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Digital Realty Trust Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $DLR

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 Digital Realty Trust Inc (DLR) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Digital Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, acquires, develops and manages technology-related real estate. The Company is focused on providing data center and colocation solutions for domestic and international tenants across a range of industry verticals ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, healthcare and consumer products. The Company’s types of properties within its portfolio include corporate data centers; Internet gateway data centers, which serve as hubs for Internet and data communications within and between metropolitan areas, and office and other non-data center space. The Company’s portfolio consists of approximately 140 operating properties. The Company owns approximately 98.1% common general partnership interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

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ModernGraham Valuation of DLR – March 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 $17,382,182,416 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.65 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 200.60% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 68.05 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.20 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 0.65 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -17.06 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 $1.59
MG Growth Estimate 0.96%
MG Value $16.57
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $23.08
MG Value based on 0% Growth $13.53
Market Implied Growth Rate 29.77%
Current Price $108.33
% of Intrinsic Value 653.61%

Digital Realty Trust, 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, 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.5 in 2013 to an estimated $1.59 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 29.77% 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 Digital Realty Trust, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $26.99. The company pays a dividend of $3.52 per share, for a yield of 3.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 68.05, which was above the industry average of 31.91. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-42.94.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$42.94
Graham Number $26.99
PEmg 68.05
Current Ratio 0.65
PB Ratio 3.20
Current Dividend $3.52
Dividend Yield 3.25%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 14

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $626,735,000
Total Current Liabilities $969,072,000
Long-Term Debt $5,838,607,000
Total Assets $12,192,585,000
Intangible Assets $2,125,750,000
Total Liabilities $7,096,570,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 150,680,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.26
Dec2016 $2.20
Dec2015 $1.56
Dec2014 $0.99
Dec2013 $2.12
Dec2012 $1.48
Dec2011 $1.32
Dec2010 $0.68
Dec2009 $0.61
Dec2008 $0.38
Dec2007 $0.30
Dec2006 $0.47
Dec2005 $0.25
Dec2004 -$0.30

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.59
Dec2016 $1.73
Dec2015 $1.49
Dec2014 $1.41
Dec2013 $1.50
Dec2012 $1.09
Dec2011 $0.81
Dec2010 $0.54
Dec2009 $0.44
Dec2008 $0.31
Dec2007 $0.24
Dec2006 $0.16
Dec2005 $0.00
Dec2004 -$0.10

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