Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc Valuation – January 2017 $DPS

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 Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc (DPS) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is an owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company’s products consist of flavored (non-cola) carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and non-carbonated beverages (NCBs), including ready-to-drink teas, juices, juice drinks, water and mixers. The Company operates under three segments: Beverage Concentrates, Packaged Beverages and Latin America Beverages. Its brands include Dr Pepper, Canada Dry, Crush, Schweppes, Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Sun Drop, RC Cola, Squirt, Diet Rite, Vernors and the concentrate form of Hawaiian Punch. Its Beverage Concentrates brands are sold by its bottlers, including its own Packaged Beverages segment, through retail channels, including supermarkets, fountains, merchandisers, club stores, convenience stores, gas stations, small groceries, drug chains and dollar stores. It distributes finished beverages and manufactures beverage concentrates and fountain syrups.

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ModernGraham Valuation of DPS – 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 $16,430,380,426 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.08 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 346.52% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 22.92 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.85 Fail
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 1.08 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 24.84 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 $3.93
MG Growth Estimate 9.98%
MG Value $111.79
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $56.96
MG Value based on 0% Growth $33.39
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.21%
Current Price $90.03
% of Intrinsic Value 80.53%

Dr Pepper Snapple Group 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 over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.36 in 2012 to an estimated $3.93 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.21% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $34.85. The company pays a dividend of $2.07 per share, for a yield of 2.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.92, which was below the industry average of 24.74, 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 $-26.61.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.


Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$26.61
Graham Number $34.85
PEmg 22.92
Current Ratio 1.08
PB Ratio 7.85
Current Dividend $2.07
Dividend Yield 2.30%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8



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 Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,602,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,483,000,000
Long-Term Debt $2,956,000,000
Total Assets $8,673,000,000
Intangible Assets $5,651,000,000
Total Liabilities $6,544,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 185,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.66
Dec2015 $3.97
Dec2014 $3.56
Dec2013 $3.05
Dec2012 $2.96
Dec2011 $2.74
Dec2010 $2.17
Dec2009 $2.17
Dec2008 -$1.23
Dec2007 $1.79
Dec2006 $2.01

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.93
Dec2015 $3.46
Dec2014 $3.10
Dec2013 $2.79
Dec2012 $2.36
Dec2011 $1.88
Dec2010 $1.43
Dec2009 $1.02
Dec2008 $0.47
Dec2007 $1.13
Dec2006 $0.67

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