Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Newfield Exploration Company, incorporated on December 5, 1988, is an independent exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Its operating segments are the United States and China. The Company’s the United States operations are onshore and focus primarily on large scale, liquids resource plays. Its principal areas of operation are the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota and the Uinta Basin of Utah. In addition, it has oil producing assets offshore China. As of December 31, 2016, its proved reserves of 513 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) consisted of 304 MMBOE proved developed producing, 10 MMBOE proved developed non-producing and 199 MMBOE proved undeveloped reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its proved liquids reserves were 285 million barrels of crude oil or other liquid hydrocarbons (MMBbls). As of December 31, 2016, 67% of its proved liquids reserves were crude oil or condensate. As of December 31, 2016, its proved natural gas reserves were 1,366 billion cubic feet (Bcf). As of December 31, 2016, it owned mineral interests in 420,000 gross and 114,000 net acres.
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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||$5,570,832,706||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.91||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||-149.73%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||-12.13||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.96||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||0.91||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-33.81||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Fail|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Fail|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||-$33.35|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||-$19.55|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||-10.31%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||N/A|
Newfield Exploration Co. 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, 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 current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years, and 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 Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.46 in 2014 to an estimated $-2.3 for 2018. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Newfield Exploration Co. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.43. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -12.13, which was below the industry average of 97.7, 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 $-14.04.
Newfield Exploration Co. 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)||-$14.04|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
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|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||12/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$746,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$818,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||200,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.38|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$2.30|
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