Illinois Tool Works Inc Valuation – January 2016 Update $ITW

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 Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) is a manufacturer of a range of industrial products and equipment. The Company’s operates in seven segments: Automotive OEM, Test & Measurement and Electronics, Food Equipment, Polymers & Fluids, Welding, Construction Products and Specialty Products. These operations serve end markets as automotive original equipment manufacturers/tiers, automotive aftermarket, general industrial, commercial food equipment and construction. It produces components and fasteners for automotive-related applications; equipment, consumables and related software; commercial food equipment, adhesives, sealants, lubrication and cutting fluids; arc welding equipment, consumables and accessories; construction fastening systems and truss products, and beverage packaging equipment and consumables. The Company operates approximately 90 divisions in 57 countries.


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ModernGraham Valuation of ITW – January 2016

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 $33,099,560,030 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.56 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 73.49% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.40 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.48 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 2.56 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.65 Fail
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

ITW value Chart January 2016

EPSmg $5.47
MG Growth Estimate 10.77%
MG Value $164.31
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $79.32
MG Value based on 0% Growth $46.50
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.95%
Current Price $89.73
% of Intrinsic Value 54.61%

Illinois Tool Works Inc qualifies for both the Enterprising Investor and the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor’s only concern is the high PB ratio while the Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets.  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 $3.18 in 2011 to an estimated $5.47 for 2015.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.95% 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 Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW)?  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

ITW Charts January 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$11.03
Graham Number $39.99
PEmg 16.40
Current Ratio 2.56
PB Ratio 6.48
Dividend Yield 2.23%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Sep15
Total Current Assets $6,969,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,724,000,000
Long-Term Debt $7,000,000,000
Total Assets $16,104,000,000
Intangible Assets $6,088,000,000
Total Liabilities $11,018,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 367,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.08
Dec14 $7.28
Dec13 $3.74
Dec12 $6.06
Dec11 $4.19
Dec10 $2.99
Dec09 $1.89
Dec08 $2.91
Dec07 $3.36
Dec06 $3.01
Dec05 $2.60
Dec04 $2.20
Dec03 $1.66
Dec02 $1.16
Dec01 $1.32
Dec00 $1.58
Dec99 $1.38
Dec98 $1.33
Dec97 $1.14
Dec96 $0.98
Dec95 $0.82

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.47
Dec14 $5.39
Dec13 $4.23
Dec12 $4.18
Dec11 $3.18
Dec10 $2.73
Dec09 $2.65
Dec08 $2.96
Dec07 $2.85
Dec06 $2.44
Dec05 $2.03
Dec04 $1.69
Dec03 $1.43
Dec02 $1.32
Dec01 $1.39
Dec00 $1.38
Dec99 $1.23

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