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 10 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – November 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 DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (DVA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. consists of two divisions, Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners (HCP). Kidney Care is a provider of dialysis services in the United States, treating patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD). Kidney Care division develops innovative clinical care, offers integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and health-management services. As of December 31, 2014, we provided dialysis and administrative services in the U.S. through a network of 2,179 outpatient dialysis centers in 46 states and the District of Columbia, serving a total of approximately 173,000 patients. HealthCare Partners division is a patient- and physician-focused integrated health care delivery and management company. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in Arizona, California, Nevada, Florida and New Mexico. As of December 2014, HealthCare Partners had approximately 837,000 members under its care.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$15,489,511,213||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.97||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Dividend Payments for 10 years prior||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||72.71%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||26.77||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.19||Fail|
|Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.|
|1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 1.5||1.97||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||3.90||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||4.48%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$39.76|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$23.31|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||9.14%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||153.38%|
DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. does not qualify for either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned by the low current ratio, lack of dividends, and high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns with the level of debt relative to the net current assets and the lack of dividends. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed with a cautious speculative attitude.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.11 in 2011 to an estimated $2.74 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 9.14% 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 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 DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (DVA)? 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.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$42.30|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Total Current Assets||$4,737,886,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$2,410,554,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||216,691,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.20|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.74|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
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|DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. Annual Valuation – 2014 $DVA|
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