Stifel Financial Corp Valuation – Initial Coverage $SF

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 – December 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 Stifel Financial Corp (SF) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial holding company. Its principal subsidiary is Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, a retail and institutional wealth management and investment banking firm. Its principal activities are private client services, including securities transaction and financial planning services; institutional equity and fixed income sales, trading, research and municipal finance; investment banking services, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements, and retail and commercial banking, including personal and commercial lending programs. It operates through three segments. The Global Wealth Management segment consists of the Private Client Group and Stifel Bank businesses. The Institutional Group segment includes research, equity and fixed income institutional sales and trading, investment banking, public finance and syndicate. The Other segment includes interest income from stock borrow activities and interest income.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SF – December 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 $3,262,999,894 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 28.76% Fail
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 30.52 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.45 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 Fail
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.65
MG Growth Estimate 2.76%
MG Value $23.13
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $23.93
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.03
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.01%
Current Price $50.36
% of Intrinsic Value 217.71%

Stifel Financial Corp does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.39 in 2012 to an estimated $1.65 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.01% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Stifel Financial Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $33.51. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 30.52, which was above the industry average of 21.33.

Stifel Financial Corp scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $33.51
PEmg 30.52
PB Ratio 1.45
Dividend Yield 0.00%
TTM Dividend $0.00
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $1,597,480,000
Total Assets $17,204,908,000
Intangible Assets $1,081,764,000
Total Liabilities $14,513,218,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 77,544,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.30
Dec2015 $1.18
Dec2014 $2.31
Dec2013 $2.20
Dec2012 $2.20
Dec2011 $1.34
Dec2010 $0.03
Dec2009 $1.57
Dec2008 $1.32
Dec2007 $0.83
Dec2006 $0.49
Dec2005 $0.69
Dec2004 $0.84
Dec2003 $0.61
Dec2002 $0.11
Dec2001 $0.08
Dec2000 $0.40
Dec1999 $0.34
Dec1998 $0.24
Dec1997 $0.29
Dec1996 $0.20

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.65
Dec2015 $1.83
Dec2014 $1.98
Dec2013 $1.70
Dec2012 $1.39
Dec2011 $1.00
Dec2010 $0.84
Dec2009 $1.15
Dec2008 $0.91
Dec2007 $0.70
Dec2006 $0.61
Dec2005 $0.60
Dec2004 $0.50
Dec2003 $0.33
Dec2002 $0.20
Dec2001 $0.25
Dec2000 $0.33

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