Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Analysis – August 2015 Update $ALXN

Benjamin 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 – July 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 stock analysis showing a specific look at how Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of life-transforming therapeutic products. As of June 23, 2015, the Company had eight product candidates in clinical trials for 11 indications. The Company’s product pipeline includes complement inhibitor portfolio, metabolic rare disease portfolio and preclinical candidates. Its complement inhibitor portfolio includes Soliris, ALXN1007, ALXN1210 and ALXN5500. Its metabolic rare disease portfolio includes Strensiq, Kanuma, ALXN1101 and SBC-103. The Company’s preclinical candidates include mRNA Therapies, SBC-105 and other complement inhibitors. Its Soliris is approved for the treatment of patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), two life-threatening ultra-rare disorders.


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ModernGraham Valuation of ALXN – 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; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg 2.41
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $92.71
Opinion Overvalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $34.92
MG Value based on 0% Growth $20.47
Market Implied Growth Rate 34.37%
Current Price $186.00
% of Intrinsic Value 200.63%

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is not suitable for the more conservative Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth or stability over the last ten years, the lack of dividends, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned with the lack of dividends and the level of debt relative to the net current assets.  As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities or proceed with a cautious and speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.75 in 2011 to an estimated $2.41 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 34.37% 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 below 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 Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN)?  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

ALXN charts August 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$10.18
PEmg 77.24
Current Ratio 3.29
PB Ratio 4.45
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $2,533,238,000
Total Current Liabilities $769,169,000
Long-Term Debt $3,498,310,000
Total Assets $13,167,720,000
Intangible Assets $9,831,662,000
Total Liabilities $4,614,848,000
Outstanding Shares 204,546,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.16
Dec14 $3.26
Dec13 $1.27
Dec12 $1.28
Dec11 $0.91
Dec10 $0.52
Dec09 $1.63
Dec08 $0.20
Dec07 -$0.64
Dec06 -$1.04
Jul05 -$0.98
Jul04 -$0.86
Jul03 -$1.16
Jul02 -$0.78
Jul01 -$0.82
Jul00 -$0.36
Jul99 -$0.14
Jul98 -$0.22
Jul97 -$0.24
Jul96 -$0.24

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.41
Dec14 $1.84
Dec13 $1.12
Dec12 $1.00
Dec11 $0.75
Dec10 $0.49
Dec09 $0.26
Dec08 -$0.50
Dec07 -$0.88
Dec06 -$0.98
Jul05 -$0.94
Jul04 -$0.88
Jul03 -$0.82
Jul02 -$0.58
Jul01 -$0.44
Jul00 -$0.25


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