Harris Corporation Valuation – February 2018 $HRS

Company Profile (obtained from Marketwatch): Harris Corp. engages in the provision of technology-based solutions. It operates through the following business segments: Communication Systems, Space & Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks. The Communication System segment deals in integrated system solutions for U.S. and international defense and public safety networks including tactical ground and airborne radios, battlefield management software and night vision technology. The Space and Intelligence System segment deals in Complete Earth observation, environmental solutions, geospatial, space, protection and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, as well as ground processing and information analytics. The Electronic System segment is the extensive portfolio of solutions in electronic warfare, avionics, wireless technology, C4I and undersea systems and The Critical Network segment manages services supporting air traffic management, energy and maritime communications, ground network operation, sustainment, high-value IT and engineering services. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Melbourne, FL.

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ModernGraham Valuation of HRS – 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 $18,880,411,077 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.22 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 38.32% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 36.75 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.42 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 1.22 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 8.67 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 $4.33
MG Growth Estimate 7.61%
MG Value $102.66
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $62.74
MG Value based on 0% Growth $36.78
Market Implied Growth Rate 14.13%
Current Price $159.02
% of Intrinsic Value 154.90%

Harris Corporation 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.87 in 2014 to an estimated $4.33 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 14.13% 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 Harris Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $55.73. The company pays a dividend of $2.12 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 36.75, 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 $-39.12.

Harris Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$39.12
Graham Number $55.73
PEmg 36.75
Current Ratio 1.22
PB Ratio 6.42
Current Dividend $2.12
Dividend Yield 1.33%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 15

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $2,132,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,741,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,391,000,000
Total Assets $9,856,000,000
Intangible Assets $6,422,000,000
Total Liabilities $6,862,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 120,900,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.64
Jun2017 $4.44
Jun2016 $2.59
Jun2015 $3.11
Jun2014 $4.95
Jun2013 $1.01
Jun2012 $0.26
Jun2011 $4.60
Jun2010 $4.28
Jun2009 $0.28
Jun2008 $3.26
Jun2007 $3.43
Jun2006 $1.71
Jun2005 $1.46
Jun2004 $0.97
Jun2003 $0.45
Jun2002 $0.62
Jun2001 $0.16
Jun2000 $0.13
Jun1999 $0.34
Jun1998 $0.83

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.33
Jun2017 $3.52
Jun2016 $2.83
Jun2015 $2.90
Jun2014 $2.87
Jun2013 $1.92
Jun2012 $2.42
Jun2011 $3.39
Jun2010 $2.72
Jun2009 $1.97
Jun2008 $2.60
Jun2007 $2.05
Jun2006 $1.25
Jun2005 $0.93
Jun2004 $0.60
Jun2003 $0.39
Jun2002 $0.37

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