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Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Wacker Neuson SE (FRA:WAC)

Bernadette Hatcher

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Does the February share price for Wacker Neuson SE (FRA:WAC) reflect it’s really worth? Today, I will calculate the stock’s intrinsic value by projecting its future cash flows and then 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! 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 February 2019 then I highly recommend you check out the latest calculation for Wacker Neuson 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. 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 estimate

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Levered FCF (€, Millions) €74.93 €86.42 €78.70 €79.30 €118.90
Source Analyst x7 Analyst x7 Analyst x2 Analyst x2 Analyst x1
Present Value Discounted @ 8.05% €69.35 €74.03 €62.40 €58.19 €80.75

Present Value of 5-year Cash Flow (PVCF)= €345m

The second stage is also known as Terminal Value, this is the business’s cash flow after 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 (0.2%). In the same way as with the 5-year ‘growth’ period, we discount this to today’s value at a cost of equity of 8%.

Terminal Value (TV) = FCF2023 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = €119m × (1 + 0.2%) ÷ (8% – 0.2%) = €1.5b

Present Value of Terminal Value (PVTV) = TV / (1 + r)5 = €1.5b ÷ ( 1 + 8%)5 = €1.0b

The total value, or equity value, is then the sum of the present value of the cash flows, which in this case is €1.4b. 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 €19.68. Relative to the current share price of €19.74, the stock is fair value, maybe slightly overvalued and not available at a discount at this time.

DB:WAC Intrinsic Value Export February 4th 19

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 Wacker Neuson 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 8%, which is based on a levered beta of 0.800. 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 WAC, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should further examine:

  1. Financial Health: Does WAC 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 WAC’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 WAC? 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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