Sun Microsystems (JAVA) released their fourth quarter results on 16 July and is due to release full results on 1 August. With the release of the fourth quarter results Sun did not impress Wall Street analysts. We decided to have a look at some projected financial numbers using our on-line valuation tool to see how the current share price shapes up.
JAVA grew revenues from US$11.19 billion in 2004 to US$13.87 billion in 2007 – a 7.4% compound annual growth rate. Our assumptions of revenues for the next three years are US$14.0 billion in 2009 growing to US$15.0 billion in 2011 – a 2.6% compound annual growth rate (2008-11). We have projected EBITDA margins to be flat at 10.0% to 2011. We have used a terminal growth rate of 2.5%. We used a terminal capital expenditure number of US$600 million. We have used a WACC (discount rate) of 12%.
Valuecruncher valuation model of JAVA with interactive assumptions
Our analysis incorporates the cash and debt on the JAVA balance sheet – Valuecruncher calculates a net debt number.
Our analysis gives a valuation of US$11.64 per share which is 14% above the current share price of US$10.21.
Based on our analysis the current share price looks undervalued. In our view the key assumption is the EBITDA margin moving forward. If JAVA can increase their EBITDA margin to 12% in 2011 that lifts our valuation to US$13.91 (36% above the current share price). However if JAVA’s EBITDA margin dropped to 8% in 2011 that lowers our valuation to US$9.38 (8% below the current share price). Play with our assumptions – what does your analysis say?
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