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  • L-3 Communications Holdings Inc: LLL Cash Flow Valuation Update 0 comments
    Jan 6, 2014 4:18 PM | about stocks: LLL

    Current Price: ~ $106/share
    Yield: ~ 2.09%

    L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc is engaged as a system contractor in aircraft modernization & maintenance, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems, and government services.


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    Estimated WACC for the firm today is 9.72% using the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the company's recent SEC filings.

    Recent free cash flows and noted growth rates:

    Year FCF $Millions
    2003 373
    2004 540
    2005 727
    2006 918
    2007 1113
    2008 1169
    2009 1221
    2010 1280
    2011 1292
    2012 1096
    2013 guidance* 1010

    * Free cash flow guidance remains $1,010,000,000 - Ralph G. D'Ambrosio, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President; Q3 2013 earnings call transcript

    Average Annual Growth FCF: ~ 14.11%

    CAGR FCF: ~ 12.72%
    Consensus Forecast Industry 5-Year Growth: ~ 12% per year

    Consensus Forecast Company 5-Year Growth: ~ 2% per year

    Internal Growth Rate: ~ 4%

    Sustainable Growth Rate: ~ 11%

    Scenario 1
    Average FCF (2013* - 2011) is $1133 million

    • Start at $1133 million FCF
    • Assume a 5-year growth rate in FCF of 2% per year, then no growth or 0% growth in FCF per year forever:

    Discounted Cash Flow Valuation

    Year FCF $Millions
    0 1133
    1 1156
    2 1179
    3 1202
    4 1226
    5 1251
    Terminal Value 13129

    The firm's future free cash flows, discounted at a WACC of 9.72%, give a present value for the entire firm (Debt + Equity) of $12833 million. If the firm's fair value of debt is estimated at $3883 million, then the fair value of the firm's equity could be $8950 million. $8950 million / 89 million outstanding shares is approximately $101 per share and a 20% margin of safety is $81/share.

    Scenario 2
    All else being equal,

    • Assume a 5-year growth rate in FCF of 6.25% per year, then 0% growth in FCF per year forever:

    Discounted Cash Flow Valuation

    Year FCF $Millions
    0 1133
    1 1204
    2 1279
    3 1359
    4 1444
    5 1534
    Terminal Value 16773
    • Present Value of the entire firm (Debt + Equity): $15699 million
    • Value of Equity: $11816 million or $133/share
    • 20% margin of safety is $106/share

    Conclusion: Closing out position in LLL for my Fantasy Portfolio today; looking for better value


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    L-3 Communications Holdings Inc

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

    Stocks: LLL
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