Lowe's Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Discount cash flow analysis

Sell Overvalued by 77.0%

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This is an interactive analyst report for Lowe's Companies, Inc., based on a discounted cash flow valuation approach.

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What will the revenues be in the future?

Growth beyond year three is driven by the terminal growth rate.

Price history

Sensitivity matrix

   
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Discount Rate %
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  -1% $16.60 $16.34 $16.08
Terminal Growth% 0 $16.67 $16.41 $16.15
  +1% $16.75 $16.48 $16.22

How does a change in discount rate or terminal growth affect valuation?

This table shows the sensitivity of the valuation to two key variables - the discount rate and the terminal growth rate

Valuations and comments

  • Valuecruncher created a new valuation of $64.47 (overvalued by 9.67%) - 1 year ago
  • bwheels1 created a new valuation of $38.53 (undervalued by 57.01%) - over 7 years ago
  • wjledet created a new valuation of $16.75 (overvalued by 2.56%) - over 8 years ago
  • wjledet created a new valuation of $14.67 (overvalued by 14.66%) - over 8 years ago
  • wjledet created a new valuation of $14.67 (overvalued by 14.66%) - over 8 years ago
  • dlk61494 created a new valuation of $15.93 (overvalued by 25.04%) - over 8 years ago
  • TheCrunchBlog created a new valuation of $16.41 (overvalued by 15.5%) - almost 9 years ago

Comments

Running The Numbers - Lowe’s ($LOW) Looks Overvalued

This valuation is part of this blog post:

http://blog.valuecruncher.com/2008/11/running-the-numbers-lowes-low-looks-overvalued/

Assumptions

Revenue: Reuters aggregates 20 analysts covering $LOW and these analysts have mean estimates of 2009 and 2010 revenues of US$48.6 billion and US$50.7 billion respectively. For our analysis we have used US$48.5 billion in 2009, US$48.85 billion in 2010 and US$53.5 billion in 2011.

Profitability: We have used an EBITDA margin of 11.0% in 2009 and 2010 rising to 12.0% in 2011. Reuters has $LOW‘s EBITD margin at 12.1% last year and averaging 12.8% over the last five-years.

Capital Expenditure: We have assumed capital expenditures of US$3.5 billion in 2009 then US$3.0 billion per annum moving forward.

Discount Rate: 9.0%.

Terminal Growth Rate: 2.5%.

By TheCrunchBlog, almost 9 years ago

The boring details

All amounts in millions Figures
Enterprise Value: 110,755
Net Debt (Long-term borrowings less cash): 6,150
Equity Value: 28,463
Number of Shares Outstanding: 1,465,000,000
Calculated value per share: $16.41

Enterprise Value is the present value of the post-tax cash flows for a business into the future.


Calcuation of EV

Where:

  • C1, C2, C3 - the cash flow in period 1, 2, 3, ...
  • r - the discount rate

To capture the cash flows into the future a terminal value is calculated via a perpetuity calculation -
based on the final years forecast post-tax free cash flow.


Perpetuity

Where:

  • Cn - the cash flow in the final forecast period.
  • LTG - the long-term growth rate
  • r - the discount rate
  • g - the terminal growth rate

The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) is used to determine the equity component in the discount rate.


CAPM model

Where:

  • rt - the risk free rate
  • t - the tax rate
  • B - the beta of the company
  • MRP - the Market Risk Premium

Valuecruncher uses an estimate of Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) to determine the discount rate in the calculation.