Bristol-Myers Squibb Co Valuation – September 2017 $BMY

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 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (BMY) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is engaged in the discovery, development, licensing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of biopharmaceutical products. The Company’s pharmaceutical products include chemically synthesized drugs, or small molecules, and products produced from biological processes called biologics. Small molecule drugs are administered orally in the form of a pill or tablet. Biologics are administered to patients through injections or by infusion. The Company’s products include Empliciti, Opdivo, Sprycel, Yervoy, Eliquis, Orencia, Baraclude, Hepatitis C Franchise, Reyataz Franchise and Sustiva Franchise. It offers products for a range of therapeutic classes, which include virology, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; oncology; immunoscience, and cardiovascular. Its products are sold to wholesalers, retail pharmacies, hospitals, government entities and the medical profession across the world.

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ModernGraham Valuation of BMY – September 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 $98,083,998,860 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 -32.51% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 27.75 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.71 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 1.30 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 $2.16
MG Growth Estimate 2.48%
MG Value $29.02
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $31.25
MG Value based on 0% Growth $18.32
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.62%
Current Price $59.81
% of Intrinsic Value 206.10%

Bristol-Myers Squibb 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 $1.85 in 2013 to an estimated $2.16 for 2017.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 9.62% 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 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.62.  The company pays a dividend of $1.53 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today.  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 27.75, which was below the industry average of 28.67, 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 $-2.66.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$2.66
Graham Number $25.62
PEmg 27.75
Current Ratio 1.59
PB Ratio 6.71
Current Dividend $1.53
Dividend Yield 2.56%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 10


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2017
Total Current Assets $14,324,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $9,017,000,000
Long-Term Debt $6,911,000,000
Total Assets $33,409,000,000
Intangible Assets $8,106,000,000
Total Liabilities $18,710,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,650,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.00
Dec2016 $2.65
Dec2015 $0.93
Dec2014 $1.20
Dec2013 $1.54
Dec2012 $1.16
Dec2011 $2.16
Dec2010 $1.79
Dec2009 $5.34
Dec2008 $2.62
Dec2007 $1.09
Dec2006 $0.81
Dec2005 $1.52
Dec2004 $1.21
Dec2003 $1.59
Dec2002 $1.06
Dec2001 $0.95
Dec2000 $1.84
Dec1999 $1.81
Dec1998 $1.35
Dec1997 $1.57

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.16
Dec2016 $1.65
Dec2015 $1.24
Dec2014 $1.45
Dec2013 $1.85
Dec2012 $2.21
Dec2011 $2.69
Dec2010 $2.74
Dec2009 $2.91
Dec2008 $1.61
Dec2007 $1.15
Dec2006 $1.20
Dec2005 $1.35
Dec2004 $1.29
Dec2003 $1.37
Dec2002 $1.31
Dec2001 $1.45

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