D.R. Horton Inc Valuation – January 2016 Update $DHI

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 D.R. Horton Inc (DHI) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): D.R. Horton, Inc. is a homebuilding company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition and development of land and the construction and sale of residential homes, through its operating divisions in around 27 states and over 79 metropolitan markets of the United States, under the names of D.R. Horton, America’s Builder, Express Homes, Emerald Homes, Breland Homes, Regent Homes, Crown Communities and Pacific Ridge Homes. The Company operates through two segments: homebuilding and financial services operation. The Company designs, builds and sells single-family detached homes on lots it develops and on fully developed lots purchased ready for home construction. To a lesser extent, the Company builds and sells attached homes, such as town homes, duplexes, triplexes and condominiums. The Company sells land and lots to other developers and homebuilders where it has excess land and lot positions or for other strategic reasons.


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ModernGraham Valuation of DHI

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 $10,104,069,999 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 6.76 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -146.60% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 13.79 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.63 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 6.76 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.47 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

DHI value chart January 2016

EPSmg $1.94
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $74.82
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $28.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $16.52
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.65%
Current Price $26.80
% of Intrinsic Value 35.82%

D.R. Horton Inc qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth 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 $0.35 in 2012 to an estimated $1.94 for 2016.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.65% annual earnings loss 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 D.R. Horton Inc (DHI)?  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

DHI charts January 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $11.52
Graham Number $28.66
PEmg 13.79
Current Ratio 6.76
PB Ratio 1.63
Dividend Yield 0.94%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Dec2015
Total Current Assets $9,366,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,384,700,000
Long-Term Debt $3,734,300,000
Total Assets $11,179,500,000
Intangible Assets $87,200,000
Total Liabilities $5,120,100,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 368,650,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.22
Sep2015 $2.03
Sep2014 $1.50
Sep2013 $1.33
Sep2012 $2.77
Sep2011 $0.23
Sep2010 $0.77
Sep2009 -$1.73
Sep2008 -$8.34
Sep2007 -$2.27
Sep2006 $3.90
Sep2005 $4.62
Sep2004 $3.09
Sep2003 $2.05
Sep2002 $1.44
Sep2001 $1.11
Sep2000 $0.84
Sep1999 $0.69
Sep1998 $0.47
Sep1997 $0.32
Sep1996 $0.24

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.94
Sep2015 $1.73
Sep2014 $1.49
Sep2013 $1.22
Sep2012 $0.35
Sep2011 -$1.33
Sep2010 -$1.92
Sep2009 -$2.43
Sep2008 -$1.78
Sep2007 $1.76
Sep2006 $3.52
Sep2005 $3.04
Sep2004 $2.07
Sep2003 $1.45
Sep2002 $1.07
Sep2001 $0.82
Sep2000 $0.62

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2 thoughts on “D.R. Horton Inc Valuation – January 2016 Update $DHI

  1. I would love an update on DHI since the home sales numbers are looking great.

    1. DHI is on the schedule for an update on 8/10. Stay tuned!

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