Emerson Electric Co Valuation – August 2017 $EMR

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 Undervalued Stocks for the Enterprising Investor – August 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 Emerson Electric Co (EMR) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Emerson Electric Co. is a diversified global manufacturing company, which provides solutions to customers by bringing technology and engineering together in the industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The Company operates through four segments based on the nature of the products and services rendered: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Climate Technologies and Commercial & Residential Solutions. The Company’s principal production operations are electronics assembly, metal stamping, forming, casting, machining, welding, plating, heat treating, painting and assembly. In addition, the Company uses specialized production operations, including automatic and semiautomatic testing, automated material handling and storage, ferrous and nonferrous machining, and special furnaces for heat treating and foundry applications. The Company provides measurement, control and diagnostic technologies for automated industrial processes.

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ModernGraham Valuation of EMR – August 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 $37,121,139,990 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.59 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 9.18% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 20.27 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.69 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 1.59 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.19 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.86
MG Growth Estimate 0.24%
MG Value $25.70
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $41.49
MG Value based on 0% Growth $24.32
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.89%
Current Price $58.00
% of Intrinsic Value 225.65%

Emerson Electric Co. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the  low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets.  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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.82 in 2013 to an estimated $2.86 for 2017.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.89% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Emerson Electric Co. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.27.  The company pays a dividend of $1.9 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today.  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.27, which was below the industry average of 41.95, 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 $-4.48.

Emerson Electric Co. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$4.48
Graham Number $25.27
PEmg 20.27
Current Ratio 1.59
PB Ratio 4.69
Current Dividend $1.90
Dividend Yield 3.28%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2017
Total Current Assets $8,554,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,370,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,797,000,000
Total Assets $19,402,000,000
Intangible Assets $7,164,000,000
Total Liabilities $11,436,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 643,800,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.41
Sep2016 $2.52
Sep2015 $3.99
Sep2014 $3.03
Sep2013 $2.76
Sep2012 $2.67
Sep2011 $3.27
Sep2010 $2.84
Sep2009 $2.27
Sep2008 $3.06
Sep2007 $2.66
Sep2006 $2.24
Sep2005 $1.70
Sep2004 $1.49
Sep2003 $1.30
Sep2002 $0.15
Sep2001 $1.20
Sep2000 $1.65
Sep1999 $1.50
Sep1998 $1.39
Sep1997 $1.26

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.86
Sep2016 $3.06
Sep2015 $3.26
Sep2014 $2.91
Sep2013 $2.82
Sep2012 $2.84
Sep2011 $2.89
Sep2010 $2.67
Sep2009 $2.52
Sep2008 $2.50
Sep2007 $2.11
Sep2006 $1.68
Sep2005 $1.32
Sep2004 $1.14
Sep2003 $1.03
Sep2002 $0.99
Sep2001 $1.41

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