EQT Corporation Valuation – July 2016 $EQT

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 EQT Corporation (EQT) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): EQT Corporation (EQT) is an energy company. The Company operates through two business segments: EQT Production and EQT Midstream. EQT Production is a natural gas producer in the Appalachian Basin with over 10 trillion cubic feet equivalent (Tcfe) of natural gas, natural gas liquid (NGL) and crude oil reserves across approximately 3.4 million acres, including approximately 630,000 gross acres in the Marcellus play. EQT Midstream provides gathering, transmission and storage services for the Company’s produced gas and for the independent third parties across the Appalachian Basin. Its EQT Production segment conducts lateral horizontal and completion drilling in the Appalachian Basin. EQT Production’s properties are located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. EQT Midstream owns or operates approximately 8,250 miles of gathering lines and approximately 180 compressor units, as well as other general property and equipment.


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ModernGraham Valuation of EQT – July 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 $13,786,917,298 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 5.12 Pass
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 -91.30% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 394.02 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.27 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 5.12 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.61 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

EQT value chart July 2016

EPSmg $0.20
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $2.92
MG Value based on 0% Growth $1.71
Market Implied Growth Rate 192.76%
Current Price $79.33
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

EQT Corporation 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 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 $1.86 in 2012 to an estimated $0.2 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 192.76% 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.

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

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

EQT charts July 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$40.73
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 394.02
Current Ratio 5.12
PB Ratio 2.27
Current Dividend $0.12
Dividend Yield 0.15%
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 $2,156,358,000
Total Current Liabilities $421,348,000
Long-Term Debt $2,794,481,000
Total Assets $14,049,625,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $8,558,470,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 157,195,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$2.64
Dec2015 $0.56
Dec2014 $2.54
Dec2013 $2.57
Dec2012 $1.22
Dec2011 $3.19
Dec2010 $1.57
Dec2009 $1.19
Dec2008 $2.00
Dec2007 $2.10
Dec2006 $1.80
Dec2005 $2.10
Dec2004 $2.22
Dec2003 $1.34
Dec2002 $1.21
Dec2001 $1.15
Dec2000 $0.80
Dec1999 $0.50
Dec1998 -$0.30
Dec1997 $0.54
Dec1996 $0.42

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.20
Dec2015 $1.75
Dec2014 $2.31
Dec2013 $2.11
Dec2012 $1.86
Dec2011 $2.13
Dec2010 $1.64
Dec2009 $1.73
Dec2008 $2.01
Dec2007 $1.99
Dec2006 $1.86
Dec2005 $1.80
Dec2004 $1.55
Dec2003 $1.14
Dec2002 $0.92
Dec2001 $0.69
Dec2000 $0.44

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