NRG Energy Inc Valuation – January 2019 $NRG

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG), incorporated on May 29, 1992, is an integrated power company. The Company is engaged in producing, selling and delivering electricity and related products and services in various markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Generation, Retail and Corporate activities. The Generation segment includes generation and international. The Retail segment includes Mass customers and Business Solutions. The Company’s Business Solutions include commercial, industrial and governmental/institutional (C&I) customers, and other distributed and reliability products. The corporate activities segment includes residential solar and electric vehicle services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of NRG – January 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 $11,730,567,534 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.58 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 -235.64% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -8.85 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -12.92 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.58 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.24 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 -$4.57
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$66.27
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$38.85
Market Implied Growth Rate -8.68%
Current Price $40.46
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

NRG Energy 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 and PB ratios. 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 $0.22 in 2014 to an estimated $-4.57 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 NRG Energy Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.12 per share, for a yield of 0.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -8.85, which was below the industry average of 21.62, 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 $-27.06.

NRG Energy 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) -$27.06
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg -8.85
Current Ratio 1.58
PB Ratio -12.92
Current Dividend $0.12
Dividend Yield 0.30%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $4,295,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,723,000,000
Long-Term Debt $6,658,000,000
Total Assets $11,450,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,141,000,000
Total Liabilities $12,386,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 299,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.79
Dec2017 -$6.79
Dec2016 -$2.22
Dec2015 -$19.46
Dec2014 $0.23
Dec2013 -$1.22
Dec2012 $1.22
Dec2011 $0.78
Dec2010 $1.84
Dec2009 $3.44
Dec2008 $4.43
Dec2007 $2.01
Dec2006 $2.04
Dec2005 $0.38
Dec2004 $0.93
Dec2003 $6.98
Dec2002 -$8.71
Dec2001 $0.67
Dec2000 $0.46

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$4.57
Dec2017 -$6.80
Dec2016 -$5.96
Dec2015 -$6.45
Dec2014 $0.22
Dec2013 $0.55
Dec2012 $1.74
Dec2011 $2.16
Dec2010 $2.82
Dec2009 $3.03
Dec2008 $2.53
Dec2007 $1.88
Dec2006 $1.32
Dec2005 $0.65
Dec2004 $0.55
Dec2003 $0.20
Dec2002 -$2.63

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NRG Energy Inc Valuation – March 2018 $NRG

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG), incorporated on May 29, 1992, is an integrated power company. The Company is engaged in producing, selling and delivering electricity and related products and services in various markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Generation, Retail, Renewables, NRG Yield, Inc. (NRG Yield) and Corporate activities. The Generation segment includes generation, international and Boston Energy Trading and Marketing LLC (BETM). The Retail segment includes Mass customers and Business Solutions. Its Business Solutions include commercial, industrial and governmental/institutional (C&I) customers, and other distributed and reliability products. The Renewables segment includes solar and wind assets. The NRG Yield segment includes certain of the Company’s contracted generation assets. The corporate activities segment includes residential solar and electric vehicle services.

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ModernGraham Valuation of NRG – March 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 $9,697,485,061 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.33 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 -227.56% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -6.93 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -27.97 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.33 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
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 -$4.41
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$63.91
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$37.46
Market Implied Growth Rate -7.71%
Current Price $30.53
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

NRG Energy 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 and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the low current ratio, 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 $0.22 in 2014 to an estimated $-4.41 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 NRG Energy Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.12 per share, for a yield of 0.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -6.93, which was below the industry average of 24.93, 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 $-60.72.

NRG Energy 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) -$60.72
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg -6.93
Current Ratio 1.33
PB Ratio -27.97
Current Dividend $0.12
Dividend Yield 0.39%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $4,415,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,317,000,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $23,318,000,000
Intangible Assets $2,285,000,000
Total Liabilities $23,664,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 317,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.28
Dec2017 -$6.79
Dec2016 -$2.22
Dec2015 -$19.46
Dec2014 $0.23
Dec2013 -$1.22
Dec2012 $1.22
Dec2011 $0.78
Dec2010 $1.84
Dec2009 $3.44
Dec2008 $4.43
Dec2007 $2.01
Dec2006 $2.04
Dec2005 $0.38
Dec2004 $0.93
Dec2003 $6.98
Dec2002 -$8.71
Dec2001 $0.67
Dec2000 $0.46

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$4.41
Dec2017 -$6.80
Dec2016 -$5.96
Dec2015 -$6.45
Dec2014 $0.22
Dec2013 $0.55
Dec2012 $1.74
Dec2011 $2.16
Dec2010 $2.82
Dec2009 $3.03
Dec2008 $2.53
Dec2007 $1.88
Dec2006 $1.32
Dec2005 $0.65
Dec2004 $0.55
Dec2003 $0.20
Dec2002 -$2.63

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American Electric Power Company Inc Valuation – March 2019 #AEP

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP), incorporated on December 20, 1906, is a public utility holding company that owns, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding common stock of its public utility subsidiaries and varying percentages of other subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Vertically Integrated Utilities, Transmission and Distribution Utilities, AEP Transmission Holdco, and Generation & Marketing. The service areas of the Company’s public utility subsidiaries cover the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The public utility subsidiaries of AEP provide electric service, consisting of generation, transmission and distribution, on an integrated basis to retail customers.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AEP – 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 $41,574,312,037 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.48 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 29.07% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.39 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.19 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 0.48 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -4.77 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 $3.60
MG Growth Estimate 0.43%
MG Value $33.69
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $52.24
MG Value based on 0% Growth $30.62
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.45%
Current Price $84.28
% of Intrinsic Value 250.18%

American Electric Power 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 low current ratio, insufficient earnings 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. 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 $3.5 in 2015 to an estimated $3.6 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.45% 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 Electric Power Company Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $59.15. The company pays a dividend of $2.53 per share, for a yield of 3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.39, which was below the industry average of 23.71, 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 $-92.28.

American Electric Power Company 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) -$92.28
Graham Number $59.15
PEmg 23.39
Current Ratio 0.48
PB Ratio 2.19
Current Dividend $2.53
Dividend Yield 3.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 9

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $4,113,900,000
Total Current Liabilities $8,648,800,000
Long-Term Debt $21,648,200,000
Total Assets $68,802,800,000
Intangible Assets $52,500,000
Total Liabilities $49,743,400,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 494,452,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.03
Dec2018 $3.90
Dec2017 $3.88
Dec2016 $1.24
Dec2015 $4.17
Dec2014 $3.34
Dec2013 $3.04
Dec2012 $2.60
Dec2011 $4.02
Dec2010 $2.53
Dec2009 $2.96
Dec2008 $3.42
Dec2007 $2.72
Dec2006 $2.53
Dec2005 $2.08
Dec2004 $2.75
Dec2003 $0.29
Dec2002 -$1.57
Dec2001 $3.01
Dec2000 $0.83
Dec1999 $3.03

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.60
Dec2018 $3.36
Dec2017 $3.11
Dec2016 $2.77
Dec2015 $3.50
Dec2014 $3.15
Dec2013 $3.05
Dec2012 $3.07
Dec2011 $3.24
Dec2010 $2.85
Dec2009 $2.92
Dec2008 $2.83
Dec2007 $2.38
Dec2006 $1.88
Dec2005 $1.48
Dec2004 $1.14
Dec2003 $0.59

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American Water Works Co Inc Valuation – March 2019 #AWK

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): American Water Works Company, Inc., incorporated on August 28, 1936, is a holding company for regulated and market-based subsidiaries throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. The Company’s Regulated Businesses segment provided water and wastewater services as public utilities in 16 states in the United States as of December 31, 2016. The Market-Based Businesses consists of four segments, including Military Services Group, which conducts operation and maintenance (O&M) of water and wastewater systems for military bases; Contract Operations Group, which conducts O&M of water and wastewater facilities for municipalities and the food and beverage industry; Homeowner Services Group, which primarily provides water and sewer line protection plans for homeowners, and Keystone, which provides water services for natural gas exploration and production companies.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AWK – 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 $19,002,457,263 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.37 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 71.64% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 34.76 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.28 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 0.37 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -5.76 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 $3.02
MG Growth Estimate 4.70%
MG Value $54.13
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $43.86
MG Value based on 0% Growth $25.71
Market Implied Growth Rate 13.13%
Current Price $105.13
% of Intrinsic Value 194.23%

American Water Works 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 low current ratio, 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 $2.3 in 2015 to an estimated $3.02 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 13.13% 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 Water Works Company Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.93. The company pays a dividend of $1.78 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 34.76, which was above the industry average of 23.71. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-79.66.

American Water Works Company Inc 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) -$79.66
Graham Number $50.93
PEmg 34.76
Current Ratio 0.37
PB Ratio 3.28
Current Dividend $1.78
Dividend Yield 1.69%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $781,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,094,000,000
Long-Term Debt $7,569,000,000
Total Assets $21,223,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,659,000,000
Total Liabilities $15,359,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 183,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.55
Dec2018 $3.15
Dec2017 $2.38
Dec2016 $2.62
Dec2015 $2.64
Dec2014 $2.35
Dec2013 $2.06
Dec2012 $2.01
Dec2011 $1.75
Dec2010 $1.53
Dec2009 -$1.39
Dec2008 -$3.52
Dec2007 -$2.14
Dec2006 -$1.01
Dec2005 -$2.03
Dec2001 $1.61
Dec2000 $1.61
Dec1999 $1.40
Dec1998 $1.54
Dec1997 $1.42
Dec1996 $1.31

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.02
Dec2018 $2.72
Dec2017 $2.47
Dec2016 $2.46
Dec2015 $2.30
Dec2014 $2.07
Dec2013 $1.68
Dec2012 $1.02
Dec2011 $0.10
Dec2010 -$0.92
Dec2009 -$2.10
Dec2008 -$2.11
Dec2007 -$1.07
Dec2006 -$0.25
Dec2005 $0.36
Dec2001 $1.55
Dec2000 $1.49

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Alliant Energy Corp Valuation – March 2019 #LNT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Alliant Energy Corporation (Alliant Energy), incorporated on April 22, 1981, operates as a utility holding company. The Company’s segments include Utility and Non-regulated, Parent and Other. The Utility segment includes the operations of Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), which serve retail customers in Iowa and Wisconsin. The Utility segment includes utility electric operations, utility gas operations and utility other, which includes steam operations and the unallocated portions of the utility business. The Company’s Non-regulated, Parent and Other segment includes the operations of Alliant Energy Resources, LLC (Resources) and its subsidiaries; Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc. (Corporate Services); the Alliant Energy parent company, and any Alliant Energy parent company consolidating adjustments. As of December 31, 2016, the Company was focused on providing regulated electric and natural gas service to approximately 960,000 electric and approximately 410,000 natural gas customers in the Midwest through its two public utility subsidiaries, IPL and WPL.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of LNT – 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 $11,189,931,660 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.48 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 55.77% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.05 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.33 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 0.48 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -6.11 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 $2.06
MG Growth Estimate 3.94%
MG Value $33.68
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $29.81
MG Value based on 0% Growth $17.48
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.28%
Current Price $47.40
% of Intrinsic Value 140.75%

Alliant Energy Corporation does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PEmg ratio. 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 $1.63 in 2015 to an estimated $2.06 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.28% 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 Alliant Energy Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $31.22. The company pays a dividend of $1.34 per share, for a yield of 2.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.05, which was below the industry average of 23.71, 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 $-41.81.

Alliant Energy Corporation 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) -$41.81
Graham Number $31.22
PEmg 23.05
Current Ratio 0.48
PB Ratio 2.33
Current Dividend $1.34
Dividend Yield 2.83%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 15

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $785,100,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,644,100,000
Long-Term Debt $5,246,300,000
Total Assets $15,426,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $10,640,300,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 235,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.23
Dec2018 $2.19
Dec2017 $1.99
Dec2016 $1.64
Dec2015 $1.68
Dec2014 $1.73
Dec2013 $1.62
Dec2012 $1.45
Dec2011 $1.37
Dec2010 $1.30
Dec2009 $0.51
Dec2008 $1.31
Dec2007 $1.89
Dec2006 $1.35
Dec2005 -$0.04
Dec2004 $0.64
Dec2003 $0.91
Dec2002 $0.59
Dec2001 $1.07
Dec2000 $2.52
Dec1999 $1.26

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.06
Dec2018 $1.93
Dec2017 $1.78
Dec2016 $1.65
Dec2015 $1.63
Dec2014 $1.57
Dec2013 $1.40
Dec2012 $1.26
Dec2011 $1.20
Dec2010 $1.17
Dec2009 $1.07
Dec2008 $1.25
Dec2007 $1.13
Dec2006 $0.73
Dec2005 $0.49
Dec2004 $0.88
Dec2003 $1.09

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Consolidated Edison Inc Valuation – March 2019 #ED

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison), incorporated on September 3, 1997, is a holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, which include Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. (the Clean Energy Businesses) and Con Edison Transmission, Inc. (Con Edison Transmission). CECONY’s principal business operations are its regulated electric, gas and steam delivery businesses. O&R’s principal business operations are its regulated electric and gas delivery businesses. The Clean Energy Businesses develop, own and operate renewable and energy infrastructure projects and provide energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers. Con Edison Transmission, through its subsidiaries, invests in electric and gas transmission projects.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of ED – 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 $27,410,352,908 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 Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 22.57% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.77 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.60 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 0.62 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -7.47 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 $4.32
MG Growth Estimate 1.99%
MG Value $53.88
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $62.63
MG Value based on 0% Growth $36.71
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.64%
Current Price $85.40
% of Intrinsic Value 158.49%

Consolidated Edison, 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 growth over the last ten years. 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 $3.81 in 2015 to an estimated $4.32 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.64% 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 Edison, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $69.52. The company pays a dividend of $2.86 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.77, which was below the industry average of 23.71, 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 $-105.15.

Consolidated Edison, 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) -$105.15
Graham Number $69.52
PEmg 19.77
Current Ratio 0.62
PB Ratio 1.60
Current Dividend $2.86
Dividend Yield 3.35%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,864,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $6,207,000,000
Long-Term Debt $17,495,000,000
Total Assets $53,920,000,000
Intangible Assets $2,094,000,000
Total Liabilities $37,081,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 315,900,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.00
Dec2018 $4.42
Dec2017 $4.94
Dec2016 $4.12
Dec2015 $4.05
Dec2014 $3.71
Dec2013 $3.61
Dec2012 $3.86
Dec2011 $3.57
Dec2010 $3.47
Dec2009 $3.14
Dec2008 $4.37
Dec2007 $3.47
Dec2006 $2.95
Dec2005 $2.94
Dec2004 $2.27
Dec2003 $2.38
Dec2002 $3.02
Dec2001 $3.21
Dec2000 $2.74
Dec1999 $3.13

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.32
Dec2018 $4.40
Dec2017 $4.29
Dec2016 $3.93
Dec2015 $3.81
Dec2014 $3.68
Dec2013 $3.62
Dec2012 $3.64
Dec2011 $3.56
Dec2010 $3.53
Dec2009 $3.50
Dec2008 $3.52
Dec2007 $2.99
Dec2006 $2.74
Dec2005 $2.68
Dec2004 $2.61
Dec2003 $2.81

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Duke Energy Corp Valuation – March 2019 #DUK

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy), incorporated on May 3, 2005, is an energy company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Company operates in the United States through its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Company’s subsidiaries include Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke Energy Carolinas), Progress Energy, Inc. (Progress Energy), Duke Energy Progress, LLC (Duke Energy Progress), Duke Energy Florida, LLC (Duke Energy Florida), Duke Energy Ohio, Inc. (Duke Energy Ohio), Duke Energy Indiana, LLC (Duke Energy Indiana) and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. (Piedmont).

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of DUK – 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 $65,576,389,981 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.65 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 31.52% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 21.51 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.48 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 0.65 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -9.53 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 $4.19
MG Growth Estimate 3.09%
MG Value $61.57
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $60.79
MG Value based on 0% Growth $35.64
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.51%
Current Price $90.20
% of Intrinsic Value 146.50%

Duke Energy 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, insufficient earnings 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. 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 $3.48 in 2015 to an estimated $4.19 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 6.51% 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 Duke Energy Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $81.52. The company pays a dividend of $3.64 per share, for a yield of 4%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 21.51, which was below the industry average of 23.71, 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 $-128.09.

Duke Energy 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) -$128.09
Graham Number $81.52
PEmg 21.51
Current Ratio 0.65
PB Ratio 1.48
Current Dividend $3.64
Dividend Yield 4.03%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 11

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $9,714,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $15,041,000,000
Long-Term Debt $50,788,000,000
Total Assets $145,392,000,000
Intangible Assets $19,303,000,000
Total Liabilities $101,558,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 717,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.90
Dec2018 $3.76
Dec2017 $4.36
Dec2016 $3.11
Dec2015 $4.05
Dec2014 $2.66
Dec2013 $3.76
Dec2012 $3.07
Dec2011 $3.83
Dec2010 $3.00
Dec2009 $2.49
Dec2008 $3.21
Dec2007 $3.54
Dec2006 $4.71
Dec2005 $11.28
Dec2004 $4.62
Dec2003 -$4.44
Dec2002 $3.66
Dec2001 $7.32
Dec2000 $7.14
Dec1999 $6.09

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.19
Dec2018 $3.76
Dec2017 $3.70
Dec2016 $3.35
Dec2015 $3.48
Dec2014 $3.21
Dec2013 $3.40
Dec2012 $3.19
Dec2011 $3.24
Dec2010 $3.09
Dec2009 $3.77
Dec2008 $4.77
Dec2007 $5.01
Dec2006 $5.15
Dec2005 $5.08
Dec2004 $2.54
Dec2003 $2.32

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Sempra Energy Valuation – March 2019 #SRE

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Sempra Energy, incorporated on October 11, 1996, is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating units are Sempra Utilities, which includes its San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra South American Utilities segments, and Sempra Infrastructure, which includes its Sempra Mexico, Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream segments. As of December 31, 2016, SDG&E’s service area covered 4,100 square miles.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SRE – 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 $33,514,994,996 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.48 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -13.25% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 29.47 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.76 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 0.48 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -5.57 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 Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $4.15
MG Growth Estimate -1.64%
MG Value $21.70
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $60.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $35.28
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.48%
Current Price $122.30
% of Intrinsic Value 563.67%

Sempra Energy 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 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 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 $4.66 in 2015 to an estimated $4.15 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 10.48% 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 Sempra Energy revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $84.66. The company pays a dividend of $3.58 per share, for a yield of 2.9%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 29.47, which was above the industry average of 23.71. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-136.52.

Sempra Energy 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) -$136.52
Graham Number $84.66
PEmg 29.47
Current Ratio 0.48
PB Ratio 1.76
Current Dividend $3.58
Dividend Yield 2.93%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,645,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $7,523,000,000
Long-Term Debt $21,611,000,000
Total Assets $60,638,000,000
Intangible Assets $2,645,000,000
Total Liabilities $41,390,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 276,476,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.85
Dec2018 $3.42
Dec2017 $1.01
Dec2016 $5.46
Dec2015 $5.37
Dec2014 $4.63
Dec2013 $4.01
Dec2012 $3.48
Dec2011 $5.51
Dec2010 $2.86
Dec2009 $4.52
Dec2008 $4.43
Dec2007 $4.16
Dec2006 $5.38
Dec2005 $3.65
Dec2004 $0.92
Dec2003 $3.03
Dec2002 $2.87
Dec2001 $2.52
Dec2000 $2.06
Dec1999 $1.66

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.15
Dec2018 $3.53
Dec2017 $3.75
Dec2016 $4.94
Dec2015 $4.66
Dec2014 $4.23
Dec2013 $4.05
Dec2012 $4.10
Dec2011 $4.37
Dec2010 $3.96
Dec2009 $4.48
Dec2008 $4.21
Dec2007 $3.88
Dec2006 $3.55
Dec2005 $2.62
Dec2004 $2.16
Dec2003 $2.66

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Ameren Corp Valuation – March 2019 #AEE

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Ameren Corporation (Ameren), incorporated on August 7, 1995, is a utility holding company. The Company’s primary assets are its equity interests in its subsidiaries, including Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois and Ameren Transmission Company (ATXI). The Company operates through four segments: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution, Ameren Illinois Natural Gas and Ameren Transmission. The Ameren Missouri segment includes all of the operations of Ameren Missouri. The Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution segment consists of the electric distribution business of Ameren Illinois. The Ameren Illinois Natural Gas segment consists of the natural gas business of Ameren Illinois. The ATXI segment is primarily composed of the aggregated electric transmission businesses of Ameren Illinois and ATXI.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AEE – 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 $17,540,601,213 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.57 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 -780.47% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.50 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.28 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 0.57 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -6.81 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 $2.93
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $112.68
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $42.44
MG Value based on 0% Growth $24.88
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.00%
Current Price $71.70
% of Intrinsic Value 63.63%

Ameren 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, 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. 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 $1.35 in 2015 to an estimated $2.93 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 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 Ameren Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $47.77. The company pays a dividend of $1.85 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.5, which was above the industry average of 23.71. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-72.59.

Ameren Corp receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$72.59
Graham Number $47.77
PEmg 24.50
Current Ratio 0.57
PB Ratio 2.28
Current Dividend $1.85
Dividend Yield 2.58%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,533,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,687,000,000
Long-Term Debt $7,859,000,000
Total Assets $27,215,000,000
Intangible Assets $411,000,000
Total Liabilities $19,442,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 246,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.25
Dec2018 $3.32
Dec2017 $2.14
Dec2016 $2.68
Dec2015 $2.59
Dec2014 $2.40
Dec2013 $1.18
Dec2012 -$4.01
Dec2011 $2.15
Dec2010 $0.58
Dec2009 $2.78
Dec2008 $2.88
Dec2007 $2.98
Dec2006 $2.66
Dec2005 $3.02
Dec2004 $2.84
Dec2003 $3.25
Dec2002 $2.61
Dec2001 $3.40
Dec2000 $3.33
Dec1999 $2.81

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.93
Dec2018 $2.72
Dec2017 $2.34
Dec2016 $1.95
Dec2015 $1.35
Dec2014 $0.64
Dec2013 $0.02
Dec2012 -$0.08
Dec2011 $2.01
Dec2010 $2.09
Dec2009 $2.85
Dec2008 $2.88
Dec2007 $2.90
Dec2006 $2.87
Dec2005 $2.99
Dec2004 $3.01
Dec2003 $3.09

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NextEra Energy Inc Valuation – February 2019 $NEE

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE), incorporated on September 10, 1984, is a holding company. The Company is an electric power companies in North America and, through its subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (NEER) and its affiliated entities, is the generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. NEE also owns and/or operates generation, transmission and distribution facilities to support its services to retail and wholesale customers, and has investments in gas infrastructure assets. Its segments include FPL and NEER. NEE also provides risk management services related to power and gas consumption related to its own generation assets and for a limited number of wholesale customers in selected markets. As of December 31, 2016, NEE’s business included approximately 45,900 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity with electric generation facilities located in 30 states in the United States, four provinces in Canada and in Spain; approximately 16% of the installed base of the United States wind power production capacity; approximately 11% of the installed base of the United States universal solar power production capacity; fleets of nuclear power stations in the United States, with eight reactors at five sites located in four states, representing approximately 6% of U.S. nuclear power electric generating capacity; more than 5.4 million retail and wholesale electric customer accounts, and approximately 14,700 people employed, primarily in the United States.

 

Downloadable PDF version of this valuation:

ModernGraham Valuation of NEE – 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 $89,957,748,174 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.36 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 141.32% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 18.88 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.42 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 0.36 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -2.40 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 $9.97
MG Growth Estimate 13.09%
MG Value $345.61
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A
MG Value based on 3% Growth $144.50
MG Value based on 0% Growth $84.71
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.19%
Current Price $188.13
% of Intrinsic Value 54.43%

NextEra Energy Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $5.32 in 2015 to an estimated $9.97 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.19% 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 NextEra Energy Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $115.16. The company pays a dividend of $4.44 per share, for a yield of 2.4%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.88, which was below the industry average of 22.79, 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 $-124.47.

NextEra Energy Inc fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$124.47
Graham Number $115.16
PEmg 18.88
Current Ratio 0.36
PB Ratio 2.42
Current Dividend $4.44
Dividend Yield 2.36%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $6,393,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $17,563,000,000
Long-Term Debt $26,782,000,000
Total Assets $103,702,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,599,000,000
Total Liabilities $66,289,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 481,200,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.25
Dec2018 $13.88
Dec2017 $11.39
Dec2016 $6.24
Dec2015 $6.06
Dec2014 $5.60
Dec2013 $4.47
Dec2012 $4.56
Dec2011 $4.59
Dec2010 $4.74
Dec2009 $3.97
Dec2008 $4.07
Dec2007 $3.27
Dec2006 $3.23
Dec2005 $2.34
Dec2004 $1.24
Dec2003 $1.27
Dec2002 $0.69
Dec2001 $1.16
Dec2000 $2.07
Dec1999 $2.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.97
Dec2018 $10.09
Dec2017 $7.72
Dec2016 $5.72
Dec2015 $5.32
Dec2014 $4.90
Dec2013 $4.52
Dec2012 $4.49
Dec2011 $4.35
Dec2010 $4.10
Dec2009 $3.65
Dec2008 $3.27
Dec2007 $2.67
Dec2006 $2.16
Dec2005 $1.53
Dec2004 $1.18
Dec2003 $1.25

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