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Qorvo Inc. Analysis – Initial Coverage $QRVO

220px-Qorvo_logo_blackBenjamin 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 – July 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 Qorvo Inc. (QRVO) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Qorvo, Inc. (QRVO), formerly Rocky Holding, Inc., is a provider of core technologies and radio frequency (RF) solutions for mobile, infrastructure, and aerospace and defense applications. The Company is engaged in two businesses: mobile products, and infrastructure and defense products. The Company operates through two subsidiaries: RF Micro Devices, Inc. (RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (TriQuint). RFMD designs and manufactures radio frequency solutions. TriQuint designs, develops and manufactures active and passive technologies, including power amplifier, switch and filter modules for the mobile device, network infrastructure, and defense and aerospace markets. TriQuint offers services based on the following technologies: gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN), surface acoustic wave (SAW) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW). The Company’s partners for infrastructure and defense applications include Arris, Ericsson, Raytheon, ZTE, Hughes, IAI ELTA, Huawei and Broadcom.

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Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 3/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – PASS
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
  4. Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
  5. 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
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – FAIL
  7. 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 = 2/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – PASS
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – FAIL
  4. Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – FAIL
  5. Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – FAIL

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $57.84
MG Value $37.33
MG Opinion Overvalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $14.06
Value Based on 0% Growth $8.24
Market Implied Growth Rate 25.57%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $5.19
PEmg 59.65
Current Ratio 4.62
PB Ratio 1.41

Balance Sheet – March 2015

Current Assets $1,500,000,000
Current Liabilities $325,000,000
Total Debt $0
Total Assets $6,892,000,000
Intangible Assets $4,448,000,000
Total Liabilities $719,000,000
Outstanding Shares 150,600,000

Earnings Per Share

2015 $1.22
2014 $2.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2015 $0.97
2014 $0.70

Dividend History
Qorvo Inc. does not pay a dividend.

Conclusion:

Qorvo Inc. does not qualify for either the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor.  Both investor types are concerned with the short operating history as a stand-alone company, as there is not enough data yet to accurately provide information for a full valuation.  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 based on the limited data available, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.70 in 2014 to $0.97 for 2015.  This level of earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 25.57% annual earnings decrease over the next 7-10 years, and leads the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, to return an estimate of intrinsic value 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 Qorvo Inc. (QRVO)?  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.

Disclaimer:  The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  Logo taken from Wikipedia for the sole purpose of identifying the company; this article is not affiliated with the company in any manner.

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