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# Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP)

How far off is Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE:CMP) from its intrinsic value? Using the most recent financial data, I am going to take a look at whether the stock is fairly priced by taking the expected 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! 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.

### What’s the value?

We are going to use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name states, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period which levels off heading towards the terminal value, captured in the second ‘steady growth’ period. 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 estimate

 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Levered FCF (\$, Millions) \$176.93 \$179.28 \$186.78 \$194.61 \$202.76 Source Analyst x4 Analyst x4 Est @ 4.19% Est @ 4.19% Est @ 4.19% Present Value Discounted @ 13.5% \$155.88 \$139.17 \$127.75 \$117.27 \$107.65

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US\$648m

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 13.5%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US\$203m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (13.5% – 2.9%) = US\$2.0b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US\$2.0b ÷ ( 1 + 13.5%)5 = US\$1.1b

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\$1.7b. To get the intrinsic value per share, we divide this by the total number of shares outstanding, or the equivalent number if this is a depositary receipt or ADR. This results in an intrinsic value of \$50.17. Compared to the current share price of \$46.96, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 6.4% discount to what it is available for right now.

### The assumptions

I’d like to point out that 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 Compass Minerals International 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 13.5%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.496. 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 CMP, I’ve put together three important factors you should further research:

1. Financial Health: Does CMP 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 CMP’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 CMP? 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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