Calculating The Fair Value Of Phibro Animal Health Corporation (NASDAQ:PAHC)

In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Phibro Animal Health Corporation (NASDAQ:PAHC) by projecting its future cash flows and then discounting them to today’s value. This is done 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 June 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Phibro Animal Health by following the link below. Check out our latest analysis for Phibro Animal Health

The method

I use what is known as a 2-stage model, which simply means we have two different periods of varying growth rates for the company’s cash flows. Generally the first stage is higher growth, and the second stage is a more stable growth phase. In the first stage we need to estimate the cash flows to the business over the next five years. Where possible I use analyst estimates, but when these aren’t available I have extrapolated the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the year before. For this growth rate I used the average annual growth rate over the past five years, but capped at a reasonable level. 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

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $97.00 $104.00 $107.88 $111.91 $116.09
Source Analyst x1 Analyst x1 Extrapolated @ (3.73%) Extrapolated @ (3.73%) Extrapolated @ (3.73%)
Present Value Discounted @ 8.59% $89.33 $88.20 $84.25 $80.49 $76.89

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= $419.15

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 8.6%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = $116.09 × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (8.6% – 2.9%) = $2.12k

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = $2.12k / ( 1 + 8.6%)5 = $1.40k

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is $1.82k. 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 $45.2. Compared to the current share price of $46.4, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued at the time of writing.

NasdaqGM:PAHC Intrinsic Value June 11th 18
NasdaqGM:PAHC Intrinsic Value June 11th 18

Important assumptions

The calculation above is very dependent on two assumptions. The first is the discount rate and the other is the 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 Phibro Animal Health 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 8.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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 PAHC, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does PAHC 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 PAHC’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 PAHC? 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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