Olin Corporation Valuation – June 2016 $OLN

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 Olin Corporation (OLN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Olin Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of chemical products, and ammunition. The Company operates through three segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls, Epoxy and Winchester. The Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls segment manufactures and sells chlorine and caustic soda, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer, methyl chloride, methylene chloride, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene and vinylidene chloride, hydrogen, bleach products and potassium hydroxide. The Epoxy segment produces and sells a range of epoxy materials, including allyl chloride, epichlorohydrin, liquid epoxy resins and downstream products, such as converted epoxy resins and additives. The Epoxy segment serves an array of applications, including wind energy, electrical laminates and consumer goods. The Winchester segment produces and sells sporting ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.


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ModernGraham Valuation of OLN – 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 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $4,246,433,118 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.79 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 -35.60% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.31 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.67 Pass
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 1.79 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.38 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

OLN value chart June 2016

EPSmg $1.03
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $14.95
MG Value based on 0% Growth $8.77
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.40%
Current Price $24.04
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Olin Corporation does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or 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 high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth 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 Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.94 in 2012 to an estimated $1.03 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.4% 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 below the price.

Olin Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

OLN charts June 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$29.48
Graham Number $18.42
PEmg 23.31
Current Ratio 1.79
PB Ratio 1.67
Current Dividend $0.80
Dividend Yield 3.33%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,877,400,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,049,600,000
Long-Term Debt $3,627,900,000
Total Assets $9,116,900,000
Intangible Assets $2,809,300,000
Total Liabilities $6,744,100,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 165,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.05
Dec2015 -$0.01
Dec2014 $1.33
Dec2013 $2.21
Dec2012 $1.85
Dec2011 $2.99
Dec2010 $0.81
Dec2009 $1.73
Dec2008 $2.07
Dec2007 -$0.12
Dec2006 $2.06
Dec2005 $1.86
Dec2004 $0.80
Dec2003 -$0.42
Dec2002 -$0.63
Dec2001 -$0.22
Dec2000 $1.80
Dec1999 $0.45
Dec1998 $1.63
Dec1997 $3.00
Dec1996 $5.27

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.03
Dec2015 $1.24
Dec2014 $1.86
Dec2013 $2.05
Dec2012 $1.94
Dec2011 $1.83
Dec2010 $1.27
Dec2009 $1.50
Dec2008 $1.37
Dec2007 $0.96
Dec2006 $1.24
Dec2005 $0.65
Dec2004 $0.12
Dec2003 -$0.08
Dec2002 $0.26
Dec2001 $0.91
Dec2000 $1.80

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