Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. 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 Teradata Corporation fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance):Â Teradata Corporation (Teradata) is engaged in analytic data solutions, including integrated data warehousing, big data analytics and business applications. The Companyâ€™s data data warehousing solutions are consisted of software, hardware, and related business consulting and support services. Its solutions integrate an organizationâ€™s departmental and enterprise-wide data about customers, financials and operations into a single integrated data warehouse. Its analytic technologies then transform that data into actionable information. The Company serves customers across a range of industries globally ranging from small departmental and corporate implementations to data warehouses and marketing applications. Teradata operates from four main locations in the United States: Dayton, Ohio; Johns Creek (Atlanta), Georgia; Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), California; and Indianapolis, Indiana. In June 2012, the Company acquired eCircle.
Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 4/7
- 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 – FAIL
- 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 = 4/5
- 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 – FAIL
- Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS
|MG Opinion||Fairly Valued|
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$31.18|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$18.28|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||6.43%|
Balance Sheet – 12/31/2013
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share – ModernGrahamÂ
Teradata Corporation appears suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the Defensive Investor due to the lack of dividend payments and the high PEmg and PB ratios. Â The Enterprising Investor’s only concern is the lack of dividend payments, which is not enough of a concern by itself to eliminate the company from potential investment. Â As a result, Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company. Â Such research should include comparison to other opportunities such as through a review of ModernGraham’s valuation of International Business Machines (IBM) and ModernGraham’s valuation of Oracle (ORCL). Â From a valuation perspective, the company appears fairly valued, having grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.29 in 2009 to $2.15 for 2013. Â This is a solid level of growth that supports the market’s implied estimate of earnings growth in the amount of 6.43%, leading the ModernGraham valuation model to return an estimate of intrinsic value that falls within a margin of safety in relation to the price.
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 Teradata Corporation (TDC)? 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 Teradata Corporation (TDC) 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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