SunTrust Banks Inc Valuation – April 2017 $STI

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 SunTrust Banks Inc (STI) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): SunTrust Banks, Inc. is a provider of financial services. The Company’s principal subsidiary is SunTrust Bank (the Bank). The Company’s business segments include Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, Mortgage Banking and Corporate Other. As of December 31, 2016, the Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management segment consisted of three primary businesses: Consumer Banking, Consumer Lending and Private Wealth Management. The Wholesale Banking segment includes the operations of the Corporate and investment banking (CIB), Commercial and Business Banking, Commercial Real Estate, and Treasury and Payment Solutions businesses. The Mortgage Banking segment offers residential mortgage products nationally through its retail and correspondent channels, the Internet ( and by telephone. The Bank provides clients with a selection of full-, self- and assisted-service channels, including branch, call center, Teller Connect machines, mobile and tablet.

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ModernGraham Valuation of STI – April 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $26,691,025,231 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -638.99% Fail
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 15.59 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.17 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.51
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $135.29
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $50.95
MG Value based on 0% Growth $29.87
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.55%
Current Price $54.80
% of Intrinsic Value 40.51%

SunTrust Banks, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. 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 $1.66 in 2013 to an estimated $3.51 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.54% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into SunTrust Banks, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $61.96. The company pays a dividend of $1 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.59, which was below the industry average of 20.84, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $61.96
PEmg 15.59
PB Ratio 1.17
Dividend Yield 1.83%
TTM Dividend $1.00
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $11,748,000,000
Total Assets $204,875,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,994,000,000
Total Liabilities $181,257,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 503,466,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.74
Dec2016 $3.60
Dec2015 $3.58
Dec2014 $3.23
Dec2013 $2.41
Dec2012 $3.59
Dec2011 $0.94
Dec2010 -$0.18
Dec2009 -$3.97
Dec2008 $2.12
Dec2007 $4.55
Dec2006 $5.82
Dec2005 $5.47
Dec2004 $5.19
Dec2003 $4.73
Dec2002 $4.66
Dec2001 $4.72
Dec2000 $4.30
Dec1999 $4.13
Dec1998 $3.04
Dec1997 $3.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.51
Dec2016 $3.36
Dec2015 $3.08
Dec2014 $2.55
Dec2013 $1.66
Dec2012 $1.02
Dec2011 $0.06
Dec2010 $0.30
Dec2009 $1.29
Dec2008 $4.16
Dec2007 $5.17
Dec2006 $5.38
Dec2005 $5.09
Dec2004 $4.84
Dec2003 $4.61
Dec2002 $4.43
Dec2001 $4.15

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