The Coca-Cola Company (KO) is trading at the bottom of their 52-week range (US$49.44-65.59). Typically KO has been one of the world’s most admired stocks. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is the second largest holder of KO stock with a US$10.4 billion investment in the company. Analysts are however beginning to move away from the stock.
At Valuecruncher we decided to put some numbers around KO using our on-line valuation tool.
KO grew revenues from US$21.7 billion in 2004 to US$28.9 billion in 2007 – a 9.9% compound annual growth rate. Our assumptions of revenues for the next three years are US$33.15 billion in 2008 growing to US$36.65 billion in 2010 – an 8.3% compound annual growth rate. We have projected EBITDA margins to be 29% in 2008 then flat at 30% to 2010. We have used a terminal growth rate of 3.25%. We calculated this terminal growth rate based on year three (2009-10) growth of 4.1% dropping to a 3.0% stable growth rate by year 10. We used a terminal capital expenditure number of US$1.75 billion. We have used a WACC (discount rate) of 8.0%.
Our analysis incorporates the cash and debt on the KO balance sheet – Valuecruncher calculates a net debt number.
Our analysis gives a valuation of US$54.73 per share which is 5% above the current share price of US$52.07.
One of Warren Buffett’s famous quotes is “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price”. At US$52.07 a share – in our view KO fits that criteria. Play with our assumptions – what does your analysis say?