Wells Fargo & Co. passes the initial requirements of the Enterprising Investor as well as the more conservative Defensive Investor. In fact, the company passes all of the requirements of both investor types, which is a rare accomplishment. As a result, all 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 $1.83 in 2010 to $3.60 for 2014. This is a strong level of demonstrated growth, which is well above the market’s implied estimate for earnings growth of only 3.37% over the next 7-10 years. In fact, the historical growth is around 19.4% per year, so the market is expecting a very significant drop in earnings growth. The ModernGraham valuation model reduces the historical growth to a more conservative figure, assuming that some slowdown will occur, but still returns an estimate of intrinsic value falling above the current price, indicating the company is undervalued at the present time.
Be sure to check out previous ModernGraham valuations of Wells Fargo & Company (WFC)Â for greater perspective!
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