‘Facebook (FB) Inc. is at A Bargain Price’ Says Oakmark Funds

Oakmark Funds, a global asset management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be seen here. A return of 24.44% was recorded by the fund for the Q4 of 2020, above its MSCI World benchmark that returned 13.96%. You can view the fund’s top 10 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Oakmark Funds, in their Q4 2020 Investor Letter said that Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB), as a high growth, strong cash generator company, given its lower P/E ratio compared to the S&P, is already trading at a bargain price. Facebook, Inc. is a social networking service company that currently has a $781.8 billion market cap. For the past 3 months, FB delivered a -0.94% return and settled at $274.50 per share at the closing of January 22nd.

Here is what Oakmark Funds has to say about Facebook, Inc. in their Investor Letter:

“Facebook currently sells at approximately $273 per share or 26 times consensus 2021 earnings estimates of $10.47 per share. That might not seem excessive for such a high-quality company, but it certainly would not meet our value criteria if that was the whole story. But it’s not. For starters, Facebook is expected to have $29 per share of cash at the end of 2021, and, as we all know, cash currently earns almost nothing. Subtracting cash from the stock price, we are only paying $244 per share for the business or 23 times earnings.

There is more. Analysts believe that WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook, reports a GAAP loss, yet its subscribers have quadrupled since Facebook acquired the service in 2014. If WhatsApp‘s current subscriber base was valued at the same price-per-subscriber as in 2014, it would now be worth $31 per Facebook share. Using analyst forecasts for revenue several years out, that $31 per share seems reasonable as it roughly matches Facebook’s current price-to-sales multiple.

In addition to WhatsApp, Facebook has also made significant investments in augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR)—about $5 per share by our estimate—and we believe those investments are, at a minimum, worth what they cost. AR/VR generates little revenue today and it is likely losing at least $1.00 per share. So, when we factor in both WhatsApp and AR/VR, we should deduct another $36 from Facebook’s stock price and add to earnings the estimated $1.50 of losses they generate.

After these calculations are figured in, we are paying $208 for core Facebook/Instagram with consensus estimates of $12 in 2021—a P/E of only 17x. For a high growth, strong cash generator like Facebook, an adjusted P/E of less than the S&P 500 strikes us as a bargain. And, if you haven’t yet tried the new $299 Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality gaming system (by Facebook), you’re in for a treat.”

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