Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Syneos Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNH)

I am going to run you through how I calculated the intrinsic value of Syneos Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNH) by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will be using the Discounted Cash Flows (DCF) model. Don’t get put off by the jargon, the math behind it is actually quite straightforward. 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 December 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Syneos Health by following the link below.

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Is SYNH fairly valued?

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. For this I used the consensus of the analysts covering the stock, as you can see below. The sum of these cash flows is then discounted to today’s value.

5-year cash flow estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $348.69 $391.46 $461.92 $540.45 $626.92
Source Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Est @ 18%, capped from 37.15% Est @ 17%, capped from 37.15% Est @ 16%, capped from 37.15%
Present Value Discounted @ 12.81% $309.08 $307.58 $321.72 $333.65 $343.07

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$1.6b

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. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 12.8%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$627m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (12.8% – 2.9%) = US$6.5b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$6.5b ÷ ( 1 + 12.8%)5 = US$3.6b

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$5.2b. 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 $50.33. Compared to the current share price of $44.91, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 11% discount to what it is available for right now.

NasdaqGS:SYNH Intrinsic Value Export December 14th 18
NasdaqGS:SYNH Intrinsic Value Export December 14th 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. 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 Syneos 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 12.8%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.399. 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 SYNH, I’ve put together three important factors you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does SYNH 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 SYNH’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 SYNH? 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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