Delta Air Lines Inc Valuation – March 2018 $DAL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Delta Air Lines, Inc., incorporated on March 16, 1967, provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world. The Company’s segments include Airline and Refinery. The Company’s route network is centered around a system of hub, international gateway and airports that the Company operates in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York- John F Kennedy International Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Each of these operations includes flights that gather and distribute traffic from markets in the geographic region surrounding the hub or gateway to domestic and international cities and to other hubs or gateways. The Company’s route network includes its international joint ventures, its alliances with other foreign airlines, its membership in SkyTeam and agreements with multiple domestic regional carriers that operate as Delta Connection. Its subsidiaries include Monroe Energy, LLC and MIPC, LLC (collectively Monroe).

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ModernGraham Valuation of DAL – 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 $38,102,631,075 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.42 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 7728.57% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 10.40 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.76 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 0.42 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 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 $5.18
MG Growth Estimate 4.64%
MG Value $92.12
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $75.12
MG Value based on 0% Growth $44.04
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.95%
Current Price $53.90
% of Intrinsic Value 58.51%

Delta Air Lines, 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 over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. 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 $3.96 in 2014 to an estimated $5.18 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.95% 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 Delta Air Lines, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.22. The company pays a dividend of $1.02 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.4, which was below the industry average of 16.61, 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 $-44.36.

Delta Air Lines, 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) -$44.36
Graham Number $50.22
PEmg 10.40
Current Ratio 0.42
PB Ratio 2.76
Current Dividend $1.02
Dividend Yield 1.88%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $7,844,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $18,573,000,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $53,292,000,000
Intangible Assets $14,641,000,000
Total Liabilities $39,382,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 711,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.70
Dec2017 $4.95
Dec2016 $5.79
Dec2015 $5.63
Dec2014 $0.78
Dec2013 $12.29
Dec2012 $1.19
Dec2011 $1.01
Dec2010 $0.70
Dec2009 -$1.50
Dec2008 -$19.08
Dec2007 $2.11
Dec2006 -$31.58
Dec2005 -$23.75
Dec2004 -$41.07
Dec2003 -$6.40
Dec2002 -$10.44
Dec2001 -$9.99
Jun2000 $8.15
Jun1999 $7.20
Jun1998 $6.34

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.18
Dec2017 $5.24
Dec2016 $5.31
Dec2015 $4.77
Dec2014 $3.96
Dec2013 $4.61
Dec2012 -$0.67
Dec2011 -$2.18
Dec2010 -$5.81
Dec2009 -$10.96
Dec2008 -$18.02
Dec2007 -$18.37
Dec2006 -$26.62
Dec2005 -$22.21
Dec2004 -$18.27
Dec2003 -$5.35
Dec2002 -$3.13

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