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 – March 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 Electronic Arts Inc (EA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Electronic Arts Inc is a game software content and services provider. The Company develops, markets, publishes and distributes game software content for consumers of various video game machines and electronic devices. It also provides game software-related services. The Company’s brands include Battlefield, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, Dragon Age, The Sims, Bejeweled and Plants v. Zombies, as well as brands based on licensed intellectual property such as FIFA, Madden NFL and Star Wars. The Company is organized around three divisions: EA Studios, Maxis and EA Mobile. The EA Studios division develops games and related content and services across a range of game categories, including the FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, Battlefield, Mass Effect and Dragon Age. The Maxis division creates games, and related content and services that engage player creativity. The EA Mobile division focuses on developing and publishing interactive games for mobile phones and tablets.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$22,593,909,120||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.80||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Fail|
|4. Dividend Record||Dividend Payments for 10 years prior||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||-239.83%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||27.98||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||7.24||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||1.80||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.51||Pass|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$38.61|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$22.63|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||9.74%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||72.66%|
Electronic Arts 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 or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $-0.51 in 2013 to an estimated $2.66 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 9.74% 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.
Electronic Arts Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||$2.12|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2016|
|Total Current Assets||$4,354,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$2,418,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||330,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.50|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.66|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|58 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 1/31/15|
|Electronic Arts Inc. Annual Valuation – 2015 $EA|
|14 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 1/25/14|
|Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) Annual Valuation|
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