Lennar Corp Valuation – November 2016 $LEN

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 Lennar Corp (LEN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Lennar Corporation is a homebuilder that operates in various states with deliveries of over 24,290 new homes. The Company’s segments include Homebuilding activities, which include Homebuilding East, Homebuilding Central, Homebuilding West, Homebuilding Southeast Florida and Homebuilding Houston; Lennar Financial Services; Rialto, and Lennar Multifamily. Its Homebuilding operations include the construction and sale of single-family attached and detached homes, as well as the purchase, development and sale of residential land directly and through unconsolidated entities in which it has investments. The Lennar Financial Services segment operations include mortgage financing, title insurance and closing services for its homebuyers and others. The Rialto segment operations include commercial real estate, investment management and finance company. The Lennar Multifamily segment develops a portfolio of institutional multifamily rental properties in select the United States markets.

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ModernGraham Valuation of Len – November 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 $9,309,257,384 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 5.14 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -146.39% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 13.35 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.54 Pass
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 5.14 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.55 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 Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value


EPSmg $3.26
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $125.38
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $47.22
MG Value based on 0% Growth $27.68
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.42%
Current Price $43.47
% of Intrinsic Value 34.67%

Lennar Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth 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 $0.47 in 2012 to an estimated $3.26 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.42% 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 Lennar Corporation revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $49.83. The company pays a dividend of $0.16 per share, for a yield of 0.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 13.35, which was below the industry average of 28.02, 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 $11.5.

Lennar Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research


Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $11.50
Graham Number $49.83
PEmg 13.35
Current Ratio 5.14
PB Ratio 1.54
Current Dividend $0.16
Dividend Yield 0.37%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 8/1/2016
Total Current Assets $11,118,198,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,164,310,000
Long-Term Debt $4,920,848,000
Total Assets $14,998,720,000
Intangible Assets $39,838,000
Total Liabilities $8,453,185,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 231,818,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.84
Nov2015 $3.46
Nov2014 $2.80
Nov2013 $2.15
Nov2012 $3.11
Nov2011 $0.48
Nov2010 $0.51
Nov2009 -$2.45
Nov2008 -$7.01
Nov2007 -$12.31
Nov2006 $3.69
Nov2005 $8.23
Nov2004 $5.70
Nov2003 $4.65
Nov2002 $3.51
Nov2001 $2.73
Nov2000 $1.66
Nov1999 $1.25
Nov1998 $1.25
Nov1997 $1.12
Nov1996 $1.22

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.26
Nov2015 $2.78
Nov2014 $2.23
Nov2013 $1.55
Nov2012 $0.47
Nov2011 -$1.95
Nov2010 -$3.28
Nov2009 -$4.11
Nov2008 -$3.40
Nov2007 -$0.40
Nov2006 $5.42
Nov2005 $5.84
Nov2004 $4.32
Nov2003 $3.34
Nov2002 $2.48
Nov2001 $1.84
Nov2000 $1.36

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