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1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS) Shares Could Be 24% Below Their Intrinsic Value Estimate

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Does the September share price for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS) reflect what it's really worth? Today, we will estimate the stock's intrinsic value by taking the forecast future cash flows of the company and discounting them back to today's value. We will use the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model on this occasion. There's really not all that much to it, even though it might appear quite complex.

Remember though, that there are many ways to estimate a company's value, and a DCF is just one method. If you want to learn more about discounted cash flow, the rationale behind this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis model.

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The Calculation

We're 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 a stable growth rate. To begin with, we have to get estimates of the next ten years of cash flows. Where possible we use analyst estimates, but when these aren't available we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the last estimate or reported value. We assume companies with shrinking free cash flow will slow their rate of shrinkage, and that companies with growing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow, over this period. We do this to reflect that growth tends to slow more in the early years than it does in later years.

A DCF is all about the idea that a dollar in the future is less valuable than a dollar today, so we discount the value of these future cash flows to their estimated value in today's dollars:

10-year free cash flow (FCF) estimate

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032
Levered FCF ($, Millions) US$41.6m US$50.8m US$46.2m US$43.6m US$42.1m US$41.3m US$41.0m US$41.0m US$41.3m US$41.7m
Growth Rate Estimate Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Est @ -9.05% Est @ -5.76% Est @ -3.45% Est @ -1.83% Est @ -0.7% Est @ 0.09% Est @ 0.65% Est @ 1.03%
Present Value ($, Millions) Discounted @ 7.8% US$38.6 US$43.7 US$36.9 US$32.2 US$28.8 US$26.3 US$24.2 US$22.4 US$20.9 US$19.6

("Est" = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
Present Value of 10-year Cash Flow (PVCF) = US$293m

After calculating the present value of future cash flows in the initial 10-year period, we need to calculate the Terminal Value, which accounts for all future cash flows beyond the first stage. The Gordon Growth formula is used to calculate Terminal Value at a future annual growth rate equal to the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield of 1.9%. We discount the terminal cash flows to today's value at a cost of equity of 7.8%.

Terminal Value (TV)= FCF2032 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$42m× (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (7.8%– 1.9%) = US$721m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)10= US$721m÷ ( 1 + 7.8%)10= US$339m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the future cash flows, which in this case is US$632m. The last step is to then divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. Relative to the current share price of US$7.4, the company appears a touch undervalued at a 24% discount to where the stock price trades currently. Valuations are imprecise instruments though, rather like a telescope - move a few degrees and end up in a different galaxy. Do keep this in mind.

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NasdaqGS:FLWS Discounted Cash Flow September 5th 2022

The Assumptions

We would 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 these result, have a go at the calculation yourself and play with the assumptions. The DCF also does not consider the possible cyclicality of an industry, or a company's future capital requirements, so it does not give a full picture of a company's potential performance. Given that we are looking at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which accounts for debt. In this calculation we've used 7.8%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.391. Beta is a measure of a stock's volatility, compared to the market as a whole. We get our beta from the industry average beta of globally comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable business.

Moving On:

Although the valuation of a company is important, it ideally won't be the sole piece of analysis you scrutinize for a company. It's not possible to obtain a foolproof valuation with a DCF model. Preferably you'd apply different cases and assumptions and see how they would impact the company's valuation. For instance, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can dramatically alter the overall result. What is the reason for the share price sitting below the intrinsic value? For 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we've put together three essential factors you should explore:

  1. Risks: Take risks, for example - 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.
  2. Future Earnings: How does FLWS'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 Solid Businesses: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are fundamental to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with solid business fundamentals to see if there are other companies you may not have considered!

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About NasdaqGS:FLWS

1-800-FLOWERS.COM

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides gifts for various occasions in the United States and internationally.

The Snowflake is a visual investment summary with the score of each axis being calculated by 6 checks in 5 areas.

Analysis AreaScore (0-6)
Valuation3
Future Growth3
Past Performance1
Financial Health2
Dividends0

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Fair value with moderate growth potential.