HCA Holdings Inc Valuation – August 2016 $HCA

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 HCA Holdings Inc (HCA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): HCA Holdings, Inc. is a healthcare services company. The Company’s segment is operating hospitals and related healthcare entities. The Company operates approximately 168 hospitals, consisting of 164 general, acute care hospitals; three psychiatric hospitals, and one rehabilitation hospital. In addition, the Company operates approximately 116 freestanding surgery centers. Its facilities are located in approximately 20 states and England. The Company’s general, acute care hospitals typically provide a range of services to accommodate such medical specialties as internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and obstetrics, as well as diagnostic and emergency services. Its psychiatric hospitals provide therapeutic programs, including child, adolescent and adult psychiatric care, adult and adolescent alcohol and drug abuse treatment and counseling. It operates approximately three psychiatric hospitals with over 396 licensed beds.

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ModernGraham Valuation of HCA – 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 $29,094,241,789 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.69 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 534.43% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.36 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -3.74 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 1.69 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 8.44 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

HCA value chart August 2016

EPSmg $4.95
MG Growth Estimate 7.08%
MG Value $112.27
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $71.84
MG Value based on 0% Growth $42.11
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.43%
Current Price $76.12
% of Intrinsic Value 67.80%

HCA Holdings 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, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.37 in 2012 to an estimated $4.95 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.43% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into HCA Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.36, which was below the industry average of 40.07, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-80.81.

HCA Holdings Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

HCA charts August 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$80.81
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 15.36
Current Ratio 1.69
PB Ratio -3.74
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 6/1/2016
Total Current Assets $9,095,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,396,000,000
Long-Term Debt $31,228,000,000
Total Assets $33,205,000,000
Intangible Assets $6,694,000,000
Total Liabilities $41,312,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 398,659,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.33
Dec2015 $4.99
Dec2014 $4.16
Dec2013 $3.37
Dec2012 $3.49
Dec2011 $4.97
Dec2010 $2.76
Dec2009 $2.44
Dec2008 $0.00
Dec2007 $0.00
Dec2006 $0.00
Dec2005 $3.19
Dec2004 $2.58
Dec2003 $2.61
Dec2002 $1.59
Dec2001 $1.65
Dec2000 $0.39
Dec1999 $1.11
Dec1998 $0.73
Dec1997 -$0.46
Dec1996 $2.22

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.95
Dec2015 $4.24
Dec2014 $3.83
Dec2013 $3.58
Dec2012 $3.37
Dec2011 $2.88
Dec2010 $1.57
Dec2009 $1.03
Dec2008 $0.60
Dec2007 $1.16
Dec2006 $1.82
Dec2005 $2.60
Dec2004 $2.12
Dec2003 $1.75
Dec2002 $1.24
Dec2001 $0.94
Dec2000 $0.66

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