Eli Lilly and Company Valuation – July 2016 $LLY

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 Eli Lilly and Co (LLY) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Eli Lilly and Company is engaged in drug manufacturing business. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products in two segments: human pharmaceutical products and animal health products. The Company’s human pharmaceutical business segment sells medicines, which are discovered or developed by its scientists. Its animal health business segment operates through the Company’s Elanco division, which develops, manufactures and markets products for both food animals and companion animals. The Company’s human pharmaceutical products include endocrinology products, such as Humalog and Humalog Mix 75/25; neuroscience products, such as Cymbalta and Zyprexa; oncology products, such as Alimta and Cyramza, and cardiovascular products, such as Cialis and ReoPro. The Company’s animal health products segment includes products for food animals, such as Rumensin and Posilac; products for companion animals, such as Onsior and Osurnia, and Novartis Animal Health (Novartis AH) products.


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ModernGraham Valuation of LLY – 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 $88,026,355,688 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.60 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 68.28% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 26.07 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.62 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 1.60 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.71 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

LLY value chart July 2016

EPSmg $3.04
MG Growth Estimate -2.24%
MG Value $12.24
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $44.11
MG Value based on 0% Growth $25.86
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.79%
Current Price $79.32
% of Intrinsic Value 647.84%

Eli Lilly and Co 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 over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings 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 $3.58 in 2012 to an estimated $3.04 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 8.79% 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.

Eli Lilly and Co scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

LLY charts July 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$7.49
Graham Number $32.78
PEmg 26.07
Current Ratio 1.60
PB Ratio 5.62
Current Dividend $2.01
Dividend Yield 2.53%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 2


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2016
Total Current Assets $11,714,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $7,340,900,000
Long-Term Debt $7,477,600,000
Total Assets $34,691,800,000
Intangible Assets $8,934,900,000
Total Liabilities $19,681,900,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,063,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.52
Dec2015 $2.26
Dec2014 $2.23
Dec2013 $4.32
Dec2012 $3.66
Dec2011 $3.90
Dec2010 $4.58
Dec2009 $3.94
Dec2008 -$1.89
Dec2007 $2.71
Dec2006 $2.45
Dec2005 $1.81
Dec2004 $1.66
Dec2003 $2.37
Dec2002 $2.50
Dec2001 $2.55
Dec2000 $2.79
Dec1999 $2.46
Dec1998 $1.87
Dec1997 -$0.35

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.04
Dec2015 $2.96
Dec2014 $3.45
Dec2013 $4.07
Dec2012 $3.58
Dec2011 $3.24
Dec2010 $2.72
Dec2009 $1.80
Dec2008 $0.93
Dec2007 $2.30
Dec2006 $2.11
Dec2005 $2.02
Dec2004 $2.21
Dec2003 $2.50
Dec2002 $2.52
Dec2001 $2.31
Dec2000 $1.91

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