Raymond James Financial Valuation – February 2019 $RJF

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Raymond James Financial, Inc. (RJF), incorporated on January 24, 1974, is a financial holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (RJ&A), Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (RJFS), Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. (RJFSA), Raymond James Ltd. (RJ Ltd.), Eagle Asset Management, Inc. (Eagle), and Raymond James Bank, N.A. (RJ Bank). The Company operates through five segments: Private Client Group (PCG), Capital Markets, Asset Management, RJ Bank and the Other segment. The Private Client Group segment includes the retail branches of the Company’s broker-dealer subsidiaries located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Capital Markets segment includes institutional sales and trading in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Asset Management segment includes the operations of Eagle, the Eagle Family of Funds, Cougar Global Investments Limited (Cougar), the asset management operations of RJ&A, trust services of RJ Trust, and other fee-based asset management programs. RJ Bank segment provides corporate loans, securities based loans (SB) and residential loans. The Other segment includes principal capital and private equity activities, as well as certain corporate costs of RJF.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of RJF – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $11,570,757,649 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 171.22% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.25 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.94 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $5.38
MG Growth Estimate 12.03%
MG Value $175.15
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $77.98
MG Value based on 0% Growth $45.71
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.37%
Current Price $81.99
% of Intrinsic Value 46.81%

Raymond James Financial, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.98 in 2015 to an estimated $5.38 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.37% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Raymond James Financial, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $81.73. The company pays a dividend of $1.1 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.25, which was below the industry average of 20.29, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Raymond James Financial, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $81.73
PEmg 15.25
PB Ratio 1.94
Dividend Yield 1.34%
TTM Dividend $1.10
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $2,448,000,000
Total Assets $38,544,000,000
Intangible Assets $633,000,000
Total Liabilities $32,319,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 147,300,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.79
Sep2018 $5.75
Sep2017 $4.33
Sep2016 $3.65
Sep2015 $3.43
Sep2014 $3.32
Sep2013 $2.58
Sep2012 $2.20
Sep2011 $2.19
Sep2010 $1.83
Sep2009 $1.25
Sep2008 $1.97
Sep2007 $2.11
Sep2006 $1.85
Sep2005 $1.33
Sep2004 $1.15
Sep2003 $0.78
Sep2002 $0.71
Sep2001 $0.88
Sep2000 $1.19
Sep1999 $0.78

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.38
Sep2018 $4.48
Sep2017 $3.72
Sep2016 $3.29
Sep2015 $2.98
Sep2014 $2.65
Sep2013 $2.21
Sep2012 $1.98
Sep2011 $1.87
Sep2010 $1.74
Sep2009 $1.70
Sep2008 $1.84
Sep2007 $1.67
Sep2006 $1.35
Sep2005 $1.06
Sep2004 $0.93
Sep2003 $0.84

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Raymond James Financial Inc Valuation – March 2018 $RJF

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Raymond James Financial, Inc. (RJF), incorporated on January 24, 1974, is a financial holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (RJ&A), Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (RJFS), Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. (RJFSA), Raymond James Ltd. (RJ Ltd.), Eagle Asset Management, Inc. (Eagle), and Raymond James Bank, N.A. (RJ Bank). The Company operates through five segments: Private Client Group (PCG), Capital Markets, Asset Management, RJ Bank and the Other segment. The Private Client Group segment includes the retail branches of the Company’s broker-dealer subsidiaries located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Capital Markets segment includes institutional sales and trading in the United States, Canada and Europe. The Asset Management segment includes the operations of Eagle, the Eagle Family of Funds, Cougar Global Investments Limited (Cougar), the asset management operations of RJ&A, trust services of RJ Trust, and other fee-based asset management programs. RJ Bank segment provides corporate loans, securities based loans (SB) and residential loans. The Other segment includes principal capital and private equity activities, as well as certain corporate costs of RJF.

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ModernGraham Valuation of RJF – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $12,763,155,586 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 168.12% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.00 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.28 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $4.61
MG Growth Estimate 11.13%
MG Value $141.87
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $66.89
MG Value based on 0% Growth $39.21
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.25%
Current Price $87.65
% of Intrinsic Value 61.78%

Raymond James Financial, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.65 in 2014 to an estimated $4.61 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.25% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Raymond James Financial, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $73.21. The company pays a dividend of $0.88 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19, which was below the industry average of 25.5, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Raymond James Financial, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $73.21
PEmg 19.00
PB Ratio 2.28
Dividend Yield 1.00%
TTM Dividend $0.88
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $3,081,801,000
Total Assets $36,084,899,000
Intangible Assets $651,339,000
Total Liabilities $30,388,151,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 148,261,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.15
Sep2017 $4.33
Sep2016 $3.65
Sep2015 $3.43
Sep2014 $3.32
Sep2013 $2.58
Sep2012 $2.20
Sep2011 $2.19
Sep2010 $1.83
Sep2009 $1.25
Sep2008 $1.97
Sep2007 $2.11
Sep2006 $1.85
Sep2005 $1.33
Sep2004 $1.15
Sep2003 $0.78
Sep2002 $0.71
Sep2001 $0.88
Sep2000 $1.19
Sep1999 $0.78
Sep1998 $0.83

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.61
Sep2017 $3.72
Sep2016 $3.29
Sep2015 $2.98
Sep2014 $2.65
Sep2013 $2.21
Sep2012 $1.98
Sep2011 $1.87
Sep2010 $1.74
Sep2009 $1.70
Sep2008 $1.84
Sep2007 $1.67
Sep2006 $1.35
Sep2005 $1.06
Sep2004 $0.93
Sep2003 $0.84
Sep2002 $0.87

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Synchrony Financial Valuation – March 2019 #SYF

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Synchrony Financial (Synchrony), incorporated on September 12, 2003, is a consumer financial services company. The Company provides a range of credit products through programs it has established with a group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare service providers. The Company’s revenue activities are managed through three sales platforms: Retail Card, Payment Solutions and CareCredit. It offers its credit products through its subsidiary, Synchrony Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank, it offers a range of deposit products insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), including certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), money market accounts and savings accounts.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYF – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $23,645,504,194 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 347.91% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 9.91 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.64 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.36
MG Growth Estimate 7.74%
MG Value $80.62
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $48.76
MG Value based on 0% Growth $28.58
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.70%
Current Price $33.31
% of Intrinsic Value 41.32%

Synchrony Financial is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising 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 $2.22 in 2015 to an estimated $3.36 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.7% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Synchrony Financial revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $43.03. The company pays a dividend of $0.72 per share, for a yield of 2.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 9.91, which was below the industry average of 21.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Synchrony Financial fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $43.03
PEmg 9.91
PB Ratio 1.64
Dividend Yield 2.16%
TTM Dividend $0.72
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $23,996,000,000
Total Assets $106,792,000,000
Intangible Assets $2,161,000,000
Total Liabilities $92,114,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 720,500,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.03
Dec2018 $3.74
Dec2017 $2.42
Dec2016 $2.71
Dec2015 $2.65
Dec2014 $2.78
Dec2013 $2.21
Dec2012 $0.00
Dec2011 $2.28

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.36
Dec2018 $2.97
Dec2017 $2.58
Dec2016 $2.46
Dec2015 $2.22
Dec2014 $1.82
Dec2013 $1.19
Dec2012 $0.61
Dec2011 $0.76

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CBRE Group Inc Valuation – March 2019 #CBRE

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): CBRE Group, Inc., incorporated on February 20, 2001, is a holding company that conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The Company operates through the segments: The Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management, and Development Services. The Company provides services in the office, retail, industrial, multifamily and hotel sectors of commercial real estate.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CBRE – 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 $16,848,841,335 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.16 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 270.51% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 18.28 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.43 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 1.16 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.86 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.74
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $105.64
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $39.79
MG Value based on 0% Growth $23.32
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.89%
Current Price $50.16
% of Intrinsic Value 47.48%

CBRE Group 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, poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, 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 $1.3 in 2015 to an estimated $2.74 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.89% 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 CBRE Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $33.87. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.28, which was below the industry average of 21.22, 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 $-4.94.

CBRE Group 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) -$4.94
Graham Number $33.87
PEmg 18.28
Current Ratio 1.16
PB Ratio 3.43
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 $6,754,210,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,803,380,000
Long-Term Debt $1,767,260,000
Total Assets $13,456,793,000
Intangible Assets $5,093,617,000
Total Liabilities $8,446,891,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 342,689,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.52
Dec2018 $3.10
Dec2017 $2.05
Dec2016 $1.69
Dec2015 $1.63
Dec2014 $1.45
Dec2013 $0.95
Dec2012 $0.97
Dec2011 $0.74
Dec2010 $0.63
Dec2009 $0.12
Dec2008 -$4.81
Dec2007 $1.66
Dec2006 $1.35
Dec2005 $0.95
Dec2004 $0.30
Dec2003 -$0.23
Dec2002 $0.15
Dec2001 $0.73

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.74
Dec2018 $2.23
Dec2017 $1.72
Dec2016 $1.48
Dec2015 $1.30
Dec2014 $1.07
Dec2013 $0.82
Dec2012 $0.34
Dec2011 -$0.09
Dec2010 -$0.41
Dec2009 -$0.67
Dec2008 -$0.74
Dec2007 $1.13
Dec2006 $0.74
Dec2005 $0.42
Dec2004 $0.17
Dec2003 $0.11

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Franklin Resources Inc Valuation – March 2019 #BEN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Franklin Resources, Inc., incorporated on November 28, 1969, is a holding company. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, operates as Franklin Templeton Investments. The Company is a global investment management company that provides investment management and related services to retail, institutional and high net-worth clients in jurisdictions around the world. The Company offers its investment products and services under the Franklin, Templeton, Franklin Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management, K2 and LibertyShares brand names. The Company’s products include investment funds and institutional, high net-worth and separately managed accounts (collectively, sponsored investment products (SIPs)). The Company offers various types of SIPs, such as the United States funds, cross-border funds, local/regional funds, and other managed accounts, alternative investment products and trusts.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of BEN – 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 $16,503,028,589 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 5.25 Pass
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 -17.09% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 13.97 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.64 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 5.25 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.12 Pass
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 $2.32
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $7.03
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $33.60
MG Value based on 0% Growth $19.70
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.73%
Current Price $32.37
% of Intrinsic Value 460.50%

Franklin Resources, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of earnings growth over the last five years. 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 Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $3.37 in 2015 to an estimated $2.32 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 2.73% 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 Franklin Resources, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $30.72. The company pays a dividend of $0.92 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 13.97, which was below the industry average of 21.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $7.03.

Franklin Resources, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $7.03
Graham Number $30.72
PEmg 13.97
Current Ratio 5.25
PB Ratio 1.64
Current Dividend $0.92
Dividend Yield 2.84%
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 $7,464,500,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,420,500,000
Long-Term Debt $730,400,000
Total Assets $13,950,600,000
Intangible Assets $2,326,200,000
Total Liabilities $3,873,900,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 510,800,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.20
Sep2018 $1.39
Sep2017 $3.01
Sep2016 $2.94
Sep2015 $3.29
Sep2014 $3.79
Sep2013 $3.37
Sep2012 $2.98
Sep2011 $2.87
Sep2010 $2.11
Sep2009 $1.28
Sep2008 $2.22
Sep2007 $2.34
Sep2006 $1.62
Sep2005 $1.35
Sep2004 $0.92
Sep2003 $0.66
Sep2002 $0.55
Sep2001 $0.64
Sep2000 $0.76
Sep1999 $0.56

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.32
Sep2018 $2.55
Sep2017 $3.18
Sep2016 $3.26
Sep2015 $3.37
Sep2014 $3.28
Sep2013 $2.86
Sep2012 $2.50
Sep2011 $2.23
Sep2010 $1.91
Sep2009 $1.80
Sep2008 $1.93
Sep2007 $1.65
Sep2006 $1.21
Sep2005 $0.94
Sep2004 $0.73
Sep2003 $0.63

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S&P Global Inc Valuation – March 2019 #SPGI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial Inc., incorporated on December 29, 1925, is a provider of ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Ratings, Market and Commodities Intelligence, and S&P Dow Jones Indices (Indices). The Company provides ratings related to new issuance of corporate and government debt instruments, and structured finance debt instruments; bank loan ratings; and corporate credit estimates, which are intended, based on an abbreviated analysis, to provide an indication of its opinion regarding creditworthiness of a company, which does not have a Ratings credit rating. The Company serves its customers through a range of products and services available through both third party and its distribution channels. The Company’s subsidiary, CRISIL Limited (CRISIL), is a global analytical company and a provider of ratings, data and research, analytics and solutions.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SPGI – 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 $48,772,834,606 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.37 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 211.84% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 26.10 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 72.20 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 1.37 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.76 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 $7.52
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $289.39
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $108.99
MG Value based on 0% Growth $63.89
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.80%
Current Price $196.20
% of Intrinsic Value 67.80%

S&P Global 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 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. 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 $2.68 in 2015 to an estimated $7.52 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.8% 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 S&P Global Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $22.47. The company pays a dividend of $2 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 26.1, which was above the industry average of 21.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-20.54.

S&P Global 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) -$20.54
Graham Number $22.47
PEmg 26.10
Current Ratio 1.37
PB Ratio 72.20
Current Dividend $2.00
Dividend Yield 1.02%
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 $3,604,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,629,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,662,000,000
Total Assets $9,458,000,000
Intangible Assets $5,059,000,000
Total Liabilities $8,774,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 251,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.88
Dec2018 $7.73
Dec2017 $5.78
Dec2016 $7.94
Dec2015 $4.21
Dec2014 -$0.42
Dec2013 $4.91
Dec2012 $1.53
Dec2011 $3.00
Dec2010 $2.65
Dec2009 $2.33
Dec2008 $2.51
Dec2007 $2.94
Dec2006 $2.40
Dec2005 $2.21
Dec2004 $1.96
Dec2003 $1.79
Dec2002 $1.48
Dec2001 $0.96
Dec2000 $1.03
Dec1999 $1.07

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.52
Dec2018 $6.24
Dec2017 $5.16
Dec2016 $4.44
Dec2015 $2.68
Dec2014 $2.05
Dec2013 $3.15
Dec2012 $2.32
Dec2011 $2.70
Dec2010 $2.56
Dec2009 $2.50
Dec2008 $2.53
Dec2007 $2.44
Dec2006 $2.12
Dec2005 $1.88
Dec2004 $1.62
Dec2003 $1.39

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Equifax Inc Valuation – March 2019 #EFX

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Equifax Inc., incorporated on December 20, 1913, is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data. It uses statistical techniques and software tools to analyze all available data, creating customized insights, decision-making solutions and processing services for its clients. It helps consumers understand, manage and protect their personal information and make more informed financial decisions. It also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of EFX – 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 $13,221,478,110 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.09 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 107.89% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.64 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.20 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 1.09 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 34.84 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 $4.27
MG Growth Estimate 6.60%
MG Value $92.70
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $61.92
MG Value based on 0% Growth $36.30
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.57%
Current Price $109.49
% of Intrinsic Value 118.12%

Equifax 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 $2.96 in 2015 to an estimated $4.27 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 8.57% 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 Equifax Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $56.85. The company pays a dividend of $1.56 per share, for a yield of 1.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.64, which was above the industry average of 21.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-25.56.

Equifax 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) -$25.56
Graham Number $56.85
PEmg 25.64
Current Ratio 1.09
PB Ratio 4.20
Current Dividend $1.56
Dividend Yield 1.42%
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 $902,300,000
Total Current Liabilities $826,800,000
Long-Term Debt $2,630,600,000
Total Assets $7,153,200,000
Intangible Assets $5,323,700,000
Total Liabilities $3,997,500,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 121,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.61
Dec2018 $2.47
Dec2017 $4.83
Dec2016 $4.04
Dec2015 $3.55
Dec2014 $2.97
Dec2013 $2.84
Dec2012 $2.22
Dec2011 $1.88
Dec2010 $2.11
Dec2009 $1.83
Dec2008 $2.09
Dec2007 $2.02
Dec2006 $2.12
Dec2005 $1.86
Dec2004 $1.76
Dec2003 $1.20
Dec2002 $1.25
Dec2001 $0.85
Dec2000 $1.68
Dec1999 $1.55

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.27
Dec2018 $3.59
Dec2017 $3.98
Dec2016 $3.41
Dec2015 $2.96
Dec2014 $2.58
Dec2013 $2.32
Dec2012 $2.05
Dec2011 $1.97
Dec2010 $2.02
Dec2009 $1.98
Dec2008 $2.02
Dec2007 $1.93
Dec2006 $1.80
Dec2005 $1.55
Dec2004 $1.38
Dec2003 $1.23

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CME Group Inc Valuation – March 2019 #CME

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): CME Group Inc., incorporated on August 2, 2001, through its exchanges, provides products across all asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals. The Company’s segment primarily consists of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME), Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc. (CBOT), New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) exchanges. The Company provides electronic trading around the globe on its CME Globex platform. The Company also offers clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives through its clearinghouses CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe. It also provides hosting, connectivity and customer support for electronic trading through its co-location services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CME – 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 $63,440,275,956 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.01 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 121.84% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.32 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.41 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 1.01 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 6.23 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 $7.00
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $269.65
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $101.56
MG Value based on 0% Growth $59.53
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.41%
Current Price $177.31
% of Intrinsic Value 65.75%

CME Group 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 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 $3.43 in 2015 to an estimated $7 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.41% 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 CME Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $104.74. The company pays a dividend of $2.8 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.32, which was above the industry average of 21.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-27.32.

CME Group 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) -$27.32
Graham Number $104.74
PEmg 25.32
Current Ratio 1.01
PB Ratio 2.41
Current Dividend $2.80
Dividend Yield 1.58%
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 $41,886,700,000
Total Current Liabilities $41,272,600,000
Long-Term Debt $3,826,800,000
Total Assets $77,475,700,000
Intangible Assets $33,480,700,000
Total Liabilities $51,510,400,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 352,227,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.73
Dec2018 $5.71
Dec2017 $11.94
Dec2016 $4.53
Dec2015 $3.69
Dec2014 $3.35
Dec2013 $2.92
Dec2012 $2.70
Dec2011 $5.43
Dec2010 $2.86
Dec2009 $2.48
Dec2008 $2.43
Dec2007 $2.99
Dec2006 $2.32
Dec2005 $1.76
Dec2004 $1.28
Dec2003 $0.72
Dec2002 $0.63
Dec2001 $0.51
Dec2000 -$0.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.00
Dec2018 $6.71
Dec2017 $6.57
Dec2016 $3.73
Dec2015 $3.43
Dec2014 $3.35
Dec2013 $3.33
Dec2012 $3.41
Dec2011 $3.59
Dec2010 $2.65
Dec2009 $2.50
Dec2008 $2.39
Dec2007 $2.18
Dec2006 $1.64
Dec2005 $1.19
Dec2004 $0.81
Dec2003 $0.50

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Northern Trust Corp Valuation – March 2019 #NTRS

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Northern Trust Corporation, incorporated on August 23, 1971, is a financial holding company. The Company provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families and individuals around the world. The Company’s segments include Corporate & Institutional Services (C&IS), Wealth Management, and Treasury and Other. The Company conducts its business through various subsidiaries, including The Northern Trust Company (Bank). The Asset Management business, through the Company’s subsidiaries, supports the C&IS and Wealth Management segments by providing a range of asset management and related services, and other products to customers around the world.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of NTRS – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $20,238,028,921 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 121.45% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.36 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.95 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $5.66
MG Growth Estimate 10.34%
MG Value $165.23
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $82.12
MG Value based on 0% Growth $48.14
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.93%
Current Price $92.66
% of Intrinsic Value 56.08%

Northern Trust Corporation qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.35 in 2015 to an estimated $5.66 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.93% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Northern Trust Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $78.3. The company pays a dividend of $1.94 per share, for a yield of 2.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.36, which was below the industry average of 21.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Northern Trust Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $78.30
PEmg 16.36
PB Ratio 1.95
Dividend Yield 2.09%
TTM Dividend $1.94
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $11,303,000,000
Total Assets $132,212,500,000
Intangible Assets $669,300,000
Total Liabilities $121,704,200,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 221,469,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.20
Dec2018 $6.64
Dec2017 $4.92
Dec2016 $4.32
Dec2015 $3.99
Dec2014 $3.32
Dec2013 $2.99
Dec2012 $2.81
Dec2011 $2.47
Dec2010 $2.74
Dec2009 $3.16
Dec2008 $3.47
Dec2007 $3.24
Dec2006 $3.00
Dec2005 $2.64
Dec2004 $2.27
Dec2003 $1.80
Dec2002 $1.97
Dec2001 $2.11
Dec2000 $2.08
Dec1999 $1.74

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.66
Dec2018 $5.14
Dec2017 $4.23
Dec2016 $3.75
Dec2015 $3.35
Dec2014 $2.98
Dec2013 $2.82
Dec2012 $2.80
Dec2011 $2.86
Dec2010 $3.08
Dec2009 $3.20
Dec2008 $3.12
Dec2007 $2.83
Dec2006 $2.53
Dec2005 $2.25
Dec2004 $2.05
Dec2003 $1.94

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Affiliated Managers Group Inc Valuation – February 2019 $AMG

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Affiliated Managers Group, Inc., incorporated on December 29, 1993, is an asset management company with equity investments in boutique investment management firms (Affiliates). The Company is focused on investing around the globe in investment management firms that manage active return-oriented strategies, including traditional, alternative and wealth management firms. The Company operates through three business segments, which represent its principal distribution channels: Institutional, Mutual Fund and High Net Worth. The equity method investments in the Institutional distribution channel are made in relationships with public and private client entities, including foundations, endowments, sovereign wealth funds and retirement plans for corporations and municipalities. The equity method investments in the Mutual Fund distribution channel are made in advisory or sub-advisory relationships with active return-oriented mutual funds, Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and other retail products. The equity method investments in the High Net Worth distribution channel are made in relationships with high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals, families, trusts, foundations, endowments and retirement plans.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AMG – 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 $5,732,676,828 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.45 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 224.67% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 11.23 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.40 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 1.45 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 5.40 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 $9.81
MG Growth Estimate 5.82%
MG Value $197.46
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $142.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $83.35
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.37%
Current Price $110.14
% of Intrinsic Value 55.78%

Affiliated Managers Group, 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, poor dividend history. 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 $7.06 in 2015 to an estimated $9.81 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.37% 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 Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $140.26. The company pays a dividend of $1.2 per share, for a yield of 1.1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 11.23, which was below the industry average of 20.29, 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 $-56.9.

Affiliated Managers Group, 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) -$56.90
Graham Number $140.26
PEmg 11.23
Current Ratio 1.45
PB Ratio 1.40
Current Dividend $1.20
Dividend Yield 1.09%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 2

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,085,400,000
Total Current Liabilities $746,600,000
Long-Term Debt $1,829,600,000
Total Assets $8,219,100,000
Intangible Assets $3,943,300,000
Total Liabilities $4,084,200,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 52,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $13.32
Dec2018 $4.52
Dec2017 $12.03
Dec2016 $8.57
Dec2015 $9.17
Dec2014 $7.70
Dec2013 $6.55
Dec2012 $3.28
Dec2011 $3.11
Dec2010 $2.81
Dec2009 $1.38
Dec2008 -$0.03
Dec2007 $4.55
Dec2006 $3.74
Dec2005 $2.81
Dec2004 $2.02
Dec2003 $1.05
Dec2002 $1.65
Dec2001 $1.47
Dec2000 $1.66
Dec1999 $2.12

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.81
Dec2018 $8.16
Dec2017 $9.59
Dec2016 $7.93
Dec2015 $7.06
Dec2014 $5.57
Dec2013 $4.15
Dec2012 $2.67
Dec2011 $2.36
Dec2010 $2.15
Dec2009 $2.05
Dec2008 $2.46
Dec2007 $3.42
Dec2006 $2.65
Dec2005 $2.00
Dec2004 $1.59
Dec2003 $1.45

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

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