Leggett & Platt Inc Stock Valuation – February 2016 $LEG

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 Leggett & Platt Inc (LEG) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Leggett & Platt, Incorporated is a manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a range of engineered components and products found in homes, offices, automobiles and commercial aircraft. The Company operates in four segments: Residential Furnishings segment, which manufactures steel coiled bedsprings; Commercial Fixturing & Components segment, which include work furniture group that designs, manufactures, and distributes a range of engineered components and products primarily for the office seating market; Industrial Materials segment consists of wire group, which operates a steel rod mill and tubing group, which supplies welded steel tubing and Specialized Products segment designs, manufactures and sells products, including automotive seating components, specialized machinery and equipment, and service van interiors. Its brands include Semi-Flex, ComfortCore, Mira-Coil, Lura-Flex, Superlastic, Super Sagless, Tack & Jump, Schukra, Gribetz, Masterack and Hanes, among others.


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ModernGraham Valuation of LEG

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 $6,012,744,328 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.87 Fail
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 325.40% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.41 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.60 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 1.87 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.55 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

LEG value chart February 2016

EPSmg $1.84
MG Growth Estimate 7.79%
MG Value $44.19
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $26.62
MG Value based on 0% Growth $15.61
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.45%
Current Price $42.98
% of Intrinsic Value 97.25%

Leggett & Platt, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.21 in 2012 to an estimated $1.84 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.45% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price. Leggett & Platt, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

LEG charts February 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$3.91
Graham Number $20.88
PEmg 23.41
Current Ratio 1.87
PB Ratio 5.60
Dividend Yield 2.93%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Dec2015
Total Current Assets $1,311,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $701,200,000
Long-Term Debt $945,400,000
Total Assets $2,967,600,000
Intangible Assets $1,107,200,000
Total Liabilities $1,869,900,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 142,900,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.40
Dec2015 $2.28
Dec2014 $0.68
Dec2013 $1.34
Dec2012 $1.70
Dec2011 $1.04
Dec2010 $1.15
Dec2009 $0.70
Dec2008 $0.62
Dec2007 -$0.06
Dec2006 $1.61
Dec2005 $1.30
Dec2004 $1.45
Dec2003 $1.05
Dec2002 $1.17
Dec2001 $0.94
Dec2000 $1.32
Dec1999 $1.45
Dec1998 $1.24
Dec1997 $1.08
Dec1996 $0.77

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.84
Dec2015 $1.51
Dec2014 $1.14
Dec2013 $1.31
Dec2012 $1.21
Dec2011 $0.87
Dec2010 $0.79
Dec2009 $0.69
Dec2008 $0.78
Dec2007 $0.93
Dec2006 $1.39
Dec2005 $1.25
Dec2004 $1.21
Dec2003 $1.12
Dec2002 $1.18
Dec2001 $1.19
Dec2000 $1.27

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