Chesapeake Energy Corp Valuation – March 2018 $CHK

Company Profile (obtained from Marketwatch): Chesapeake Energy Corp. engages as a natural gas and oil exploration and production company. It operates through the following segments: Exploration and Production; and Marketing, Gathering and Compression. The Exploration and Production segment focuses on finding and producing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids. The Marketing, Gathering, and Compression segment deals with the marketing, gathering, and compression of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids primarily from Chesapeake-operated wells. The company was founded by Aubrey K. McClendon and Tom L. Ward on May 18, 1989 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CHK – March 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 $2,753,318,242 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.65 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 6.33% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -0.81 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -5.50 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 0.65 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -11.94 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$3.73
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$54.03
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$31.67
Market Implied Growth Rate -4.66%
Current Price $3.03
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Chesapeake Energy 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, 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 has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1 in 2014 to an estimated $-3.73 for 2018. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Chesapeake Energy Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -0.81, which was below the industry average of 104.43, 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 $-12.66.

Chesapeake Energy 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) -$12.66
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg -0.81
Current Ratio 0.65
PB Ratio -5.50
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $1,525,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,356,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,921,000,000
Total Assets $12,425,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $12,921,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 900,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.49
Dec2017 $0.90
Dec2016 -$6.43
Dec2015 -$22.26
Dec2014 $1.87
Dec2013 $0.73
Dec2012 -$1.46
Dec2011 $2.32
Dec2010 $2.51
Dec2009 -$9.57
Dec2008 $0.93
Dec2007 $2.62
Dec2006 $4.35
Dec2005 $2.51
Dec2004 $1.53
Dec2003 $1.21
Dec2002 $0.17
Dec2001 $1.25
Dec2000 $3.01
Dec1999 $0.16
Dec1998 $3.01

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$3.73
Dec2017 -$5.57
Dec2016 -$7.71
Dec2015 -$6.82
Dec2014 $1.00
Dec2013 $0.01
Dec2012 -$0.58
Dec2011 -$0.17
Dec2010 -$0.89
Dec2009 -$1.67
Dec2008 $2.32
Dec2007 $2.82
Dec2006 $2.60
Dec2005 $1.59
Dec2004 $1.23
Dec2003 $1.11
Dec2002 $1.21

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