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 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today – June 2016. 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 Laboratory Corp of America Holdings (LH) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings is a healthcare diagnostics company. The Company, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing clinical laboratory services and drug development support. The Company operates through two segments: LabCorp Diagnostics (LCD) and Covance Drug Development (CDD). The Company’s LCD segment is an independent clinical laboratory business that consists of a network of approximately 40 primary laboratories and approximately 1,700 patient service centers (PSCs) along with a network of branches and STAT laboratories, which offer a menu of routine and frequently ordered tests. LCD offers a menu of over 4,700 tests, such as blood chemistry analyses, urinalyses, blood cell counts and thyroid tests. Its CDD segment offers drug development services, and provides a range of drug development solutions across the world, primarily to companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
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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||$13,977,779,726||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.67||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||45.14%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||21.03||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.73||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||1.67||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||5.42||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||3.14%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$93.94|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$55.07|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||6.27%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||142.38%|
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding 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 should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $5.36 in 2012 to an estimated $6.48 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 6.27% 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.
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$62.73|
|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
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2016|
|Total Current Assets||$2,744,900,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$1,642,700,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||103,600,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$8.72|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$6.48|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|47 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 5/16/15|
|Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings Annual Valuation – 2015 $LH|
|15 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 5/3/2014|
|Laboratory Corporation of America (LH) Annual Valuation – 2014|
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