Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Marketwatch): Electronic Arts, Inc. is a digital interactive entertainment company. The firm develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers. It operates through the North America and International geographical segments. Its product brands include The Sims, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS FIFA, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Dragon Age and Plants vs. Zombies .The company was founded by William M. Hawkins III and William Gordon in 1982 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA.
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ModernGraham Valuation of EA – February 2018
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||$38,586,384,342||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.92||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||-243.20%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||46.50||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||9.48||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||1.92||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.35||Pass|
|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
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$39.23|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$23.00|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||19.00%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||120.78%|
Electronic Arts Inc. 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 stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. 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 $-0.11 in 2014 to an estimated $2.71 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 19% 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 Electronic Arts Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $27.07. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 46.5, which was above the industry average of 26.21. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $4.58.
Electronic Arts 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)||$4.58|
|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||12/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$5,966,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$3,107,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||308,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.47|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.71|
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