Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Jabil Inc (NYSE:JBL)

Does the share price for Jabil Inc (NYSE:JBL) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by estimating the company’s future cash flows and discounting them to their present value. I will use the discounted cash flows (DCF) model. It may sound complicated, but actually it is quite simple! Anyone interested in learning a bit more about intrinsic value should have a read of the Simply Wall St analysis model. If you are reading this and its not June 2018 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Jabil by following the link below. See our latest analysis for Jabil

The model

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. To begin with we have to get estimates of the next five years of cash flows. Where possible I use analyst estimates, but when these aren’t available I have extrapolated the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the year before. For this growth rate I used the average annual growth rate over the past five years, but capped at a reasonable level. I then discount the sum of these cash flows to arrive at a present value estimate.

5-year cash flow forecast

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Levered FCF ($, Millions) $608.30 $494.73 $495.00 $514.22 $534.18
Source Analyst x2 Analyst x3 Analyst x2 Extrapolated @ (3.88%) Extrapolated @ (3.88%)
Present Value Discounted @ 11.17% $547.16 $400.28 $360.25 $336.62 $314.54

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= US$1.96b

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. For a number of reasons a very conservative growth rate is used that cannot exceed that of the GDP. In this case I have used the 10-year government bond rate (2.9%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 11.2%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2022 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = US$534.18m × (1 + 2.9%) ÷ (11.2% – 2.9%) = US$6.69b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = US$6.69b / ( 1 + 11.2%)5 = US$3.94b

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$5.90b. The last step is to then 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) then we use the equivalent number. This results in an intrinsic value of $34.42. Compared to the current share price of $29.52, the stock is about right, perhaps slightly undervalued at a 14.24% discount to what it is available for right now.

NYSE:JBL Intrinsic Value June 12th 18
NYSE:JBL Intrinsic Value June 12th 18

Important assumptions

Now the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate, and of course, the actual 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 Jabil 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 11.2%, which is based on a levered beta of 1.166. 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:

Whilst important, DCF calculation shouldn’t be the only metric you look at when researching a company. For JBL, I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Financial Health: Does JBL 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 JBL’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 JBL? 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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