Principal Financial Group Inc Valuation – March 2016 $PFG

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 Principal Financial Group Inc (PFG) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Principal Financial Group, Inc. is an investment management company. The Company offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its financial services companies. Its segments include Retirement and Investor Services, Principal Global Investors, Principal International, and U.S. Insurance Solutions. Its Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement and related financial products and services primarily to businesses, their employees and other individuals. The Principal Global Investors segment provides asset management services.. The Principal International segment offers pension accumulation products and services, mutual funds, asset management, income annuities and life insurance accumulation products. The U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual and group insurance solutions.


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ModernGraham Valuation of PFG

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 $12,310,854,284 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 76.08% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 11.09 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.33 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

PFG value chart March 2016

EPSmg $3.73
MG Growth Estimate 11.29%
MG Value $116.09
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $54.15
MG Value based on 0% Growth $31.74
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.30%
Current Price $41.43
% of Intrinsic Value 35.69%

Principal Financial Group Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.13 in 2012 to an estimated $3.73 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.3% 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.

Principal Financial Group Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

PFG charts March 2016

Graham Number $54.10
PEmg 11.09
PB Ratio 1.33
Dividend Yield 3.62%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information Dec2015
Long-Term Debt $3,290,800,000
Total Assets $218,685,900,000
Intangible Assets $2,368,200,000
Total Liabilities $209,374,300,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 298,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.07
Dec2015 $4.06
Dec2014 $3.65
Dec2013 $2.95
Dec2012 $2.58
Dec2011 $1.91
Dec2010 $1.95
Dec2009 $1.97
Dec2008 $1.63
Dec2007 $3.09
Dec2006 $3.74
Dec2005 $3.11
Dec2004 $2.62
Dec2003 $2.28
Dec2002 $0.41
Dec2001 $0.99

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.73
Dec2015 $3.39
Dec2014 $2.90
Dec2013 $2.44
Dec2012 $2.13
Dec2011 $1.97
Dec2010 $2.16
Dec2009 $2.42
Dec2008 $2.70
Dec2007 $3.15
Dec2006 $2.93
Dec2005 $2.31
Dec2004 $1.70
Dec2003 $1.07
Dec2002 $0.40
Dec2001 $0.33

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Other ModernGraham posts about the company

The Best Companies of the Insurance Industry – October 2015
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Principal Financial Group Analysis – August 2015 Update $PFG
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