A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM)

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Does the February share price for Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SEM) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present 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 February 2019 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below.

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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. 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) $208.35 $236.00 $262.78 $292.59 $325.79
Source Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Est @ 11.35% Est @ 11.35% Est @ 11.35%
Present Value Discounted @ 15.09% $181.03 $178.16 $172.36 $166.75 $161.32

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$860m

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 15.1%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$326m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (15.1% – 2.7%) = US$2.7b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$2.7b ÷ ( 1 + 15.1%)5 = US$1.3b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$2.2b. 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 $16.26. Compared to the current share price of $15.89, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 2.3% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:SEM Intrinsic Value Export February 8th 19
NYSE:SEM Intrinsic Value Export February 8th 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 Select Medical Holdings 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 15.1%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.701. 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For SEM, there are three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does SEM 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 SEM’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 SEM? 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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