Allegheny Technologies Inc Valuation – March 2017 $ATI

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 Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) is a specialty materials and components producer. The Company operates through two business segments: High Performance Materials & Components and Flat Rolled Products. ATI’s products include titanium and titanium alloys, nickel-based alloys and specialty steels, precision forgings, castings and machined components, zirconium and related alloys, precision and engineered stainless steel strip, and grain-oriented electrical steel. Its standard products include specialty stainless sheet and stainless steel plate. It is engaged in the production of titanium alloys, nickel-based and cobalt-based alloys and superalloys, and vacuum-melted specialty alloys used in the manufacture of components for both commercial and military jet engines, as well as replacement parts for those engines. It also produces titanium alloys, vacuum-melted specialty alloys and stainless alloys for use in commercial and military airframes, airframe components and missiles.

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ModernGraham Valuation of ATI – 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 $1,843,520,763 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.49 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -235.62% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -8.38 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.38 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 2.49 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.68 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$2.07
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$30.05
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$17.62
Market Implied Growth Rate -8.44%
Current Price $17.37
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated 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, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. 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 $1.37 in 2013 to an estimated $-2.07 for 2017. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Allegheny Technologies Incorporated revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $10.58. The company pays a dividend of $0.32 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -8.38, which was below the industry average of 47.18, 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 $-19.09.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated 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) -$19.09
Graham Number $10.58
PEmg -8.38
Current Ratio 2.49
PB Ratio 1.38
Current Dividend $0.32
Dividend Yield 1.84%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,766,500,000
Total Current Liabilities $708,700,000
Long-Term Debt $1,771,900,000
Total Assets $5,170,000,000
Intangible Assets $641,900,000
Total Liabilities $3,814,800,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 107,300,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.40
Dec2016 -$5.97
Dec2015 -$3.53
Dec2014 -$0.03
Dec2013 $1.44
Dec2012 $1.43
Dec2011 $1.97
Dec2010 $0.72
Dec2009 $0.32
Dec2008 $5.67
Dec2007 $7.26
Dec2006 $5.61
Dec2005 $3.59
Dec2004 $0.22
Dec2003 -$3.89
Dec2002 -$0.82
Dec2001 -$0.31
Dec2000 $1.60
Dec1999 $3.13
Dec1998 $2.43
Dec1997 $3.73

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$2.07
Dec2016 -$2.65
Dec2015 -$0.57
Dec2014 $0.97
Dec2013 $1.37
Dec2012 $1.57
Dec2011 $2.15
Dec2010 $2.80
Dec2009 $4.06
Dec2008 $5.44
Dec2007 $4.40
Dec2006 $2.30
Dec2005 $0.35
Dec2004 -$1.06
Dec2003 -$1.16
Dec2002 $0.54
Dec2001 $1.52

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