SanDisk Corp Valuation – November 2015 Update $SNDK

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 SanDisk Corp (SNDK) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): SanDisk Corporation provides flash storage solutions. The Company designs, develops and manufactures data storage solutions in a variety of form factors using flash memory, controller, firmware and software technologies. The Company’s solutions include a range of solid state drives (SSD), embedded products, removable cards, universal serial bus (USB), drives, wireless media drives, digital media players, and wafers and components. The SSD products are used in enterprise data centers and client computing platforms. Its embedded flash products are used in mobile phones, tablets, computing platforms, imaging devices and automobiles. The Company’s removable cards are used in a range of applications, such as mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, gaming devices, personal computers (PC) and automobiles. It also offers software solutions, which are used in conjunction with flash storage products.


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ModernGraham Valuation of SNDK – 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 $14,993,649,792 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.17 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 -252.96% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.58 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.73 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 3.17 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.86 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

SNDK value Chart November 2015

EPSmg $3.17
MG Growth Estimate 8.28%
MG Value $79.43
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $45.95
MG Value based on 0% Growth $26.93
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.54%
Current Price $74.73
% of Intrinsic Value 94.08%

SanDisk Corp qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth or stability over the last ten years, the short dividend history, as well as the high PEmg and PB ratios.  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.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be fairly valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.04 in 2011 to an estimated $3.17 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.54% 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 SanDisk Corp (SNDK)?  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

SNDK Charts November 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $0.85
Graham Number $35.81
PEmg 23.58
Current Ratio 3.17
PB Ratio 2.73
Dividend Yield 1.61%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Sep15
Total Current Assets $3,613,646,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,139,010,000
Long-Term Debt $2,137,737,000
Total Assets $9,073,003,000
Intangible Assets $1,174,606,000
Total Liabilities $3,438,928,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 205,787,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.03
Dec14 $4.23
Dec13 $4.34
Dec12 $1.70
Dec11 $4.04
Dec10 $5.44
Dec09 $1.79
Dec08 -$8.82
Dec07 $0.93
Dec06 $0.96
Dec05 $2.00
Dec04 $1.44
Dec03 $1.02
Dec02 $0.25
Dec01 -$2.19
Dec00 $2.06
Dec99 $0.22
Dec98 $0.11
Dec97 $0.20
Dec96 $0.15
Dec95 $0.12

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.17
Dec14 $3.81
Dec13 $3.55
Dec12 $2.38
Dec11 $2.04
Dec10 $0.71
Dec09 -$1.31
Dec08 -$2.14
Dec07 $1.23
Dec06 $1.29
Dec05 $1.14
Dec04 $0.65
Dec03 $0.26
Dec02 -$0.05
Dec01 -$0.11
Dec00 $0.80
Dec99 $0.17

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