Calculating The Fair Value Of Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE)

How far off is Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) 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 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. If you are reading this and its not July 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Sealed Air by following the link below.

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Crunching the numbers

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

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $424.96 $484.28 $600.00 $639.00 $659.00
Source Analyst x8 Analyst x9 Analyst x2 Analyst x1 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 10.72% $383.82 $395.05 $442.06 $425.22 $396.07

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$2.04b

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 10.7%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$659.00m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (10.7% – 2.9%) = US$8.73b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$8.73b ÷ ( 1 + 10.7%)5 = US$5.25b

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$7.29b. In the final step we 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) or ADR then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $45.24. Relative to the current share price of $42.73, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 5.54% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:SEE Intrinsic Value Export July 18th 18
NYSE:SEE Intrinsic Value Export July 18th 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 Sealed Air 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 10.7%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.102. 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 SEE, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does SEE 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 SEE’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 SEE? 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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