National Oilwell Varco Inc. Valuation – October 2015 Update $NOV

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 – October 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 National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NOV) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) is engaged in providing design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling, completion and production operations. The Company also provides oilfield services to the upstream oil and gas industry. The Company operates through four segments: Rig Systems, Rig Aftermarket, Wellbore Technologies, and Completion & Production Solutions. Its Rig Systems segment makes and supports the capital equipment and integrated systems needed to drill oil and gas wells on land and offshore. Its Rig Aftermarket segment provides aftermarket products and services to support land and offshore rigs, and drilling rig components manufactured by the Company’s Rig Systems segment. Its Wellbore Technologies segment sells and rents solids control equipment; and provides solids control, waste management and drilling fluids services. Its Completion & Production Solutions segment provides technologies for well completions and oil and gas production.


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ModernGraham Valuation of NOV – 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 $14,933,993,540 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.50 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 28.46% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 8.62 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.80 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 2.50 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.49 Pass
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

NOV value Chart October 2015

EPSmg $4.51
MG Growth Estimate 0.98%
MG Value $47.26
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $65.45
MG Value based on 0% Growth $38.37
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.06%
Current Price $38.91
% of Intrinsic Value 82.34%

National Oilwell Varco Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the short dividend record, and the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years.  The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.  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 $4.24 in 2011 to an estimated $4.51 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 0.06% 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 National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NOV)?  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

NOV Charts October 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $4.82
Graham Number $50.89
PEmg 8.62
Current Ratio 2.50
PB Ratio 0.80
Dividend Yield 4.73%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $14,167,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,672,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,154,000,000
Total Assets $31,225,000,000
Intangible Assets $12,764,000,000
Total Liabilities $12,298,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 388,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.35
Dec14 $5.82
Dec13 $5.44
Dec12 $5.83
Dec11 $4.70
Dec10 $3.98
Dec09 $3.52
Dec08 $4.90
Dec07 $3.76
Dec06 $1.94
Dec05 $0.91
Dec04 $0.67
Dec03 $0.47
Dec02 $0.45
Dec01 $0.64
Dec00 $0.08
Dec99 -$0.07
Dec98 $0.60
Dec97 $0.50
Dec96 $0.08

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.51
Dec14 $5.45
Dec13 $5.07
Dec12 $4.79
Dec11 $4.24
Dec10 $3.88
Dec09 $3.55
Dec08 $3.19
Dec07 $2.07
Dec06 $1.11
Dec05 $0.68
Dec04 $0.53
Dec03 $0.41
Dec02 $0.36
Dec01 $0.33
Dec00 $0.20
Dec99 $0.25

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