Symantec Corp Valuation – February 2019 $SYMC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Symantec Corporation, incorporated on April 19, 1988, provides security and information management solutions. The Company operates its business on a global civilian cyber intelligence threat network and tracks various threats across the Internet from mobile devices, endpoints, and servers across the world. The Company is developing solutions for cloud, threat protection, information protection and cyber security services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Security and Enterprise Security. The Company’s services include business critical services, consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYMC – 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 $14,407,951,765 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.02 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 -4.35% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 14.88 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.44 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 1.02 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 54.90 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 $1.51
MG Growth Estimate 3.38%
MG Value $23.12
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $21.96
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.87
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.19%
Current Price $22.54
% of Intrinsic Value 97.49%

Symantec Corporation does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. 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 $1.24 in 2015 to an estimated $1.51 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.19% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Symantec Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.76. The company pays a dividend of $0.3 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 14.88, which was below the industry average of 56.55, 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 $-10.69.

Symantec Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$10.69
Graham Number $16.76
PEmg 14.88
Current Ratio 1.02
PB Ratio 2.44
Current Dividend $0.30
Dividend Yield 1.33%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

 

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,724,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,643,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,447,000,000
Total Assets $16,456,000,000
Intangible Assets $10,673,000,000
Total Liabilities $10,550,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 638,540,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.55
Mar2018 $1.70
Mar2017 -$0.17
Mar2016 $3.71
Mar2015 $1.26
Mar2014 $1.28
Mar2013 $1.06
Mar2012 $1.59
Mar2011 $0.76
Mar2010 $0.87
Mar2009 -$8.17
Mar2008 $0.52
Mar2007 $0.41
Mar2006 $0.15
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.54
Mar2003 $0.39
Mar2002 -$0.05
Mar2001 $0.12
Mar2000 $0.34
Mar1999 $0.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.51
Mar2018 $1.52
Mar2017 $1.43
Mar2016 $2.08
Mar2015 $1.24
Mar2014 $1.19
Mar2013 $0.50
Mar2012 -$0.15
Mar2011 -$1.05
Mar2010 -$1.72
Mar2009 -$2.43
Mar2008 $0.45
Mar2007 $0.42
Mar2006 $0.40
Mar2005 $0.47
Mar2004 $0.31
Mar2003 $0.19

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Symantec Corp Valuation – April 2018 $SYMC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Symantec Corporation, incorporated on April 19, 1988, provides security and information management solutions. The Company operates its business on a global civilian cyber intelligence threat network and tracks various threats across the Internet from mobile devices, endpoints, and servers across the world. The Company is developing solutions for cloud, threat protection, information protection and cyber security services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Security and Enterprise Security. The Company’s services include business critical services, consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYMC – April 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 $16,160,000,012 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.15 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 -186.85% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.63 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.50 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 1.15 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 11.99 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 $1.66
MG Growth Estimate 6.03%
MG Value $34.18
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $24.12
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.14
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.57%
Current Price $26.00
% of Intrinsic Value 76.06%

Symantec Corporation does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the 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 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 $1.19 in 2014 to an estimated $1.66 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.57% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Symantec Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.66. The company pays a dividend of $0.3 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.63, which was below the industry average of 49.59, 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 $-11.18.

Symantec Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$11.18
Graham Number $16.66
PEmg 15.63
Current Ratio 1.15
PB Ratio 3.50
Current Dividend $0.30
Dividend Yield 1.15%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $3,567,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,101,000,000
Long-Term Debt $5,587,000,000
Total Assets $15,980,000,000
Intangible Assets $11,072,000,000
Total Liabilities $11,022,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 667,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.14
Mar2017 -$0.17
Mar2016 $3.71
Mar2015 $1.26
Mar2014 $1.28
Mar2013 $1.06
Mar2012 $1.59
Mar2011 $0.76
Mar2010 $0.87
Mar2009 -$8.17
Mar2008 $0.52
Mar2007 $0.41
Mar2006 $0.15
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.54
Mar2003 $0.39
Mar2002 -$0.05
Mar2001 $0.12
Mar2000 $0.34
Mar1999 $0.11
Mar1998 $0.18

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.66
Mar2017 $1.43
Mar2016 $2.08
Mar2015 $1.24
Mar2014 $1.19
Mar2013 $0.50
Mar2012 -$0.15
Mar2011 -$1.05
Mar2010 -$1.72
Mar2009 -$2.43
Mar2008 $0.45
Mar2007 $0.42
Mar2006 $0.40
Mar2005 $0.47
Mar2004 $0.31
Mar2003 $0.19
Mar2002 $0.11

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Disclaimer:

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

Symantec Corp Valuation – August 2017 $SYMC

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 – March 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 Symantec Corp (SYMC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Symantec Corporation is a United States-based cyber security company. The Company offers products under categories, such as threat protection, information protection, cyber security services and Website security. Under threat protection, it offers Advanced Threat Protection, Endpoint Protection, Endpoint Protection Cloud, IT Management Suite, Email Security.Cloud, Data Center Security and Cloud Workload Protection products. Under the information protection category, it offers Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Managed PKI, Service, VIP Access Manager, and Data Loss Prevention and CloudSOC products. The Company also offers consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services. Its cyber security services include DeepSight Intelligence software, which provides an analysis of attacks. The Company offers the Blue Coat Security Platform, which provides Web security solutions for global enterprises and governments.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYMC – August 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 $17,336,140,568 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.02 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 -182.87% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.94 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.08 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 < 1.1 119.27 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 $1.58
MG Growth Estimate 4.93%
MG Value $28.95
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $22.86
MG Value based on 0% Growth $13.40
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.72%
Current Price $28.29
% of Intrinsic Value 97.73%

Symantec Corporation does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the  low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the 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 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 $1.19 in 2014 to an estimated $1.58 for 2018.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 4.72% 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 Symantec Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $15.62.  The company pays a dividend of $0.3 per share, for a yield of 1.1%  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.94, which was below the industry average of 38.79, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-15.28.

Symantec Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$15.28
Graham Number $15.62
PEmg 17.94
Current Ratio 1.02
PB Ratio 5.08
Current Dividend $0.30
Dividend Yield 1.06%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2017
Total Current Assets $3,173,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,121,000,000
Long-Term Debt $6,202,000,000
Total Assets $15,868,000,000
Intangible Assets $11,530,000,000
Total Liabilities $12,479,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 609,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.88
Mar2017 -$0.17
Mar2016 $3.71
Mar2015 $1.26
Mar2014 $1.28
Mar2013 $1.06
Mar2012 $1.59
Mar2011 $0.76
Mar2010 $0.87
Mar2009 -$8.17
Mar2008 $0.52
Mar2007 $0.41
Mar2006 $0.15
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.54
Mar2003 $0.39
Mar2002 -$0.05
Mar2001 $0.12
Mar2000 $0.34
Mar1999 $0.11
Mar1998 $0.18

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.58
Mar2017 $1.43
Mar2016 $2.08
Mar2015 $1.24
Mar2014 $1.19
Mar2013 $0.50
Mar2012 -$0.15
Mar2011 -$1.05
Mar2010 -$1.72
Mar2009 -$2.43
Mar2008 $0.45
Mar2007 $0.42
Mar2006 $0.40
Mar2005 $0.47
Mar2004 $0.31
Mar2003 $0.19
Mar2002 $0.11

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Disclaimer:

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

Symantec Corporation Valuation – August 2016 $SYMC

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 – August 2016.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Symantec Corporation (SYMC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Symantec Corporation provides security and information management solutions. The Company operates its business on a global civilian cyber intelligence threat network and tracks various threats across the Internet from mobile devices, endpoints, and servers across the world. It is developing solutions for cloud, threat protection, information protection and cyber security services. It operates through two segments: Consumer Security and Enterprise Security. Its Consumer Security segment allows customers to be productive and protected at home and at work. Its Norton-branded services provide multi-layer security and identity protection on desktop and mobile operating systems, to defend against online threats to individuals, families and small businesses. Its Enterprise Security segment protects organizations so they can securely conduct business, and its products include threat protection products, information protection products, cyber security services and Website security offerings.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYMC – August 2016

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

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $14,540,594,499 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.05 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -189.23% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 12.88 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.91 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 2.05 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.75 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

SYMC value chart August 2016

EPSmg $1.84
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $70.94
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $26.72
MG Value based on 0% Growth $15.66
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.19%
Current Price $23.73
% of Intrinsic Value 33.45%

Symantec Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and 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 $0.5 in 2013 to an estimated $1.84 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.19% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Symantec Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $12.19. The company pays a dividend of $0.53 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 12.88, which was below the industry average of 36.31, 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 $-1.56.

Symantec Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

SYMC charts August 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$1.56
Graham Number $12.19
PEmg 12.88
Current Ratio 2.05
PB Ratio 3.91
Current Dividend $0.53
Dividend Yield 2.21%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2016
Total Current Assets $6,799,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,322,000,000
Long-Term Debt $2,605,000,000
Total Assets $11,530,000,000
Intangible Assets $3,569,000,000
Total Liabilities $7,764,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 620,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.08
Mar2016 $3.71
Mar2015 $1.26
Mar2014 $1.28
Mar2013 $1.06
Mar2012 $1.59
Mar2011 $0.76
Mar2010 $0.87
Mar2009 -$8.17
Mar2008 $0.52
Mar2007 $0.41
Mar2006 $0.15
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.54
Mar2003 $0.39
Mar2002 -$0.05
Mar2001 $0.12
Mar2000 $0.34
Mar1999 $0.11
Mar1998 $0.18
Mar1997 $0.06

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.84
Mar2016 $2.08
Mar2015 $1.24
Mar2014 $1.19
Mar2013 $0.50
Mar2012 -$0.15
Mar2011 -$1.05
Mar2010 -$1.72
Mar2009 -$2.43
Mar2008 $0.45
Mar2007 $0.42
Mar2006 $0.40
Mar2005 $0.47
Mar2004 $0.31
Mar2003 $0.19
Mar2002 $0.11
Mar2001 $0.18

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Symantec Corp Valuation – February 2016 $SYMC

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 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today – February 2016.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Symantec Corp (SYMC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Symantec Corporation provides security, backup and availability solutions. The Company operates in three segments: Consumer Security, Enterprise Security, and Information Management. The Company’s products and services offer protection of information in any environment from the mobile device, to the enterprise data center, to cloud-based systems. Consumers receive automatic downloads of the latest virus definitions, application bug fixes and patches for its consumer product. The Company’s enterprise security support program offers annual maintenance support contracts, including content, upgrades and technical support. The Company’s Consumer Security segment offers Norton-branded services, which provide multi-layer security and identity protection on desktop and mobile operating systems, to defend against online threats to individuals, families and small businesses.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYMC

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 $12,894,650,308 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.87 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 -147.38% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.54 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.48 Pass
Score
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.87 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.52 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

SYMC value chart February 2016

EPSmg $1.14
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $43.74
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $16.47
MG Value based on 0% Growth $9.66
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.52%
Current Price $19.93
% of Intrinsic Value 45.57%

Symantec Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. 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 $-0.15 in 2012 to an estimated $1.14 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.52% 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.

Symantec Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

SYMC charts February 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $0.94
Graham Number $12.60
PEmg 17.54
Current Ratio 1.87
PB Ratio 2.48
Dividend Yield 3.01%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Dec2015
Total Current Assets $7,173,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,827,000,000
Long-Term Debt $1,740,000,000
Total Assets $11,936,000,000
Intangible Assets $3,610,000,000
Total Liabilities $6,542,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 671,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.89
Mar2015 $1.26
Mar2014 $1.28
Mar2013 $1.06
Mar2012 $1.59
Mar2011 $0.76
Mar2010 $0.87
Mar2009 -$8.17
Mar2008 $0.52
Mar2007 $0.41
Mar2006 $0.15
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.54
Mar2003 $0.39
Mar2002 -$0.05
Mar2001 $0.12
Mar2000 $0.34
Mar1999 $0.11
Mar1998 $0.18
Mar1997 $0.06
Mar1996 -$0.10

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.14
Mar2015 $1.24
Mar2014 $1.19
Mar2013 $0.50
Mar2012 -$0.15
Mar2011 -$1.05
Mar2010 -$1.72
Mar2009 -$2.43
Mar2008 $0.45
Mar2007 $0.42
Mar2006 $0.40
Mar2005 $0.47
Mar2004 $0.31
Mar2003 $0.19
Mar2002 $0.11
Mar2001 $0.18
Mar2000 $0.18

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Symantec Corporation Annual Valuation – 2014 $SYMC

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After reviewing the data, it is clear that conservative value investors may wish to seek other opportunities. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, short dividend history, insufficient earnings stability, and high PB ratio, while the Enterprising Investor has concerns with the high level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, both investor types would find the company to be too risky to proceed. That said, any investor willing to speculate about the future of the company may go ahead with the next step of the analysis, which is a determination of the company’s intrinsic value.

When calculating an estimate of intrinsic value, it is important to consider the historical earnings results, along with the market’s implied estimate for future growth. Here, the company has grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $1.05 in 2011 to an estimated gain of $1.44 for 2015. This level of demonstrated growth is fairly strong, and significantly higher than the market’s implied estimate of only 4.93%. As a result, Symantec Corporation appears to be significantly undervalued at the present time.

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Cisco Systems Inc Valuation – April 2019 #CSCO

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco), incorporated on December 10, 1984, is engaged in designing and selling a range of technologies across networking, security, collaboration, applications and the cloud. The Company operates through three geographic segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific, Japan, and China (APJC).The Company’s product and technologies includes, infrastructure platforms; applications; security and other products. It also offers technical support services and advanced services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CSCO – 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 $243,035,961,849 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.80 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 21.55% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.37 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.10 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 1.80 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.67 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 $1.76
MG Growth Estimate 1.20%
MG Value $19.19
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $25.52
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.96
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.43%
Current Price $55.21
% of Intrinsic Value 287.64%

Cisco Systems, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.63 in 2015 to an estimated $1.76 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.43% 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 Cisco Systems, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $24.85. The company pays a dividend of $1.24 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 31.37, which was below the industry average of 69.29, 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 $-1.9.

Cisco Systems, 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) -$1.90
Graham Number $24.85
PEmg 31.37
Current Ratio 1.80
PB Ratio 6.10
Current Dividend $1.24
Dividend Yield 2.25%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 1/1/2019
Total Current Assets $53,117,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $29,479,000,000
Long-Term Debt $15,893,000,000
Total Assets $102,462,000,000
Intangible Assets $35,563,000,000
Total Liabilities $61,673,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 4,505,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.93
Jul2018 $0.02
Jul2017 $1.90
Jul2016 $2.11
Jul2015 $1.75
Jul2014 $1.49
Jul2013 $1.86
Jul2012 $1.49
Jul2011 $1.17
Jul2010 $1.33
Jul2009 $1.05
Jul2008 $1.31
Jul2007 $1.17
Jul2006 $0.89
Jul2005 $0.87
Jul2004 $0.62
Jul2003 $0.50
Jul2002 $0.25
Jul2001 -$0.14
Jul2000 $0.36
Jul1999 $0.29

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.76
Jul2018 $1.27
Jul2017 $1.87
Jul2016 $1.82
Jul2015 $1.63
Jul2014 $1.54
Jul2013 $1.50
Jul2012 $1.30
Jul2011 $1.21
Jul2010 $1.20
Jul2009 $1.11
Jul2008 $1.08
Jul2007 $0.92
Jul2006 $0.74
Jul2005 $0.58
Jul2004 $0.40
Jul2003 $0.27

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Salesforce.com Inc Valuation – March 2019 #CRM

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Salesforce.com, Inc., incorporated February 3, 1999, is a provider of enterprise software, delivered through the cloud, with a focus on customer relationship management (CRM). The Company focuses on cloud, mobile, social, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence technologies. The Company’s service offerings are configured and integrated with other platforms and enterprise applications. The Company delivers its service offerings via Internet browsers and on mobile devices. Its Customer Success Platform is a portfolio of service offerings providing sales force automation, customer service and support, marketing automation, digital commerce, community management, analytics, application development, IoT integration, collaborative productivity tools and its professional cloud services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CRM – 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 $121,301,431,411 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.95 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 -1259.69% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 114.55 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.90 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 0.95 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -5.55 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.37
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $52.85
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $19.90
MG Value based on 0% Growth $11.67
Market Implied Growth Rate 53.03%
Current Price $157.24
% of Intrinsic Value 297.53%

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

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $-0.28 in 2016 to an estimated $1.37 for 2020. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 53.03% 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 salesforce.com, inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $33.94. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 114.55, which was above the industry average of 65.85. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-5.67.

salesforce.com, 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) -$5.67
Graham Number $33.94
PEmg 114.55
Current Ratio 0.95
PB Ratio 7.90
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 1/1/2019
Total Current Assets $10,683,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $11,255,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,173,000,000
Total Assets $30,737,000,000
Intangible Assets $14,926,000,000
Total Liabilities $15,132,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 784,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.51
Jan2019 $1.43
Jan2018 $0.49
Jan2017 $0.46
Jan2016 -$0.07
Jan2015 -$0.42
Jan2014 -$0.39
Jan2013 -$0.48
Jan2012 -$0.02
Jan2011 $0.12
Jan2010 $0.16
Jan2009 $0.09
Jan2008 $0.04
Jan2007 $0.00
Jan2006 $0.06
Jan2005 $0.02
Jan2004 $0.01
Jan2003 -$0.09
Jan2002 -$0.34
Jan2001 -$0.60

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.37
Jan2019 $0.66
Jan2018 $0.19
Jan2017 -$0.03
Jan2016 -$0.28
Jan2015 -$0.33
Jan2014 -$0.24
Jan2013 -$0.11
Jan2012 $0.07
Jan2011 $0.10
Jan2010 $0.09
Jan2009 $0.05
Jan2008 $0.03
Jan2007 $0.01
Jan2006 -$0.01
Jan2005 -$0.09
Jan2004 -$0.17

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Akamai Technologies Inc Valuation – February 2019 $AKAM

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Akamai Technologies, Inc., incorporated on August 20, 1998, is engaged in providing cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing content and business applications over the Internet. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s globally-distributed platform included more than 200,000 servers in over 1,600 networks in 131 countries. It is involved in offering content delivery network (CDN) services. Its services include the delivery of content, applications and software over the Internet, as well as mobile and security solutions, and enterprise professional services. The Company’s solutions include Performance and Security Solutions, Media Delivery Solutions, and Service and Support Solutions.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AKAM – 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 $11,398,590,049 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.09 Pass
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 122.01% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 29.64 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.60 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 2.09 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.66 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 $2.36
MG Growth Estimate 6.75%
MG Value $51.89
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $34.20
MG Value based on 0% Growth $20.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.57%
Current Price $69.90
% of Intrinsic Value 134.71%

Akamai Technologies, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. 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 $1.63 in 2015 to an estimated $2.36 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 10.57% 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 Akamai Technologies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $41.15. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 29.64, which was below the industry average of 56.55, 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 $1.61.

Akamai Technologies, 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) $1.61
Graham Number $41.15
PEmg 29.64
Current Ratio 2.09
PB Ratio 3.60
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,535,354,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,210,709,000
Long-Term Debt $874,080,000
Total Assets $5,461,770,000
Intangible Assets $1,655,752,000
Total Liabilities $2,269,910,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 164,540,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.84
Dec2018 $1.76
Dec2017 $1.26
Dec2016 $1.79
Dec2015 $1.78
Dec2014 $1.84
Dec2013 $1.61
Dec2012 $1.12
Dec2011 $1.07
Dec2010 $0.90
Dec2009 $0.78
Dec2008 $0.79
Dec2007 $0.56
Dec2006 $0.34
Dec2005 $2.11
Dec2004 $0.25
Dec2003 -$0.25
Dec2002 -$1.81
Dec2001 -$23.59
Dec2000 -$10.07
Dec1999 -$1.98

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.36
Dec2018 $1.64
Dec2017 $1.61
Dec2016 $1.73
Dec2015 $1.63
Dec2014 $1.47
Dec2013 $1.22
Dec2012 $1.00
Dec2011 $0.90
Dec2010 $0.76
Dec2009 $0.77
Dec2008 $0.78
Dec2007 $0.72
Dec2006 $0.57
Dec2005 -$1.09
Dec2004 -$4.16
Dec2003 -$6.76

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Accenture PLC Valuation – February 2019 $ACN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Accenture plc, incorporated on June 10, 2009, is a professional services company serving clients in a range of industries and in geographic regions, which include North America, Europe and Growth Markets. The Company is engaged in providing management and technology consulting services. The Company’s segments include Communications, Media & Technology; Financial Services; Health & Public Service; Products, and Resources. Its services and solutions include Accenture Strategy, Accenture Consulting, Accenture Digital, Accenture Technology and Accenture Operations. The Accenture Strategy provides a range of strategy services focused on areas, such as digital technologies; enterprise architecture and applications; Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and enterprise value; information technology (IT); security; mergers and acquisitions; operations; advanced customer services, and talent and organization. The Accenture Consulting provides industry insights and management and technology consulting capabilities. The Accenture Digital provides digital services across three areas, including Accenture Interactive, Accenture Mobility and Accenture Analytics. The Accenture Technology comprises two primary areas: Technology Services, and Technology Innovation and Ecosystem. The Accenture Operations provide business process services, infrastructure services, security services and cloud services, including the Accenture cloud platform. The Company also provides intelligent automation services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of ACN – 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 $100,971,886,029 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.33 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 90.80% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.07 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.91 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.33 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.01 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 $6.32
MG Growth Estimate 5.99%
MG Value $129.42
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $91.63
MG Value based on 0% Growth $53.71
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.29%
Current Price $158.43
% of Intrinsic Value 122.42%

Accenture Plc 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 low current ratio. 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 $4.52 in 2015 to an estimated $6.32 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 8.29% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Accenture Plc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.84. The company pays a dividend of $2.66 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.07, which was below the industry average of 56.55, 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 $-0.17.

Accenture Plc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$0.17
Graham Number $50.84
PEmg 25.07
Current Ratio 1.33
PB Ratio 7.91
Current Dividend $2.66
Dividend Yield 1.68%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 11/1/2018
Total Current Assets $13,540,408,000
Total Current Liabilities $10,176,335,000
Long-Term Debt $19,896,000
Total Assets $26,706,412,000
Intangible Assets $6,219,615,000
Total Liabilities $13,650,844,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 652,151,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.09
Aug2018 $6.34
Aug2017 $5.44
Aug2016 $6.45
Aug2015 $4.76
Aug2014 $4.52
Aug2013 $4.93
Aug2012 $3.84
Aug2011 $3.39
Aug2010 $2.66
Aug2009 $2.44
Aug2008 $2.65
Aug2007 $1.97
Aug2006 $1.59
Aug2005 $1.56
Aug2004 $1.22
Aug2003 $1.05
Aug2002 $0.56
Aug2001 $1.13

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.32
Aug2018 $5.79
Aug2017 $5.42
Aug2016 $5.24
Aug2015 $4.52
Aug2014 $4.22
Aug2013 $3.86
Aug2012 $3.22
Aug2011 $2.81
Aug2010 $2.44
Aug2009 $2.23
Aug2008 $2.02
Aug2007 $1.63
Aug2006 $1.37
Aug2005 $1.21
Aug2004 $0.95
Aug2003 $0.73

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Disclaimer:

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

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