CONMED Corporation Valuation – Initial Coverage $CNMD

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 CONMED Corporation (CNMD) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): CONMED Corporation is a medical technology company. The Company is engaged in the development, manufacturing and sale on a global basis of surgical devices and related equipment. Its products are used by surgeons and physicians in a range of specialties, including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery and gastroenterology. Its product lines consist of orthopedic surgery, general surgery and surgical visualization. Its orthopedic surgery product lines include sports medicine, powered surgical instruments, and sports biologics and tissue. Its general surgery product line offers a range of products in the areas of advanced surgical, endoscopic technologies and critical care. Its surgical visualization product line offers imaging systems for use in minimally invasive orthopedic and general surgery procedures. Its products are distributed domestically directly to over 6,000 hospitals and other healthcare institutions, as well as through medical specialty distributors.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CNMD – 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 $1,179,576,997 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.27 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 -4.66% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 40.97 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.08 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 3.27 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.91 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 $1.06
MG Growth Estimate 4.05%
MG Value $17.60
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $15.38
MG Value based on 0% Growth $9.02
Market Implied Growth Rate 16.24%
Current Price $43.46
% of Intrinsic Value 246.94%

CONMED Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.84 in 2012 to an estimated $1.06 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 16.21% 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 CONMED Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.68. The company pays a dividend of $0.8 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 40.92, which was above the industry average of 32.29. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-13.49.

CONMED Corporation receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$13.49
Graham Number $19.68
PEmg 40.92
Current Ratio 3.27
PB Ratio 2.08
Current Dividend $0.80
Dividend Yield 1.84%
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 $369,376,000
Total Current Liabilities $112,860,000
Long-Term Debt $490,176,000
Total Assets $1,330,724,000
Intangible Assets $822,592,000
Total Liabilities $746,549,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 27,951,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.82
Dec2015 $1.09
Dec2014 $1.16
Dec2013 $1.28
Dec2012 $1.41
Dec2011 $0.03
Dec2010 $1.05
Dec2009 $0.42
Dec2008 $1.37
Dec2007 $1.43
Dec2006 -$0.45
Dec2005 $1.08
Dec2004 $1.11
Dec2003 $1.10
Dec2002 $1.23
Dec2001 $1.00
Dec2000 $0.83
Dec1999 $1.17
Dec1998 $0.77
Dec1997 -$0.31
Dec1996 $0.75

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.06
Dec2015 $1.12
Dec2014 $1.08
Dec2013 $0.98
Dec2012 $0.84
Dec2011 $0.65
Dec2010 $0.90
Dec2009 $0.80
Dec2008 $0.97
Dec2007 $0.79
Dec2006 $0.59
Dec2005 $1.11
Dec2004 $1.10
Dec2003 $1.08
Dec2002 $1.05
Dec2001 $0.87
Dec2000 $0.75

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