Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Marketwatch): Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. engages in the manufacture and distribution of atmospheric gases. It operates through the following segments: Industrial Gases-Americas; Industrial Gases-EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa); Industrial Gases-Asia; Industrial Gases-Global; Materials Technologies; and Corporate and Other. The Industrial Gases segment, which covers Americas, EMEA, Asia, and Global markets, produces atmospheric gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production and processing of gases such as air separation units and non-cryogenic generators. The Materials Technologies segment comprises of performance, and electronic materials. The Corporate and Other segment includes liquefied natural gas, and helium container businesses. The company was founded by Leonard Parker Pool on September 30, 1940 and is headquartered in Allentown, PA.
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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||$36,559,974,167||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.92||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||76.97%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||21.81||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.60||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||2.92||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.97||Pass|
|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||8.26%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$111.06|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$65.10|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||6.66%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||87.18%|
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. 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 has no initial concerns. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.94 in 2014 to an estimated $7.66 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.66% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $85.6. The company pays a dividend of $3.71 per share, for a yield of 2.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 21.81, 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 $-11.97.
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$11.97|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||20|
|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||$5,355,500,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$1,831,600,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||220,400,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.05|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.66|
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