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 companyÂ or by reviewing theÂ 5 Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor Near 52 Week Lows.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 Regal-Beloit Corp (RBC)Â fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance):Â Regal Beloit Corporation is a global manufacturer of electric motors and controls, electric generators and controls, and mechanical motion control products. The Company operates in two segments: Electrical and Mechanical. Its electrical products include motors used in commercial and residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning ( HVAC) applications, a full line of alternating current ( AC) and direct current ( DC) commercial and industrial electric motors, electric generators and controls, high-performance drives and controls, and capacitors. Its mechanical products include primarily gears and gearboxes, marine transmissions, automotive transmissions, manual valve actuators, and electrical connectivity devices. In February 2014, Regal Beloit Corp acquired Hy-Bon Engineering Company, Inc.
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 -Â PASS
- Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years -Â 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 – FAIL
- Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 -Â FAIL
- 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 = 5/5
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 -Â 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 -Â PASS
- Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago -Â PASS
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$56.10|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$32.88|
|Market-Implied Growth Rate||5.93%|
Balance Sheet – 3/29/2014
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham
Regal-Beloit is suitable for Enterprising Investors but not for Defensive Investors. Â The Defensive Investor has issues with the lack of sufficient growth over the last ten years and the high PEmg ratio, but the company passes all of the requirements for the Enterprising Investor. Â As a result, Enterprising InvestorsÂ following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company and comparing it to other opportunities through a review of ModernGraham’s valuation of Emerson Electric (EMR) and ModernGraham’s valuation of General Electric (GE). Â As for a valuation, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.44 in 2010 to only an estimated $3.87 for 2014. Â This low level of demonstrated growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.93% earnings growth and leads the ModernGraham valuation model, which is based on one of Benjamin Graham’s formula, to return an estimate of intrinsic value below the market 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 Regal-Beloit Corp (RBC)? Â Where do you see the company going in the future? Â Is there a company you like better? Â Leave aÂ comment on ourÂ Facebook pageÂ or mentionÂ @ModernGrahamÂ on Twitter to discuss.
Be sure to review the previousÂ ModernGraham Valuations of Regal-Beloit Corp (RBC)!
Disclaimer: Â The author did not hold a position in Regal-Beloit Corp (RBC) 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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