Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) Investors Are Paying Above The Intrinsic Value

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Does the February share price for Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by taking the expected future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. This is done 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 Citrix Systems by following the link below.

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The model

We are going to use a two-stage DCF model, which, as the name states, takes into account two stages of growth. The first stage is generally a higher growth period which levels off heading towards the terminal value, captured in the second ‘steady growth’ period. To begin with we have to get estimates of 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 the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $981.84 $1.04k $1.02k $1.00k $987.51
Source Analyst x7 Analyst x7 Est @ -1.68% Est @ -1.68% Est @ -1.68%
Present Value Discounted @ 11.61% $879.72 $834.14 $734.82 $647.33 $570.25

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$3.7b

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 11.6%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$988m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (11.6% – 2.7%) = US$11b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$11b ÷ ( 1 + 11.6%)5 = US$6.6b

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$10b. 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 $76.17. Compared to the current share price of $102.54, the stock is quite expensive and not available at a discount at this time.

NASDAQGS:CTXS Intrinsic Value Export February 1st 19
NASDAQGS:CTXS Intrinsic Value Export February 1st 19

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 Citrix Systems 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 11.6%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.221. 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 CTXS, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does CTXS 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 CTXS’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 CTXS? 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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