Helmerich & Payne Inc Valuation – November 2015 Update $HP

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 Helmerich & Payne Inc (HP) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Helmerich & Payne, Inc. is engaged in contract drilling of oil and gas wells for others. The Company operates in the contract drilling industry. The Company’s contract drilling business consists of three business segments: U.S. Land, Offshore and International Land. Its U.S. Land segment operates drilling operations in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia and Nevada. Its offshore operations are conducted in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. Its International Land segment operates in seven international locations, including Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Tunisia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Mozambique. The Company is also engaged in the ownership, development and operation of commercial real estate and the research and development of rotary steerable technology.


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ModernGraham Valuation of HP

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 $6,193,554,791 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 4.10 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 -10.71% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.58 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.27 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 4.10 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.45 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 Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

HP value chart November 2015

EPSmg $3.69
MG Growth Estimate -0.68%
MG Value $26.35
Opinion Overvalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $53.50
MG Value based on 0% Growth $31.36
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.54%
Current Price $57.48
% of Intrinsic Value 218.14%

Helmerich & Payne Inc. qualifies for both the Enterprising Investor and the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned by the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, while the Enterprising Investor is concerned by the lack of earnings growth over the last five years.  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 overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $3.86 in 2012 to an estimated $3.69 for 2016.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 3.54% 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 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 Helmerich & Payne Inc. (HP)?  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

HP charts November 2015

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$7.51
Graham Number $17.82
PEmg 15.58
Current Ratio 4.10
PB Ratio 1.27
Dividend Yield 4.79%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Sep15
Total Current Assets $1,439,007,000
Total Current Liabilities $351,228,000
Long-Term Debt $492,443,000
Total Assets $7,152,012,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $2,254,560,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 108,567,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.31
Sep15 $3.87
Sep14 $6.46
Sep13 $6.79
Sep12 $5.34
Sep11 $3.99
Sep10 $1.45
Sep09 $3.31
Sep08 $4.34
Sep07 $4.27
Sep06 $2.77
Sep05 $1.23
Sep04 $0.05
Sep03 $0.18
Sep02 $0.53
Sep01 $0.79
Sep00 $0.82
Sep99 $0.43
Sep98 $1.00
Sep97 $0.84
Sep96 $0.73

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.69
Sep15 $5.35
Sep14 $5.66
Sep13 $4.90
Sep12 $3.86
Sep11 $3.24
Sep10 $2.99
Sep09 $3.57
Sep08 $3.31
Sep07 $2.43
Sep06 $1.32
Sep05 $0.58
Sep04 $0.33
Sep03 $0.50
Sep02 $0.68
Sep01 $0.76
Sep00 $0.75

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