Calculating the Intrinsic Value of Baker Hughes Company (NASDAQ:BKR)

In this article, we will estimate the intrinsic value of Baker Hughes Company (NASDAQ:BKR) by taking expected future cash flows and discounting them to the present value. Our analysis will use the discounted cash flow (DCF) model. There really isn’t much to do, although it may seem quite complex.

We generally believe that the value of a company is the present value of all the cash it will generate in the future. However, a DCF is just one of many evaluation metrics, and it is not without its flaws. If you want to know more about discounted cash flow, the rationale for this calculation can be read in detail in the Simply Wall St analysis template.

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We use the 2-stage growth model, which simply means that we consider two stages of business growth. In the initial period, the company may have a higher growth rate, and the second stage is generally assumed to have a stable growth rate. To start, we need to estimate the cash flows for the next ten years. Wherever possible, we use analysts’ estimates, but where these are not available, we extrapolate the previous free cash flow (FCF) from the latest estimate or reported value. We assume that companies with decreasing free cash flow will slow their rate of contraction and companies with increasing free cash flow will see their growth rate slow during this period. We do this to reflect the fact that growth tends to slow more in early years than in later years.

A DCF is based on the idea that a dollar in the future is worth less than a dollar today, and so the sum of these future cash flows is then discounted to today’s value:

Estimated free cash flow (FCF) over 10 years

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Leveraged FCF ($, millions) $1.67 billion $1.88 billion US$2.04 billion $2.22 billion $2.35 billion $2.46 billion $2.56 billion $2.64 billion $2.71 billion $2.79 billion
Growth rate estimate Source Analyst x12 Analyst x11 Analyst x4 Analyst x1 Is at 5.91% Is at 4.71% Is at 3.87% Is at 3.29% Is at 2.88% Is at 2.59%
Present value (millions of dollars) discounted at 8.9% $1.5k $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $1.5k $1.5k $1,400 $1,300 $1,300 $1,200

(“East” = FCF growth rate estimated by Simply Wall St)
10-year discounted cash flow (PVCF) = $15 billion

The second stage is also known as the terminal value, it is the cash flow of the business after the first stage. For a number of reasons, a very conservative growth rate is used which cannot exceed that of a country’s GDP growth. In this case, we used the 5-year average of the 10-year government bond yield (1.9%) to estimate future growth. Similar to the 10-year “growth” period, we discount future cash flows to present value, using a cost of equity of 8.9%.

Terminal value (TV)= FCF2031 × (1 + g) ÷ (r – g) = $2.8 billion × (1 + 1.9%) ÷ (8.9%–1.9%) = $41 billion

Present value of terminal value (PVTV)= TV / (1 + r)ten= $41 billion ÷ (1 + 8.9%)ten= $18 billion

The total value is the sum of the cash flows for the next ten years plus the present terminal value, which gives the total equity value, which in this case is $32 billion. In the last step, we divide the equity value by the number of shares outstanding. From the current share price of US$36.4, the company appears around fair value at the time of writing. The assumptions of any calculation have a big impact on the valuation, so it’s best to consider this as a rough estimate, not accurate down to the last penny.

NasdaqGS: BKR Discounted Cash Flows, April 3, 2022

The hypotheses

Now, the most important inputs to a discounted cash flow are the discount rate and, of course, the actual cash flows. If you disagree with these results, try the math yourself and play around with the assumptions. The DCF also does not take into account the possible cyclicality of an industry or the future capital needs of a company, so it does not give a complete picture of a company’s potential performance. Since we consider Baker Hughes as potential shareholders, the cost of equity is used as the discount rate, rather than the cost of capital (or weighted average cost of capital, WACC) which takes debt into account. In this calculation, we used 8.9%, which is based on a leveraged beta of 1.635. Beta is a measure of a stock’s volatility relative to the market as a whole. We derive our beta from the average industry beta of broadly comparable companies, with an imposed limit between 0.8 and 2.0, which is a reasonable range for a stable company.

Next steps:

Although a business valuation is important, it is only one of the many factors you need to assess for a business. The DCF model is not a perfect stock valuation tool. Rather, it should be seen as a guide to “what assumptions must be true for this stock to be under/overvalued?” For example, if the terminal value growth rate is adjusted slightly, it can significantly change the overall result. For Baker Hughes, there are three fundamental aspects that you should delve into:

  1. Risks: Know that Baker Hughes shows 3 warning signs in our investment analysis you should know…
  2. Management: Did insiders increase their shares to take advantage of market sentiment about BKR’s future prospects? View our management and board analysis with insights into CEO compensation and governance factors.
  3. Other strong companies: Low debt, high returns on equity and good past performance are essential to a strong business. Why not explore our interactive list of stocks with strong trading fundamentals to see if there are any other companies you may not have considered!

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