Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 5 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – March 2015. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a specific look at how Regal-Beloit Corporation (RBC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Regal Beloit Corporation is a global manufacturer of electric motors and controls, electric generators and controls, variable speed drives and controllers and mechanical motion control products. The Company has two reporting segments: Electrical and Mechanical. The Company operates distribution facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana and LaVergne, Tennessee which serve as hubs for North American distribution and logistics operations. The Company’s manufacturing, sales, service facilities and corporate offices are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The Company’s electrical products primarily include heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) motors, AC and DC commercial and industrial electric motors, electric generators and controls, high-performance drives and controls and capacitors. The Company’s mechanical products primarily include gears and gearboxes, marine transmissions, manual valve actuators and electrical connectivity devices.
Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 5/7
- Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – PASS
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – PASS
- Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – PASS
- Earnings Growth – earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period – FAIL
- Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – FAIL
- Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – PASS
Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 4/5
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – PASS
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – PASS
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – PASS
- Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – PASS
- Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – FAIL
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$38.04|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$22.30|
|Market-Implied Growth Rate||10.36%|
Balance Sheet – December 2014
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham
Regal-Beloit Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not for the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned by the low level of earnings growth over the last ten years along with the high PEmg ratio, while the Enterprising Investor is concerned by the lack of earnings growth over the last five years. As a result, Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel very comfortable proceeding with further research and comparing the company to other opportunities. From a valuation side of things, the company appears to be overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) drop from $3.42 in 2010 to only $2.62 for 2014. This level of demonstrated growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 10.36% earnings growth and leads the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, to return an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.
Be sure to check out previous ModernGraham valuations of Regal-Beloit Corporation (RBC) for greater perspective!
The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company’s prospects. What do you think? What value would you put on Regal-Beloit Corporation (RBC)? Where do you see the company going in the future? Is there a company you like better? Leave a comment on our Facebook page or mention @ModernGraham on Twitter to discuss.
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