Verisign Inc Valuation – March 2019 #VRSN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): VeriSign, Inc., incorporated on April 12, 1995, is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security, enabling Internet navigation for various domain names and providing protection for Websites and enterprises around the world. The Company operates through Registry Services and Security Services segment. Registry Services ensure the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Security Services provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) Protection Services and Managed DNS Services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of VRSN – 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 $21,248,216,007 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.39 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 81.88% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 40.77 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -15.55 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 1.39 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.83 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 $4.35
MG Growth Estimate 9.85%
MG Value $122.80
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $63.12
MG Value based on 0% Growth $37.00
Market Implied Growth Rate 16.14%
Current Price $177.49
% of Intrinsic Value 144.54%

Verisign, 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 $2.63 in 2015 to an estimated $4.35 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 16.14% 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 Verisign, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 40.77, 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 $-16.33.

Verisign, Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$16.33
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 40.77
Current Ratio 1.39
PB Ratio -15.55
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 $1,317,034,000
Total Current Liabilities $947,590,000
Long-Term Debt $1,785,047,000
Total Assets $1,914,504,000
Intangible Assets $52,527,000
Total Liabilities $3,299,978,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 121,407,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.12
Dec2018 $4.75
Dec2017 $3.68
Dec2016 $3.42
Dec2015 $2.82
Dec2014 $2.52
Dec2013 $3.49
Dec2012 $1.95
Dec2011 $0.86
Dec2010 $4.64
Dec2009 $1.28
Dec2008 -$1.90
Dec2007 -$0.63
Dec2006 $1.53
Dec2005 $1.63
Dec2004 $0.60
Dec2003 -$1.20
Dec2002 -$20.97
Dec2001 -$65.64
Dec2000 -$19.57
Dec1999 $0.03

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.35
Dec2018 $3.79
Dec2017 $3.27
Dec2016 $2.99
Dec2015 $2.63
Dec2014 $2.58
Dec2013 $2.56
Dec2012 $1.85
Dec2011 $1.48
Dec2010 $1.53
Dec2009 $0.11
Dec2008 -$0.24
Dec2007 $0.52
Dec2006 -$0.49
Dec2005 -$6.71
Dec2004 -$14.37
Dec2003 -$21.73

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Verisign Inc Valuation – August 2016 $VRSN
Verisign Inc. Analysis – 2015 Update $VRSN
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Verisign Inc Valuation – May 2018 $VRSN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): VeriSign, Inc., incorporated on April 12, 1995, is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security, enabling Internet navigation for various domain names and providing protection for Websites and enterprises around the world. The Company operates through Registry Services and Security Services segment. Registry Services ensure the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Security Services provides infrastructure assurance services consisting of Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) Protection Services and Managed DNS Services.

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ModernGraham Valuation of VRSN – May 2018

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

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $15,589,991,262 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.55 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 69.76% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 34.42 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -12.67 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 1.55 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.07 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 $3.68
MG Growth Estimate 6.35%
MG Value $78.02
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $53.35
MG Value based on 0% Growth $31.27
Market Implied Growth Rate 12.96%
Current Price $126.66
% of Intrinsic Value 162.34%

Verisign, 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 net 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 $2.58 in 2014 to an estimated $3.68 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 12.96% 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 Verisign, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 34.42, which was below the industry average of 42.24, 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 $-14.02.

Verisign, Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$14.02
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 34.42
Current Ratio 1.55
PB Ratio -12.67
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 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,408,528,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,548,946,000
Long-Term Debt $1,783,159,000
Total Assets $2,905,323,000
Intangible Assets $52,527,000
Total Liabilities $4,140,057,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 123,506,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.41
Dec2017 $3.68
Dec2016 $3.42
Dec2015 $2.82
Dec2014 $2.52
Dec2013 $3.49
Dec2012 $1.95
Dec2011 $0.86
Dec2010 $4.64
Dec2009 $1.28
Dec2008 -$1.90
Dec2007 -$0.63
Dec2006 $1.53
Dec2005 $1.63
Dec2004 $0.60
Dec2003 -$1.20
Dec2002 -$20.97
Dec2001 -$65.64
Dec2000 -$19.57
Dec1999 $0.03
Dec1998 -$0.24

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.68
Dec2017 $3.27
Dec2016 $2.99
Dec2015 $2.63
Dec2014 $2.58
Dec2013 $2.56
Dec2012 $1.85
Dec2011 $1.48
Dec2010 $1.53
Dec2009 $0.11
Dec2008 -$0.24
Dec2007 $0.52
Dec2006 -$0.49
Dec2005 -$6.71
Dec2004 -$14.37
Dec2003 -$21.73
Dec2002 -$28.42

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Verisign Inc. Annual Valuation – 2014 $VRSN

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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.

Verisign Inc Valuation – February 2017 $VRSN

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 Verisign Inc (VRSN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security, enabling Internet navigation for domain names and providing protection for Websites and enterprises around the world (Registry Services). The Company operates in Registry Services and Security Services segment. Its product suite also includes Security Services consisting of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services (iDefense) and Managed Domain Name System (Managed DNS) Services. The Company’s Registry Services provides the security and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, approximately two of the Internet’s root servers, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). The Company has operations inside, as well as outside the United States. Its operations infrastructure consists of approximately three secure data centers.

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ModernGraham Valuation of VRSN – 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 $8,601,256,488 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.21 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -818.03% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 27.47 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -8.98 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.21 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.96 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 $2.99
MG Growth Estimate 9.21%
MG Value $80.53
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $43.37
MG Value based on 0% Growth $25.43
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.49%
Current Price $82.18
% of Intrinsic Value 102.05%

Verisign, 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 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.85 in 2012 to an estimated $2.99 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 9.49% 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 Verisign, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 27.47, which was below the industry average of 38.13, 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 $-13.09.

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

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$13.09
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 27.47
Current Ratio 1.21
PB Ratio -8.98
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 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,794,968,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,482,426,000
Long-Term Debt $1,236,731,000
Total Assets $2,297,979,000
Intangible Assets $52,527,000
Total Liabilities $3,467,217,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 127,750,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.42
Dec2015 $2.82
Dec2014 $2.52
Dec2013 $3.49
Dec2012 $1.95
Dec2011 $0.86
Dec2010 $4.64
Dec2009 $1.28
Dec2008 -$1.87
Dec2007 -$0.63
Dec2006 $1.53
Dec2005 $1.63
Dec2004 $0.60
Dec2003 -$1.20
Dec2002 -$20.97
Dec2001 -$65.64
Dec2000 -$19.57
Dec1999 $0.03
Dec1998 -$0.24
Dec1997 -$0.66

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.99
Dec2015 $2.63
Dec2014 $2.58
Dec2013 $2.56
Dec2012 $1.85
Dec2011 $1.49
Dec2010 $1.53
Dec2009 $0.11
Dec2008 -$0.23
Dec2007 $0.52
Dec2006 -$0.49
Dec2005 -$6.71
Dec2004 -$14.37
Dec2003 -$21.73
Dec2002 -$28.42
Dec2001 -$27.17
Dec2000 -$6.65

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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.

Verisign Inc Valuation – August 2016 $VRSN

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 – July 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 Verisign Inc (VRSN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of domain name registry services and Internet security, enabling Internet navigation for domain names and providing protection for Websites and enterprises around the world (Registry Services). The Company operates in Registry Services and Security Services segment. Its product suite also includes Security Services consisting of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services (iDefense) and Managed Domain Name System (Managed DNS) Services. The Company’s Registry Services provides the security and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, approximately two of the Internet’s root servers, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). The Company has operations inside, as well as outside the United States. Its operations infrastructure consists of approximately three secure data centers.

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ModernGraham Valuation of VRSN – 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 $7,457,687,548 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.32 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 -814.75% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.26 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -8.71 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 1.32 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.64 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

VRSN value chart August 2016

EPSmg $2.98
MG Growth Estimate 9.10%
MG Value $79.53
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $43.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $25.31
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.38%
Current Price $75.22
% of Intrinsic Value 94.58%

Verisign, 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 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.85 in 2012 to an estimated $2.98 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 8.38% 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 Verisign, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.26, which was below the industry average of 35.13, 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 $-11.46.

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

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

VRSN charts August 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$11.46
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 25.26
Current Ratio 1.32
PB Ratio -8.71
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 6/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,944,655,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,476,125,000
Long-Term Debt $1,236,272,000
Total Assets $2,314,173,000
Intangible Assets $52,527,000
Total Liabilities $3,441,503,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 130,588,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.38
Dec2015 $2.82
Dec2014 $2.52
Dec2013 $3.49
Dec2012 $1.95
Dec2011 $0.86
Dec2010 $4.64
Dec2009 $1.28
Dec2008 -$1.87
Dec2007 -$0.63
Dec2006 $1.53
Dec2005 $1.63
Dec2004 $0.60
Dec2003 -$1.20
Dec2002 -$20.97
Dec2001 -$65.64
Dec2000 -$19.57
Dec1999 $0.03
Dec1998 -$0.24
Dec1997 -$0.66

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.98
Dec2015 $2.63
Dec2014 $2.58
Dec2013 $2.56
Dec2012 $1.85
Dec2011 $1.49
Dec2010 $1.53
Dec2009 $0.11
Dec2008 -$0.23
Dec2007 $0.52
Dec2006 -$0.49
Dec2005 -$6.71
Dec2004 -$14.37
Dec2003 -$21.73
Dec2002 -$28.42
Dec2001 -$27.17
Dec2000 -$6.65

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Other ModernGraham posts about the company

Verisign Inc. Analysis – 2015 Update $VRSN
20 Companies in the Research Spotlight This Week – June 7, 2014
Verisign Inc. Annual Valuation – 2014 $VRSN

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Total System Services Inc Valuation – May 2016 $TSS
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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp Valuation – January 2016 Update $CTSH

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.

Verisign Inc. Analysis – 2015 Update $VRSN

145px-VRSNlogoAug2012Benjamin 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 – May 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 Verisign Inc. (VRSN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): VeriSign, Inc. is a global provider of domain name registry services and Internet security, enabling Internet navigation for domain names and providing protection for Websites and enterprises around the world (Registry Services). The Company’s product suite also includes Network Intelligence and Availability (NIA) Services consisting of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services (iDefense) and Managed Domain Name System (Managed DNS) Services. The Company’s Registry Services provides the security, stability and resiliency of Internet infrastructure and services, including the .com and .net domains, two of the Internet’s root servers, and operation of the root-zone maintainer functions for the core of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). The Company has operations inside, as well as outside the United States.

Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 1/7

  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 – FAIL
  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 – FAIL
  7. Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – FAIL

Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 2/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – FAIL
  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 – FAIL
  5. Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $61.65
MG Value $80.20
MG Opinion Fairly Valued
Value Based on 3% Growth $37.61
Value Based on 0% Growth $22.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.63%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$12.07
PEmg 23.77
Current Ratio 1.01
PB Ratio -8.71

Balance Sheet – March 2015

Current Assets $1,940,000,000
Current Liabilities $1,922,000,000
Total Debt $1,250,000,000
Total Assets $2,608,000,000
Intangible Assets $53,000,000
Total Liabilities $3,556,000,000
Outstanding Shares 133,900,000

Earnings Per Share

2015 (estimate) $2.72
2014 $2.52
2013 $3.49
2012 $1.95
2011 $0.86
2010 $4.64
2009 $1.28
2008 -$1.90
2007 -$0.63
2006 $1.53
2005 $1.63

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2015 (estimate) $2.59
2014 $2.58
2013 $2.56
2012 $1.85
2011 $1.48
2010 $1.53

Dividend History
Verisign does not pay a dividend.

Conclusion:

As this stock analysis shows, Verisign Inc. is not suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, lack of dividends, the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned with the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of dividends.  As a result, value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities.  As for a valuation, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.48 in 2011 to only an estimated $2.59 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.63% 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 well below 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 Verisign Inc. (VRSN)?  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.

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.  Logo taken from Wikipedia for the sole purpose of identifying the company; this article is not affiliated with the company in any manner.

Verisign Inc. Annual Valuation – 2014 $VRSN

145px-VRSNlogoAug2012Benjamin 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 Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor Near 52 Week Lows.  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 specific look at how Verisign Inc. (VRSN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): VeriSign, Inc. (VeriSign) is a provider of Internet infrastructure services. The Company provides network confidence and availability for mission-critical Internet services, such as domain name registry services and infrastructure assurance services. Its service capabilities enable real-time name resolution for a number of global top level domains (TLDs), enable domain name registration through registrars, and provide security intelligence and cloud-based network availability services to enterprise customers. It has one reportable segment is Naming Services, which consists of Registry Services and Network Intelligence and Availability (NIA) Services. It has operations inside as well as outside the United States (U.S.). Registry Services operates the authoritative directory of all .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names and the back-end systems for all .gov, .jobs and .edu domain names.

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Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 2/7

  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 – FAIL
  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 – PASS
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – FAIL
  7. Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – FAIL

Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 2/5

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

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $51.26
MG Value $86.60
MG Opinion Undervalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $32.62
Value Based on 0% Growth $19.12
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.14%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$9.67
PEmg 22.79
Current Ratio 0.88
PB Ratio -14.78

Balance Sheet – 3/31/2014

Current Assets $1,790,200,000
Current Liabilities $2,043,800,000
Total Debt $750,000,000
Total Assets $2,609,300,000
Intangible Assets $52,500,000
Total Liabilities $3,067,000,000
Outstanding Shares 131,990,000

Earnings Per Share

2014 (estimate) $2.40
2013 $3.49
2012 $1.91
2011 $0.83
2010 $0.39
2009 $1.03
2008 $0.46
2007 -$0.61
2006 $1.53
2005 $0.53
2004 $0.72

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2014 (estimate) $2.25
2013 $1.96
2012 $1.10
2011 $0.61
2010 $0.52
2009 $0.58

Conclusion:

Verisign does not satisfy either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor.  The Defensive Investor has concerns with the poor current ratio, lack of earnings stability or dividend payments, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor has issues with the high level of debt, and the lack of dividend payments.  As a result, value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities.  As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.52 in 2010 to an estimated $2.25 for 2014.  This level of demonstrated growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.14% earnings growth and leads the ModernGraham valuation model, which is based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, to return an estimate of intrinsic value well above the market price at this time.

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 Verisign Inc. (VRSN)?  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.

Disclaimer:  The author did not hold a position in Verisign (VRSN) or any other company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.

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International Business Machines Corp Valuation – April 2019 #IBM

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), incorporated on June 16, 1911, is a technology company. The Company operates through five segments: Cognitive Solutions, Global Business Services (GBS), Technology Services & Cloud Platforms, Systems and Global Financing.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of IBM – 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 $127,277,532,893 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.29 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 -24.36% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 13.11 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.65 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 1.29 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.26 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 $10.91
MG Growth Estimate -2.80%
MG Value $31.55
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $158.22
MG Value based on 0% Growth $92.75
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.30%
Current Price $143.03
% of Intrinsic Value 453.39%

IBM 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, 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 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 $13.42 in 2015 to an estimated $10.91 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 2.3% 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 IBM Common Stock revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $75.75. The company pays a dividend of $6.21 per share, for a yield of 4.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 13.11, which was below the industry average of 46.57, 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 $-63.31.

IBM 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) -$63.31
Graham Number $75.75
PEmg 13.11
Current Ratio 1.29
PB Ratio 7.65
Current Dividend $6.21
Dividend Yield 4.34%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $49,146,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $38,227,000,000
Long-Term Debt $35,605,000,000
Total Assets $123,382,000,000
Intangible Assets $39,353,000,000
Total Liabilities $106,453,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 905,242,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $13.80
Dec2018 $9.52
Dec2017 $6.14
Dec2016 $12.38
Dec2015 $13.42
Dec2014 $11.90
Dec2013 $14.94
Dec2012 $14.37
Dec2011 $13.06
Dec2010 $11.52
Dec2009 $10.01
Dec2008 $8.89
Dec2007 $7.15
Dec2006 $6.11
Dec2005 $4.87
Dec2004 $4.38
Dec2003 $3.74
Dec2002 $2.06
Dec2001 $3.69
Dec2000 $4.44
Dec1999 $4.12

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.91
Dec2018 $9.87
Dec2017 $10.61
Dec2016 $13.04
Dec2015 $13.42
Dec2014 $13.33
Dec2013 $13.63
Dec2012 $12.50
Dec2011 $11.09
Dec2010 $9.65
Dec2009 $8.28
Dec2008 $7.03
Dec2007 $5.82
Dec2006 $4.85
Dec2005 $4.06
Dec2004 $3.66
Dec2003 $3.40

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International Business Machines Corp Valuation – November 2018 $IBM
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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.

DXC Technology Co Valuation – April 2019 #DXC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): DXC Technology Company provides digital information technology (IT) services and solutions. The Company provides a range of services, including analytics, applications, business process, cloud and workload, consulting, enterprise and cloud applications, security, and workplace and mobility. The Company also offers e-commerce, finance and administration products and services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of DXC – 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 $17,558,336,131 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.00 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 76.32% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 18.69 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.61 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 1.00 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -533,800,000.00 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 $3.50
MG Growth Estimate 6.52%
MG Value $75.41
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $50.79
MG Value based on 0% Growth $29.77
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.09%
Current Price $65.45
% of Intrinsic Value 86.79%

DXC Technology Co 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. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.44 in 2015 to an estimated $3.5 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.09% 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 DXC Technology Co revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $76.41. The company pays a dividend of $0.72 per share, for a yield of 1.1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.69, which was below the industry average of 46.57, 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 $-32.23.

DXC Technology Co receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$32.23
Graham Number $76.41
PEmg 18.69
Current Ratio 1.00
PB Ratio 1.61
Current Dividend $0.72
Dividend Yield 1.10%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $8,522,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $8,522,000,010
Long-Term Debt $5,338,000,000
Total Assets $28,871,000,000
Intangible Assets $14,363,000,000
Total Liabilities $17,515,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 278,990,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.49
Mar2018 $6.04
Mar2017 -$0.88
Mar2016 $1.78
Mar2015 $0.01
Mar2014 $6.28
Mar2013 $4.89
Mar2012 -$3.97
Mar2011 $4.73
Mar2010 $5.28
Mar2009 $7.31
Mar2008 $3.20
Mar2007 $2.21
Mar2006 $2.81
Mar2005 $4.22
Mar2004 $2.75
Mar2003 $2.54
Mar2002 $2.01
Mar2001 $1.37
Mar2000 $2.37
Mar1999 $2.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.50
Mar2018 $2.55
Mar2017 $1.35
Mar2016 $2.24
Mar2015 $2.44
Mar2014 $3.59
Mar2013 $2.71
Mar2012 $2.18
Mar2011 $5.02
Mar2010 $4.83
Mar2009 $4.39
Mar2008 $2.96
Mar2007 $2.87
Mar2006 $3.08
Mar2005 $3.01
Mar2004 $2.34
Mar2003 $2.11

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International Business Machines Corp Valuation – November 2018 $IBM
DXC Technology Corp Valuation – November 2018 $DXC
Sykes Enterprises Inc Valuation – October 2018 $SYKE
Computer Programs and Systems Inc Valuation – August 2018 $CPSI
Science Applications International Corp Valuation – July 2018 $SAIC

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.

Gartner Inc Valuation – January 2019 $IT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Gartner, Inc., incorporated on June 1, 1990, is an information technology research and advisory company. The Company works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of information technology (IT), supply chain and marketing within the context of their individual roles. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Consulting and Events. Research segment consists of subscription-based research products, access to research inquiry, peer networking services and membership programs. Consulting segment consists of consulting, measurement engagements and strategic advisory services. Events segment consists of various symposia, conferences and exhibitions.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of IT – 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 $11,868,808,106 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.66 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 23.44% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 92.22 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 12.78 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 0.66 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -2.57 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 Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.42
MG Growth Estimate -3.11%
MG Value $3.22
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $20.53
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.04
Market Implied Growth Rate 41.86%
Current Price $130.58
% of Intrinsic Value 4051.52%

Gartner Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the 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 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 $1.79 in 2014 to an estimated $1.42 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 41.86% 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 Gartner Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.74. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 92.22, which was above the industry average of 44.74. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-37.63.

Gartner 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) -$37.63
Graham Number $19.74
PEmg 92.22
Current Ratio 0.66
PB Ratio 12.78
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 $1,535,340,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,343,596,000
Long-Term Debt $2,077,466,000
Total Assets $5,944,817,000
Intangible Assets $3,996,585,000
Total Liabilities $5,003,269,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 92,148,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.60
Dec2017 $0.04
Dec2016 $2.31
Dec2015 $2.06
Dec2014 $2.03
Dec2013 $1.93
Dec2012 $1.73
Dec2011 $1.39
Dec2010 $0.96
Dec2009 $0.85
Dec2008 $1.05
Dec2007 $0.68
Dec2006 $0.50
Dec2005 -$0.02
Dec2004 $0.13
Dec2003 $0.25
Sep2002 $0.46
Sep2001 -$0.78
Sep2000 $0.30
Sep1999 $0.84
Sep1998 $0.84

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.42
Dec2017 $1.44
Dec2016 $2.10
Dec2015 $1.94
Dec2014 $1.79
Dec2013 $1.57
Dec2012 $1.32
Dec2011 $1.07
Dec2010 $0.88
Dec2009 $0.76
Dec2008 $0.64
Dec2007 $0.39
Dec2006 $0.25
Dec2005 $0.09
Dec2004 $0.12
Dec2003 $0.15
Sep2002 $0.17

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Xerox Corp Valuation – January 2019 $XRX

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Xerox Corporation, incorporated on April 18, 1906, is a provider of digital print technology and related solutions. The Company has capabilities in imaging and printing, data analytics, and the development of secure and automated solutions to help customers improve productivity. The Company’s primary offerings span three main areas: Managed Document Services, Workplace Solutions and Graphic Communications. Its Managed Document Services offerings help customers, ranging from small businesses to global enterprises, optimize their printing and related document workflow and business processes. Managed Document Services includes the document outsourcing business, as well as a set of communication and marketing solutions. The Company’s Workplace Solutions and Graphic Communications products and solutions support the work processes of its customers by providing them with printing and communications infrastructure.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of XRX – 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 $5,597,258,219 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.82 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 -92.69% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 28.28 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.10 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 1.82 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.16 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 $0.83
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $12.04
MG Value based on 0% Growth $7.06
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.89%
Current Price $23.49
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

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

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $3.39 in 2014 to an estimated $0.83 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 9.89% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Xerox Corp revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $28.83. The company pays a dividend of $0.81 per share, for a yield of 3.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 28.28, which was below the industry average of 44.74, 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 $-19.47.

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

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$19.47
Graham Number $28.83
PEmg 28.28
Current Ratio 1.82
PB Ratio 1.10
Current Dividend $0.81
Dividend Yield 3.46%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $4,970,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,736,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,815,000,000
Total Assets $15,353,000,000
Intangible Assets $4,131,000,000
Total Liabilities $9,917,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 254,053,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.79
Dec2017 $0.71
Dec2016 -$1.95
Dec2015 $1.58
Dec2014 $3.36
Dec2013 $3.64
Dec2012 $3.52
Dec2011 $3.60
Dec2010 $1.72
Dec2009 $2.20
Dec2008 $1.04
Dec2007 $4.76
Dec2006 $4.88
Dec2005 $3.76
Dec2004 $3.44
Dec2003 $1.44
Dec2002 $0.08
Dec2001 -$0.60
Dec2000 -$1.92
Dec1999 $7.40
Dec1998 $1.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.83
Dec2017 $0.72
Dec2016 $1.16
Dec2015 $2.86
Dec2014 $3.39
Dec2013 $3.25
Dec2012 $2.84
Dec2011 $2.55
Dec2010 $2.33
Dec2009 $2.86
Dec2008 $3.32
Dec2007 $4.19
Dec2006 $3.51
Dec2005 $2.43
Dec2004 $1.34
Dec2003 $0.62
Dec2002 $0.54

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