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  • Campbell Soup Co: Cash Flow Valuation Update 2 comments
    Nov 11, 2013 5:09 PM | about stocks: CPB

    Current Price: ~ $42/share
    Yield: ~ 2.13%

    Campbell Soup Co manufactures & sells branded convenience food products. Its five segments are: U.S. Simple Meals, Global Baking & Snacking, International Simple Meals & Beverages, U.S. Beverages & Bolthouse and Foodservice.


    Estimated WACC for the firm today is 6.63% using the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the company's recent SEC filings.

    Recent free cash flows and noted growth rates:

    Year FCF $Millions
    2004 456
    2005 658
    2006 917
    2007 340
    2008 468
    2009 821
    2010 742
    2011 870
    2012 797
    2013 683

    (click to enlarge)

    Average Annual Growth FCF: ~ 13%

    CAGR FCF: ~ 4.6%
    Consensus Forecast Industry 5-Year Growth: ~ 14% per year

    Consensus Forecast Company 5-Year Growth: ~ 6% per year

    Internal Growth Rate: ~ 4%

    Sustainable Growth Rate: ~ 35%

    Scenario 1

    • Start at $683 million FCF
    • Assume a 5-year growth rate in FCF of 6% per year, then no growth or 0% growth in FCF per year forever:

    Discounted Cash Flow Valuation

    Year FCF $Millions
    0 683
    1 724
    2 767
    3 813
    4 862
    5 914
    Terminal Value 14616

    The firm's future free cash flows, discounted at a WACC of 6.63%, give a present value for the entire firm (Debt + Equity) of $13959 million. If the firm's fair value of debt is estimated at $3299 million, then the fair value of the firm's equity could be $10660 million. $10660 million / 314 million outstanding shares is approximately $34 per share and a 20% margin of safety is $27/share.

    Scenario 2
    All else being equal,

    • Assume a 5-year growth rate in FCF of 9.5% per year, then 0% growth in FCF per year forever:

    Discounted Cash Flow Valuation

    Year FCF $Millions
    0 683
    1 748
    2 819
    3 897
    4 982
    5 1075
    Terminal Value 17761
    • Present Value of the entire firm (Debt + Equity): $16586 million
    • Value of Equity: $13287 million or $42/share
    • 20% margin of safety is $34/share


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    Campbell Soup Company

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Stocks: CPB
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  • Joseph Poma
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    Interesting analysis, but don't you think a 20% margin of safety is a bit extreme for a low beta stock such as CPB?
    19 Nov 2013, 08:22 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Cota
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    Author’s reply » Thanks for the comment. The 20% margin of safety is part of an investing discipline I apply to every valuation regardless of beta because the analysis contains various assumptions for estimating the firm's WACC, future growth rates, etc. and I want to limit my chances of overpaying for a firm that might be overvalued - All the best for maximizing return/risk.


    21 Nov 2013, 04:18 AM Reply Like
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