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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S&P Global Inc Valuation – May 2018 $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 – May 2018

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $49,724,596,372 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.05 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 178.20% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 30.46 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7,183.53 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 1.05 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 21.28 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 Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $6.49
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $249.84
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $94.10
MG Value based on 0% Growth $55.16
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.98%
Current Price $197.66
% of Intrinsic Value 79.11%

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, and the lack of earnings stability 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.05 in 2014 to an estimated $6.49 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 10.98% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into S&P Global Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $23.11. The company pays a dividend of $1.64 per share, for a yield of 0.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 30.46, which was above the industry average of 22.78. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-20.46.

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) -$20.46
Graham Number $23.11
PEmg 30.46
Current Ratio 1.05
PB Ratio 7,183.53
Current Dividend $1.64
Dividend Yield 0.83%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,284,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,135,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,170,000,000
Total Assets $8,497,000,000
Intangible Assets $4,435,000,000
Total Liabilities $8,490,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 254,400,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.48
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
Dec1998 $0.83

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.49
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
Dec2002 $1.15

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S&P Global Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $SPGI

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – February 2017.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how S&P Global Inc (SPGI) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): S&P Global Inc., formerly McGraw Hill Financial, Inc., is a provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets across the world. The Company’s products cater to the capital markets, which includes asset managers, investment banks, commercial banks, exchanges and issuers; the commodities markets, which includes producers, traders and intermediaries within energy, metals, petrochemicals and agriculture, and the commercial markets, which includes professionals and corporate executives within automotive and marketing/research information services. The Company operates its business through four segments: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P Ratings), S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJ Indices) and S&P Global Platts. The Company serves through a range of products and services available through both third-party and distribution channels.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SPGI – February 2017

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $33,390,549,353 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.21 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 40.23% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 30.19 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 72.26 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 1.21 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 5.46 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 Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $4.17
MG Growth Estimate 11.98%
MG Value $135.28
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $60.45
MG Value based on 0% Growth $35.43
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.84%
Current Price $125.84
% of Intrinsic Value 93.02%

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, and the lack of earnings stability 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.32 in 2012 to an estimated $4.17 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 10.84% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into S&P Global Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.9. The company pays a dividend of $1.41 per share, for a yield of 1.1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 30.19, which was above the industry average of 21.33. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-17.

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) -$17.00
Graham Number $16.90
PEmg 30.19
Current Ratio 1.21
PB Ratio 72.26
Current Dividend $1.41
Dividend Yield 1.12%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $3,704,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,051,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,563,000,000
Total Assets $8,676,000,000
Intangible Assets $4,476,000,000
Total Liabilities $8,214,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 265,300,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.12
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
Dec1998 $0.83
Dec1997 $0.73
Dec1996 $1.24

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.17
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
Dec2002 $1.15
Dec2001 $0.97
Dec2000 $0.97

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American Express Co Valuation – April 2019 #AXP

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): American Express Company, incorporated on June 10, 1965, together with its subsidiaries, is a global services company. The Company’s principal products and services are charge and credit card products, and travel-related services offered to consumers and businesses around the world. The Company’s segments include the Global Consumer Services Group (GCSG), Global Merchant and Network Services (GMNS), and Global Commercial Services (GCS). The Company’s range of products and services includes network services; merchant acquisition and processing, servicing and settlement, and point-of-sale marketing and information products and services for merchants; other fee services, including fraud prevention services and the design and operation of customer loyalty programs; expense management products and services, and stored value/prepaid products.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AXP – April 2019

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $93,000,342,672 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 83.98% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.56 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.24 Fail
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 $7.13
MG Growth Estimate 6.66%
MG Value $155.42
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $103.32
MG Value based on 0% Growth $60.57
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.53%
Current Price $110.86
% of Intrinsic Value 71.33%

American Express Company is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PB ratio. 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 $4.94 in 2015 to an estimated $7.13 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.53% 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 American Express Company revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $76.95. The company pays a dividend of $1.48 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.56, which was below the industry average of 21.66, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

American Express Company performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $76.95
PEmg 15.56
PB Ratio 4.24
Dividend Yield 1.34%
TTM Dividend $1.48
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 $58,423,000,000
Total Assets $188,602,000,000
Intangible Assets $3,347,000,000
Total Liabilities $166,312,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 853,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.00
Dec2018 $7.91
Dec2017 $2.99
Dec2016 $5.61
Dec2015 $5.05
Dec2014 $5.56
Dec2013 $4.88
Dec2012 $3.89
Dec2011 $4.12
Dec2010 $3.35
Dec2009 $1.54
Dec2008 $2.32
Dec2007 $3.36
Dec2006 $2.99
Dec2005 $2.97
Dec2004 $2.68
Dec2003 $2.30
Dec2002 $2.01
Dec2001 $0.98
Dec2000 $2.07
Dec1999 $1.81

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.13
Dec2018 $5.60
Dec2017 $4.57
Dec2016 $5.24
Dec2015 $4.94
Dec2014 $4.71
Dec2013 $4.04
Dec2012 $3.43
Dec2011 $3.11
Dec2010 $2.64
Dec2009 $2.40
Dec2008 $2.84
Dec2007 $3.02
Dec2006 $2.77
Dec2005 $2.50
Dec2004 $2.18
Dec2003 $1.90

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Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc Valuation – April 2019 #BR

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (Broadridge), incorporated on December 6, 2006, is a provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds and corporate issuers. The Company’s segments include Investor Communication Solutions, and Global Technology and Operations. The Company’s services include investor and customer communications, securities processing, and data and analytics solutions. The Company delivers a range of solutions that helps its clients serve their retail and institutional customers across the entire investment lifecycle, including pre-trade, trade, and post-trade processing functionality. The Company serves a client base across four client groups: capital markets, asset management, wealth management and corporations.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of BR – April 2019

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $12,145,347,942 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.02 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 185.25% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.08 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 11.13 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.02 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 78.56 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 $3.37
MG Growth Estimate 11.73%
MG Value $107.83
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $48.93
MG Value based on 0% Growth $28.68
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.29%
Current Price $104.87
% of Intrinsic Value 97.25%

Broadridge Financial Solutions, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.89 in 2015 to an estimated $3.37 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 11.29% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29.75. The company pays a dividend of $1.46 per share, for a yield of 1.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 31.08, which was above the industry average of 21.66. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-10.65.

Broadridge Financial Solutions, 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) -$10.65
Graham Number $29.75
PEmg 31.08
Current Ratio 1.02
PB Ratio 11.13
Current Dividend $1.46
Dividend Yield 1.39%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 12

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $966,400,000
Total Current Liabilities $951,200,000
Long-Term Debt $1,194,100,000
Total Assets $3,357,600,000
Intangible Assets $1,699,700,000
Total Liabilities $2,235,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 119,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.18
Jun2018 $3.56
Jun2017 $2.70
Jun2016 $2.53
Jun2015 $2.32
Jun2014 $2.12
Jun2013 $1.69
Jun2012 $0.97
Jun2011 $1.32
Jun2010 $1.37
Jun2009 $1.58
Jun2008 $1.36
Jun2007 $1.42
Jun2006 $1.20

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.37
Jun2018 $2.86
Jun2017 $2.43
Jun2016 $2.18
Jun2015 $1.89
Jun2014 $1.62
Jun2013 $1.37
Jun2012 $1.25
Jun2011 $1.40
Jun2010 $1.42
Jun2009 $1.33
Jun2008 $1.07
Jun2007 $0.79
Jun2006 $0.40

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T.Rowe Price Group Inc Valuation – March 2019 #TROW

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., incorporated on February 4, 2000, is a financial services holding company. The Company provides global investment management services through its subsidiaries to investors across the world. The Company provides an array of Company sponsored the United States mutual funds, other sponsored pooled investment vehicles, sub advisory services, separate account management, recordkeeping, and related services to individuals, advisors, institutions, financial intermediaries and retirement plan sponsors.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of TROW – 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 $23,699,005,370 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 6.99 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 119.75% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.37 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.97 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 6.99 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 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 Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $6.11
MG Growth Estimate 6.95%
MG Value $136.92
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A
MG Value based on 3% Growth $88.66
MG Value based on 0% Growth $51.97
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.94%
Current Price $100.12
% of Intrinsic Value 73.12%

T. Rowe Price Group Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the high PB ratio. 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 $4.18 in 2015 to an estimated $6.11 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.94% 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 T. Rowe Price Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $59.52. The company pays a dividend of $2.8 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 16.37, 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 $1.69.

T. Rowe Price Group Inc fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $1.69
Graham Number $59.52
PEmg 16.37
Current Ratio 6.99
PB Ratio 3.97
Current Dividend $2.80
Dividend Yield 2.80%
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 $1,974,800,000
Total Current Liabilities $282,700,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $7,689,300,000
Intangible Assets $665,700,000
Total Liabilities $1,565,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 243,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.12
Dec2018 $7.27
Dec2017 $5.97
Dec2016 $4.75
Dec2015 $4.63
Dec2014 $4.55
Dec2013 $3.90
Dec2012 $3.36
Dec2011 $2.92
Dec2010 $2.53
Dec2009 $1.65
Dec2008 $1.82
Dec2007 $2.40
Dec2006 $1.90
Dec2005 $1.58
Dec2004 $1.26
Dec2003 $0.88
Dec2002 $0.76
Dec2001 $0.76
Dec2000 $1.04
Dec1999 $0.93

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.11
Dec2018 $5.89
Dec2017 $5.05
Dec2016 $4.47
Dec2015 $4.18
Dec2014 $3.79
Dec2013 $3.23
Dec2012 $2.75
Dec2011 $2.38
Dec2010 $2.09
Dec2009 $1.87
Dec2008 $1.92
Dec2007 $1.85
Dec2006 $1.47
Dec2005 $1.19
Dec2004 $0.98
Dec2003 $0.85

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Moody’s Corp Valuation – March 2019 #MCO

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Moody’s Corporation (Moody’s), incorporated on June 2, 2000, is a provider of credit ratings; credit, capital markets and economic related research, data and analytical tools; software solutions and related risk management services, quantitative credit risk measures, financial services training and certification services, and research and analytical services to financial institution customers. The Company operates in two segments: Moody’s Investors Service (MIS) and Moody’s Analytics (MA). The Company’s MIS segment consists of the Company’s ratings operations. The Company’s MA segment develops a range of products and services that support financial analysis and risk management activities of institutional participants in financial markets.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of MCO – 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 $33,481,677,645 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.61 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 146.68% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.24 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 52.53 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 1.61 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.06 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 $5.68
MG Growth Estimate 5.95%
MG Value $115.79
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $82.32
MG Value based on 0% Growth $48.26
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.37%
Current Price $177.38
% of Intrinsic Value 153.19%

Moody’s Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.07 in 2015 to an estimated $5.68 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.37% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Moody’s Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.55. The company pays a dividend of $1.76 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 31.24, which was above the industry average of 21.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-28.2.

Moody’s Corporation receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$28.20
Graham Number $19.55
PEmg 31.24
Current Ratio 1.61
PB Ratio 52.53
Current Dividend $1.76
Dividend Yield 0.99%
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 $3,386,900,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,098,500,000
Long-Term Debt $5,226,100,000
Total Assets $9,526,200,000
Intangible Assets $5,347,400,000
Total Liabilities $8,869,700,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 194,400,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.08
Dec2018 $6.74
Dec2017 $5.15
Dec2016 $1.36
Dec2015 $4.63
Dec2014 $4.61
Dec2013 $3.60
Dec2012 $3.05
Dec2011 $2.49
Dec2010 $2.15
Dec2009 $1.69
Dec2008 $1.87
Dec2007 $2.58
Dec2006 $2.58
Dec2005 $1.84
Dec2004 $1.40
Dec2003 $1.19
Dec2002 $0.92
Dec2001 $0.66
Dec2000 $0.49
Dec1999 $0.48

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.68
Dec2018 $4.82
Dec2017 $3.86
Dec2016 $3.29
Dec2015 $4.07
Dec2014 $3.58
Dec2013 $2.91
Dec2012 $2.46
Dec2011 $2.16
Dec2010 $2.06
Dec2009 $2.04
Dec2008 $2.17
Dec2007 $2.18
Dec2006 $1.85
Dec2005 $1.39
Dec2004 $1.09
Dec2003 $0.87

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Charles Schwab Corp Valuation – March 2019 #SCHW

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): The Charles Schwab Corporation (CSC), incorporated on November 25, 1986, is a savings and loan holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services. The Company provides financial services to individuals and institutional clients through two segments: Investor Services and Advisor Services. The Investor Services segment provides retail brokerage and banking services, retirement plan services and other corporate brokerage services. The Advisor Services segment provides custodial, trading, and support services as well as retirement business services. The Company’s subsidiaries include Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Schwab), which is a securities broker-dealer with over 335 domestic branch offices in 46 states, as well as a branch in each of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and London, England, and serves clients in Hong Kong through one of the Company’s subsidiaries, as of December 31, 2016; Charles Schwab Bank (Schwab Bank), which is a federal savings bank located in Nevada, and Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (CSIM), which is the investment advisor for Schwab’s mutual funds referred to as the Schwab Funds, and Schwab’s exchange-traded funds (ETFs), referred to as the Schwab ETFs.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SCHW – 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 $55,714,926,383 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 279.10% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.89 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.74 Fail
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 $2.10
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $80.93
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $30.48
MG Value based on 0% Growth $17.87
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.69%
Current Price $41.80
% of Intrinsic Value 51.65%

Charles Schwab Corporation Common Stock is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PB ratio. 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 $0.89 in 2015 to an estimated $2.1 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.69% 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 Charles Schwab Corporation Common Stock revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $28.09. The company pays a dividend of $0.46 per share, for a yield of 1.1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.89, 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.

Charles Schwab Corporation Common Stock performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $28.09
PEmg 19.89
PB Ratio 2.74
Dividend Yield 1.10%
TTM Dividend $0.46
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 $6,878,000,000
Total Assets $296,482,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,379,000,000
Total Liabilities $275,812,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,355,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.65
Dec2018 $2.45
Dec2017 $1.61
Dec2016 $1.31
Dec2015 $1.03
Dec2014 $0.95
Dec2013 $0.78
Dec2012 $0.69
Dec2011 $0.70
Dec2010 $0.38
Dec2009 $0.68
Dec2008 $1.05
Dec2007 $1.97
Dec2006 $0.95
Dec2005 $0.55
Dec2004 $0.21
Dec2003 $0.35
Dec2002 $0.08
Dec2001 $0.14
Dec2000 $0.51
Dec1999 $0.49

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.10
Dec2018 $1.71
Dec2017 $1.27
Dec2016 $1.05
Dec2015 $0.89
Dec2014 $0.78
Dec2013 $0.68
Dec2012 $0.65
Dec2011 $0.74
Dec2010 $0.84
Dec2009 $1.06
Dec2008 $1.15
Dec2007 $1.07
Dec2006 $0.56
Dec2005 $0.33
Dec2004 $0.23
Dec2003 $0.27

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Willis Towers Watson PLC Valuation – March 2019 #WLTW

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (Willis Towers Watson), incorporated on September 24, 2009, is a holding company. The Company operates as a global advisory, broking and solutions company. It is engaged in offering risk management, insurance broking, consulting, technology and solutions, and private exchanges. The Company operates through eight segments: Willis International; Willis North America; Willis Capital, Wholesale & Reinsurance (CWR); Willis GB; Towers Watson Benefits; Towers Watson Exchange Solutions; Towers Watson Risk and Financial Services, and Towers Watson Talent and Rewards.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of WLTW – 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 $22,553,439,896 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.07 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 513.26% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 26.81 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.31 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 1.07 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.92 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 $6.52
MG Growth Estimate 12.25%
MG Value $215.04
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $94.50
MG Value based on 0% Growth $55.40
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.15%
Current Price $174.70
% of Intrinsic Value 81.24%

Willis Towers Watson PLC 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 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.59 in 2015 to an estimated $6.52 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 9.15% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Willis Towers Watson PLC revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $134.56. The company pays a dividend of $2.4 per share, for a yield of 1.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 26.81, which was above the industry average of 21.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-45.41.

Willis Towers Watson PLC 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) -$45.41
Graham Number $134.56
PEmg 26.81
Current Ratio 1.07
PB Ratio 2.31
Current Dividend $2.40
Dividend Yield 1.37%
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 $16,420,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $15,301,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,389,000,000
Total Assets $32,385,000,000
Intangible Assets $13,783,000,000
Total Liabilities $22,414,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 132,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.53
Dec2018 $5.27
Dec2017 $4.18
Dec2016 $3.04
Dec2015 $5.41
Dec2014 $5.32
Dec2013 $5.37
Dec2012 -$6.83
Dec2011 $3.05
Dec2010 $7.05
Dec2009 $6.86
Dec2008 $5.43
Dec2007 $7.36
Dec2006 $7.52
Dec2005 $4.56
Dec2004 $6.41
Dec2003 $5.75
Dec2002 $3.39
Dec2001 $0.03
Dec2000 $0.19

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.52
Dec2018 $4.56
Dec2017 $4.35
Dec2016 $3.78
Dec2015 $3.59
Dec2014 $2.71
Dec2013 $1.97
Dec2012 $1.22
Dec2011 $5.48
Dec2010 $6.75
Dec2009 $6.51
Dec2008 $6.31
Dec2007 $6.61
Dec2006 $6.00
Dec2005 $4.83
Dec2004 $4.36
Dec2003 $2.85

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Paypal Holdings Inc Valuation – March 2019 #PYPL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): PayPal Holdings, Inc., incorporated on January 30, 2015, is a technology platform and digital payments company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants. The Company’s combined payment solutions, including its PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom and Paydiant products, compose its Payments Platform. The Company operates a two-sided global technology platform that links its customers, both merchants and consumers, around the globe to facilitate the processing of payment transactions, allowing it to connect merchants and consumers. The Company allows its customers to use their account for both purchase and paying for goods, as well as to transfer and withdraw funds. The Company enables consumers to exchange funds with merchants using a range of funding sources, which include a bank account, a PayPal account balance, a PayPal Credit account, a credit and debit card or other stored value products, such as coupons and gift cards. The Company offers consumers person-to-person (P2P) payment solutions through its PayPal Website and mobile application, Venmo and Xoom.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of PYPL – 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 $119,362,281,153 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.27 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 19566.67% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 54.19 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.89 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 1.27 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
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 $1.88
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $72.25
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $27.21
MG Value based on 0% Growth $15.95
Market Implied Growth Rate 22.84%
Current Price $101.69
% of Intrinsic Value 140.74%

Paypal Holdings Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the low current ratio, and the lack of dividends. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.58 in 2015 to an estimated $1.88 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 22.84% 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 Paypal Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $28.32. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 54.19, which was above the industry average of 21.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $4.2.

Paypal Holdings 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) $4.20
Graham Number $28.32
PEmg 54.19
Current Ratio 1.27
PB Ratio 7.89
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 $32,963,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $25,904,000,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $43,332,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,109,000,000
Total Liabilities $27,946,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,194,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.72
Dec2018 $1.71
Dec2017 $1.47
Dec2016 $1.15
Dec2015 $1.00
Dec2014 $0.34
Dec2013 $0.78

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.88
Dec2018 $1.35
Dec2017 $1.09
Dec2016 $0.82
Dec2015 $0.58
Dec2014 $0.32
Dec2013 $0.26

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