Qualcomm (QCOM) over US$50 a share – even with the Nokia settlement, that looks rich
At Valuecruncher we have long been an interested observer of Qualcomm (QCOM). QCOM designs, manufactures and markets digital wireless telecommunications products based on technology it has developed (CDMA). QCOM is an example of a company that has successfully commercialised in-house developed intellectual property (IP). This week QCOM announced the settlement of a long-running IP dispute with Nokia (NOK). Based on this settlement QCOM is trading at the top of the stock’s 52-week range. We decided to have a look at some projected financial numbers using our on-line valuation tool to see how the share price shapes up.
QCOMM grew revenues from US$4.88 billion in 2004 to US$8.87 billion in 2007 – a 22% compound annual growth rate. Our assumptions of revenues for the next three years are US$10.5 billion in 2008 growing to US$13.5 billion in 2010 – a 15% compound annual growth rate. We have projected EBITDA margins to grow from 40.0% in 2008 to 45.0% in 2010. We have used a terminal growth rate of 5%. We calculated this terminal growth rate based on year three growth of 11% dropping to a 4.5% stable growth rate by year 10. We believe there is still considerable additional growth in mobile globally to come which QCOM is well positioned for. We used a terminal capital expenditure number of US$1.0 billion. We have used a WACC (discount rate) of 10%.
Our analysis incorporates the cash on the QCOM balance sheet – Valuecruncher calculates a net debt number.
Our analysis gives a valuation of US$45.11 per share which is 14% below the current share price of US$52.43.