American Financial Group Inc. Valuation – November 2015 Update $AFG

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 American Financial Group Inc. (AFG) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG) is a holding company engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance businesses. The Company, through Great American Insurance Group, provides property and casualty insurance, commercial products, and also engaged in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. The Company operates in four segments: Property and casualty insurance, Annuity, Run-off long-term care and life, and Other. AFG’s property and casualty operations provide a range of commercial coverages through the approximately 30 insurance businesses. AFG sells traditional fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets through independent producers and through direct relationships with certain financial institutions. Run-off Long-term Care receives renewal premiums on its in-force block of life insurance policies.


To read the details of this valuation, you must be logged in as a premium member. If you are not a premium member, please consider becoming one.

Premium members can view a full ModernGraham valuation of the company and have access to download a PDF version of the valuation for easy reference. Here is a free sample valuation pdf, and here is a post detailing what can be found within each individual company’s valuation.


Downloadable PDF version of this valuation:

ModernGraham Valuation of AFG – November 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $6,208,851,134 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 70.31% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.02 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.32 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

AFG value Chart November 2015

EPSmg $4.72
MG Growth Estimate 4.72%
MG Value $84.61
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $68.40
MG Value based on 0% Growth $40.10
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.26%
Current Price $70.87
% of Intrinsic Value 83.76%

American Financial Group Inc. qualifies for both the Enterprising Investor and the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The company passes all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position.  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 fairly valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.59 in 2011 to an estimated $4.72 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.26% 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 American Financial Group Inc. (AFG)?  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

AFG Charts November 2015

Graham Number $73.52
PEmg 15.02
PB Ratio 1.32
Dividend Yield 1.37%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 10



Useful Links:

ModernGraham tagged articles Morningstar
Google Finance MSN Money
Yahoo Finance Seeking Alpha
GuruFocus SEC Filings

Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Long-Term Debt $1,024,000,000
Total Assets $49,424,000,000
Intangible Assets $201,000,000
Total Liabilities $44,622,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 89,500,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.38
Dec14 $4.97
Dec13 $5.16
Dec12 $5.09
Dec11 $3.32
Dec10 $4.36
Dec09 $4.45
Dec08 $1.67
Dec07 $3.10
Dec06 $3.75
Dec05 $1.75
Dec04 $3.21
Dec03 $2.75
Dec02 $0.82
Dec01 -$0.15
Dec00 -$0.63
Dec99 $1.57
Dec98 $1.33
Dec97 $0.43
Dec96 $2.53
Dec95 $2.57

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.72
Dec14 $4.78
Dec13 $4.62
Dec12 $4.16
Dec11 $3.59
Dec10 $3.64
Dec09 $3.17
Dec08 $2.58
Dec07 $2.99
Dec06 $2.78
Dec05 $2.09
Dec04 $1.91
Dec03 $1.13
Dec02 $0.41
Dec01 $0.30
Dec00 $0.70
Dec99 $1.47

Recommended Reading:

Other ModernGraham posts about the company

The Best Companies of the Insurance Industry – October 2015
The 8 Best Stocks For Value Investors This Week – 8/8/15
American Financial Group Inc. Analysis – Initial Coverage $AFG

Other ModernGraham posts about related companies

Loews Corporation Valuation – November 2015 Update $L
Allstate Corporation Valuation – October 2015 Update $ALL
Humana Inc. Valuation – October 2015 Update $HUM
Torchmark Corporation Valuation – October 2015 Update $TMK
MetLife Inc. Valuation – October 2015 Update $MET
Aetna Inc. Valuation – October 2015 Update $AET
Cigna Corporation Analysis – October 2015 Update $CI
The Best Companies of the Insurance Industry – October 2015
Chubb Corporation Analysis – September 2015 Update $CB
Anthem Inc. Analysis – September 2015 Update $ANTM


The author did not hold a position in any 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.