A Look At The Intrinsic Value Of Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT)

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In this article I am going to calculate the intrinsic value of Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRFT) 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 February 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Perficient by following the link below.

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The method

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. 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 forecast

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $59.40 $64.81 $68.39 $72.16 $76.15
Source Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Est @ 5.52% Est @ 5.52% Est @ 5.52%
Present Value Discounted @ 11.13% $53.46 $52.48 $49.83 $47.32 $44.93

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$248m

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 11.1%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$76m × (1 + 2.7%) ÷ (11.1% – 2.7%) = US$932m

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$932m ÷ ( 1 + 11.1%)5 = US$550m

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is US$798m. 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 $24.04. Relative to the current share price of $27.12, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.

NasdaqGS:PRFT Intrinsic value, February 21st 2019
NasdaqGS:PRFT Intrinsic value, February 21st 2019

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 Perficient 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 11.1%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.155. 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 PRFT, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does PRFT 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 PRFT’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 PRFT? 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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