Qualcomm Inc Valuation – February 2017 $QCOM

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 – February 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 Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): QUALCOMM Incorporated is engaged in the development and commercialization of a digital communication technology called code division multiple access (CDMA). The Company is engaged in the development and commercialization of the orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) family of technologies, including long-term evolution (LTE), which is an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based standard that uses OFDMA and single-carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (FDMA), for cellular wireless communication applications. The Company’s segments include QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies), QTL (Qualcomm Technology Licensing) and QSI (Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives). The Company also develops and commercializes a range of other technologies used in handsets and tablets that contribute to end user demand. The Company’s products principally consist of integrated circuits (chips or chipsets) and system software used in mobile devices and in wireless networks.

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ModernGraham Valuation of QCOM – February 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 $77,563,427,346 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.97 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 131.39% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 13.54 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.53 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 1.97 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.28 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 $3.91
MG Growth Estimate 4.10%
MG Value $65.28
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $56.66
MG Value based on 0% Growth $33.21
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.52%
Current Price $52.89
% of Intrinsic Value 81.02%

QUALCOMM, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 $3.07 in 2013 to an estimated $3.91 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 2.52% 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 QUALCOMM, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $44.13. The company pays a dividend of $2.07 per share, for a yield of 3.9%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 13.54, which was below the industry average of 38.13, 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 $-3.59.

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

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$3.59
Graham Number $44.13
PEmg 13.54
Current Ratio 1.97
PB Ratio 2.53
Current Dividend $2.07
Dividend Yield 3.91%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 15


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $15,779,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $7,994,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,935,000,000
Total Assets $52,366,000,000
Intangible Assets $9,024,000,000
Total Liabilities $21,151,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,495,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.10
Sep2016 $3.81
Sep2015 $3.22
Sep2014 $4.65
Sep2013 $3.91
Sep2012 $3.51
Sep2011 $2.52
Sep2010 $1.96
Sep2009 $0.95
Sep2008 $1.90
Sep2007 $1.95
Sep2006 $1.44
Sep2005 $1.26
Sep2004 $1.03
Sep2003 $0.51
Sep2002 $0.22
Sep2001 -$0.38
Sep2000 $0.43
Sep1999 $0.16
Sep1998 $0.09
Sep1997 $0.08

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.91
Sep2016 $3.81
Sep2015 $3.73
Sep2014 $3.76
Sep2013 $3.07
Sep2012 $2.49
Sep2011 $1.94
Sep2010 $1.64
Sep2009 $1.49
Sep2008 $1.68
Sep2007 $1.46
Sep2006 $1.10
Sep2005 $0.80
Sep2004 $0.50
Sep2003 $0.22
Sep2002 $0.08
Sep2001 $0.04

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