Expedia Inc. Analysis – October 2015 Update $EXPE

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 – September 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 Expedia Inc. (EXPE) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Expedia, Inc. (Expedia) is an online travel company. The Company provides travel products and services provided by various lodging properties, airlines, car rental companies, destination service providers, cruise lines and other travel product and service companies. Its segments include Core Online Travel Agencies, which provides a range of travel and advertising services through a range of brands, including Expedia.com and Hotels.com in the United States and localized Expedia and Hotels.com Websites around the world, EAN, Hotwire.com, Travelocity, Venere, Wotif Group, CarRentals.com and Classic Vacations; trivago, which is engaged in sending referrals to online travel companies and travel service providers from its hotel metasearch Websites, and Egencia, which provides managed travel services. In addition, it offers Travelocity, Orbitz, ebookers, HotelClub, and CheapTickets brands and business-to-business offerings, including Orbitz Partner Network and Orbitz for Business.


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ModernGraham Valuation of EXPE – October 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 $14,527,064,088 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.84 Fail
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 -177.16% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.27 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.40 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 0.84 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -2.53 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EXPE value Chart October 2015

EPSmg $3.76
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $144.58
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $54.45
MG Value based on 0% Growth $31.92
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.38%
Current Price $117.42
% of Intrinsic Value 81.21%

Expedia Inc. does not qualify for either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, short dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is concerned by the level of debt relative to the current assets.  As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed with a cautious speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be fairly valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.11 in 2011 to an estimated $3.76 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 11.38% 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 Expedia Inc. (EXPE)?  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

EXPE Charts October 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$35.58
Graham Number $48.48
PEmg 31.27
Current Ratio 0.84
PB Ratio 7.40
Dividend Yield 0.61%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $4,990,392,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,968,228,000
Long-Term Debt $2,472,536,000
Total Assets $11,831,930,000
Intangible Assets $5,452,656,000
Total Liabilities $9,720,820,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 132,960,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.39
Dec14 $2.99
Dec13 $1.67
Dec12 $2.00
Dec11 $3.41
Dec10 $2.92
Dec09 $2.06
Dec08 -$17.60
Dec07 $1.88
Dec06 $1.40
Dec05 $1.30
Dec04 $0.00
Dec03 $0.66
Dec02 $0.46
Dec01 $0.06

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.76
Dec14 $2.49
Dec13 $2.30
Dec12 $1.26
Dec11 $0.11
Dec10 -$1.65
Dec09 -$3.36
Dec08 -$4.91
Dec07 $1.30
Dec06 $0.93
Dec05 $0.63
Dec04 $0.28
Dec03 $0.35
Dec02 $0.17
Dec01 $0.02

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