TripAdvisor Inc. Valuation – November 2015 Update $TRIP

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 – November 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 TripAdvisor Inc. (TRIP) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): TripAdvisor, Inc. (TripAdvisor) owns and operates a portfolio of online travel brands. TripAdvisor, the Company’s brand, is a travel Website. The Company operates in two segments: Hotel and Other. Its Other segment consists of three operating segments, which include its vacation rentals, restaurants and attractions businesses. The Company’s branded Websites include in the United States and localized versions of the TripAdvisor Website in 45 other countries, including China under the brand, and are offered in 28 languages. It features reviews and opinions on accommodations, including hotels and accommodations and vacation rentals, as well as restaurants and attractions in approximately 147,000 destinations throughout the world. In addition to user-generated content, its Websites feature price comparison tools and links to partner Websites, including travel advertisers, where users can book their travel arrangements.


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ModernGraham Valuation of TRIP – 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 $11,981,342,794 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.65 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 15033.33% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 55.55 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 9.13 Fail
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 2.65 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.63 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

TRIP value Chart November 2015

EPSmg $1.49
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $57.47
Opinion Overvalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $21.64
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.69
Market Implied Growth Rate 23.53%
Current Price $82.92
% of Intrinsic Value 144.29%

TripAdvisor Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the short operating history, along with the high PEmg and PB ratios.  The Enterprising Investor is only initially concerned by the lack of dividends.  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 $0.72 in 2011 to an estimated $1.49 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 23.53% 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 TripAdvisor Inc. (TRIP)?  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

TRIP Charts November 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $0.49
Graham Number $18.08
PEmg 55.55
Current Ratio 2.65
PB Ratio 9.13
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Sep15
Total Current Assets $943,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $356,000,000
Long-Term Debt $370,000,000
Total Assets $2,198,000,000
Intangible Assets $921,000,000
Total Liabilities $872,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 146,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.58
Dec14 $1.55
Dec13 $1.41
Dec12 $1.37
Dec11 $1.32
Dec10 $1.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.49
Dec14 $1.41
Dec13 $1.24
Dec12 $1.02
Dec11 $0.72
Dec10 $0.35

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