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 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – August 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 Assurant Inc (AIZ) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Assurant, Inc. is a provider of specialty protection products and related services. The Company’s segments include Assurant Solution, Assurant Specialty Property, Assurant Health and Corporate & Other. The Assurant Solutions segment provides mobile device protection products and services; debt protection administration; credit insurance; extended service products and related services for consumer electronics, appliances and vehicles, and offers pre-funded funeral insurance. The Assurant Specialty Property segment provides lender-placed homeowners insurance; property preservation and valuation services; flood insurance; renters insurance and related products, and manufactured housing homeowners insurance. The Assurant Health segment provides individual health and small employer group health insurance.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$5,277,584,399||Pass|
|2. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Pass|
|3. Dividend Record||Dividend Payments for 10 years prior||Pass|
|4. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||35.79%||Pass|
|5. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||14.59||Pass|
|6. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.19||Pass|
|Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.|
|1. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|2. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Pass|
|3. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||4.60%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$87.04|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$51.02|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||3.04%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||82.41%|
Assurant, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.59 in 2012 to an estimated $6 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.04% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Assurant, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $123.04. The company pays a dividend of $1.8 per share, for a yield of 2.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 14.59, which was below the industry average of 16.56, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.
Assurant, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||13|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||6/1/2016|
|Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation||$1,165,255,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||62,723,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$8.85|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$6.00|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|Assurant Inc. Valuation – November 2015 Update $AIZ|
|The Best Companies of the Insurance Industry – October 2015|
|The 20 Best Stocks For Value Investors This Week – 8/15/15|
|Assurant Inc. Analysis – August 2015 Update $AIZ|
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