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 – June 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 stock analysis showing a specific look at how Equinix Inc. (EQIX) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Equinix, Inc. is a networking company. The Company provides data center offerings primarily consisting of colocation, interconnection solutions and managed IT infrastructure services. The Company’s colocation offerings include Cabinets, Power and IBXflex. Cabinets allows customer for colocating networking, server and storage equipment. Power is an element of increasing importance in customers’ colocation decisions. IBXflex allows customers to deploy mission-critical operations personnel and equipment on-site at its IBX data centers. The Company’s interconnection solutions enable scalable, reliable and cost-effective interconnection and traffic exchange between Equinix customers. The Company offers managed IT infrastructure services, such as Equinix Professional Services, which offers practical guidance and proven solutions to help customers optimize and future-proof the data center architectures.
Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 3/7
- 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 – FAIL
- Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
- 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 – FAIL
Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 3/5
- 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 – FAIL
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – FAIL
- Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – PASS
- Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$61.54|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$36.07|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||26.67%|
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$72.13|
Balance Sheet – March 2015
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Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham
Equinix Inc. does not qualify for either the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, the short dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets and the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities or proceed with a speculative attitude. As for a valuation, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.50 in 2011 to an estimated $4.24 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 26.67% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value falling below the price.
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 Equinix Inc. (EQIX)? 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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