FLIR Systems Inc Valuation – November 2016 $FLIR

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 FLIR Systems Inc (FLIR) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): FLIR Systems, Inc. (FLIR) designs, develops, markets and distributes thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locater systems, measurement and diagnostic systems and advanced threat-detection solutions. The Company’s segments include Surveillance, Instruments, Security, OEM & Emerging Markets, Maritime and Detection. Its Surveillance segment provides enhanced imaging and recognition solutions. Its Instruments segment provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial, and scientific applications under the FLIR and Extech brands. Its OEM & Emerging Markets segment provides thermal imaging camera cores and components. Its Maritime segment develops and manufactures electronics and imaging instruments. Its Security segment develops and manufactures a range of cameras and video recording systems. The Detection segment offers sensors, instruments and integrated platform solutions.

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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 $4,761,974,243 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 4.69 Pass
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 20.99% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.72 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.93 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 4.69 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.44 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 Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value


EPSmg $1.42
MG Growth Estimate -0.19%
MG Value $11.51
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $20.58
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.06
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.11%
Current Price $35.08
% of Intrinsic Value 304.74%

FLIR Systems, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of earnings growth over the last five years. 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 Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.44 in 2012 to an estimated $1.42 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 8.11% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into FLIR Systems, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $18.63. The company pays a dividend of $0.47 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.72, which was below the industry average of 34.5, 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 $3.78.

FLIR Systems, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research


Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $3.78
Graham Number $18.63
PEmg 24.72
Current Ratio 4.69
PB Ratio 2.93
Current Dividend $0.47
Dividend Yield 1.34%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,456,140,000
Total Current Liabilities $310,648,000
Long-Term Debt $501,606,000
Total Assets $2,587,894,000
Intangible Assets $762,121,000
Total Liabilities $934,488,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 137,938,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.27
Dec2015 $1.72
Dec2014 $1.39
Dec2013 $1.22
Dec2012 $1.45
Dec2011 $1.38
Dec2010 $1.54
Dec2009 $1.45
Dec2008 $1.28
Dec2007 $0.89
Dec2006 $0.66
Dec2005 $0.58
Dec2004 $0.46
Dec2003 $0.29
Dec2002 $0.29
Dec2001 $0.20
Dec2000 -$0.23
Dec1999 -$0.48
Dec1998 $0.03
Dec1997 -$0.46
Dec1996 $0.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.42
Dec2015 $1.47
Dec2014 $1.37
Dec2013 $1.37
Dec2012 $1.44
Dec2011 $1.39
Dec2010 $1.32
Dec2009 $1.13
Dec2008 $0.90
Dec2007 $0.67
Dec2006 $0.52
Dec2005 $0.43
Dec2004 $0.30
Dec2003 $0.15
Dec2002 $0.04
Dec2001 -$0.11
Dec2000 -$0.25

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