Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Broadcom Limited, incorporated on March 3, 2015, is a designer, developer and global supplier of a range of semiconductor devices with a focus on digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based devices and analog III-V based products. The Company operates through four segments: Wired Infrastructure, Wireless Communications, Enterprise Storage and Industrial & Other. It offers a range of products that are used in end-products, such as enterprise and data center networking, home connectivity, set-top boxes (STBs), broadband access, telecommunication equipment, smartphones, data center servers and storage systems, factory automation, power generation and alternative energy systems, and electronic displays. Its product portfolio ranges from discrete devices to complex sub-systems that include multiple device types, and also includes firmware for interfacing between analog and digital systems. Its products include mechanical hardware that interfaces with optoelectronic or capacitive sensors.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$93,602,964,886||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||5.70||Pass|
|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||402.17%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||32.68||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.90||Fail|
|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||5.70||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||1.89||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
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$105.16|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$61.65|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||12.09%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||84.87%|
Broadcom Ltd 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 over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net 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 $1.77 in 2014 to an estimated $7.25 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 12.09% 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 Broadcom Ltd revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $146.88. The company pays a dividend of $4.08 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 32.68, which was below the industry average of 51.31, 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 $-40.9.
Broadcom Ltd scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$40.90|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||7|
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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||1/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$11,220,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$1,970,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||426,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$19.32|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.25|
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