Cisco Systems Inc Valuation – January 2017 $CSCO

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 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 Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Cisco Systems, Inc. designs and sells a range of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world. The Company operates through three geographic segments: Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC). The Company groups its products and technologies into various categories, such as Switching; Next-Generation Network (NGN) Routing; Collaboration; Data Center; Wireless; Service Provider Video; Security, and Other Products. In addition to its product offerings, the Company provides a range of service offerings, including technical support services and advanced services. The Company delivers its technology and services to its customers as solutions for their priorities, including cloud, video, mobility, security, collaboration and analytics. The Company serves customers, including businesses of all sizes, public institutions, governments and service providers.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CSCO – 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 $152,248,014,127 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.58 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 66.94% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.17 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.43 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 3.58 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.51 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 $2.00
MG Growth Estimate 5.04%
MG Value $37.19
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $29.03
MG Value based on 0% Growth $17.02
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.34%
Current Price $30.38
% of Intrinsic Value 81.69%

Cisco Systems, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.5 in 2013 to an estimated $2 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.34% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Cisco Systems, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.55. The company pays a dividend of $0.99 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.17, which was below the industry average of 38.63, 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 $4.

Cisco Systems, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $4.00
Graham Number $25.55
PEmg 15.17
Current Ratio 3.58
PB Ratio 2.43
Current Dividend $0.99
Dividend Yield 3.26%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 10/1/2016
Total Current Assets $83,141,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $23,217,000,000
Long-Term Debt $30,634,000,000
Total Assets $126,287,000,000
Intangible Assets $29,120,000,000
Total Liabilities $62,881,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 5,066,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.30
Jul2016 $2.11
Jul2015 $1.75
Jul2014 $1.49
Jul2013 $1.86
Jul2012 $1.49
Jul2011 $1.17
Jul2010 $1.33
Jul2009 $1.05
Jul2008 $1.31
Jul2007 $1.17
Jul2006 $0.89
Jul2005 $0.87
Jul2004 $0.62
Jul2003 $0.50
Jul2002 $0.25
Jul2001 -$0.14
Jul2000 $0.36
Jul1999 $0.29
Jul1998 $0.20
Jul1997 $0.17

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.00
Jul2016 $1.82
Jul2015 $1.63
Jul2014 $1.54
Jul2013 $1.50
Jul2012 $1.30
Jul2011 $1.21
Jul2010 $1.20
Jul2009 $1.11
Jul2008 $1.08
Jul2007 $0.92
Jul2006 $0.74
Jul2005 $0.58
Jul2004 $0.40
Jul2003 $0.27
Jul2002 $0.17
Jul2001 $0.15

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