American Tower Corp Valuation – March 2019 #AMT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): American Tower Corporation (ATC), incorporated on September 24, 1996, is a holding company. The Company operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns, operates and develops multitenant communications real estate. Its segments include U.S. property; Asia property; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) property; Latin America property, and Services. Its primary business is property operations, which include the leasing of space on communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities, and tenants in various other industries. Its U.S. property segment includes operations in the United States. Its Asia property segment includes operations in India. The EMEA property segment includes operations in Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The Latin America property segment includes operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. Its services segment includes tower-related services in the United States, including site acquisition, zoning and permitting and structural analysis, which primarily supports its site leasing business, including the addition of tenants and equipment on its sites.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AMT – March 2019

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 $83,140,713,988 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.51 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 149.29% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 68.93 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 14.20 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 0.51 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -7.99 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

EPSmg $2.73
MG Growth Estimate 11.31%
MG Value $85.09
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $39.64
MG Value based on 0% Growth $23.24
Market Implied Growth Rate 30.22%
Current Price $188.48
% of Intrinsic Value 221.51%

American Tower Corp 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 current assets. 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 $1.56 in 2015 to an estimated $2.73 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 30.22% 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 American Tower Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $30.04. The company pays a dividend of $3.15 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 68.94, which was below the industry average of 93.05, 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 $-55.63.

American Tower Corp 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) -$55.63
Graham Number $30.04
PEmg 68.94
Current Ratio 0.51
PB Ratio 14.20
Current Dividend $3.15
Dividend Yield 1.67%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,385,100,000
Total Current Liabilities $4,689,900,000
Long-Term Debt $18,405,100,000
Total Assets $33,010,400,000
Intangible Assets $16,676,200,000
Total Liabilities $27,110,800,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 444,436,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.31
Dec2018 $2.77
Dec2017 $2.67
Dec2016 $1.98
Dec2015 $1.41
Dec2014 $2.00
Dec2013 $1.38
Dec2012 $1.60
Dec2011 $0.99
Dec2010 $0.92
Dec2009 $0.61
Dec2008 $0.84
Dec2007 $0.13
Dec2006 $0.06
Dec2005 -$0.60
Dec2004 -$1.10
Dec2003 -$1.56
Dec2002 -$5.95
Dec2001 -$2.35
Dec2000 -$1.15
Dec1999 -$0.34

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.73
Dec2018 $2.35
Dec2017 $2.06
Dec2016 $1.73
Dec2015 $1.56
Dec2014 $1.55
Dec2013 $1.25
Dec2012 $1.12
Dec2011 $0.82
Dec2010 $0.66
Dec2009 $0.42
Dec2008 $0.17
Dec2007 -$0.31
Dec2006 -$0.97
Dec2005 -$1.76
Dec2004 -$2.36
Dec2003 -$2.75

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American Tower Corp Valuation – June 2018 $AMT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): American Tower Corporation (ATC), incorporated on September 24, 1996, is a holding company. The Company operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns, operates and develops multitenant communications real estate. Its segments include U.S. property; Asia property; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) property; Latin America property, and Services. Its primary business is property operations, which include the leasing of space on communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities, and tenants in various other industries. Its U.S. property segment includes operations in the United States. Its Asia property segment includes operations in India. The EMEA property segment includes operations in Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The Latin America property segment includes operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. Its services segment includes tower-related services in the United States, including site acquisition, zoning and permitting and structural analysis, which primarily supports its site leasing business, including the addition of tenants and equipment on its sites.

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ModernGraham Valuation of AMT – June 2018

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 $61,178,729,988 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.62 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 200.00% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 57.73 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 8.75 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 0.62 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -10.63 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

EPSmg $2.40
MG Growth Estimate 8.25%
MG Value $59.98
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $34.79
MG Value based on 0% Growth $20.39
Market Implied Growth Rate 24.62%
Current Price $138.52
% of Intrinsic Value 230.94%

American Tower Corp 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 current assets. 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 $1.55 in 2014 to an estimated $2.4 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 24.62% 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 American Tower Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $30.87. The company pays a dividend of $2.62 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 57.73, which was above the industry average of 37.78. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-56.18.

American Tower Corp scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$56.18
Graham Number $30.87
PEmg 57.73
Current Ratio 0.62
PB Ratio 8.75
Current Dividend $2.62
Dividend Yield 1.89%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,797,400,000
Total Current Liabilities $4,544,700,000
Long-Term Debt $18,568,800,000
Total Assets $34,372,700,000
Intangible Assets $17,587,300,000
Total Liabilities $27,431,400,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 438,520,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.91
Dec2017 $2.67
Dec2016 $1.98
Dec2015 $1.41
Dec2014 $2.00
Dec2013 $1.38
Dec2012 $1.60
Dec2011 $0.99
Dec2010 $0.92
Dec2009 $0.61
Dec2008 $0.84
Dec2007 $0.13
Dec2006 $0.06
Dec2005 -$0.60
Dec2004 -$1.10
Dec2003 -$1.56
Dec2002 -$5.95
Dec2001 -$2.35
Dec2000 -$1.15
Dec1999 -$0.34
Dec1998 -$0.59

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.40
Dec2017 $2.06
Dec2016 $1.73
Dec2015 $1.56
Dec2014 $1.55
Dec2013 $1.25
Dec2012 $1.12
Dec2011 $0.82
Dec2010 $0.66
Dec2009 $0.42
Dec2008 $0.17
Dec2007 -$0.31
Dec2006 -$0.97
Dec2005 -$1.76
Dec2004 -$2.36
Dec2003 -$2.75
Dec2002 -$2.93

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American Tower Corp Valuation – February 2017 $AMT

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 – February 2017.  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 American Tower Corp (AMT) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): American Tower Corporation (ATC) is a holding company. The Company operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns, operates and develops multitenant communications real estate. ATC’s segments include U.S. property, Asia property, EMEA property, Latin America property, Services and Other. Its primary business is property operations, which include the leasing of space on communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities, and tenants in various other industries. Its U.S. property segment includes operations in the United States. Its Asia property segment includes operations in India. The EMEA property segment includes operations in Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The Latin America property segment includes operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. Its services segment offers tower-related services in the United States.

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ModernGraham Valuation of AMT – February 2017

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 $48,226,761,654 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.90 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 242.41% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 66.23 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.36 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 0.90 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -123.90 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

EPSmg $1.73
MG Growth Estimate 8.24%
MG Value $43.31
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $25.13
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.73
Market Implied Growth Rate 28.86%
Current Price $114.79
% of Intrinsic Value 265.07%

American Tower Corp 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 current assets. 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 $1.12 in 2012 to an estimated $1.73 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 28.86% 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 American Tower Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $26.63. The company pays a dividend of $2.08 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 66.23, which was above the industry average of 31.91. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-52.51.

American Tower Corp scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$52.51
Graham Number $26.63
PEmg 66.23
Current Ratio 0.90
PB Ratio 7.36
Current Dividend $2.08
Dividend Yield 1.81%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,370,756,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,519,553,000
Long-Term Debt $18,436,144,000
Total Assets $30,655,527,000
Intangible Assets $16,555,188,000
Total Liabilities $23,948,131,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 429,925,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.00
Dec2015 $1.41
Dec2014 $2.00
Dec2013 $1.38
Dec2012 $1.60
Dec2011 $0.99
Dec2010 $0.92
Dec2009 $0.61
Dec2008 $0.84
Dec2007 $0.13
Dec2006 $0.06
Dec2005 -$0.60
Dec2004 -$1.10
Dec2003 -$1.56
Dec2002 -$5.95
Dec2001 -$2.35
Dec2000 -$1.15
Dec1999 -$0.34
Dec1998 -$0.59
Dec1997 -$0.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.73
Dec2015 $1.56
Dec2014 $1.55
Dec2013 $1.25
Dec2012 $1.12
Dec2011 $0.82
Dec2010 $0.66
Dec2009 $0.42
Dec2008 $0.17
Dec2007 -$0.31
Dec2006 -$0.96
Dec2005 -$1.76
Dec2004 -$2.36
Dec2003 -$2.75
Dec2002 -$2.93
Dec2001 -$1.24
Dec2000 -$0.60

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American Tower Corp Valuation – November 2015 Update $AMT

REITs often attract a great deal of investors because of their strong cash flows and dividends, and those investors often overlook other parts of the business, choosing to analyze the company under a different set of criteria than companies in other sectors.  This can create a problem in that it becomes difficult to compare a REIT to an industrial, which is fine if you use the typical top-down approach to stock selection; however, a top-down approach invites speculation in the fact that you are theorizing which sector will perform well going forward.  Benjamin Graham taught that we should avoid speculation as much as possible, which is why it is critical to develop a system for analyzing companies that will allow them to be compared across industries.  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 investment opportunity.  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 American Tower Corp (AMT) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): American Tower Corporation is an independent owner, operator and developer of communications real estate. The Company is engaged in the leasing of space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data and data providers, government agencies, and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. It has a portfolio of over 87,000 communications sites. The Company’s continuing operations are managed through three segments: Domestic Rental and Management, which includes its property interests that it leases to communications service providers and third-party tower operators in the United States; International Rental and Management, which includes its interests in international communications sites, and Network Development Services, which offers tower-related services domestically, including site acquisition, zoning and permitting services and structural analysis services.

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ModernGraham Valuation of AMT – November 2015

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 $41,675,062,274 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.69 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 434.95% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 54.70 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.35 Fail
Score
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 0.69 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -39.57 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

AMT value Chart November 2015

EPSmg $1.80
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $69.25
Opinion Overvalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $26.08
MG Value based on 0% Growth $15.29
Market Implied Growth Rate 23.10%
Current Price $98.39
% of Intrinsic Value 142.08%

American Tower Corp does not qualify for either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned by the low current ratio, short dividend record, and high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor has concerns with the level of debt in relation to the current assets. 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 $0.82 in 2011 to an estimated $1.80 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 23.10% 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 American Tower Corp (AMT)?  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

AMT Charts November 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$45.34
Graham Number $27.37
PEmg 54.70
Current Ratio 0.69
PB Ratio 6.35
Dividend Yield 1.73%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4

 

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Sep15
Total Current Assets $940,355,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,369,508,000
Long-Term Debt $16,981,560,000
Total Assets $26,926,790,000
Intangible Assets $14,067,570,000
Total Liabilities $20,308,900,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 427,227,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.13
Dec14 $2.00
Dec13 $1.38
Dec12 $1.60
Dec11 $0.99
Dec10 $0.92
Dec09 $0.61
Dec08 $0.84
Dec07 $0.13
Dec06 $0.06
Dec05 -$0.60
Dec04 -$1.10
Dec03 -$1.28
Dec02 -$1.75
Dec01 -$2,349.31
Dec00 -$1,153.59
Dec99 -$0.34
Dec98 -$0.59
Dec97 -$0.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.80
Dec14 $1.55
Dec13 $1.25
Dec12 $1.12
Dec11 $0.82
Dec10 $0.66
Dec09 $0.42
Dec08 $0.17
Dec07 -$0.29
Dec06 -$0.65
Dec05 -$157.60
Dec04 -$391.21
Dec03 -$624.59
Dec02 -$857.87
Dec01 -$1,090.88
Dec00 -$384.74
Dec99 -$0.28

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The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

American Tower Corporation Annual Valuation – 2014 $AMT

220px-American_Tower_Corporation_logo.svgREITs often attract a great deal of investors because of their strong cash flows and dividends, and those investors often overlook other parts of the business, choosing to analyze the company under a different set of criteria than companies in other sectors.  This can create a problem in that it becomes difficult to compare a REIT to an industrial, which is fine if you use the typical top-down approach to stock selection; however, a top-down approach invites speculation in the fact that you are theorizing which sector will perform well going forward.  Benjamin Graham taught that we should avoid speculation as much as possible, which is why it is critical to develop a system for analyzing companies that will allow them to be compared across industries.  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 investment opportunity.  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 specific look at how American Tower Corporation (AMT) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): American Tower Corporation is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its directly and indirectly owned subsidiaries and joint ventures. It is a wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company that owns, operates and develops communications sites. Its primary business includes leasing antenna space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. This business is its rental and management operations, which accounted for approximately 98% of its total revenues during the year ended December 31, 2011. In January 2012, the Company merged with and into American Tower REIT, Inc. In October 2013, the Company acquired MIP Tower Holdings LLC. In November2013, NII Holdings, Inc sold 1,483 communications sites in Mexico to American Tower Corporation.

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Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 1/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
  4. Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
  5. Earnings Growth – earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period – FAIL
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – FAIL
  7. Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – FAIL

Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 3/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – FAIL
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – PASS
  4. Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – PASS
  5. Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $99.53
MG Value $59.98
MG Opinion Overvalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $22.59
Value Based on 0% Growth $13.24
Market Implied Growth Rate 27.69%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$38.47
PEmg 63.88
Current Ratio 0.51
PB Ratio 9.50

Balance Sheet – September 2014

Current Assets $997,000,000
Current Liabilities $1,938,000,000
Total Debt $12,974,000,000
Total Assets $20,597,000,000
Intangible Assets $10,256,000,000
Total Liabilities $16,402,000,000
Outstanding Shares 400,400,000

Earnings Per Share

2014 (estimate) $2.03
2013 $1.38
2012 $1.60
2011 $0.99
2010 $0.92
2009 $0.61
2008 $0.84
2007 $0.13
2006 $0.06
2005 -$0.60
2004 -$1.10

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2014 (estimate) $1.56
2013 $1.25
2012 $1.12
2011 $0.82
2010 $0.66
2009 $0.42

Dividend History

Conclusion:

American Tower Corporation is not suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, the short dividend history, the lack of sufficient earnings growth or stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned with the high level of debt relative to the current assets.  As a result, value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time.  From a valuation side of things, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.66 in 2010 to an estimated $1.56 in 2014.  This demonstrated level of growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 27.69% earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.  As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model returns an estimate of intrinsic value that is below the market 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 American Tower Corporation (AMT)?  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.

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CenturyLink Inc Valuation – April 2019 #CTL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): CenturyLink, Inc., incorporated on May 7, 1968, is an integrated communications company. The Company is engaged in providing an array of communications services to its residential and business customers. The Company’s segments include Enterprise and Consumer . Its communications services include local and long-distance voice, broadband, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), private line (including special access), Ethernet, colocation, hosting (including cloud hosting and managed hosting), data integration, video, network, public access, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), information technology and other ancillary services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CTL – April 2019

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 $13,378,511,740 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.69 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -70.46% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 20.27 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.67 Pass
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 0.69 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -20.69 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.61
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $8.85
MG Value based on 0% Growth $5.19
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.88%
Current Price $12.37
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Centurylink Inc 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 high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. 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 $1.05 in 2015 to an estimated $0.61 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.88% 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 Centurylink Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $20.62. The company pays a dividend of $2.16 per share, for a yield of 17.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.26, which was below the industry average of 97.99, 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 $-43.67.

Centurylink Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$43.67
Graham Number $20.62
PEmg 20.26
Current Ratio 0.69
PB Ratio 0.67
Current Dividend $2.16
Dividend Yield 17.46%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,820,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,531,000,000
Long-Term Debt $35,409,000,000
Total Assets $70,256,000,000
Intangible Assets $38,810,000,000
Total Liabilities $50,428,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,067,234,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.03
Dec2018 -$1.63
Dec2017 $2.21
Dec2016 $1.16
Dec2015 $1.58
Dec2014 $1.36
Dec2013 -$0.40
Dec2012 $1.25
Dec2011 $1.07
Dec2010 $3.13
Dec2009 $3.23
Dec2008 $3.52
Dec2007 $3.72
Dec2006 $3.07
Dec2005 $2.49
Dec2004 $2.41
Dec2003 $2.35
Dec2002 $5.61
Dec2001 $1.05
Dec2000 $0.90
Dec1999 $1.70

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.61
Dec2018 $0.58
Dec2017 $1.52
Dec2016 $1.11
Dec2015 $1.05
Dec2014 $0.95
Dec2013 $1.05
Dec2012 $1.99
Dec2011 $2.55
Dec2010 $3.31
Dec2009 $3.33
Dec2008 $3.27
Dec2007 $3.03
Dec2006 $2.86
Dec2005 $2.76
Dec2004 $2.75
Dec2003 $2.72

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The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

Lumentum Holdings Inc Valuation – October 2018 $LITE

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Lumentum Holdings Inc., incorporated on February 10, 2015, is a provider of optical and photonic products for a range of end market applications, including data communications (Datacom) and telecommunications (Telecom) networking and commercial lasers (commercial lasers) for manufacturing, inspection and life-science applications. The Company operates in two segments: Optical Communications (OpComms) and Commercial Lasers (Lasers). The Company’s customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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ModernGraham Valuation of LITE – October 2018

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 $3,813,220,204 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 5.27 Pass
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 19333.33% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.59 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.13 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 5.27 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.37 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 Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.91
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $73.38
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $27.64
MG Value based on 0% Growth $16.20
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.54%
Current Price $60.21
% of Intrinsic Value 82.05%

Lumentum Holdings Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability 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 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.05 in 2015 to an estimated $1.91 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 11.54% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Lumentum Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $35.14. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 31.59, which was below the industry average of 42.74, 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 $7.42.

Lumentum Holdings Inc 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) $7.42
Graham Number $35.14
PEmg 31.59
Current Ratio 5.27
PB Ratio 4.13
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 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,127,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $214,000,000
Long-Term Debt $334,200,000
Total Assets $1,581,500,000
Intangible Assets $18,300,000
Total Liabilities $655,400,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 63,600,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.72
Jun2018 $3.82
Jun2017 -$1.71
Jun2016 -$0.05
Jun2015 -$0.06
Jun2014 $0.18
Jun2013 $0.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.91
Jun2018 $0.81
Jun2017 -$0.56
Jun2016 $0.02
Jun2015 $0.05
Jun2014 $0.09
Jun2013 $0.04

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Disclaimer:

The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

Windstream Holdings Inc Valuation – September 2018 $WIN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Windstream Holdings, Inc., incorporated on May 23, 2013, is a holding company. The Company is a provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise organizations and wholesale customers in the United States. The Company operates through four segments: ILEC Consumer and Small Business, Wholesale, Enterprise, and CLEC Consumer and Small Business. It provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to small business and enterprise clients. The Company also offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital television to consumers.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of WIN – September 2018

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 $164,000,000 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.70 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -283.03% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -0.15 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -0.11 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 0.70 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -14.44 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$24.92
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$361.39
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$211.85
Market Implied Growth Rate -4.33%
Current Price $3.82
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Windstream Holdings Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. 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 $6.74 in 2014 to an estimated $-24.92 for 2018. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Windstream Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $1.5 per share, for a yield of 39.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -0.15, which was below the industry average of 43.01, 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 $-290.03.

Windstream Holdings Inc 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) -$290.03
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg -0.15
Current Ratio 0.70
PB Ratio -0.11
Current Dividend $1.50
Dividend Yield 39.27%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $935,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,341,500,000
Long-Term Debt $5,867,900,000
Total Assets $10,839,800,000
Intangible Assets $4,223,300,000
Total Liabilities $12,246,300,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 39,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$12.39
Dec2017 -$62.60
Dec2016 -$20.55
Dec2015 $1.20
Dec2014 -$2.25
Dec2013 $12.05
Dec2012 $8.40
Dec2011 $9.60
Dec2010 $19.80
Dec2009 $22.80
Dec2008 $27.90
Dec2007 $58.20
Dec2006 $37.50
Dec2005 $27.90
Dec2004 $28.80
Dec2003 $21.90
Dec2002 $5.10
Dec2001 -$23.10

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$24.92
Dec2017 -$25.60
Dec2016 -$4.81
Dec2015 $3.97
Dec2014 $6.74
Dec2013 $12.34
Dec2012 $14.22
Dec2011 $20.64
Dec2010 $28.52
Dec2009 $33.54
Dec2008 $37.96
Dec2007 $40.28
Dec2006 $28.96
Dec2005 $20.50
Dec2004 $13.38
Dec2003 $4.04
Dec2002 -$4.46

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Disclaimer:

The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

Sierra Wireless Inc Valuation – September 2018 $TSE:SW

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Sierra Wireless, Inc., incorporated on May 31, 1993, is engaged in building the Internet of Things (IoT) with wireless solutions for organizations. The Company’s segments include OEM Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, and Cloud and Connectivity Services. The Company offers a portfolio of second generation (2G), third generation (3G), and fourth generation (4G) cellular embedded wireless modules and gateways, integrated with its secure cloud and connectivity services. The Company offers its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and enterprises. The markets for its products are North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Its OEM Solution segment is engaged in cellular embedded wireless modules for IoT connectivity, including an embedded application framework to support customer applications. Its Enterprise Solution segment is engaged in intelligent routers and gateways, including management tools and applications that enable cellular connectivity. Its Cloud and Connectivity Services segment is engaged in a cloud based platform for deploying and managing IoT applications, Smart SIM supported by mobile core networks, and managed wireless broadband services to enable customer IoT deployments.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-SW – September 2018

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 $687,068,923 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.61 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 -172.13% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 47.31 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.51 Pass
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 1.61 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.33 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 Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.52
MG Growth Estimate 9.51%
MG Value $14.31
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $7.54
MG Value based on 0% Growth $4.42
Market Implied Growth Rate 19.40%
Current Price $24.61
% of Intrinsic Value 171.95%

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.32 in 2014 to an estimated $0.52 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 19.4% 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 Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $21.29. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 47.31, which was above the industry average of 43.01. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $2.63.

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (USA) scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $2.63
Graham Number $21.29
PEmg 47.31
Current Ratio 1.61
PB Ratio 1.51
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 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $408,261,000
Total Current Liabilities $253,760,000
Long-Term Debt $50,659,000
Total Assets $900,606,000
Intangible Assets $406,206,000
Total Liabilities $313,381,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 36,021,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.21
Dec2017 $0.17
Dec2016 $0.64
Dec2015 -$0.11
Dec2014 -$0.61
Dec2013 $1.90
Dec2012 $0.87
Dec2011 -$0.96
Dec2010 -$0.47
Dec2009 -$1.36
Dec2008 $2.47
Dec2007 $1.16
Dec2006 $0.44
Dec2005 -$1.67
Dec2004 $1.17
Dec2003 $0.16
Dec2002 -$3.99
Dec2001 -$2.37
Dec2000 -$0.30
Dec1999 $0.34
Dec1998 $0.15

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.52
Dec2017 $0.25
Dec2016 $0.37
Dec2015 $0.23
Dec2014 $0.32
Dec2013 $0.52
Dec2012 -$0.08
Dec2011 -$0.31
Dec2010 $0.16
Dec2009 $0.38
Dec2008 $1.07
Dec2007 $0.34
Dec2006 -$0.31
Dec2005 -$0.90
Dec2004 -$0.70
Dec2003 -$1.50
Dec2002 -$1.97

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Lannett Co Inc Valuation – August 2018 $LCI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Lannett Company, Inc., incorporated on December 3, 1991, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes generic versions of brand pharmaceutical products. The Company manufactures and/or distributes prescription products with the exception of a small portfolio of over-the-counter products manufactured by its subsidiary, Silarx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As of June 30, 2016, the Company’s products included Acetazolamide Tablets; Butalbital, Acetaminophen and Caffeine Tablets; Butalbital, Aspirin and Caffeine Capsules; C-Topical Solution; Digoxin Tablets; Glycolax Rx; Isosorbide Mononitrate CR; Levothyroxine Sodium Tablets; Methylphenidate HCL CD; Methylphenidate ER; Nifedipine CR; Omeprazole DR; Oxbutynin ER; Pantoprazole DR; Pilocarpine HCl Tablets; Triamterene w/Hydrochlorothiazide Capsules, and Ursodiol Capsules. The Company has additional products under development, which are orally administered solid oral-dosage products (tablet/capsule) or oral solutions, nasal, topicals or parentarels, as well as other dosage forms.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of LCI – August 2018

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 $210,978,579 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.56 Pass
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 400.00% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 3.86 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.35 Pass
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 2.56 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.47 Fail
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 Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.44
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $55.36
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $20.85
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.22
Market Implied Growth Rate -2.32%
Current Price $5.55
% of Intrinsic Value 10.02%

Lannett Company, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings stability 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.71 in 2014 to an estimated $1.44 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.32% annual earnings loss 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Lannett Company, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $23.9. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 3.86, which was below the industry average of 42.68, 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 $-12.24.

Lannett Company, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$12.24
Graham Number $23.90
PEmg 3.86
Current Ratio 2.56
PB Ratio 0.35
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 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $521,770,000
Total Current Liabilities $203,631,000
Long-Term Debt $784,689,000
Total Assets $1,597,491,000
Intangible Assets $760,148,000
Total Liabilities $990,519,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 38,287,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.67
Jun2017 -$0.02
Jun2016 $1.20
Jun2015 $4.04
Jun2014 $1.62
Jun2013 $0.46
Jun2012 $0.14
Jun2011 -$0.01
Jun2010 $0.31
Jun2009 $0.27
Jun2008 -$0.10
Jun2007 -$0.29
Jun2006 $0.21
Jun2005 -$1.36
Jun2004 $0.63
Jun2003 $0.58
Jun2002 $0.36
Jun2001 $0.14
Jun2000 $0.08
Jun1999 $0.07
Jun1998 $0.05

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.44
Jun2017 $1.37
Jun2016 $1.87
Jun2015 $1.89
Jun2014 $0.71
Jun2013 $0.25
Jun2012 $0.14
Jun2011 $0.10
Jun2010 $0.13
Jun2009 -$0.06
Jun2008 -$0.21
Jun2007 -$0.19
Jun2006 -$0.07
Jun2005 -$0.11
Jun2004 $0.46
Jun2003 $0.33
Jun2002 $0.19

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