United Rentals Inc Valuation – September 2017 $URI

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 United Rentals Inc (URI) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): United Rentals, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is an equipment rental company, which operates throughout the United States and Canada. It operates through two segments: general rentals, and trench, power and pump. The general rentals segment includes the rental of construction, aerial, industrial and homeowner equipment and related services and activities. The trench, power and pump segment includes the rental of specialty construction products and related services. Its general rentals segment includes the rental of general construction and industrial equipment, such as backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, such as boom lifts and scissor lifts, and general tools and light equipment, such as pressure washers, water pumps and power tools. As of January 1, 2017, it operated 887 rental locations. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, United Rentals (North America), Inc. (URNA) and subsidiaries of URNA.

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ModernGraham Valuation of URI – 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 $10,242,878,341 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.85 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 -257.53% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.10 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.31 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 0.85 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -29.01 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $7.08
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $272.71
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $102.71
MG Value based on 0% Growth $60.21
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.30%
Current Price $121.16
% of Intrinsic Value 44.43%

United Rentals, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the  low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of dividends.  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 $1.57 in 2013 to an estimated $7.08 for 2017.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.3% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into United Rentals, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $65.22.  The company does not pay a dividend.  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.1, which was below the industry average of 29.87, 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 $-115.36.

United Rentals, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$115.36
Graham Number $65.22
PEmg 17.10
Current Ratio 0.85
PB Ratio 5.31
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2017
Total Current Assets $1,483,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,744,000,000
Long-Term Debt $7,571,000,000
Total Assets $13,284,000,000
Intangible Assets $4,266,000,000
Total Liabilities $11,336,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 85,408,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.66
Dec2016 $6.45
Dec2015 $6.07
Dec2014 $5.15
Dec2013 $3.64
Dec2012 $0.79
Dec2011 $1.38
Dec2010 -$0.44
Dec2009 -$1.02
Dec2008 -$12.62
Dec2007 $3.25
Dec2006 $2.06
Dec2005 $1.80
Dec2004 -$0.88
Dec2003 -$3.29
Dec2002 -$4.88
Dec2001 $1.18
Dec2000 $1.89
Dec1999 $1.53
Dec1998 $0.18

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.08
Dec2016 $5.34
Dec2015 $4.32
Dec2014 $3.00
Dec2013 $1.57
Dec2012 -$0.43
Dec2011 -$1.33
Dec2010 -$2.37
Dec2009 -$2.66
Dec2008 -$2.75
Dec2007 $1.66
Dec2006 $0.23
Dec2005 -$0.86
Dec2004 -$1.86
Dec2003 -$1.81
Dec2002 -$0.72
Dec2001 $1.23

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One response to “United Rentals Inc Valuation – September 2017 $URI”

  1. Tuxster Avatar

    It doesn’t bother you that this company’s historical earnings per share have been EXTREMELY volatile?

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