The goal in value investing is to buy a stock when it trades at a significant discount to fair value in order to hold it until price finally catches up to its the intrinsic worth of the underlying business. Here are two investment ideas that have surfaced in the tech sector that could make great value investments.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) It’s no secret that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a cheap stock. But a discounted cash flow valuation helps add a bit of perspective on exactly how cheap Apple really is.
In a discounted cash flow valuation, you simply discount future cash flows by the required rate of return that would convince you to invest in stocks to find the present value of these cash flows. I’ve used a discount rate of 10%, which is typical. Next, I estimated that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s annual free cash flow will stay at today’s levels. To be conservative, I didn’t add any asset value, like excess cash, to intrinsic value.
The result? Apple’s shares are worth $468 per share. In other words, at $417 the stock trades 11% below its fair value.
An 11% margin of safety, of course, isn’t significant enough to convince a value investor to jump in. However, I was extremely conservative in my assumptions. Consider some of these facts:
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s share repurchase program will effectively reduce outstanding shares by about 15%.
Apple’s cash hoard of $144.7 billion is no joke, and it should be considered in any valuation.
It’s easy to say Apple is doomed, but analysts don’t think so. The 46 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Yahoo! Finance, on average, project EPS to increase 20.88% per annum over the next five years.
What happens to the valuation if we adjust our growth assumptions a bit higher? Estimating 3% annual growth in free cash flow for the next 10 years, and no growth beyond that, the fair value of Apple shares is $574.84. With this estimate, shares today trade at a 27% margin of safety.
If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s not undervalued, the company is at least reasonably priced.
Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) Watching Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU)’s operating margin contract by 1,200 basis points year over year to 37% when the company reported earnings last week wasn’t fun. Even worse, a 37% operating margin is 1,500 basis points below the company’s peak operating margin in 2011. But does this mean Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU)’s growth story is over? Far from it.