E*Trade Financial Corp Valuation – March 2018 $ETFC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): E*Trade Financial Corporation, incorporated on September 4, 2003, is a financial services company. The Company provides online brokerage and related products and services primarily to individual retail investors under the brand E*TRADE Financial. The Company also provides investor-focused banking products, primarily sweep deposits, to retail investors. It provides its services to customers through its digital platforms and network of industry-licensed customer service representatives and Financial Consultants, over the phone and by e-mail. It operates federally chartered savings banks with the primary purpose of maximizing the value of deposits generated through its brokerage business. The Company’s hybrid service delivery model is delivered through various digital platforms: E*TRADE and OptionsHouse products. It offers trading applications for smartphones, tablets and watches, which manages accounts and offers stock and portfolio alerts. Its active trading platform is a software-based trading application that offers trading tools, idea generation and analysis, and advanced portfolio and market tracking. Its digital platforms are complemented by its offline channels, which include its network of customer service representatives and financial consultants and its round the clock customer service available via phone, e-mail and online.

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ModernGraham Valuation of ETFC – 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 $14,757,585,074 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -163.55% Fail
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.14 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.16 Pass
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 Fail
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.20
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $84.85
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $31.96
MG Value based on 0% Growth $18.73
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.32%
Current Price $55.41
% of Intrinsic Value 65.30%

E*TRADE Financial Corp 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 poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of dividends. 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 $0.4 in 2014 to an estimated $2.2 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.32% 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 E*TRADE Financial Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $40.65. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.14, which was below the industry average of 25.5, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

E*TRADE Financial Corp receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $40.65
PEmg 25.14
PB Ratio 2.16
Dividend Yield 0.00%
TTM Dividend $0.00
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 $1,901,000,000
Total Assets $63,365,000,000
Intangible Assets $2,654,000,000
Total Liabilities $56,434,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 270,299,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.14
Dec2017 $2.15
Dec2016 $1.98
Dec2015 $0.91
Dec2014 $1.00
Dec2013 $0.29
Dec2012 -$0.39
Dec2011 $0.54
Dec2010 -$0.13
Dec2009 -$11.85
Dec2008 -$10.00
Dec2007 -$34.00
Dec2006 $14.40
Dec2005 $11.20
Dec2004 $9.90
Dec2003 $5.50
Dec2002 -$5.20
Dec2001 -$7.30
Sep2000 $0.60
Sep1999 -$2.10
Sep1998 -$0.10

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.20
Dec2017 $1.58
Dec2016 $1.12
Dec2015 $0.61
Dec2014 $0.40
Dec2013 -$0.71
Dec2012 -$2.26
Dec2011 -$5.82
Dec2010 -$8.78
Dec2009 -$10.75
Dec2008 -$7.37
Dec2007 -$3.57
Dec2006 $10.15
Dec2005 $6.29
Dec2004 $2.79
Dec2003 -$1.07
Dec2002 -$3.85

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