Morgan Stanley Valuation – June 2016 $MS

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 - June 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 Morgan Stanley (MS) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. The Company is a global financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. Its segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company provides a range of products and services to a group of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions and individuals. Its Institutional Securities business segment provides investment banking, sales and trading, and other services. Its Wealth Management business segment provides an array of financial services and solutions to individual investors and institutions covering brokerage, banking and retirement plan services. Its Investment Management business segment provides a range of investment strategies and products.


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ModernGraham Valuation of MS – June 2016

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 $49,255,838,890 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 77.60% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 12.68 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.62 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 Fail
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

MS value Chart June 2016

EPSmg $1.94
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $74.69
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $28.13
MG Value based on 0% Growth $16.49
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.09%
Current Price $24.59
% of Intrinsic Value 32.92%

Morgan Stanley does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.84 in 2012 to an estimated $1.94 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.09% 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.

Morgan Stanley receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

MS Charts June 2016

Graham Number $39.88
PEmg 12.68
PB Ratio 0.62
Dividend Yield 2.44%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2016
Long-Term Debt $162,804,000,000
Total Assets $807,497,000,000
Intangible Assets $9,495,000,000
Total Liabilities $731,487,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,914,841,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.00
Dec2015 $2.90
Dec2014 $1.60
Dec2013 $1.36
Dec2012 -$0.02
Dec2011 $1.23
Dec2010 $2.63
Dec2009 -$0.77
Nov2008 $1.45
Nov2007 $2.98
Nov2006 $7.07
Nov2005 $4.57
Nov2004 $4.06
Nov2003 $3.45
Nov2002 $2.69
Nov2001 $3.11
Nov2000 $4.73
Nov1999 $4.10
Nov1998 $2.67
Nov1997 $2.08
Dec1996 $1.39

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.94
Dec2015 $1.74
Dec2014 $1.23
Dec2013 $0.99
Dec2012 $0.84
Dec2011 $1.35
Dec2010 $1.83
Dec2009 $1.97
Nov2008 $3.57
Nov2007 $4.56
Nov2006 $5.03
Nov2005 $3.86
Nov2004 $3.54
Nov2003 $3.39
Nov2002 $3.40
Nov2001 $3.61
Nov2000 $3.57

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