Tiffany & Co Valuation – August 2016 $TIF

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 Tiffany & Co (TIF) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Tiffany & Co. is a holding company that operates through its subsidiary companies. The Company’s principal subsidiary, Tiffany and Company (Tiffany), is a jeweler and specialty retailer. Through its subsidiaries, the Company designs and manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores. The Company’s segments include Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe and Other. The Americas segment includes sale in Company-operated TIFFANY & CO. stores in the United States, Canada and Latin America. The Asia-Pacific segment includes over 80 Company-operated TIFFANY & CO. stores in China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia and Thailand. The Japan segment includes approximately 60 Company-operated TIFFANY & CO. stores. The retail sales in Europe are transacted in over 40 Company-operated TIFFANY & CO. stores. The Other segment includes retail sales and wholesale distribution; wholesale sales of diamonds, and licensing agreements.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TIF – August 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 $8,174,289,116 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 4.91 Pass
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 76.53% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.73 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.74 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 4.91 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.28 Pass
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

TIF value chart August 2016

EPSmg $3.23
MG Growth Estimate 1.35%
MG Value $36.16
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $46.81
MG Value based on 0% Growth $27.44
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.62%
Current Price $63.69
% of Intrinsic Value 176.14%

Tiffany & Co. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.96 in 2013 to an estimated $3.23 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.62% 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.

Tiffany & Co. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

TIF charts August 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $10.41
Graham Number $42.02
PEmg 19.73
Current Ratio 4.91
PB Ratio 2.74
Current Dividend $1.60
Dividend Yield 2.51%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 14


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 4/1/2016
Total Current Assets $3,522,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $717,800,000
Long-Term Debt $790,200,000
Total Assets $5,148,200,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $2,205,300,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 126,500,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.36
Jan2016 $3.59
Jan2015 $3.73
Jan2014 $1.41
Jan2013 $3.25
Jan2012 $3.40
Jan2011 $2.87
Jan2010 $2.11
Jan2009 $1.74
Jan2008 $2.20
Jan2007 $1.80
Jan2006 $1.75
Jan2005 $2.05
Jan2004 $1.45
Jan2003 $1.28
Jan2002 $1.15
Jan2001 $1.26
Jan2000 $0.98
Jan1999 $0.63
Jan1998 $0.51
Jan1997 $0.42

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.23
Jan2016 $3.13
Jan2015 $2.91
Jan2014 $2.54
Jan2013 $2.96
Jan2012 $2.70
Jan2011 $2.28
Jan2010 $1.96
Jan2009 $1.90
Jan2008 $1.93
Jan2007 $1.76
Jan2006 $1.67
Jan2005 $1.56
Jan2004 $1.29
Jan2003 $1.16
Jan2002 $1.03
Jan2001 $0.90

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