Aflac Inc Valuation – February 2016 $AFL

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 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today – February 2016.  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 Aflac Inc (AFL) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Aflac Incorporated (Aflac) is a business holding company. The Company is engaged in supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). Aflac offers insurance policies in Japan and the United States that provide a layer of financial protection against income and asset loss. Aflac’s insurance business consists of two segments: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac Japan sells voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans and annuities. Aflac U.S. sells insurance products, including products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets, such as accident, cancer, critical illness/care, hospital intensive care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental and vision care plans, and loss-of-income products.


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ModernGraham Valuation of AFL

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 $24,460,660,000 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 103.40% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 9.31 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.43 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

AFL value chart February 2016

EPSmg $6.24
MG Growth Estimate 4.82%
MG Value $113.09
Opinion Undervalued
MG Value based on 3% Growth $90.41
MG Value based on 0% Growth $53.00
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.40%
Current Price $58.02
% of Intrinsic Value 51.30%

Aflac Inc qualifies for both the Enterprising Investor and the more conservative Defensive Investor.  In fact, the company passes all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position.  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 $4.72 in 2012 to an estimated $6.24 for 2016.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.40% 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.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

AFL charts February 2016

Graham Number $75.30
PEmg 9.31
PB Ratio 1.43
Dividend Yield 2.69%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0



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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Dec2015
Long-Term Debt $5,011,000,000
Total Assets $118,296,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $100,914,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 427,570,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.20
Dec2015 $5.85
Dec2014 $6.50
Dec2013 $6.76
Dec2012 $6.11
Dec2011 $4.12
Dec2010 $4.92
Dec2009 $3.19
Dec2008 $2.62
Dec2007 $3.31
Dec2006 $2.95
Dec2005 $2.92
Dec2004 $2.45
Dec2003 $1.50
Dec2002 $1.49
Dec2001 $1.28
Dec2000 $1.26
Dec1999 $1.04
Dec1998 $0.88
Dec1997 $1.04
Dec1996 $0.68

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.24
Dec2015 $6.12
Dec2014 $6.07
Dec2013 $5.58
Dec2012 $4.72
Dec2011 $3.89
Dec2010 $3.65
Dec2009 $3.01
Dec2008 $2.90
Dec2007 $2.90
Dec2006 $2.55
Dec2005 $2.21
Dec2004 $1.77
Dec2003 $1.39
Dec2002 $1.29
Dec2001 $1.16
Dec2000 $1.06

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