Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI)

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How far off is NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) 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 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 February 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for NXP Semiconductors by following the link below.

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

5-year cash flow forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $1.93k $2.05k $2.52k $2.90k $3.33k
Source Analyst x11 Analyst x7 Analyst x1 Est @ 15.11% Est @ 15.11%
Present Value Discounted @ 12.54% $1.71k $1.62k $1.77k $1.81k $1.85k

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$8.8b

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 12.5%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$3.3b × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (12.5% – 2.7%) = US$35b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$35b ÷ ( 1 + 12.5%)5 = US$19b

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$28b. 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 $95.03. Relative to the current share price of $89.25, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 6.1% discount to what it is available for right now.

NASDAQGS:NXPI Intrinsic Value Export February 12th 19
NASDAQGS:NXPI Intrinsic Value Export February 12th 19

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 NXP Semiconductors 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 12.5%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.35. 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 NXPI, I’ve compiled three key factors you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does NXPI 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 NXPI’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 NXPI? 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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