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Consolidated Edison Inc Valuation – February 2017 $ED

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 Consolidated Edison Inc (ED) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) is a holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, which include Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) and Con Edison Transmission, Inc. It owns competitive energy businesses. The Company also owns Con Edison Transmission, Inc. (Con Edison Transmission), which invests in electric and gas transmission projects through its subsidiaries, Consolidated Edison Transmission, LLC (CET Electric) and Con Edison Gas Midstream, LLC (CET Gas). CECONY is a provider of electricity, natural gas and steam to customers in New York City and Westchester County. O&R delivers electricity and natural gas to customers located in south-eastern New York, northern New Jersey and north eastern Pennsylvania. Con Edison provides energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers, and develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects.

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ModernGraham Valuation of ED – 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 $23,586,090,732 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.89 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 11.11% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.21 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.64 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 0.89 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -33.72 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 $3.99
MG Growth Estimate 1.53%
MG Value $46.08
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $57.82
MG Value based on 0% Growth $33.89
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.36%
Current Price $76.61
% of Intrinsic Value 166.26%

Consolidated Edison, 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 growth over the last ten years. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.62 in 2013 to an estimated $3.99 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.36% 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 Consolidated Edison, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $65.2. The company pays a dividend of $2.68 per share, for a yield of 3.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.21, which was below the industry average of 23.36, 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 $-99.77.

Consolidated Edison, 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) -$99.77
Graham Number $65.20
PEmg 19.21
Current Ratio 0.89
PB Ratio 1.64
Current Dividend $2.68
Dividend Yield 3.50%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $3,406,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,843,000,000
Long-Term Debt $14,735,000,000
Total Assets $48,255,000,000
Intangible Assets $552,000,000
Total Liabilities $33,957,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 306,200,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.03
Dec2016 $4.12
Dec2015 $4.05
Dec2014 $3.71
Dec2013 $3.61
Dec2012 $3.86
Dec2011 $3.57
Dec2010 $3.47
Dec2009 $3.14
Dec2008 $4.37
Dec2007 $3.47
Dec2006 $2.95
Dec2005 $2.94
Dec2004 $2.27
Dec2003 $2.38
Dec2002 $3.02
Dec2001 $3.21
Dec2000 $2.74
Dec1999 $3.13
Dec1998 $3.04
Dec1997 $2.95

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.99
Dec2016 $3.93
Dec2015 $3.81
Dec2014 $3.68
Dec2013 $3.62
Dec2012 $3.64
Dec2011 $3.56
Dec2010 $3.53
Dec2009 $3.50
Dec2008 $3.52
Dec2007 $2.99
Dec2006 $2.74
Dec2005 $2.68
Dec2004 $2.61
Dec2003 $2.81
Dec2002 $3.03
Dec2001 $3.03

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