# Is There An Opportunity With Ardelyx, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ARDX) 28.78% Undervaluation?

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDX) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to today’s value. I will be using 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 January 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Ardelyx by following the link below.

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### What’s the value?

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. I then discount this to its value today and sum up the total to get the present value of these cash flows.

#### 5-year cash flow estimate

 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 Levered FCF (\$, Millions) \$-89.90 \$-91.40 \$-21.20 \$31.30 \$77.30 Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Present Value Discounted @ 15.42% \$-77.89 \$-68.61 \$-13.79 \$17.64 \$37.74

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= -US\$104.9m

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the intial 5-year period we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all the future cash flows beyond the first stage. 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 15.4%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US\$77m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (15.4% – 2.7%) = US\$626m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US\$626m ÷ ( 1 + 15.4%)5 = US\$306m

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\$201m. 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 \$3.23. Relative to the current share price of \$2.3, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 29% 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. 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 Ardelyx 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 15.4%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.745. 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. What is the reason for the share price to differ from the intrinsic value? For ARDX, I’ve put together three key factors you should further examine:

1. Financial Health: Does ARDX 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 ARDX’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 ARDX? 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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