US$186m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is US$334m. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding. Compared to the current share price of US$28.2, the company appears quite good value at a 32% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Remember though, that this is just an approximate valuation, and like any complex formula - garbage in, garbage out.

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NasdaqGM:LAKE Discounted Cash Flow May 3rd 2021

The assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the cash flows. Part of investing is coming up with your own evaluation of a company's future performance, so try the calculation yourself and check your own assumptions. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company's future capital requirements, so it does not give a full picture of a company's potential performance. Given that we are looking at Lakeland Industries as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation we've used 7.4%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.034. Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.

Next Steps:

Whilst important, the DCF calculation shouldn't be the only metric you look at when researching a company. DCF models are not the be-all and end-all of investment valuation. Preferably you'd apply different cases and assumptions and see how they would impact the company's valuation. For example, changes in the company's cost of equity or the risk free rate can significantly impact the valuation. Why is the intrinsic value higher than the current share price? For Lakeland Industries, we've compiled three pertinent items you should explore:

  1. Risks: We feel that you should assess the 2 warning signs for Lakeland Industries (1 is a bit unpleasant!) we've flagged before making an investment in the company.
  2. Future Earnings: How does LAKE'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: Do you like a good all-rounder? 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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