Prudential Financial Inc Valuation – July 2017 $PRU

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 Prudential Financial Inc (PRU) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Prudential Financial, Inc., is a financial services company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers a range of financial products and services, which includes life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. The Company’s operations consists of four divisions, which together encompass seven segments. The U.S. Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division consists of Individual Annuities, Retirement and Asset Management segments. The U.S. Individual Life and Group Insurance division consists of Individual Life and Group Insurance segments. The International Insurance division consists of International Insurance segment. The Closed Block division consists of Closed Block segment. The Company has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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ModernGraham Valuation of PRU – July 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 $47,577,544,438 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 215.07% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 12.36 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.04 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 Fail
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $9.00
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $346.53
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $130.51
MG Value based on 0% Growth $76.51
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.93%
Current Price $111.23
% of Intrinsic Value 32.10%

Prudential Financial Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the  insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.39 in 2013 to an estimated $9 for 2017.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.93% 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 Prudential Financial Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $162.19.  The company pays a dividend of $2.8 per share, for a yield of 2.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today.  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 12.36, which was below the industry average of 20.16, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Prudential Financial Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $162.19
PEmg 12.35
PB Ratio 1.04
Dividend Yield 2.52%
TTM Dividend $2.80
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $20,072,000,000
Total Assets $797,365,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $750,581,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 439,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.95
Dec2016 $9.71
Dec2015 $12.17
Dec2014 $3.23
Dec2013 -$1.55
Dec2012 $1.01
Dec2011 $7.12
Dec2010 $5.32
Dec2009 $7.63
Dec2008 -$2.53
Dec2007 $7.61
Dec2006 $6.50
Dec2005 $6.34
Dec2004 $3.31
Dec2003 $1.98
Dec2002 $1.25
Dec2001 $0.07

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.00
Dec2016 $6.99
Dec2015 $5.22
Dec2014 $2.17
Dec2013 $2.39
Dec2012 $4.15
Dec2011 $5.49
Dec2010 $4.75
Dec2009 $4.68
Dec2008 $3.55
Dec2007 $6.11
Dec2006 $4.87
Dec2005 $3.56
Dec2004 $1.89
Dec2003 $1.01
Dec2002 $0.44
Dec2001 $0.02

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