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 CenturyLink Inc (CTL)Â fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance): CenturyLink, Inc. is an integrated communications company. The Company is engaged in providing an array of communications services to its residential and business customers. Its segments include business, which provides strategic, legacy and data integration products and services to small, medium and enterprise business, wholesale and governmental customers, including other communication providers, and consumer, which provides strategic and legacy products and services to residential customers. Its communications services include local and long-distance voice, broadband, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), private line (including special access), Ethernet, colocation, hosting (including cloud hosting and managed hosting), data integration, video, network, public access, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), information technology and other ancillary services. As of December 31, 2016, it served approximately 5.9 million broadband subscribers and 325,000 Prism TV subscribers.
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Downloadable PDF version of this valuation:
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||$12,908,594,070||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.97||Fail|
|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||-49.80%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||15.38||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||0.95||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||0.97||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-142.03||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||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||6.78%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$22.04|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$12.92|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||3.44%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||69.67%|
Centurylink Inc 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. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.05 in 2013 to an estimated $1.52 for 2017. Â This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.44% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. Â 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 Centurylink Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $34.99. Â The company pays a dividend of $2.16 per share, for a yield of 9.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Â Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 15.38, which was below the industry average of 37.96, 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 $-52.31.
Centurylink Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$52.31|
|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||$4,968,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$5,096,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||541,522,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.22|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.52|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|CenturyLink Inc Valuation â€“ February 2016 $CTL|
|27 Companies in the Spotlight This Week â€“ 12/20/14|
|CenturyLink Inc. Annual Valuation â€“ 2014 $CTL|
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