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Helmerich & Payne Inc Valuation – March 2018 $HP

Company Profile (obtained from Marketwatch): Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in contract drilling of oil and gas well. It operates through the following segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment operates its drilling business primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia and Nevada. The Offshore segment conducts its business in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment operates in six international locations including Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique. The company was founded by Walter Helmerich II and William Payne in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, OK.

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ModernGraham Valuation of HP – 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 $7,033,884,725 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.28 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -124.91% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 175.57 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.54 Pass
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 3.28 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.61 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.37
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $5.34
MG Value based on 0% Growth $3.13
Market Implied Growth Rate 83.54%
Current Price $64.61
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Helmerich & Payne, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. 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 $5.65 in 2014 to an estimated $0.37 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 83.54% 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 Helmerich & Payne, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $2.8 per share, for a yield of 4.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 175.57, which was above the industry average of 104.43. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-5.55.

Helmerich & Payne, 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) -$5.55
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 175.57
Current Ratio 3.28
PB Ratio 1.54
Current Dividend $2.80
Dividend Yield 4.33%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $1,166,346,000
Total Current Liabilities $355,762,000
Long-Term Debt $493,168,000
Total Assets $6,362,096,000
Intangible Assets $147,983,000
Total Liabilities $1,771,746,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 109,095,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.44
Sep2017 -$1.20
Sep2016 -$0.54
Sep2015 $3.85
Sep2014 $6.44
Sep2013 $6.79
Sep2012 $5.34
Sep2011 $3.99
Sep2010 $1.45
Sep2009 $3.31
Sep2008 $4.34
Sep2007 $4.27
Sep2006 $2.77
Sep2005 $1.23
Sep2004 $0.05
Sep2003 $0.18
Sep2002 $0.53
Sep2001 $0.79
Sep2000 $0.82
Sep1999 $0.43
Sep1998 $1.00

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.37
Sep2017 $1.54
Sep2016 $3.40
Sep2015 $5.34
Sep2014 $5.65
Sep2013 $4.90
Sep2012 $3.86
Sep2011 $3.24
Sep2010 $2.99
Sep2009 $3.57
Sep2008 $3.31
Sep2007 $2.43
Sep2006 $1.32
Sep2005 $0.58
Sep2004 $0.33
Sep2003 $0.50
Sep2002 $0.68

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