Comerica Inc Valuation – August 2016 $CMA

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 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – August 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 Comerica Inc (CMA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Comerica Incorporated (Comerica) is a financial services company. The Company’s principal activity is lending to and accepting deposits from businesses and individuals. Comerica has its operations in three business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank and Wealth Management. In addition to the three business segments, it also operates in the Finance segment. The Business Bank segment serves middle market businesses, multinational corporations and governmental entities by offering various products and services. The Retail Bank segment includes small business banking and personal financial services, consisting of consumer lending, consumer deposit gathering and mortgage loan origination. The Wealth Management segment offers fiduciary services, private banking, retirement services, investment management and advisory services, investment banking and brokerage services. The Finance segment includes its securities portfolio, and asset and liability management activities.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CMA – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $7,940,463,120 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 64.23% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.33 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.05 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

CMA value chart August 2016

EPSmg $2.64
MG Growth Estimate 9.70%
MG Value $73.70
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $38.29
MG Value based on 0% Growth $22.45
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.41%
Current Price $45.76
% of Intrinsic Value 62.09%

Comerica Incorporated is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.6 in 2012 to an estimated $2.64 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.41% 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.

At the time of valuation, further research into Comerica Incorporated revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $45.5. The company pays a dividend of $0.85 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.33, which was above the industry average of 13.43.

Comerica Incorporated receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

CMA charts August 2016

Graham Number $45.50
PEmg 17.33
PB Ratio 1.05
Dividend Yield 1.86%
TTM Dividend $0.85
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2016
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $5,921,000,000
Total Assets $71,280,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $63,586,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 177,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.08
Dec2015 $2.84
Dec2014 $3.16
Dec2013 $2.85
Dec2012 $2.67
Dec2011 $2.09
Dec2010 $0.88
Dec2009 -$0.79
Dec2008 $1.28
Dec2007 $4.43
Dec2006 $5.49
Dec2005 $5.11
Dec2004 $4.36
Dec2003 $3.75
Dec2002 $3.40
Dec2001 $3.88
Dec2000 $4.31
Dec1999 $4.14
Dec1998 $3.72
Dec1997 $3.19
Dec1996 $2.38

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.64
Dec2015 $2.85
Dec2014 $2.68
Dec2013 $2.14
Dec2012 $1.60
Dec2011 $1.24
Dec2010 $1.30
Dec2009 $2.04
Dec2008 $3.68
Dec2007 $4.79
Dec2006 $4.79
Dec2005 $4.33
Dec2004 $3.94
Dec2003 $3.78
Dec2002 $3.83
Dec2001 $3.98
Dec2000 $3.87

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