Nike Inc. creates some very good athletic apparel (in addition to some great commercials!), but is that enough for the company to be a worthwhile investment? Â Intelligent Investors must base their investment decisions on fundamental analysis and factual data, in an effort to eliminate risk and speculation. Â This isÂ 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. Â By using theÂ ModernGraham methodÂ one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. Â What follows is a specific look at how Nike Inc. fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance):Â NIKE, Inc. (NIKE) is engaged in the design, development and worldwide marketing and selling of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services. NIKE is a seller of athletic footwear and athletic apparel worldwide. The Company focuses its product offerings in seven key categories: Running, Basketball, Football (Soccer), Men’s Training, Women’s Training, NIKE Sportswear (its sports-inspired products) and Action Sports. It also markets products designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses, such as baseball, cricket, golf, lacrosse, outdoor activities, football (American), tennis, volleyball, walking and wrestling. In February 2013, it sold its Cole Haan affiliate brand to APAX Partners LLP.
Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 5/7
- Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – PASS
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – PASS
- Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – PASS
- 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
- Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – FAIL
- 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 = 5/5
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – PASS
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – PASS
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – PASS
- Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – PASS
- Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$37.36|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$21.90|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||9.86%|
Balance Sheet – 11/30/2013
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share – ModernGrahamÂ
Nike has exhibited some great growth, and has many qualities that make it very attractive; however, the company is not suitable for the Defensive Investor because it is trading at too high PEmg and PB ratios. Â Enterprising Investors are not as concerned about those ratios, though, and the company passes all of the requirements for that investor type. Â As a result, Enterprising Investors following a ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company, including a review of otherÂ companies that pass the ModernGraham requirements. Â As for a valuation, Nike has grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.55 in 2009 to an estimated $2.58 for 2014. Â This solid level of growth is impressive, but it lags behind the market’s implied growth estimate of 9.86%, leading the ModernGraham valuation model to return an intrinsic value estimate that is below the market’s price. Â Therefore, it would appear that Nike is currently overvalued.
The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company’s prospects. Â What do you think? Â What value would you put on Nike Inc. (NKE)? Â Where do you see the company going in the future? Â Is there a company you like better? Â Leave a comment on ourÂ Facebook pageÂ or mentionÂ @ModernGrahamÂ on Twitter to discuss.
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Disclaimer: Â The author did not hold a position in Nike Inc. (NKE) or any of the other companies listed 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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