Varian Medical Systems Inc Analysis – August 2015 Update $VAR

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 Varian Medical Systems Inc. (VAR) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Varian Medical Systems Inc. is a manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The Company is a supplier of X-ray imaging components for medical, scientific, and industrial applications and supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. The Company offers tools for fighting cancer, taking X-ray images and protecting ports and borders. The Company’s products include linear accelerators, brachytherapy afterloaders, treatment simulation and verification equipment, accessories, information management, treatment planning and image processing software. The Company’s customers include university research and community hospitals, private and governmental institutions, healthcare agencies, doctors’ offices and cancer care clinics.


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ModernGraham Valuation of VAR – 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 Pass
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 Pass
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 Pass
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 3.95
MG Growth Estimate 6.02%
MG Value $81.23
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $57.31
MG Value based on 0% Growth $33.60
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.63%
Current Price $86.02
% of Intrinsic Value 105.90%

Varian Medical Systems Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but is not suitable for the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the inconsistent dividend record, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends.  As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be fairly valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.82 in 2011 to an estimated $3.95 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.63% 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 within a margin of safety relative to 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 Varian Medical Systems Inc. (VAR)?  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

VAR charts August 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $8.42
PEmg 21.76
Current Ratio 2.06
PB Ratio 5.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $2,648,935,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,288,646,000
Long-Term Debt $350,000,000
Total Assets $3,531,579,000
Intangible Assets $241,734,000
Total Liabilities $1,803,013,000
Outstanding Shares 100,500,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.23
Sep14 $3.83
Sep13 $3.98
Sep12 $3.76
Sep11 $3.36
Sep10 $2.91
Sep09 $2.55
Sep08 $2.19
Sep07 $1.83
Sep06 $1.81
Sep05 $1.50
Sep04 $1.18
Sep03 $0.92
Sep02 $0.67
Sep01 $0.40
Sep00 $0.41
Sep99 -$0.20
Sep98 $0.61
Sep97 $0.92
Sep96 $0.95
Sep95 $0.99

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.95
Sep14 $3.73
Sep13 $3.56
Sep12 $3.22
Sep11 $2.82
Sep10 $2.45
Sep09 $2.14
Sep08 $1.86
Sep07 $1.61
Sep06 $1.41
Sep05 $1.11
Sep04 $0.85
Sep03 $0.60
Sep02 $0.42
Sep01 $0.34
Sep00 $0.39
Sep99 $0.47



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