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J.M. Smucker Company Valuation – October 2015 Update $SJM

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 J.M. Smucker Company (SJM) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): The J. M. Smucker Company is a manufacturer and marketer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. The Company has four segments: U.S. Retail Coffee, U.S. Retail Consumer Foods, U.S. Retail Pet Foods, and International, Foodservice and Natural Foods. The Company’s U.S. retail market segments consist of the sale of branded food products to consumers through retail outlets in North America. The Company’s International, Foodservice and Natural Foods segment represents sales outside of the U.S. retail market segments. The Company’s principal consumer food and beverage products are coffee, peanut butter, fruit spreads, shortening and oils, baking mixes and ready-to-spread frostings, canned milk, flour and baking ingredients, juices and beverages, frozen sandwiches, toppings, syrups, pickles, condiments, grain products and nut mix products. The Company’s pet products consist of dry and wet dog food, dry and wet cat food, dog snacks and cat snacks.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SJM – 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 $13,834,478,816 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.91 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 63.02% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.02 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.93 Pass
Score
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 1.91 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 5.89 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

SJM value Chart October 2015

EPSmg $4.81
MG Growth Estimate 3.62%
MG Value $75.71
Opinion Overvalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $69.78
MG Value based on 0% Growth $40.91
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.76%
Current Price $115.61
% of Intrinsic Value 152.71%

J.M. Smucker Company qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned by the low current ratio and the high PEmg ratio, while the Enterprising Investor is only concerned by the level of debt relative to the net current assets.  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 overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.88 in 2012 to an estimated $4.81 for 2016.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.76% 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 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 J.M. Smucker Company (SJM)?  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

SJM Charts October 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$63.83
Graham Number $87.49
PEmg 24.02
Current Ratio 1.91
PB Ratio 1.93
Dividend Yield 2.21%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 14

 

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $2,025,500,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,059,100,000
Long-Term Debt $5,694,700,000
Total Assets $16,758,400,000
Intangible Assets $12,893,100,000
Total Liabilities $9,628,400,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 119,103,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.71
Apr15 $3.33
Apr14 $5.42
Apr13 $5.00
Apr12 $4.06
Apr11 $4.05
Apr10 $4.15
Apr09 $3.11
Apr08 $3.00
Apr07 $2.76
Apr06 $2.45
Apr05 $2.24
Apr04 $2.24
Apr03 $2.02
Apr02 $1.31
Apr01 $1.12
Apr00 $0.97
Apr99 $1.31
Apr98 $1.08
Apr97 $2.28
Apr96 $2.16

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.81
Apr15 $4.37
Apr14 $4.77
Apr13 $4.32
Apr12 $3.88
Apr11 $3.66
Apr10 $3.34
Apr09 $2.86
Apr08 $2.67
Apr07 $2.45
Apr06 $2.22
Apr05 $2.00
Apr04 $1.76
Apr03 $1.46
Apr02 $1.18
Apr01 $1.19
Apr00 $1.34

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Disclaimer:

The author held a long position in Coach Inc. (COH) but did not hold a position in any other company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

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