Unum Group Analysis – August 2015 Update $UNM

In the wake of the great financial crisis it can sometimes be difficult for Intelligent Investors to find a solid financial company in which to invest, because they require specific achievements over the historical period.  Many investors may simply decide to throw out the worst years with the rationale that they are outliers that shouldn’t be considered when evaluating the company’s prospects, but doing so would involve speculation.  We don’t know whether the financial crisis will happen again, but we do know that if it does, we can expect to see similar results as we did before.  By continuing to require the same standards for the historical period, Intelligent Investors are able to whittle down banks to only those with the best financial position, and then they are able to determine an intrinsic value to get a sense of whether the company is a good investment.  In addition, a company must have strong financial statements to prove that it is stable enough for Intelligent Investors.  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.  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 Unum Group (UNM) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Unum Group is a provider of disability insurance products in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company’s business segments: Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, Closed Block and Corporate. Unum US includes group long-term and short-term disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment products, and supplemental and voluntary lines of business. Unum UK includes insurance for group long-term disability, group life and lines of business, which include individual disability and critical illness products. Colonial Life includes insurance for accident, sickness, and disability products, life products, and cancer and critical illness products to employees. The Company’s Closed Block segment consists of individual disability, group and individual long-term care, and other insurance products no longer actively marketed. Its Corporate segment includes investment income on corporate assets not specifically allocated to a line of business.

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ModernGraham Valuation of UNM – August 2015

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 Pass
Enterprising Investor
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg 2.73
MG Growth Estimate 6.63%
MG Value $59.44
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $39.59
MG Value based on 0% Growth $23.21
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.29%
Current Price $35.71
% of Intrinsic Value 60.08%

Unum Group qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor, as the company passes all of the requirements of both investor types.  As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with the next stage of the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.89 in 2011 to an estimated $2.73 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.29% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years.  As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value 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 Unum Group (UNM)?  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.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

UNM charts August 2015


PEmg 13.08
PB Ratio 1.04
Dividend Yield 1.85%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Long-Term Debt $2,580,800,000
Total Assets $61,706,800,000
Intangible Assets $198,800,000
Total Liabilities $53,191,100,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 249,192,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.51
Dec14 $1.61
Dec13 $3.23
Dec12 $3.17
Dec11 $0.94
Dec10 $2.71
Dec09 $2.57
Dec08 $1.62
Dec07 $1.91
Dec06 $1.23
Dec05 $1.64
Dec04 -$0.86
Dec03 -$1.31
Dec02 $1.66
Dec01 $2.24
Dec00 $2.24
Dec99 -$0.77
Dec98 $2.54
Dec97 $2.57
Dec96 $1.61
Dec95 $1.92

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.73
Dec14 $2.34
Dec13 $2.64
Dec12 $2.30
Dec11 $1.89
Dec10 $2.25
Dec09 $1.94
Dec08 $1.46
Dec07 $1.09
Dec06 $0.61
Dec05 $0.43
Dec04 $0.15
Dec03 $0.70
Dec02 $1.67
Dec01 $1.70
Dec00 $1.50
Dec99 $1.28


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