Sykes Enterprises Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $SYKE

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 – March 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 Sykes Enterprises Inc (SYKE) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated is engaged in providing outsourced customer contact management solutions and services in the business process outsourcing arena. The Company provides an array of customer contact management solutions to a range of clients in communications, financial services, technology or consumer, transportation and leisure, healthcare and other industry verticals. It has operations in two segments: the Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific Rim, and EMEA, which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its Americas and EMEA regions provide customer contact management services (with an emphasis on inbound technical support and customer service), which include customer assistance, healthcare and roadside assistance, technical support and product sales to its clients customers. It delivers its services through multiple communication channels, including phone, e-mail, social media, text messaging and chat.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SYKE – 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 $1,242,636,302 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.07 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 119.91% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.73 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.67 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 3.07 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.64 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.62
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $62.24
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $23.44
MG Value based on 0% Growth $13.74
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.62%
Current Price $28.67
% of Intrinsic Value 46.06%

Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.72 in 2013 to an estimated $1.62 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.62% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $27.43. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.73, 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 $2.64.

Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $2.64
Graham Number $27.43
PEmg 17.73
Current Ratio 3.07
PB Ratio 1.67
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 $623,236,000
Total Current Liabilities $202,857,000
Long-Term Debt $267,000,000
Total Assets $1,236,403,000
Intangible Assets $418,459,000
Total Liabilities $511,881,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 42,239,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.98
Dec2016 $1.48
Dec2015 $1.62
Dec2014 $1.35
Dec2013 $0.87
Dec2012 $0.66
Dec2011 $1.06
Dec2010 -$0.22
Dec2009 $1.05
Dec2008 $1.48
Dec2007 $0.98
Dec2006 $1.05
Dec2005 $0.59
Dec2004 $0.27
Dec2003 $0.23
Dec2002 -$0.46
Dec2001 $0.01
Dec2000 $1.13
Dec1999 $0.51
Dec1998 $0.06
Dec1997 $0.18

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.62
Dec2016 $1.36
Dec2015 $1.23
Dec2014 $0.94
Dec2013 $0.72
Dec2012 $0.70
Dec2011 $0.77
Dec2010 $0.70
Dec2009 $1.12
Dec2008 $1.06
Dec2007 $0.78
Dec2006 $0.56
Dec2005 $0.25
Dec2004 $0.14
Dec2003 $0.14
Dec2002 $0.15
Dec2001 $0.43

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