Estimating The Intrinsic Value Of Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE:STZ)

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Constellation Brands Inc (NYSE:STZ) by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will use the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the basis for my calcs can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not November 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Constellation Brands by following the link below.

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Step by step through 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 start off with we need to estimate 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) $1.20k $1.48k $1.86k $1.98k $2.27k
Source Analyst x10 Analyst x9 Analyst x8 Analyst x2 Analyst x2
Present Value Discounted @ 8.76% $1.11k $1.25k $1.45k $1.42k $1.49k

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$6.7b

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 2.9%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8.8%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$2.3b × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (8.8% – 2.9%) = US$40.3b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$40.3b ÷ ( 1 + 8.8%)5 = US$26.5b

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$33.2b. 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 $175.19. Compared to the current share price of $201.32, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

NYSE:STZ Intrinsic Value Export November 5th 18
NYSE:STZ Intrinsic Value Export November 5th 18

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 Constellation Brands 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 8.8%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.824. 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 STZ, there are three essential aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does STZ 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 STZ’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 STZ? 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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