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Acxiom Corporation Valuation – November 2016 $ACXM

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 Acxiom Corporation (ACXM) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Acxiom Corporation (Acxiom) is a technology and enablement services company. The Company operates through three business segments: Marketing Services, Audience Solutions, and Connectivity. The Company’s Marketing Services segment helps clients to unify data at individual level. The Audience Solutions segment helps clients to validate the accuracy of their people-based data, enhance it with additional insight and keep it up to date, enabling clients to reach desired audiences with relevant messages. The Connectivity segment activates data and makes it portable across the open marketing ecosystem. The Company serves a global client base from locations in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company’s client base includes organizations in these regions across industry verticals, including financial, insurance and investment services, automotive, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, travel, entertainment, non-profit and government.

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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 $2,045,397,577 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.93 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -61.70% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 133.54 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.97 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 1.93 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.84 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

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EPSmg $0.20
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $2.88
MG Value based on 0% Growth $1.69
Market Implied Growth Rate 62.52%
Current Price $26.53
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Acxiom Corporation 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, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years, 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $0.52 in 2013 to an estimated $0.2 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 62.52% 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 Acxiom Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $9.18. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 133.54, which was above the industry average of 35.13. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-0.51.

Acxiom Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

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Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$0.51
Graham Number $9.18
PEmg 133.54
Current Ratio 1.93
PB Ratio 2.97
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $354,181,000
Total Current Liabilities $183,969,000
Long-Term Debt $142,341,000
Total Assets $1,102,057,000
Intangible Assets $557,580,000
Total Liabilities $394,569,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 79,277,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.41
Mar2016 $0.09
Mar2015 -$0.14
Mar2014 $0.12
Mar2013 $0.75
Mar2012 $0.89
Mar2011 -$0.36
Mar2010 $0.56
Mar2009 $0.48
Mar2008 -$0.10
Mar2007 $0.80
Mar2006 $0.71
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.64
Mar2003 $0.24
Mar2002 -$0.36
Mar2001 $0.07
Mar2000 $1.00
Mar1999 -$0.19
Mar1998 $0.57
Mar1997 $0.47

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.20
Mar2016 $0.18
Mar2015 $0.23
Mar2014 $0.41
Mar2013 $0.52
Mar2012 $0.37
Mar2011 $0.17
Mar2010 $0.45
Mar2009 $0.44
Mar2008 $0.46
Mar2007 $0.71
Mar2006 $0.57
Mar2005 $0.42
Mar2004 $0.28
Mar2003 $0.12
Mar2002 $0.11
Mar2001 $0.36

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