GGP Inc Valuation – March 2018 $GGP

Company Profile (obtained from Marketwatch): General Growth Properties, Inco.. The Group is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, referred to as a ‘REIT’. It operates in two segments: Retails and Master Planned Communities. The Retails segment includes the operation, development and management of retail and other rental property, primarily shopping centers. The Master Planned Communities segment includes the development and sale of land, primarily in large-scale, long-term community development projects in and around Columbia, Maryland, Summerlin, Nevada and Houston, Texas. The shopping centers are located in the major and middle markets of the United States. It has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes.

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ModernGraham Valuation of GGP – 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 $20,700,288,154 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.80 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 -154.69% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 26.08 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.35 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 0.80 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -58.55 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 $0.83
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $31.93
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $12.03
MG Value based on 0% Growth $7.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.79%
Current Price $21.63
% of Intrinsic Value 67.74%

GGP Inc 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 ratio. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.16 in 2014 to an estimated $0.83 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.79% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into GGP Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $9.3. The company pays a dividend of $0.88 per share, for a yield of 4.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 26.08, which was below the industry average of 42.02, 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 $-14.28.

GGP 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) -$14.28
Graham Number $9.30
PEmg 26.08
Current Ratio 0.80
PB Ratio 2.35
Current Dividend $0.88
Dividend Yield 4.07%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $916,243,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,138,940,000
Long-Term Debt $13,038,659,000
Total Assets $23,349,954,000
Intangible Assets $269,110,000
Total Liabilities $14,554,294,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 955,257,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.43
Dec2017 $0.68
Dec2016 $1.34
Dec2015 $1.43
Dec2014 $0.69
Dec2013 $0.31
Dec2012 -$0.52
Dec2011 -$0.37
Dec2010 $0.00
Dec2009 -$4.11
Dec2008 $0.02
Dec2007 $1.18
Dec2006 $0.24
Dec2005 $0.32
Dec2004 $1.21
Dec2003 $1.22
Dec2002 $0.98
Dec2001 $0.43
Dec2000 $0.73
Dec1999 $0.56
Dec1998 $0.49

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.83
Dec2017 $0.98
Dec2016 $0.97
Dec2015 $0.63
Dec2014 $0.16
Dec2013 -$0.38
Dec2012 -$0.82
Dec2011 -$0.86
Dec2010 -$0.92
Dec2009 -$1.08
Dec2008 $0.49
Dec2007 $0.76
Dec2006 $0.64
Dec2005 $0.83
Dec2004 $1.03
Dec2003 $0.89
Dec2002 $0.69

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