Masco Corporation Analysis – September 2015 Update $MAS

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 10 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – August 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 Masco Corporation (MAS) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Masco Corporation manufactures, distributes and installs home improvement and building products. The Company’s segments include Cabinets and Related Products, Plumbing Products, Installation and Other Services, Decorative Architectural Products and Other Specialty Products. Its Cabinets and Related Products includes assembled kitchen and bath cabinets, and home office workstations, entertainment centers, storage products; bookcases, and kitchen utility products. Its Plumbing Products include faucets, plumbing fittings and valves, showerheads and hand showers, bathtubs and shower enclosures, toilets and spas. The Installation and Other Services includes the sale, installation and distribution of insulation and other building products. Its Decorative Architectural Products include paints and stains, and cabinet, door, window and other hardware. Its Other Specialty Products include windows, window frame components and patio doors, staple gun tackers, staples and other fastening tools.


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ModernGraham Valuation of MAS – 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 Pass
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 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.96
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $36.96
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $13.92
MG Value based on 0% Growth $8.16
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.30%
Current Price $26.02
% of Intrinsic Value 70.40%

Masco Corporation does not qualify for either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets and the lack of earnings stability over the last five years.  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 speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $1.54 in 2011 to an estimated gain of $0.96 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 9.3% 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 Masco Corporation (MAS)?  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

MAS Charts August 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$6.76
Graham Number #NUM!
PEmg 27.10
Current Ratio 2.26
PB Ratio -190.44
Dividend Yield 1.38%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $3,590,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,590,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,419,000,000
Total Assets $5,869,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,009,000,000
Total Liabilities $5,916,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 344,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.96
Dec14 $2.38
Dec13 $0.80
Dec12 -$0.33
Dec11 -$1.66
Dec10 -$3.00
Dec09 -$0.53
Dec08 -$1.13
Dec07 $1.03
Dec06 $1.22
Dec05 $2.19
Dec04 $1.96
Dec03 $1.65
Dec02 $1.01
Dec01 $0.35
Dec00 $1.31
Dec99 $1.28
Dec98 $1.26
Dec97 $1.02
Dec96 $0.92
Dec95 -$1.39

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.96
Dec14 $0.52
Dec13 -$0.59
Dec12 -$1.30
Dec11 -$1.54
Dec10 -$1.15
Dec09 $0.04
Dec08 $0.56
Dec07 $1.48
Dec06 $1.67
Dec05 $1.74
Dec04 $1.43
Dec03 $1.15
Dec02 $0.95
Dec01 $0.96
Dec00 $1.23
Dec99 $1.00

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