Schlumberger passes the initial requirements of both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company receives a perfect score for both investor types, a rare accomplishment which indicates the company is in a very strong financial position. As a result, value investors should feel very comfortable proceeding to the next part of the analysis, which is a determination of the company’s intrinsic value.
When it comes to that valuation, it is critical to consider the company’s earnings history. In this case, the company has grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.47 in 2010 to an estimated $4.70 for 2014. This is a very strong level of demonstrated growth which is within a margin of safety the market’s implied estimate for earnings growth of only 4.43% over the next 7-10 years. In fact, the historical growth is around 7.13% per year, so the market is expecting a drop in earnings growth. The ModernGraham valuation model reduces the historical growth to a more conservative figure, assuming that some slowdown will occur, and returns a valuation near the market’s current price, indicating the company is fairly valued at the present time.
Be sure to check out previous ModernGraham valuations of Schlumberger Limited (SLB)Â for greater perspective!
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