Is Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) Expensive For A Reason? A Look At The Intrinsic Value

How far off is Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) 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. 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. Please also note that this article was written in January 2018 so be sure check out the updated calculation by following the link below. View our latest analysis for Symantec

Is SYMC fairly valued?

I’m 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 perpetual stable growth rate. 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. 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

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $740.88 $1,317.49 $1,313.73 $1,130.50 $1,020.00
Source Analyst x14 Analyst x14 Analyst x4 Analyst x2 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 10.71% $669.21 $1,074.92 $968.15 $752.53 $613.29

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= $4,078

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 2.5%. We discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 10.7%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = $1,020 × (1 + 2.5%) ÷ (10.7% – 2.5%) = $12,684

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = $12,684 / ( 1 + 10.7%)5 = $7,627

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 $11,705. 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 $18.88, which, compared to the current share price of $26.62, we find that Symantec is rather overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.

NasdaqGS:SYMC Intrinsic Value Jan 31st 18
NasdaqGS:SYMC Intrinsic Value Jan 31st 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 Symantec 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 10.7%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.094. 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 SYMC, I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should look at:

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