Monster Beverage Corp Valuation – July 2016 $MNST

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ModernGraham Valuation of MNST – 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 $32,206,626,900 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 7.02 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 285.51% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 53.78 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.53 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 7.02 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 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

MNST value chart July 2016

EPSmg $2.93
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $112.75
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $42.47
MG Value based on 0% Growth $24.89
Market Implied Growth Rate 22.64%
Current Price $157.51
% of Intrinsic Value 139.69%

Monster Beverage Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.44 in 2012 to an estimated $2.93 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 22.64% 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.

Monster Beverage Corporation receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

MNST charts July 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $14.02
Graham Number $45.24
PEmg 53.78
Current Ratio 7.02
PB Ratio 6.53
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
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 $3,792,872,000
Total Current Liabilities $540,655,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $5,883,484,000
Intangible Assets $1,708,293,000
Total Liabilities $891,638,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 206,908,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.70
Dec2015 $2.84
Dec2014 $2.77
Dec2013 $1.95
Dec2012 $1.86
Dec2011 $1.53
Dec2010 $1.14
Dec2009 $1.11
Dec2008 $0.56
Dec2007 $0.76
Dec2006 $0.50
Dec2005 $0.32
Dec2004 $0.11
Dec2003 $0.03
Dec2002 $0.02
Dec2001 $0.02
Dec2000 $0.02
Dec1999 $0.03
Dec1998 $0.02
Dec1997 $0.01

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.93
Dec2015 $2.43
Dec2014 $2.10
Dec2013 $1.68
Dec2012 $1.44
Dec2011 $1.16
Dec2010 $0.92
Dec2009 $0.75
Dec2008 $0.54
Dec2007 $0.47
Dec2006 $0.28
Dec2005 $0.15
Dec2004 $0.05
Dec2003 $0.02
Dec2002 $0.02
Dec2001 $0.02
Dec2000 $0.02

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