CenterPoint Energy Inc Valuation – March 2018 $CNP

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): CenterPoint Energy, Inc., incorporated on August 31, 2001, is a public utility holding company. The Company’s operating subsidiaries own and operate electric transmission and distribution facilities, and natural gas distribution facilities, and own interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP (Enable). The Company’s segments include Electric Transmission & Distribution, Natural Gas Distribution, Energy Services, Midstream Investments and Other Operations. Its Electric Transmission & Distribution segment provides electric transmission and distribution services to retail electric providers (REPs). Its Natural Gas Distribution segment offers intrastate natural gas sales to and natural gas transportation and distribution for residential, commercial and industrial customers. Its Energy Services segment includes non-rate regulated gas sales to, and transportation and storage services for, commercial and industrial customers. Its Midstream Investments segment includes equity investment in Enable that owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil assets. Its Other Operations segment includes office buildings and other real estate used in its business operations and other corporate operations, which support all of its business operations.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CNP – 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 $11,702,959,823 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.11 Fail
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 25.71% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.24 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.51 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 1.11 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 25.14 Fail
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 Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.67
MG Growth Estimate 3.52%
MG Value $25.99
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $24.23
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.21
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.87%
Current Price $27.15
% of Intrinsic Value 104.47%

CenterPoint Energy, 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. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.35 in 2014 to an estimated $1.67 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.87% 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 CenterPoint Energy, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $18.97. The company pays a dividend of $1.07 per share, for a yield of 3.9%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.24, which was below the industry average of 24.93, 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 $-33.76.

CenterPoint Energy, 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) -$33.76
Graham Number $18.97
PEmg 16.24
Current Ratio 1.11
PB Ratio 2.51
Current Dividend $1.07
Dividend Yield 3.94%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 12

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $3,395,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,069,000,000
Long-Term Debt $8,195,000,000
Total Assets $22,736,000,000
Intangible Assets $867,000,000
Total Liabilities $18,048,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 434,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.47
Dec2017 $4.13
Dec2016 $1.00
Dec2015 -$1.61
Dec2014 $1.42
Dec2013 $0.72
Dec2012 $0.97
Dec2011 $3.17
Dec2010 $1.07
Dec2009 $1.01
Dec2008 $1.30
Dec2007 $1.17
Dec2006 $1.33
Dec2005 $0.75
Dec2004 -$2.94
Dec2003 $1.46
Dec2002 -$13.16
Dec2001 $3.35
Dec2000 $1.56
Dec1999 $5.18
Dec1998 -$0.50

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.67
Dec2017 $1.56
Dec2016 $0.35
Dec2015 $0.33
Dec2014 $1.35
Dec2013 $1.34
Dec2012 $1.60
Dec2011 $1.80
Dec2010 $1.13
Dec2009 $1.14
Dec2008 $0.92
Dec2007 $0.60
Dec2006 -$0.63
Dec2005 -$1.77
Dec2004 -$2.67
Dec2003 -$1.80
Dec2002 -$2.52

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