Fiserv Inc Valuation – August 2016 $FISV

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 Fiserv Inc (FISV) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Fiserv, Inc. is a provider of financial services technology. The Company operates through two segments: Payments and Industry Products (Payments) and Financial Institution Services (Financial). The Payments segment provides debit and credit card processing and services, electronic bill payment and presentment services, Internet and mobile banking software and services, person-to-person payment services, and other electronic payments software and services. The Financial segment provides banks, thrifts, credit unions, and leasing and finance companies with account processing services, item processing and source capture services, loan origination and servicing products, cash management and consulting services, and other products and services. The Company serves banks, thrifts, credit unions, investment management firms, leasing and finance companies, retailers, merchants, mutual savings banks and building societies.

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ModernGraham Valuation of FISV – 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 $24,322,916,470 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.96 Fail
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 125.14% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 33.05 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 9.27 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 0.96 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -67.35 Fail
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

FISV value chart August 2016

EPSmg $3.31
MG Growth Estimate 12.21%
MG Value $108.97
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $48.00
MG Value based on 0% Growth $28.14
Market Implied Growth Rate 12.28%
Current Price $109.41
% of Intrinsic Value 100.41%

Fiserv Inc 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, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of dividends. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.82 in 2012 to an estimated $3.31 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 12.28% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Fiserv Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $34.24. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 33.05, which was above the industry average of 21.38. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-23.72.

Fiserv Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

FISV charts August 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$23.72
Graham Number $34.24
PEmg 33.05
Current Ratio 0.96
PB Ratio 9.27
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 $1,476,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,542,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,445,000,000
Total Assets $9,552,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,289,000,000
Total Liabilities $6,868,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 227,300,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.33
Dec2015 $2.99
Dec2014 $2.98
Dec2013 $2.44
Dec2012 $2.22
Dec2011 $1.64
Dec2010 $1.64
Dec2009 $1.53
Dec2008 $1.75
Dec2007 $1.30
Dec2006 $1.27
Dec2005 $1.35
Dec2004 $0.96
Dec2003 $0.81
Dec2002 $0.69
Dec2001 $0.55
Dec2000 $0.47
Dec1999 $0.36
Dec1998 $0.30
Dec1997 $0.25
Dec1996 $0.20

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.31
Dec2015 $2.68
Dec2014 $2.42
Dec2013 $2.05
Dec2012 $1.82
Dec2011 $1.61
Dec2010 $1.56
Dec2009 $1.49
Dec2008 $1.43
Dec2007 $1.22
Dec2006 $1.13
Dec2005 $0.99
Dec2004 $0.77
Dec2003 $0.65
Dec2002 $0.54
Dec2001 $0.44
Dec2000 $0.36

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