Aetna Inc Valuation – July 2016 $AET

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 - July 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 Aetna Inc (AET) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Aetna Inc. is a diversified healthcare benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance and Large Case Pensions. The Health Care segment’s products and services consist of medical, pharmacy benefit management services, dental, behavioral health and vision plans offered on both an insured basis and an employer-funded, or administrative services contact, basis and emerging businesses products and services, such as accountable care solutions (ACS). The Group Insurance segment’s products consist of Life Insurance Products, Disability Insurance Products and Long-Term Care Insurance Products. The Large Case Pensions segment manages a range of retirement products, (including pension and annuity products) primarily for tax-qualified pension plans. Its customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, healthcare providers (providers), Government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates.


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ModernGraham Valuation of AET – 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 $40,350,803,758 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.86 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 122.76% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.43 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.42 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 0.86 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -2.93 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 Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

AET value chart July 2016

EPSmg $6.61
MG Growth Estimate 7.54%
MG Value $155.78
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $95.83
MG Value based on 0% Growth $56.17
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.47%
Current Price $115.21
% of Intrinsic Value 73.95%

Aetna Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.4 in 2012 to an estimated $6.61 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.47% 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.

Aetna Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

AET charts July 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$68.58
Graham Number $92.33
PEmg 17.43
Current Ratio 0.86
PB Ratio 2.42
Current Dividend $1.00
Dividend Yield 0.87%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2016
Total Current Assets $15,393,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $17,915,200,000
Long-Term Debt $7,382,500,000
Total Assets $56,423,700,000
Intangible Assets $12,263,200,000
Total Liabilities $39,610,200,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 353,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.90
Dec2015 $6.78
Dec2014 $5.68
Dec2013 $5.33
Dec2012 $4.81
Dec2011 $5.22
Dec2010 $4.18
Dec2009 $2.84
Dec2008 $2.83
Dec2007 $3.47
Dec2006 $2.99
Dec2005 $2.70
Dec2004 $3.58
Dec2003 $1.48
Dec2002 -$4.24
Dec2001 -$0.49
Dec2000 $0.00
Dec1999 $1.18
Dec1998 $1.35
Dec1997 $1.40
Dec1996 $1.18

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.61
Dec2015 $5.83
Dec2014 $5.25
Dec2013 $4.85
Dec2012 $4.40
Dec2011 $4.03
Dec2010 $3.38
Dec2009 $2.97
Dec2008 $3.07
Dec2007 $3.07
Dec2006 $2.35
Dec2005 $1.55
Dec2004 $0.67
Dec2003 -$0.66
Dec2002 -$1.29
Dec2001 $0.35
Dec2000 $0.85

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