KeyCorp Valuation – November 2015 Update $KEY

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 KeyCorp (KEY) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): KeyCorp is a bank holding company. The Bank operates through its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association, which is engaged in providing banking services. Through KeyBank and other subsidiaries, the Bank provides a range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance, commercial mortgage servicing and special servicing, and investment banking products and services. The Bank provides these services to individual, corporate and institutional clients. The Bank operates in two segments: Key Community Bank, which serves individuals and small to mid-sized businesses by offering a variety of deposit, investment, lending, credit card, and personalized wealth management products and business advisory services, and Key Corporate Bank, is a full-service corporate and investment bank focused on serving the needs of middle market clients in seven industry sectors: consumer, energy, healthcare, industrial, public sector, real estate and technology.


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ModernGraham Valuation of KEY

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 $10,943,343,208 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 96.08% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 13.36 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.03 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

KEY value chart November 2015

EPSmg $0.98
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $37.78
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $14.23
MG Value based on 0% Growth $8.34
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.43%
Current Price $13.11
% of Intrinsic Value 34.70%

KeyCorp qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years.  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 into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $0.35 in 2011 to an estimated gain of $0.98 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.43% 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 KeyCorp (KEY)?  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

KEY charts November 2015

Graham Number $17.03
PEmg 13.36
PB Ratio 1.03
Dividend Yield 2.14%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Sep15
Long-Term Debt $10,310,000,000
Total Assets $95,422,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,134,000,000
Total Liabilities $84,717,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 838,880,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.04
Dec14 $0.99
Dec13 $0.97
Dec12 $0.89
Dec11 $0.87
Dec10 $0.44
Dec09 -$2.34
Dec08 -$3.36
Dec07 $2.32
Dec06 $2.57
Dec05 $2.73
Dec04 $2.30
Dec03 $2.12
Dec02 $2.27
Dec01 $0.31
Dec00 $2.30
Dec99 $2.45
Dec98 $2.23
Dec97 $2.07
Dec96 $1.69
Dec95 $1.71

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.98
Dec14 $0.91
Dec13 $0.64
Dec12 $0.08
Dec11 -$0.35
Dec10 -$0.67
Dec09 -$0.69
Dec08 $0.53
Dec07 $2.45
Dec06 $2.48
Dec05 $2.27
Dec04 $1.98
Dec03 $1.84
Dec02 $1.77
Dec01 $1.64
Dec00 $2.25
Dec99 $2.16

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