Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Marketwatch): Sensient Technologies Corp. engages in manufacturing and marketing of colors, flavors and fragrances. The company’s principal products include flavors, flavor enhancers and bionutrients; fragrances and aroma chemicals; dehydrated vegetables and other food ingredients; natural and synthetic food and beverage colors; cosmetic and pharmaceutical colors and additives; and technical colors, inkjet colors & inks, and specialty dyes and pigments. It operates through the following segments: Flavors and Fragrances Group; Color Group; and Asia Pacific Group. The Flavors & Fragrances Group segment develops, manufactures and supplies flavor and fragrance systems for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and household-products industries. It also produces flavor and fragrance products that impart a desired taste, texture, aroma and/or other characteristics to consumer and other products. The Color Group segment develops, manufactures and supplies colors for businesses worldwide. This segment provides natural and synthetic color systems for use in foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals; colors and other ingredients for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; and technical colors for industrial applications and digital imaging. The Asia Pacific Group segment focuses on marketing the company’s diverse product line in the Pacific Rim under the Sensient name. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.
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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||$3,201,564,366||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||3.39||Pass|
|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||35.06%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||26.67||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.76||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||3.39||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||1.17||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||4.98%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$40.03|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$23.47|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||9.09%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||144.51%|
Sensient Technologies Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 $2.07 in 2014 to an estimated $2.76 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 9.09% 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 Sensient Technologies Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $40.61. The company pays a dividend of $1.23 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 26.67, which was below the industry average of 31.55, 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 $-3.19.
Sensient Technologies Corporation receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$3.19|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||12|
|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||$733,475,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$216,323,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||43,497,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.74|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.76|
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