In the wake of the great financial crisis it can sometimes be difficult for Intelligent Investors to find a solid financial company in which to invest, because they require specific achievements over the historical period. Many investors may simply decide to throw out the worst years with the rationale that they are outliers that shouldn’t be considered when evaluating the company’s prospects, but doing so would involve speculation. We don’t know whether the financial crisis will happen again, but we do know that if it does, we can expect to see similar results as we did before. By continuing to require the same standards for the historical period, Intelligent Investors are able to whittle down banks to only those with the best financial position, and then they are able to determine an intrinsic value to get a sense of whether the company is a good investment. In addition, a company must have strong financial statements to prove that it is stable enough for Intelligent Investors. 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. 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 Huntington Bancshares Inc. (HBAN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (Huntington) is a multi-state diversified regional bank holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiary, The Huntington National Bank (the Bank), and provides commercial, small business, consumer banking services, mortgage banking services, automobile financing, equipment leasing, investment management, trust services, brokerage services, insurance programs and other financial products and services. The Company operates in four segments namely Retail and Business Banking, Regional and Commercial Banking, Automobile Finance and Commercial Real Estate and Wealth Advisors, Government Finance and Home Lending. Its loan portfolio includes commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, construction CRE, automobile, home equity, residential mortgage and consumer loans/leases. As of December 31, 2013, the Bank had 16 wealth management offices and 695 branches in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
Defensive Investor – must pass all 6 of the following tests: Score = 4/6
- Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
- 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 – PASS
- Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – PASS
Enterprising Investor – must pass all 3 of the following tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 3/3
- 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 – PASS
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$9.65|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$5.66|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||4.17%|
Balance Sheet – December 2014
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham
Huntington Bancshares qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned by the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, while the company passes all of the Enterprising Investor’s requirements. As a result, Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company and comparing it to other opportunities. As for a valuation, the company appears undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $1.50 in 2010 to a gain of $0.67 for 2014. This level of demonstrated growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.17% earnings growth and leads the ModernGraham valuation model, which is based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, to return an estimate of intrinsic value above the market price.
Be sure to check out previous ModernGraham valuations of Huntington Bancshares Inc. (HBAN) 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 Huntington Bancshares Inc. (HBAN)? 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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