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TE Connectivity Limited Quarterly Valuation – May 2015 $TEL

LogoTEConnectivityBenjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is 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 or by reviewing the 5 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – May 2015.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a specific look at how TE Connectivity (TEL) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): TE Connectivity Ltd. (TE Connectivity) is a technology company. The Company designs and manufactures connectivity and sensors solutions. It operates its business through four reporting segments: Transportation Solutions, which offers various products, including terminals and connector systems and components, relays, circuit protection devices, sensors, and application tooling, among others; Industrial Solutions, which include terminals and connector systems and components, heat shrink tubing, relays, wire and cable; Network Solutions, which offer terminals and connector systems and components, fiber optic, wire and racks, and panels, among others, and Consumer Solutions, which include terminals and connector systems and components, circuit protection devices, antennas, relays and heat shrink tubing. It markets its products to manufacturers and distributors in a number of markets, which include automotive, industrial equipment, telecom networks and consumer devices, among others.

Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 3/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion - PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 - FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years - FAIL
  4. Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years - FAIL
  5. 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
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 - PASS
  7. 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

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 - PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 - PASS
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – PASS
  4. Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend - PASS
  5. Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago - PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $69.96
MG Value $144.45
MG Opinion Undervalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $54.40
Value Based on 0% Growth $31.89
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.07%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$8.82
PEmg 18.65
Current Ratio 1.84
PB Ratio 3.21

Balance Sheet – March 2015

Current Assets $7,612,000,000
Current Liabilities $4,141,000,000
Total Debt $3,390,000,000
Total Assets $20,243,000,000
Intangible Assets $6,462,000,000
Total Liabilities $11,254,000,000
Outstanding Shares 413,000,000

Earnings Per Share

2015 (estimate) $4.43
2014 $4.27
2013 $3.02
2012 $2.59
2011 $2.81
2010 $2.41
2009 -$7.11
2008 $3.67
2007 -$1.11
2006 $2.40
2005 $2.30

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2015 (estimate) $3.75
2014 $3.28
2013 $2.11
2012 $1.39
2011 $0.57
2010 -$0.35

Dividend History


TE Connectivity Limited is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not for the Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned by the low current ratio, the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, the short dividend history and the high PEmg ratio, while the Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.  As a result, Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel very comfortable proceeding with further research and comparing the company to other opportunities.  From a valuation side of things, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.57 in 2011 to an estimated $3.75 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.07% earnings growth and leads the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, to return an estimate of intrinsic value well above the price.

The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company’s prospects.  What do you think?  What value would you put on TE Connectivity Limited (TEL)?  Where do you see the company going in the future?  Is there a company you like better?  Leave a comment on our Facebook page or mention @ModernGraham on Twitter to discuss.

Disclaimer:  The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  Logo taken from Wikipedia for the sole purpose of identifying the company; this article is not affiliated with the company in any manner.

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