Principal Financial Group Inc Valuation – August 2016 $PFG

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 Principal Financial Group Inc (PFG) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Principal Financial Group, Inc. is an investment management company. The Company offers a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance services. The Company’s segments include Retirement and Income Solutions; Principal Global Investors, Principal International, and U.S. Insurance Solutions. It offers retirement and employee benefit solutions, and individual insurance solutions. It offers portfolio of products and services for retirement savings and retirement income. Its Principal Global Investors segment manages assets for investors around the world, using a multi-boutique strategy that provides diverse investment capabilities, including equity, fixed income, real estate and other alternative investments. It offers pension accumulation products and services, mutual funds, asset management, income annuities and life insurance accumulation products. The U.S. Insurance Solutions segment provides group and individual insurance solutions.

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ModernGraham Valuation of PFG – 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 $14,208,961,402 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 44.99% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.15 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.37 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

PFG value chart August 2016

EPSmg $3.04
MG Growth Estimate 6.41%
MG Value $64.85
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $44.10
MG Value based on 0% Growth $25.85
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.83%
Current Price $49.13
% of Intrinsic Value 75.76%

Principal Financial Group Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.13 in 2012 to an estimated $3.04 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.83% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Principal Financial Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $40.4. The company pays a dividend of $1.53 per share, for a yield of 3.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.15, which was below the industry average of 16.56, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Principal Financial Group Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

PFG charts August 2016

Graham Number $40.40
PEmg 16.15
PB Ratio 1.37
Dividend Yield 3.11%
TTM Dividend $1.53
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2016
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $3,270,200,000
Total Assets $223,074,200,000
Intangible Assets $2,395,700,000
Total Liabilities $212,574,500,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 292,600,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.99
Dec2015 $4.06
Dec2014 $3.65
Dec2013 $2.95
Dec2012 $2.58
Dec2011 $1.91
Dec2010 $1.95
Dec2009 $1.97
Dec2008 $1.63
Dec2007 $3.09
Dec2006 $3.74
Dec2005 $3.11
Dec2004 $2.62
Dec2003 $2.28
Dec2002 $0.41
Dec2001 $0.99

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.04
Dec2015 $3.39
Dec2014 $2.90
Dec2013 $2.44
Dec2012 $2.13
Dec2011 $1.97
Dec2010 $2.16
Dec2009 $2.42
Dec2008 $2.70
Dec2007 $3.15
Dec2006 $2.93
Dec2005 $2.31
Dec2004 $1.70
Dec2003 $1.07
Dec2002 $0.40
Dec2001 $0.33

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