Cray Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $CRAY

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 Cray Inc (CRAY) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Cray Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets and services the high-end of the high performance computing (HPC) market, primarily categories of systems, known as supercomputers and provides storage and data analytics solutions. The Company provides software, system maintenance, support services and engineering services related to supercomputer systems. Its segments are Supercomputing, Storage and Data Management, Maintenance and Support, and Engineering Services and Other. Its products include Cray Supercomputing Systems, including Cray XC40-LC Supercomputer, Cray XC40-AC Supercomputer, Cray CS400-AC Supercomputer, Cray CS400-LC Supercomputer and Cray CS-Storm Supercomputer; Cray Analytics Products, including Cray Urika-GD Graph Discovery Appliance and Cray Urika-XA Extreme Analytics Platform, and Cray Storage and Data Management Products, including Cray Sonexion Storage Systems, Cray DataWarp Applications I/O Accelerator and Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS).

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ModernGraham Valuation of CRAY – 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 $921,927,031 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.51 Pass
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 -169.05% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 63.68 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.70 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 3.51 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 Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.34
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $8.80
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $5.00
MG Value based on 0% Growth $2.93
Market Implied Growth Rate 27.59%
Current Price $21.95
% of Intrinsic Value 249.43%

Cray Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability or growth 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 or growth 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.54 in 2013 to an estimated $0.34 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 27.59% 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 Cray Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 63.68, which was above the industry average of 28.12. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $8.8.

Cray Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $8.80
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 63.68
Current Ratio 3.51
PB Ratio 1.70
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 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $548,280,000
Total Current Liabilities $156,135,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $714,572,000
Intangible Assets $15,819,000
Total Liabilities $189,096,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 40,816,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.36
Dec2016 $0.26
Dec2015 $0.68
Dec2014 $1.54
Dec2013 $0.81
Dec2012 $4.27
Dec2011 $0.40
Dec2010 $0.43
Dec2009 -$0.02
Dec2008 -$1.25
Dec2007 -$0.18
Dec2006 -$0.53
Dec2005 -$2.91
Dec2004 -$9.96
Dec2003 $3.77
Dec2002 $0.40
Dec2001 -$3.48
Dec2000 -$3.12
Dec1999 -$6.96
Dec1998 -$6.80
Dec1997 -$8.12

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.34
Dec2016 $0.97
Dec2015 $1.40
Dec2014 $1.67
Dec2013 $1.54
Dec2012 $1.53
Dec2011 $0.07
Dec2010 -$0.17
Dec2009 -$0.64
Dec2008 -$1.62
Dec2007 -$1.86
Dec2006 -$2.42
Dec2005 -$3.05
Dec2004 -$2.91
Dec2003 -$0.21
Dec2002 -$2.80
Dec2001 -$4.83

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