Cigna Corp Valuation – March 2018 $CI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Cigna Corporation (Cigna), incorporated on November 3, 1981, together with its subsidiaries, is a health services company. The Company offers medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance and related products and services. The Company’s segments include Global Health Care, Global Supplemental Benefits, Group Disability and Life, and Other Operations and Corporate. The Company’s products are offered through employers and other groups, such as Governmental and non-Governmental organizations, unions and associations. Cigna also offers commercial health and dental insurance, Medicare and Medicaid products and health, life and accident insurance coverages to individuals in the United States and international markets. The Company’s other business operations include corporate-owned life insurance business (COLI), run-off reinsurance and settlement annuity businesses.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CI – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $40,106,450,920 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 97.64% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.72 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.92 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $9.25
MG Growth Estimate 8.00%
MG Value $226.71
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $134.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $78.66
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.61%
Current Price $164.00
% of Intrinsic Value 72.34%

CIGNA Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PB ratio. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $6.04 in 2014 to an estimated $9.25 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.61% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into CIGNA Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $121.48. The company pays a dividend of $0.04 per share, for a yield of 0% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.72, which was below the industry average of 22.76, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

CIGNA Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $121.48
PEmg 17.72
PB Ratio 2.92
Dividend Yield 0.02%
TTM Dividend $0.04
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $5,199,000,000
Total Assets $61,753,000,000
Intangible Assets $6,655,000,000
Total Liabilities $48,018,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 244,628,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $11.65
Dec2017 $8.77
Dec2016 $7.19
Dec2015 $8.04
Dec2014 $7.83
Dec2013 $5.18
Dec2012 $5.61
Dec2011 $4.59
Dec2010 $4.65
Dec2009 $4.73
Dec2008 $1.05
Dec2007 $3.87
Dec2006 $3.43
Dec2005 $4.17
Dec2004 $3.48
Dec2003 $1.50
Dec2002 -$1.06
Dec2001 $2.08
Dec2000 $1.95
Dec1999 $3.00
Dec1998 $2.02

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.25
Dec2017 $7.84
Dec2016 $7.17
Dec2015 $6.86
Dec2014 $6.04
Dec2013 $5.08
Dec2012 $4.72
Dec2011 $4.11
Dec2010 $3.77
Dec2009 $3.37
Dec2008 $2.86
Dec2007 $3.60
Dec2006 $3.08
Dec2005 $2.62
Dec2004 $1.75
Dec2003 $1.09
Dec2002 $1.12

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