BlackRock Inc. Valuation – November 2015 Update $BLK

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 BlackRock Inc. (BLK) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): BlackRock, Inc. is an investment management firm. The Company provides investment and risk management services to institutional and retail clients across the world. Its product offerings include single- and multi-asset class portfolios investing in equities, fixed income, alternatives and money market instruments. Products are offered directly and through intermediaries in a variety of vehicles, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, iShares exchange-traded funds (ETFs), separate accounts, collective investment funds and other pooled investment vehicles. The Company also offers its BlackRock Solutions investment and risk management technology platform, Aladdin, risk analytics and advisory services and solutions. It has $4.65 trillion of assets under management at December 31, 2014.


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ModernGraham Valuation of BLK – 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 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $57,126,712,124 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.86 Pass
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 222.06% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.92 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.10 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 2.86 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.92 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

BLK value Chart November 2015

EPSmg $17.57
MG Growth Estimate 12.95%
MG Value $604.56
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $254.82
MG Value based on 0% Growth $149.38
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.71%
Current Price $350.06
% of Intrinsic Value 57.90%

BlackRock Inc. qualifies for either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  In fact, the company passes all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial condition.  As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $9.43 in 2011 to an estimated $17.57 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.71% 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 above 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 BlackRock Inc. (BLK)?  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

BLK Charts November 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$1,101.53
Graham Number $270.85
PEmg 19.92
Current Ratio 2.86
PB Ratio 2.10
Dividend Yield 2.42%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Total Current Assets $8,291,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,904,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,950,000,000
Total Assets $222,216,000,000
Intangible Assets $30,325,000,000
Total Liabilities $194,080,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 168,665,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $19.21
Dec14 $19.25
Dec13 $16.87
Dec12 $13.79
Dec11 $12.37
Dec10 $10.55
Dec09 $6.11
Dec08 $5.78
Dec07 $7.53
Dec06 $3.87
Dec05 $3.50
Dec04 $2.17
Dec03 $2.36
Dec02 $2.04
Dec01 $1.65
Dec00 $1.35
Dec99 $1.04
Dec98 $0.66

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $17.57
Dec14 $16.03
Dec13 $13.59
Dec12 $11.21
Dec11 $9.43
Dec10 $7.56
Dec09 $5.83
Dec08 $5.32
Dec07 $4.69
Dec06 $3.11
Dec05 $2.60
Dec04 $2.07
Dec03 $1.91
Dec02 $1.57
Dec01 $1.21
Dec00 $0.86
Dec99 $0.52

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