ARRIS International PLC Valuation – January 2017 $ARRS

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 – January 2017.  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 ARRIS International PLC (ARRS) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): ARRIS International plc focuses on entertainment and communications technology. The Company operates in two segments: Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), and Network & Cloud (N&C). The CPE segment’s products include Set-Top, Gateway, digital subscriber line (DSL) and Cable Modem, and Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (E-MTA) and Voice/Data Modem. The N&C segment includes various products, such as Infrastructure Products, Global Services and Cloud Solutions. It enables service providers, including cable, telephone, and digital broadcast satellite operators, and media programmers to deliver media, voice and Internet Protocol (IP) data services to their subscribers. It is engaged in offering set-tops, digital video and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) distribution systems, broadband access infrastructure platforms, and associated data and voice CPE, which it also sells directly to consumers through retail channels.

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ModernGraham Valuation of ARRS – January 2017

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 $5,679,442,661 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.74 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 483.33% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 43.37 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.91 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 1.74 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.70
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $26.77
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $10.08
MG Value based on 0% Growth $5.91
Market Implied Growth Rate 17.44%
Current Price $30.16
% of Intrinsic Value 112.66%

ARRIS International plc 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 PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability over the last five years, 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.24 in 2012 to an estimated $0.7 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 17.44% 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 ARRIS International plc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $10.71. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 43.37, which was below the industry average of 68.5, 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 $-8.26.

ARRIS International plc 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) -$8.26
Graham Number $10.71
PEmg 43.37
Current Ratio 1.74
PB Ratio 1.91
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 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $3,049,712,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,753,128,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $7,651,816,000
Intangible Assets $3,855,810,000
Total Liabilities $4,631,554,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 191,508,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.32
Dec2015 $0.62
Dec2014 $2.21
Dec2013 -$0.37
Dec2012 $0.46
Dec2011 -$0.15
Dec2010 $0.50
Dec2009 $0.71
Dec2008 -$1.04
Dec2007 $0.87
Dec2006 $1.30
Dec2005 $0.52
Dec2004 -$0.33
Dec2003 -$0.62
Dec2002 -$2.33
Dec2001 -$3.13
Dec2000 $0.52
Dec1999 $1.33
Dec1998 $0.15
Dec1997 -$0.55
Dec1996 $0.67

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.70
Dec2015 $0.77
Dec2014 $0.74
Dec2013 $0.08
Dec2012 $0.24
Dec2011 $0.14
Dec2010 $0.35
Dec2009 $0.34
Dec2008 $0.19
Dec2007 $0.66
Dec2006 $0.27
Dec2005 -$0.56
Dec2004 -$1.12
Dec2003 -$1.30
Dec2002 -$1.32
Dec2001 -$0.66
Dec2000 $0.53

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