Company Profile (obtained from Marketwatch): Verizon Communications, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the provision of broadband and communication services. It operates through the following segments: Wireless and Wireline. The Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data services and equipment sales, which are provided to consumer, business, and government customers. The Wireline segment offers broadband video and data; corporate networking solutions; data center and cloud services; security and managed network services; and local and long distance voice services. Through its subsidiary, Oath, Inc. the company oversees a diverse house of more than 50 media and technology brands under Yahoo and AOL, engaging more than a billion people globally. The Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more, with an aim to build consumer-friendly brands. The company was founded on June 30, 2000 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
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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||$200,259,753,323||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.91||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||311.24%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||10.71||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||4.66||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||0.91||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-36.38||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
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$66.44|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$38.95|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||1.11%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||27.83%|
Verizon Communications Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.11 in 2014 to an estimated $4.58 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.11% 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 Verizon Communications Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29.66. The company pays a dividend of $2.34 per share, for a yield of 4.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.71, 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. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-45.
Verizon Communications Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$45.00|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||11|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||12/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$29,913,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$33,037,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||4,092,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.70|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$4.58|
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|23 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 3/9/15|
|Verizon Communications Annual Valuation – 2015 $VZ|
|5 Most Overvalued Dow Components – February 2015|
|5 Most Overvalued Dow Components – January 2015|
|5 Most Overvalued Dow Components – December 2014|
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