American Campus Communities Valuation – November 2016 $ACC

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 American Campus Communities (ACC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): American Campus Communities, Inc. is a self-managed and self-administered equity real estate investment trust. The Company’s segments include Wholly-Owned Properties, On-Campus Participating Properties, Development Services, and Property Management Services. It is engaged in the acquisition, design, financing, development, construction management, leasing and management of student housing properties. The Wholly-Owned Properties segment consists of off-campus properties, which are generally located in close proximity to the school campus. The On-Campus Participating Properties segment includes on-campus properties that are operated under long-term ground/facility leases with university systems. The Development Services segment consists of development and construction management services that it provides through one of its taxable REIT subsidiaries (TRSs) for third-party owners. The Property Management Services segment includes revenues generated from third-party management contracts.

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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 $5,673,762,373 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.02 Fail
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 -492.96% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 47.08 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.74 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 1.02 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1,719.23 Fail
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 $0.96
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $36.91
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $13.90
MG Value based on 0% Growth $8.15
Market Implied Growth Rate 19.29%
Current Price $45.13
% of Intrinsic Value 122.27%

American Campus Communities, 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 or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.42 in 2012 to an estimated $0.96 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 19.29% 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 American Campus Communities, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $26.61. The company pays a dividend of $1.64 per share, for a yield of 3.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 47.08, which was above the industry average of 34.03. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-20.71.

American Campus Communities, Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research


Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$20.71
Graham Number $26.61
PEmg 47.08
Current Ratio 1.02
PB Ratio 1.74
Current Dividend $1.64
Dividend Yield 3.63%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $78,692,000
Total Current Liabilities $77,247,000
Long-Term Debt $2,484,292,000
Total Assets $6,279,375,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $2,829,269,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 132,790,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.19
Dec2015 $1.02
Dec2014 $0.58
Dec2013 $0.98
Dec2012 $0.65
Dec2011 $0.80
Dec2010 $0.26
Dec2009 -$0.28
Dec2008 -$0.36
Dec2007 -$0.07
Dec2006 $1.17
Dec2005 $0.65
Dec2004 $0.15
Dec2003 -$1.00

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.96
Dec2015 $0.83
Dec2014 $0.71
Dec2013 $0.68
Dec2012 $0.42
Dec2011 $0.23
Dec2010 $0.01
Dec2009 $0.00
Dec2008 $0.19
Dec2007 $0.37
Dec2006 $0.46
Dec2005 $0.06
Dec2004 -$0.22
Dec2003 -$0.33

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