Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. Â This isÂ best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another companyÂ or by reviewing theÂ 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – MarchÂ 2017.Â By using theÂ ModernGraham methodÂ one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. Â What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Southwestern Energy Company (SWN)Â fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance): Southwestern Energy Company is an energy company engaged in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. The Company operates through two segments: Exploration and Production (E&P) and Midstream Services. Its operations in northeast Pennsylvania are primarily focused on the unconventional natural gas reservoir known as the Marcellus Shale. Through its affiliated midstream subsidiaries, it is engaged in natural gas gathering activities in Arkansas and Louisiana. Its operations are principally focused on the development of unconventional natural gas reservoirs located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Arkansas. As of December 31, 2016, its estimated proved natural gas and oil reserves were 5,253 billions of cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, it gathered approximately 600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in the Fayetteville Shale area, including 42 Bcf of natural gas from third-party operated wells.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$3,120,149,622||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.60||Fail|
|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||-632.72%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||-1.85||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.34||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||1.60||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||6.53||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Fail|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Fail|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||-$47.41|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||-$27.79|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||-5.18%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||N/A|
Southwestern Energy Company does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. Â The Defensive Investor is concerned with the Â low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, 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, and the lack of dividends. Â 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 $0.71 in 2013 to an estimated $-3.27 for 2017. Â 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 Southwestern Energy Company revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $6.92. Â The company does not pay a dividend. Â Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -1.85, which was below the industry average of 63.11, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Â Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-8.35.
Southwestern Energy Company receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$8.35|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$1,789,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$1,121,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||494,495,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.15|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$3.27|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|Southwestern Energy Company Valuation â€“ February 2016 Update $SWN|
|26 Companies in the Spotlight This Week â€“ 12/13/14|
|Southwestern Energy Company Annual Valuation â€“ 2014 $SWN|
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