Calculating The Fair Value Of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:MLCO)

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I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (NASDAQ:MLCO) 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! 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 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. 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) $829.51 $899.69 $908.35 $917.08 $925.91
Source Analyst x6 Analyst x5 Est @ 0.96% Est @ 0.96% Est @ 0.96%
Present Value Discounted @ 11.76% $742.23 $720.32 $650.73 $587.86 $531.07

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$3.2b

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 11.8%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$926m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (11.8% – 2.7%) = US$11b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$11b ÷ ( 1 + 11.8%)5 = US$6.0b

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$9.3b. 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 $18.94. Relative to the current share price of $22.04, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

NASDAQGS:MLCO Intrinsic Value Export February 16th 19
NASDAQGS:MLCO Intrinsic Value Export February 16th 19

Important 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 Melco Resorts & Entertainment 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 11.8%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.242. 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 MLCO, I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does MLCO 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 MLCO’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 MLCO? 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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