Silver Wheaton Corporation Valuation – October 2015 Update $SLW

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 Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Silver Wheaton Corp. (Silver Wheaton) is a Canada-based mining company. The Company is engaged in pure precious metals streaming and generates its revenues from the sale of silver and gold. As of December 31, 2014, Silver Wheaton had entered into 18 long-term purchase agreements and one early deposit long-term purchase agreement associated with silver and gold (precious metal purchase agreements), relating to 27 different mining assets, whereby Silver Wheaton acquired silver and gold production from the counterparties for a per ounce cash payment which was fixed by contract, generally at or below the prevailing market price. As of December 31, 2014, gold and silver interests owned by Silver Wheaton included San Dimas and Penasquito in Mexico; Yauliyacu, Lagunas Norte and Pierina in Peru; 777, Canada; Salobo, Brazil; Sudbury and Minto in Canada; Veladero, Argentina; Zinkgruvan, Sweden, and Neves-Corvo and Aljustrel in Portugal.


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ModernGraham Valuation of SLW – 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 $5,587,993,136 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 4.20 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 155.56% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.40 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.32 Pass
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 4.20 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 12.32 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

SLW value Chart October 2015

EPSmg $0.84
MG Growth Estimate 1.85%
MG Value $10.21
Opinion Overvalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $12.12
MG Value based on 0% Growth $7.11
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.45%
Current Price $14.55
% of Intrinsic Value 142.55%

Silver Wheaton Corporation qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and for the Enterprising Investor.  The Defensive Investor is only concerned by the short dividend record and the Enterprising Investor is only initially concerned by the high 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 feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.74 in 2011 to an estimated $0.84 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 4.45% annual earnings loss 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 Silver Wheaton Corporation (SLW)?  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

SLW Charts October 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$1.63
Graham Number $10.70
PEmg 17.40
Current Ratio 4.20
PB Ratio 1.32
Dividend Yield 1.51%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $76,197,000
Total Current Liabilities $18,157,000
Long-Term Debt $715,000,000
Total Assets $5,203,371,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $735,672,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 404,308,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.46
Dec14 $0.56
Dec13 $1.05
Dec12 $1.65
Dec11 $1.55
Dec10 $0.44
Dec09 $0.38
Dec08 $0.07
Dec07 $0.37
Dec06 $0.37
Dec05 $0.15
Aug04 -$0.08
Aug03 $0.03
Aug02 -$0.06

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.84
Dec14 $1.03
Dec13 $1.18
Dec12 $1.11
Dec11 $0.74
Dec10 $0.34
Dec09 $0.28
Dec08 $0.21
Dec07 $0.24
Dec06 $0.15
Dec05 $0.03
Aug04 -$0.03
Aug03 -$0.01
Aug02 -$0.02

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