Tegna Inc Valuation – August 2018 $TGNA

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Tegna Inc., incorporated on February 23, 1972, includes a portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content. The Company operates through TEGNA Media (Media Segment) and TEGNA Digital (Digital Segment) segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s media business included 46 television stations operating in 38 markets and offers television programming and digital content.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of TGNA – August 2018

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

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $2,477,588,762 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.93 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 -17.50% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 6.43 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.28 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.93 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 12.94 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.83
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $26.48
MG Value based on 0% Growth $15.52
Market Implied Growth Rate -1.03%
Current Price $11.75
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

GANNETT CO INC. Common Stock does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings growth over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $2.74 in 2014 to an estimated $1.83 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 1.03% annual earnings loss 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 GANNETT CO INC. Common Stock revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $12.75. The company pays a dividend of $0.35 per share, for a yield of 3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 6.43, which was below the industry average of 38.97, 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 $-16.27.

GANNETT CO INC. Common Stock receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$16.27
Graham Number $12.75
PEmg 6.43
Current Ratio 1.93
PB Ratio 2.28
Current Dividend $0.35
Dividend Yield 2.98%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

 

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $502,878,000
Total Current Liabilities $260,937,000
Long-Term Debt $3,131,137,000
Total Assets $5,142,663,000
Intangible Assets $4,138,676,000
Total Liabilities $4,025,752,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 216,515,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.56
Dec2017 $1.26
Dec2016 $1.99
Dec2015 $2.00
Dec2014 $4.58
Dec2013 $1.66
Dec2012 $1.79
Dec2011 $1.89
Dec2010 $2.43
Dec2009 $1.51
Dec2008 -$29.11
Dec2007 $4.52
Dec2006 $4.90
Dec2005 $5.06
Dec2004 $4.92
Dec2003 $4.46
Dec2002 $4.31
Dec2001 $3.03
Dec2000 $6.41
Dec1999 $3.40
Dec1998 $3.50

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.83
Dec2017 $2.07
Dec2016 $2.45
Dec2015 $2.58
Dec2014 $2.74
Dec2013 $1.83
Dec2012 -$0.15
Dec2011 -$2.00
Dec2010 -$3.68
Dec2009 -$5.36
Dec2008 -$6.52
Dec2007 $4.78
Dec2006 $4.85
Dec2005 $4.67
Dec2004 $4.52
Dec2003 $4.32
Dec2002 $4.21

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Tegna Inc Valuation – February 2017 $TGNA

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 Tegna Inc (TGNA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc., includes a portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content. The Company operates through two segments: TEGNA Media (Media Segment) and TEGNA Digital (Digital Segment). As of December 31, 2015, the Company’s media business included 46 television stations operating in 38 markets, offering television programing and digital content. Its Media segment includes core advertising, including local and national non-political advertising; political advertising during elections; retransmission that represents satellite and cable networks, and telecommunications companies to carry its television signals; digital that includes digital marketing services and advertising on the stations’ Websites, tablet and mobile products, and other services, such as production of programing from third parties and production of advertising material. Its Digital segment consists of business units, including Cars.com, CareerBuilder and G/O Digital.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TGNA – 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 $5,532,465,461 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.39 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 -137.18% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 10.48 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.55 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 1.39 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 17.83 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.46
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $94.58
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $35.62
MG Value based on 0% Growth $20.88
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.99%
Current Price $25.74
% of Intrinsic Value 27.21%

Tegna Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years. The 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 $-0.15 in 2012 to an estimated $2.46 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.99% 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 Tegna Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $21.49. The company pays a dividend of $0.56 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 10.48, which was below the industry average of 39.27, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-25.8.

Tegna 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) -$25.80
Graham Number $21.49
PEmg 10.48
Current Ratio 1.39
PB Ratio 2.55
Current Dividend $0.56
Dividend Yield 2.18%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $846,252,000
Total Current Liabilities $608,614,000
Long-Term Debt $4,237,894,000
Total Assets $8,674,677,000
Intangible Assets $7,123,121,000
Total Liabilities $6,473,182,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 218,099,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.00
Dec2015 $2.00
Dec2014 $4.58
Dec2013 $1.66
Dec2012 $1.79
Dec2011 $1.89
Dec2010 $2.43
Dec2009 $1.51
Dec2008 -$29.11
Dec2007 $4.52
Dec2006 $4.90
Dec2005 $5.06
Dec2004 $4.92
Dec2003 $4.46
Dec2002 $4.31
Dec2001 $3.03
Dec2000 $6.41
Dec1999 $3.40
Dec1998 $3.50
Dec1997 $2.50
Dec1996 $3.33

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.46
Dec2015 $2.58
Dec2014 $2.74
Dec2013 $1.83
Dec2012 -$0.15
Dec2011 -$2.00
Dec2010 -$3.68
Dec2009 -$5.36
Dec2008 -$6.52
Dec2007 $4.78
Dec2006 $4.85
Dec2005 $4.67
Dec2004 $4.52
Dec2003 $4.32
Dec2002 $4.21
Dec2001 $4.03
Dec2000 $4.30

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Tegna Inc. Valuation – November 2015 Update $TGNA

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 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – November 2015.  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 Tegna Inc. (TGNA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc. is a media and marketing solutions company. The Company is engaged in providing local content on a range of platforms in the United States. The Company operates through Broadcasting and Digital segments. It also provides digital marketing services and Internet-based human resource solutions. Its digital media products and services include search, social media and Website development, among others. The Company offers its services in a range of geographies, demographics and content areas. The Company provides consumers with the information and entertainment, and connects consumers to their communities through various platforms, such as television stations, desktop, smartphone and tablet products. Its Broadcasting segment includes an independent station group of network affiliates. The Company’s Digital business segment includes Cars.com, CareerBuilder and Shoplocal.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TGNA – November 2015

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

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $5,730,740,582 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.48 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 -140.78% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 10.28 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.79 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 1.48 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 13.02 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

TGNA value Chart November 2015

EPSmg $2.51
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $96.81
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $36.46
MG Value based on 0% Growth $21.37
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.89%
Current Price $25.84
% of Intrinsic Value 26.69%

Tegna Inc. does not qualify for either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, and the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned by the level of debt relative to the  current assets.  As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed with a cautious speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $2.00 in 2011 to an estimated gain of $2.51 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.89% 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.

The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company’s prospects.  What do you think?  What value would you put on Tegna Inc. (TGNA)?  Where do you see the company going in the future?  Is there a company you like better?  Leave a comment on our Facebook page or mention @ModernGraham on Twitter to discuss.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

TGNA Charts November 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$24.67
Graham Number $19.48
PEmg 10.28
Current Ratio 1.48
PB Ratio 2.79
Dividend Yield 2.86%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

 

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $1,065,919,000
Total Current Liabilities $722,597,000
Long-Term Debt $4,471,119,000
Total Assets $8,874,743,000
Intangible Assets $7,074,099,000
Total Liabilities $6,741,841,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 230,078,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.79
Dec14 $4.58
Dec13 $1.66
Dec12 $1.79
Dec11 $1.89
Dec10 $2.43
Dec09 $1.51
Dec08 -$29.11
Dec07 $4.52
Dec06 $4.90
Dec05 $5.06
Dec04 $4.92
Dec03 $4.46
Dec02 $4.31
Dec01 $3.03
Dec00 $6.41
Dec99 $3.40
Dec98 $3.50
Dec97 $2.50
Dec96 $3.33
Dec95 $1.71

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.51
Dec14 $2.74
Dec13 $1.83
Dec12 -$0.15
Dec11 -$2.00
Dec10 -$3.68
Dec09 -$5.36
Dec08 -$6.52
Dec07 $4.78
Dec06 $4.85
Dec05 $4.67
Dec04 $4.52
Dec03 $4.32
Dec02 $4.21
Dec01 $4.03
Dec00 $4.30
Dec99 $3.12

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10 Most Undervalued Companies for the Enterprising Investor – October 2015
10 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today – October 2015
10 Low PE Stocks for the Enterprising Investor – August 2015
10 Most Undervalued Companies for the Enterprising Investor – August 2015

Other ModernGraham posts about related companies

Tegna Inc. Analysis – August 2015 Update $TGNA
Gannett Company Inc. Annual Valuation – 2014 $GCI
Gannett Co. Inc. (GCI) Quarterly Valuation – May 2014

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Tegna Inc. Analysis – August 2015 Update $TGNA

220px-TEGNA_LogoBenjamin 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 5 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – July 2015.  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 Tegna Inc. (TGNA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): TEGNA Inc., formerly Gannett Co., Inc. is a media and marketing solutions company. The Company is engaged in providing local content on a range of platforms in the United States. The Company operates through business segments: Broadcasting and Digital. It also provides digital marketing services and Internet-based human resource solutions. Its digital media products and services include search, social media and Website development, among others. The Company offers its services in a range of geographies, demographics and content areas. It provides consumers with the information and entertainment, and connects them to their communities through the platforms, including television stations, desktop, smartphone and tablet products. Its Broadcasting segment includes an independent station group of network affiliates. The Company’s Digital business segment includes Cars.com, CareerBuilder, PointRoll and Shoplocal.

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Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 4/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
  4. Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – PASS
  5. Earnings Growth – earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period – FAIL
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – PASS
  7. Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – PASS

Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 4/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – PASS
  4. Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – PASS
  5. Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $26.58
MG Value $96.43
MG Opinion Undervalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $36.32
Value Based on 0% Growth $21.29
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.06%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$26.35
PEmg 10.61
Current Ratio 1.53
PB Ratio 1.83

Balance Sheet – June 2015

Current Assets $1,616,000,000
Current Liabilities $1,055,000,000
Total Debt $4,453,000,000
Total Assets $11,094,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,745,000,000
Total Liabilities $7,727,000,000
Outstanding Shares 231,900,000

Earnings Per Share

2015 (estimate) $1.76
2014 $4.58
2013 $1.66
2012 $1.79
2011 $1.89
2010 $2.43
2009 $1.51
2008 -$29.11
2007 $4.52
2006 $4.90
2005 $5.06

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2015 (estimate) $2.50
2014 $2.74
2013 $1.83
2012 -$0.15
2011 -$2.00
2010 -$3.68

Dividend History

Free Cash Flow

Conclusion:

Tegna Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth or stability over the last ten years along with the low current ratio.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets.  As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with the evaluation.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $2.00 in 2011 to an estimated gain of $2.50 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth surpasses the market’s implied estimate of 1.06% 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.

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News Corp Valuation – March 2019 #NWSA

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): News Corporation, incorporated on December 11, 2012, is a global diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing content to consumers and businesses throughout the world. The Company’s operations are organized into five segments: News and Information Services; Book Publishing; Digital Real Estate Services; Cable Network Programming, and Other. The Company comprises businesses across a range of media, including news and information services, book publishing, digital real estate services, cable network programming in Australia and pay-television distribution in Australia, that are distributed under brands, including The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, The Australian, Herald Sun, The Sun, The Times, HarperCollins Publishers, FOX SPORTS Australia, realestate.com.au, realtor.com and Foxtel, among others. The Company also owns a stake in Foxtel, a pay-television provider in Australia, which is accounted for as an equity investment. The Company operates primarily in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, and its content is distributed and consumed across the world. The Company delivers its content to consumers across numerous distribution platforms consisting not only of traditional print and television, but also through an array of digital platforms, including Websites, applications for mobile devices and tablets, social media and e-book devices.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of NWSA – 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 $7,577,227,483 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.19 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 46.47% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -15.96 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.73 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 1.19 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.31 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$0.81
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$11.76
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$6.90
Market Implied Growth Rate -12.23%
Current Price $12.95
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

News Corp Class A 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 level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $-0.2 in 2015 to an estimated $-0.81 for 2019. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into News Corp Class A revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $11.04. The company pays a dividend of $0.2 per share, for a yield of 1.5% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -15.96, which was below the industry average of 35.38, 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 $-2.32.

News Corp Class A 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) -$2.32
Graham Number $11.04
PEmg -15.96
Current Ratio 1.19
PB Ratio 0.73
Current Dividend $0.20
Dividend Yield 1.54%
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 $4,429,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,712,000,000
Long-Term Debt $936,000,000
Total Assets $16,227,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,796,000,000
Total Liabilities $5,793,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 587,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.34
Jun2018 -$2.60
Jun2017 -$1.27
Jun2016 $0.30
Jun2015 -$0.26
Jun2014 $0.41
Jun2013 $0.87
Jun2012 -$3.58
Jun2011 $1.17

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.81
Jun2018 -$1.15
Jun2017 -$0.28
Jun2016 -$0.01
Jun2015 -$0.20
Jun2014 -$0.19
Jun2013 -$0.43
Jun2012 -$0.88
Jun2011 $0.39

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

Netflix Inc Valuation – March 2019 #NFLX

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Netflix, Inc., incorporated on August 29, 1997, is a provider an Internet television network. The Company operates through three segments: Domestic streaming, International streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic streaming segment includes services that streams content to its members in the United States. The International streaming segment includes services that streams content to its members outside the United States. The Domestic DVD segment includes services, such as digital optical disc (DVD)-by-mail.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of NFLX – 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 $156,739,041,000 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.49 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 616.45% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 159.11 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 30.93 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 1.49 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.23 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.26
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $86.91
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $32.73
MG Value based on 0% Growth $19.19
Market Implied Growth Rate 75.31%
Current Price $359.17
% of Intrinsic Value 413.28%

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

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.36 in 2015 to an estimated $2.26 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 75.31% 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 Netflix, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $31.39. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 159.11, which was above the industry average of 35.38. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-24.48.

Netflix, 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) -$24.48
Graham Number $31.39
PEmg 159.11
Current Ratio 1.49
PB Ratio 30.93
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 $9,694,135,000
Total Current Liabilities $6,487,320,000
Long-Term Debt $10,360,058,000
Total Assets $25,974,400,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $20,735,635,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 451,127,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.65
Dec2018 $2.68
Dec2017 $1.25
Dec2016 $0.43
Dec2015 $0.28
Dec2014 $0.62
Dec2013 $0.26
Dec2012 $0.04
Dec2011 $0.59
Dec2010 $0.42
Dec2009 $0.28
Dec2008 $0.19
Dec2007 $0.14
Dec2006 $0.10
Dec2005 $0.09
Dec2004 $0.05
Dec2003 $0.01
Dec2002 -$0.05
Dec2001 -$0.77
Dec2000 -$1.47

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.26
Dec2018 $1.39
Dec2017 $0.69
Dec2016 $0.38
Dec2015 $0.36
Dec2014 $0.39
Dec2013 $0.29
Dec2012 $0.31
Dec2011 $0.40
Dec2010 $0.28
Dec2009 $0.19
Dec2008 $0.14
Dec2007 $0.10
Dec2006 $0.06
Dec2005 -$0.01
Dec2004 -$0.19
Dec2003 -$0.36

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CBS Corp Valuation – February 2019 $CBS

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): CBS Corporation, incorporated on November 10, 1986, is a mass media company. The Company operates through four segment: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing and Local Media. The Entertainment segment comprises the CBS Television Network; CBS Television Studios; CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution; CBS Interactive; CBS Films; and the Company’s digital streaming services, CBS All Access and CBSN. The Cable Networks segment comprises Showtime Networks, which operates its subscription program services, Showtime, The Movie Channel, and Flix. The Publishing segment comprises Simon & Schuster, which publishes and distributes consumer books under imprints, such as Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Scribner and Gallery Books. The Local Media segment comprises CBS TV Stations, and CBS Local Digital Media. Its businesses span the media and entertainment industries, including the CBS TV Network, cable networks, content production and distribution, television stations, Internet-based businesses, and consumer publishing. It focuses on exhibiting its content on multiple digital platforms, including digital streaming services, as well as third-party live television streaming offerings.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CBS – 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 $18,347,191,065 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.51 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 168.39% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.10 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.39 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 1.51 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.62 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.25
MG Growth Estimate -0.52%
MG Value $24.24
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $47.08
MG Value based on 0% Growth $27.60
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.30%
Current Price $49.02
% of Intrinsic Value 202.26%

CBS Corporation Common Stock 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 PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings growth over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $3.36 in 2014 to an estimated $3.25 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 3.3% 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 CBS Corporation Common Stock revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $24.44. The company pays a dividend of $0.72 per share, for a yield of 1.5% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.1, which was below the industry average of 31.72, 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 $-33.02.

CBS Corporation Common Stock 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) -$33.02
Graham Number $24.44
PEmg 15.10
Current Ratio 1.51
PB Ratio 7.39
Current Dividend $0.72
Dividend Yield 1.47%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $6,040,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,993,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,465,000,000
Total Assets $21,068,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,571,000,000
Total Liabilities $18,554,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 379,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.14
Dec2017 $0.88
Dec2016 $2.81
Dec2015 $2.89
Dec2014 $5.27
Dec2013 $3.01
Dec2012 $2.39
Dec2011 $1.92
Dec2010 $1.04
Dec2009 $0.33
Dec2008 -$17.43
Dec2007 $1.73
Dec2006 $2.15
Dec2005 -$8.98
Dec2004 -$20.37
Dec2003 $1.61
Dec2002 $0.82
Dec2001 -$0.26
Dec2000 -$1.34
Dec1999 $0.90
Dec1998 -$0.42

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.25
Dec2017 $2.52
Dec2016 $3.32
Dec2015 $3.42
Dec2014 $3.36
Dec2013 $2.19
Dec2012 $0.40
Dec2011 -$1.23
Dec2010 -$2.68
Dec2009 -$4.50
Dec2008 -$7.47
Dec2007 -$3.25
Dec2006 -$5.48
Dec2005 -$8.01
Dec2004 -$6.32
Dec2003 $0.58
Dec2002 $0.03

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Discovery Inc Valuation – February 2019 $DISCA

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Discovery, Inc., formerly Discovery Communications, Inc., incorporated on April 28, 2008, is a global media company. The Company provides content across multiple distribution platforms, including pay-television (pay-TV), free-to-air (FTA) and broadcast television, Websites, digital distribution arrangements and content licensing agreements. The Company’s segments include U.S. Networks, which consists principally of domestic television networks and digital content services; International Networks, consisting primarily of international television networks and digital content services, and Education and Other, which consists principally of curriculum-based product and service offerings, and production studios.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of DISCA – 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 $14,199,226,842 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.01 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 -15.77% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 32.05 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.05 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.01 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 293.13 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 Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.88
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $12.80
MG Value based on 0% Growth $7.50
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.78%
Current Price $28.29
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC. Common Stock does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.31 in 2014 to an estimated $0.88 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.78% 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 DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC. Common Stock revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.36. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 32.05, which was above the industry average of 31.72. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-26.9.

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS INC. Common Stock 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) -$26.90
Graham Number $16.36
PEmg 32.05
Current Ratio 1.01
PB Ratio 2.05
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,914,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,860,000,000
Long-Term Debt $15,829,000,000
Total Assets $32,912,000,000
Intangible Assets $26,294,000,000
Total Liabilities $23,093,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 713,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.98
Dec2017 -$0.59
Dec2016 $1.96
Dec2015 $1.58
Dec2014 $1.66
Dec2013 $1.49
Dec2012 $0.62
Dec2011 $1.40
Dec2010 $0.76
Dec2009 $0.64
Dec2008 $0.49
Dec2007 -$0.12
Dec2006 -$0.08
Dec2005 $0.06
Dec2004 $0.12
Dec2003 -$0.10
Dec2002 -$0.23
Dec2001 -$1.09

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.88
Dec2017 $0.96
Dec2016 $1.65
Dec2015 $1.44
Dec2014 $1.31
Dec2013 $1.08
Dec2012 $0.85
Dec2011 $0.85
Dec2010 $0.50
Dec2009 $0.31
Dec2008 $0.13
Dec2007 -$0.04
Dec2006 -$0.01
Dec2005 -$0.07
Dec2004 -$0.18
Dec2003 -$0.31
Dec2002 -$0.37

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Comcast Corp Valuation – January 2019 $CMCSA

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Comcast Corporation, incorporated on December 7, 2001, is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. The Company’s Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks (collectively, the NBCUniversal segments). Its other business interests consist primarily of Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operates arena management-related businesses.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CMCSA – January 2019

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

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.  
 1. Adequate Size of the EnterpriseMarket Cap > $2Bil$162,098,868,009Pass
 2. Sufficiently Strong Financial ConditionCurrent Ratio > 21.18Fail
 3. Earnings StabilityPositive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
 4. Dividend RecordDividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
 5. Earnings GrowthIncrease of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end347.90%Pass
 6. Moderate PEmg RatioPEmg < 2012.76Pass
 7. Moderate Price to AssetsPB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 502.27Pass
     
     
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.  
 1. Sufficiently Strong Financial ConditionCurrent Ratio > 1.51.18Fail
 2. Sufficiently Strong Financial ConditionDebt to NCA < 1.119.48Fail
 3. Earnings StabilityPositive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
 4. Dividend RecordCurrently Pays Dividend Pass
 5. Earnings GrowthEPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg$2.79
MG Growth Estimate15.00%
MG Value$107.49
OpinionUndervalued
MG GradeB
MG Value based on 3% Growth$40.48
MG Value based on 0% Growth$23.73
Market Implied Growth Rate2.13%
Current Price$35.63
% of Intrinsic Value33.15%

Comcast Corporation qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.25 in 2014 to an estimated $2.79 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.13% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Comcast Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29.05. The company pays a dividend of $0.63 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 12.76, which was below the industry average of 27.83, 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 $-22.75.

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

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)-$22.75
Graham Number$29.05
PEmg12.76
Current Ratio1.18
PB Ratio2.27
Current Dividend$0.63
Dividend Yield1.77%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth10

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information9/1/2018
Total Current Assets$23,206,000,000
Total Current Liabilities$19,627,000,000
Long-Term Debt$69,711,000,000
Total Assets$200,635,000,000
Intangible Assets$122,094,000,000
Total Liabilities$128,290,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)4,619,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History 
Next Fiscal Year Estimate$2.54
Dec2017$4.75
Dec2016$1.78
Dec2015$1.62
Dec2014$1.60
Dec2013$1.28
Dec2012$1.14
Dec2011$0.75
Dec2010$0.65
Dec2009$0.63
Dec2008$0.43
Dec2007$0.42
Dec2006$0.40
Dec2005$0.09
Dec2004$0.15
Dec2003$0.48
Dec2002-$0.06
Dec2001$0.21
Dec2000$0.71
Dec1999$0.44
Dec1998$0.40

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History 
Next Fiscal Year Estimate$2.79
Dec2017$2.68
Dec2016$1.59
Dec2015$1.42
Dec2014$1.25
Dec2013$1.01
Dec2012$0.82
Dec2011$0.63
Dec2010$0.55
Dec2009$0.47
Dec2008$0.36
Dec2007$0.31
Dec2006$0.25
Dec2005$0.17
Dec2004$0.24
Dec2003$0.31
Dec2002$0.26

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Viacom Inc Valuation – January 2019 $VIAB

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Viacom Inc., incorporated on September 22, 2005, offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries. The Company operates through two segments: Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Company’s Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for advertisers, content distributors and retailers. The Company’s Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires and distributes motion pictures, television programming and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Animation, Insurge Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films and Paramount Television brands.

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ModernGraham Valuation of VIAB – January 2019

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

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $11,636,179,217 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.50 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 31.12% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 6.86 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.57 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 1.50 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.71 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $4.23
MG Growth Estimate -1.57%
MG Value $22.62
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $61.31
MG Value based on 0% Growth $35.94
Market Implied Growth Rate -0.82%
Current Price $28.99
% of Intrinsic Value 128.16%

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

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $4.72 in 2015 to an estimated $4.23 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 0.82% annual earnings loss 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 Viacom, Inc. Class B revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $41.02. The company pays a dividend of $0.8 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 6.86, which was below the industry average of 27.83, 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 $-25.4.

Viacom, Inc. Class B receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$25.40
Graham Number $41.02
PEmg 6.86
Current Ratio 1.50
PB Ratio 1.57
Current Dividend $0.80
Dividend Yield 2.76%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $6,076,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $4,054,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,515,000,000
Total Assets $23,783,000,000
Intangible Assets $11,922,000,000
Total Liabilities $16,318,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 403,300,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.07
Sep2018 $4.27
Sep2017 $4.68
Sep2016 $3.61
Sep2015 $4.73
Sep2014 $5.43
Sep2013 $4.84
Sep2012 $3.69
Sep2011 $3.59
Dec2009 $2.65
Dec2008 $2.00
Dec2007 $2.72
Dec2006 $2.22
Dec2005 $1.73
Dec2004 $1.84
Dec2003 $1.52
Dec2002 $1.19
Dec2001 $0.58

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.23
Sep2018 $4.39
Sep2017 $4.52
Sep2016 $4.44
Sep2015 $4.72
Sep2014 $4.49
Sep2013 $3.80
Sep2012 $3.17
Sep2011 $2.81
Dec2009 $2.37
Dec2008 $2.19
Dec2007 $2.19
Dec2006 $1.85
Dec2005 $1.57
Dec2004 $1.33
Dec2003 $0.94
Dec2002 $0.55

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

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