Charter Communications Inc Valuation – February 2019 $CHTR

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Charter Communications, Inc., incorporated on July 9, 2003, is a holding company. The Company is a cable operator in the United States and a broadband communications services company. The Company operates in cable services segment. As of December 31, 2016, the Company was engaged in providing video, Internet and voice services to approximately 26.2 million residential and business customers. In addition, it sells video and online advertising inventory to local, regional and national advertising customers and fiber-delivered communications and managed information technology (IT) solutions to enterprise customers. The Company also owns and operates regional sports networks and local sports, news and lifestyle channels and sells security and home management services to the residential marketplace.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CHTR – February 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 $78,923,408,111 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.23 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 -562.00% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 30.26 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.82 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 0.23 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -7.43 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 $11.58
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $445.83
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $167.91
MG Value based on 0% Growth $98.43
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.88%
Current Price $350.44
% of Intrinsic Value 78.60%

Charter Communications 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 poor dividend history, 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 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 $-2.46 in 2015 to an estimated $11.58 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 10.88% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Charter Communications Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $124.38. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 30.26, which was below the industry average of 92.4, 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 $-430.86.

Charter Communications 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) -$430.86
Graham Number $124.38
PEmg 30.26
Current Ratio 0.23
PB Ratio 1.82
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 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,730,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $12,095,000,000
Long-Term Debt $69,537,000,000
Total Assets $146,130,000,000
Intangible Assets $106,914,000,000
Total Liabilities $101,858,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 230,069,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.27
Dec2018 $5.22
Dec2017 $34.09
Dec2016 $15.94
Dec2015 -$2.68
Dec2014 -$1.88
Dec2013 -$1.83
Dec2012 -$3.37
Dec2011 -$3.75
Dec2010 -$2.31
Dec2009 $0.00
Dec2008 -$7.26
Dec2007 -$4.61
Dec2006 -$4.57
Dec2005 -$3.46
Dec2004 -$16.00
Dec2003 -$0.91
Dec2002 -$9.46
Dec2001 -$4.79
Dec2000 -$4.20
Dec1999 -$2.46

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $11.58
Dec2018 $13.54
Dec2017 $14.71
Dec2016 $3.75
Dec2015 -$2.46
Dec2014 -$2.44
Dec2013 -$2.57
Dec2012 -$3.07
Dec2011 -$3.14
Dec2010 -$3.14
Dec2009 -$3.70
Dec2008 -$6.09
Dec2007 -$5.64
Dec2006 -$6.40
Dec2005 -$7.18
Dec2004 -$8.39
Dec2003 -$4.51

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Charter Communications Inc Valuation – May 2018 $CHTR

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Charter Communications, Inc., incorporated on July 9, 2003, is a holding company. The Company is a cable operator in the United States and a broadband communications services company. The Company operates in cable services segment. As of December 31, 2016, the Company was engaged in providing video, Internet and voice services to approximately 26.2 million residential and business customers. In addition, it sells video and online advertising inventory to local, regional and national advertising customers and fiber-delivered communications and managed information technology (IT) solutions to enterprise customers. The Company also owns and operates regional sports networks and local sports, news and lifestyle channels and sells security and home management services to the residential marketplace.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CHTR – May 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 $62,530,062,700 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.21 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 -949.17% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 22.11 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.75 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 0.21 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -7.35 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 $12.27
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $472.50
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $177.95
MG Value based on 0% Growth $104.32
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.80%
Current Price $271.29
% of Intrinsic Value 57.42%

Charter Communications, 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 poor dividend history, 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 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 $-2.44 in 2014 to an estimated $12.27 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 6.8% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Charter Communications, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $70.94. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.11, which was below the industry average of 36.05, 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 $-420.16.

Charter Communications, 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) -$420.16
Graham Number $70.94
PEmg 22.11
Current Ratio 0.21
PB Ratio 1.75
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 $2,398,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $11,602,000,000
Long-Term Debt $67,609,000,000
Total Assets $146,151,000,000
Intangible Assets $108,625,000,000
Total Liabilities $107,383,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 249,870,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.43
Dec2017 $34.09
Dec2016 $15.94
Dec2015 -$2.68
Dec2014 -$1.88
Dec2013 -$1.83
Dec2012 -$3.37
Dec2011 -$3.75
Dec2010 -$2.31
Dec2009 $0.00
Dec2008 -$7.26
Dec2007 -$4.61
Dec2006 -$4.57
Dec2005 -$3.46
Dec2004 -$16.00
Dec2003 -$0.91
Dec2002 -$9.46
Dec2001 -$4.79
Dec2000 -$4.20
Dec1999 -$2.46

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $12.27
Dec2017 $14.71
Dec2016 $3.75
Dec2015 -$2.46
Dec2014 -$2.44
Dec2013 -$2.57
Dec2012 -$3.07
Dec2011 -$3.14
Dec2010 -$3.14
Dec2009 -$3.70
Dec2008 -$6.09
Dec2007 -$5.64
Dec2006 -$6.40
Dec2005 -$7.18
Dec2004 -$8.39
Dec2003 -$4.51
Dec2002 -$5.60

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Charter Communications Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $CHTR

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 – December 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 Charter Communications Inc (CHTR) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CHTR – December 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 $78,595,816,200 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.32 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 -88.75% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -438.57 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.99 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 0.32 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -10.22 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 -$0.66
MG Growth Estimate 12.43%
MG Value -$22.15
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$9.63
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$5.64
Market Implied Growth Rate -223.54%
Current Price $291.24
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Charter Communications, 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, the 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, 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $-3.88 in 2012 to an estimated $-0.66 for 2016. 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 Charter Communications, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $94.9. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -438.57, which was below the industry average of 39.27, 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 $-384.35.

Charter Communications, 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) -$384.35
Graham Number $94.90
PEmg -438.57
Current Ratio 0.32
PB Ratio 1.99
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 $2,781,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $8,647,000,000
Long-Term Debt $59,946,000,000
Total Assets $148,897,000,000
Intangible Assets $111,849,000,000
Total Liabilities $108,620,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 275,373,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.69
Dec2015 -$2.69
Dec2014 -$1.88
Dec2013 -$1.83
Dec2012 -$3.37
Dec2011 -$3.75
Dec2010 -$2.31
Dec2008 -$7.26
Dec2007 -$4.86
Dec2006 -$4.57
Dec2005 -$3.46
Dec2004 -$16.00
Dec2003 -$0.91
Dec2002 -$9.45
Dec2001 -$4.79
Dec2000 -$4.20
Dec1999 -$2.46
Dec1998 -$0.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.66
Dec2015 -$2.46
Dec2014 -$2.44
Dec2013 -$3.05
Dec2012 -$3.88
Dec2011 -$4.27
Dec2010 -$4.52
Dec2008 -$6.15
Dec2007 -$5.72
Dec2006 -$6.40
Dec2005 -$7.18
Dec2004 -$8.39
Dec2003 -$4.51
Dec2002 -$5.60
Dec2001 -$3.22
Dec2000 -$2.07
Dec1999 -$0.83

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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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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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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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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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Frontier Communications Corp Valuation – August 2018 $FTR

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Frontier Communications Corporation (Frontier), incorporated on November 12, 1935, is a provider of communications services in the United States. The Company offers a portfolio of communications services for residential and business customers. Its products and services include data and Internet services, video services, voice services, access services and customer premise equipment (CPE). The Company offers a range of broadband services. The principal residential service it provides is broadband Internet service. Its commercial services include Ethernet, Dedicated Internet, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) data transport services and optical transport services. It also offers wireless broadband services (using unlicensed spectrum) in various markets utilizing networks that it owns or operates. In addition, the Company offers its Frontier Secure suite of products, including computer security, cloud backup and sharing, identity protection and equipment insurance.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of FTR – 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 $601,000,782 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.47 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 -422.72% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -0.57 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.18 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 0.47 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -9.96 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 -$9.97
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$144.62
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$84.78
Market Implied Growth Rate -4.53%
Current Price $5.68
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Frontier Communications Corp 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 $2.01 in 2014 to an estimated $-9.97 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 Frontier Communications Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $3.38 per share, for a yield of 59.4%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -0.57, which was below the industry average of 37.58, 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 $-267.87.

Frontier Communications 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) -$267.87
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg -0.57
Current Ratio 0.47
PB Ratio 0.18
Current Dividend $3.38
Dividend Yield 59.42%
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 $1,428,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,056,000,000
Long-Term Debt $16,209,000,000
Total Assets $24,730,000,000
Intangible Assets $8,784,000,000
Total Liabilities $22,329,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 78,026,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$3.19
Dec2017 -$25.99
Dec2016 -$7.61
Dec2015 -$4.41
Dec2014 $1.95
Dec2013 $1.65
Dec2012 $1.95
Dec2011 $2.25
Dec2010 $3.45
Dec2009 $5.70
Dec2008 $8.55
Dec2007 $9.75
Dec2006 $15.90
Dec2005 $9.00
Dec2004 $3.45
Dec2003 $9.60
Dec2002 -$36.45
Dec2001 -$5.70
Dec2000 -$1.65
Dec1999 $8.25
Dec1998 $3.30

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$9.97
Dec2017 -$11.20
Dec2016 -$2.97
Dec2015 -$0.21
Dec2014 $2.01
Dec2013 $2.36
Dec2012 $3.27
Dec2011 $4.60
Dec2010 $6.74
Dec2009 $8.85
Dec2008 $10.06
Dec2007 $10.39
Dec2006 $7.24
Dec2005 $0.60
Dec2004 -$4.45
Dec2003 -$7.33
Dec2002 -$12.68

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Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc Valuation – August 2018 $CNSL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., incorporated on March 22, 2002, is a holding company with operating subsidiaries that provide integrated communications services in consumer, commercial and carrier channels in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. The Company operates as both an Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) and a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) dependent upon the territory served. The Company provides a range of services and products that include local and long-distance service, broadband Internet access, video services, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), private line services, carrier grade access services, network capacity services over its regional fiber optic networks, cloud data services, data center and managed services, directory publishing, equipment sales and cloud data services. The Company markets services to its residential customers either individually or as a bundled package.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CNSL – 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 $778,590,711 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.84 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 -72.95% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 66.16 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.41 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 0.84 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -51.80 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 $0.16
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $2.38
MG Value based on 0% Growth $1.39
Market Implied Growth Rate 28.83%
Current Price $10.85
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Consolidated Communications 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 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 $0.54 in 2014 to an estimated $0.16 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 28.83% 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 Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $1.55 per share, for a yield of 14.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 66.16, which was above the industry average of 37.58. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-41.59.

Consolidated Communications 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) -$41.59
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 66.16
Current Ratio 0.84
PB Ratio 1.41
Current Dividend $1.55
Dividend Yield 14.29%
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 $228,853,000
Total Current Liabilities $273,591,000
Long-Term Debt $2,317,398,000
Total Assets $3,708,864,000
Intangible Assets $1,325,472,000
Total Liabilities $3,164,761,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 70,598,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.60
Dec2017 $1.07
Dec2016 $0.29
Dec2015 -$0.02
Dec2014 $0.35
Dec2013 $0.76
Dec2012 $0.15
Dec2011 $0.88
Dec2010 $1.09
Dec2009 $0.84
Dec2008 $0.42
Dec2007 $0.44
Dec2006 $0.47
Dec2005 -$0.83
Dec2004 -$1.79
Dec2003 -$0.33

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.16
Dec2017 $0.53
Dec2016 $0.27
Dec2015 $0.32
Dec2014 $0.54
Dec2013 $0.67
Dec2012 $0.64
Dec2011 $0.84
Dec2010 $0.76
Dec2009 $0.49
Dec2008 $0.12
Dec2007 -$0.15
Dec2006 -$0.47
Dec2005 -$0.82
Dec2004 -$0.68
Dec2003 -$0.11

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Comtech Telecommunications Corp Valuation – August 2018 $CMTL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Comtech Telecommunications Corp., incorporated on December 30, 1986, designs, develops, produces and markets products, systems and services for communications solutions. The Company operates through two segments: Commercial Solutions and Government Solutions. The Company offers communications solutions, including command and control technologies, safety and security technologies, and enterprise technologies. The Company serves system and network suppliers in the global satellite, defense, broadcast and aerospace industries, as well as the federal government of the United States, the state and local governments of the United States, and foreign governments.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CMTL – 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 $823,471,047 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.72 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 -76.45% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 44.37 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.62 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 1.72 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.48 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 $0.76
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $10.98
MG Value based on 0% Growth $6.44
Market Implied Growth Rate 17.93%
Current Price $33.60
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Comtech Telecomm. Corp. 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 level of debt relative to the net 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 $1.42 in 2014 to an estimated $0.76 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 17.93% 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 Comtech Telecomm. Corp. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $23.15. The company pays a dividend of $0.6 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 44.37, which was above the industry average of 37.58. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-3.09.

Comtech Telecomm. 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) -$3.09
Graham Number $23.15
PEmg 44.37
Current Ratio 1.72
PB Ratio 1.62
Current Dividend $0.60
Dividend Yield 1.79%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 4/1/2018
Total Current Assets $261,906,000
Total Current Liabilities $152,505,000
Long-Term Debt $161,856,000
Total Assets $834,072,000
Intangible Assets $536,698,000
Total Liabilities $336,288,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 24,052,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.17
Jul2017 $0.67
Jul2016 -$0.46
Jul2015 $1.42
Jul2014 $1.37
Jul2013 $0.97
Jul2012 $1.42
Jul2011 $2.22
Jul2010 $1.91
Jul2009 $1.73
Jul2008 $2.76
Jul2007 $2.42
Jul2006 $1.72
Jul2005 $1.42
Jul2004 $0.92
Jul2003 $0.53
Jul2002 $0.07
Jul2001 $0.38
Jul2000 -$0.31
Jul1999 $0.51
Jul1998 $0.12

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.76
Jul2017 $0.63
Jul2016 $0.72
Jul2015 $1.37
Jul2014 $1.42
Jul2013 $1.52
Jul2012 $1.86
Jul2011 $2.12
Jul2010 $2.09
Jul2009 $2.12
Jul2008 $2.16
Jul2007 $1.71
Jul2006 $1.21
Jul2005 $0.86
Jul2004 $0.49
Jul2003 $0.26
Jul2002 $0.14

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