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Stryker Corporation Valuation – August 2016 $SYK

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 – July 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 Stryker Corporation (SYK) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Stryker Corporation (Stryker) is a medical technology company. The Company operates through three segments: Orthopaedics, MedSurg, and Neurotechnology and Spine. The Company’s Orthopaedics segment products consist of implants used in hip and knee joint replacements and trauma and surgeries. The Company’s MedSurg segment products consist of surgical equipment and surgical navigation systems (Instruments); endoscopic and communications systems (Endoscopy); patient handling and emergency medical equipment (Medical), and reprocessed and remanufactured medical devices (Sustainability), as well as other medical device products used in a range of medical specialties. The Company’s Neurotechnology and Spine segment products consist of both neurosurgical and neurovascular devices. The Company’s products are sold in approximately 100 countries through the Company-owned sales subsidiaries and branches, as well as third-party dealers and distributors.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYK – August 2016

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $43,582,352,113 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.17 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 28.41% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 32.45 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.81 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 2.17 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.59 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

SYK value chart August 2016

EPSmg $3.57
MG Growth Estimate 1.50%
MG Value $40.98
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $51.71
MG Value based on 0% Growth $30.31
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.97%
Current Price $115.70
% of Intrinsic Value 282.35%

Stryker Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.24 in 2012 to an estimated $3.57 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.97% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Stryker Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $53.02. The company pays a dividend of $1.49 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 32.45, which was below the industry average of 40.07, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-9.51.

Stryker Corporation receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

SYK charts August 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$9.51
Graham Number $53.02
PEmg 32.45
Current Ratio 2.17
PB Ratio 4.81
Current Dividend $1.49
Dividend Yield 1.28%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2016
Total Current Assets $7,824,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,605,000,000
Long-Term Debt $6,717,000,000
Total Assets $20,520,000,000
Intangible Assets $10,100,000,000
Total Liabilities $11,422,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 378,500,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.14
Dec2015 $3.78
Dec2014 $1.34
Dec2013 $2.63
Dec2012 $3.39
Dec2011 $3.45
Dec2010 $3.19
Dec2009 $2.77
Dec2008 $2.78
Dec2007 $2.44
Dec2006 $1.89
Dec2005 $1.57
Dec2004 $1.08
Dec2003 $1.07
Dec2002 $0.81
Dec2001 $0.67
Dec2000 $0.55
Dec1999 $0.05
Dec1998 $0.15
Dec1997 $0.32
Dec1996 $0.27

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.57
Dec2015 $2.83
Dec2014 $2.50
Dec2013 $3.08
Dec2012 $3.24
Dec2011 $3.09
Dec2010 $2.81
Dec2009 $2.51
Dec2008 $2.24
Dec2007 $1.85
Dec2006 $1.46
Dec2005 $1.18
Dec2004 $0.93
Dec2003 $0.78
Dec2002 $0.58
Dec2001 $0.42
Dec2000 $0.29

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