Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): eBay Inc. (eBay), incorporated on March 13, 1998, is a commerce company, which operates through its Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. The Company connects buyers and sellers around the world. Its platforms enable sellers around the world to organize and offer their inventory for sale, and buyers to find and purchase it. The Company’s platforms are accessible through an online experience (desktop and laptop computers), from mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and by application programming interface (API) (platform access for third-party software developers). The Company’s platform is based on open source technologies that enable software developers and merchants to access its APIs for developing software and solutions for commerce.
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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||$36,956,105,652||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.63||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||34.69%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||19.11||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||5.04||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||2.63||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||2.19||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||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||5.68%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$28.21|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$16.54|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||5.31%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||96.28%|
eBay Inc 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 PB ratio. 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, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.41 in 2014 to an estimated $1.95 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.31% 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 eBay Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.74. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.11, which was below the industry average of 148.17, 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 $-9.91.
eBay Inc 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)||-$9.91|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$6,763,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$2,568,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||1,029,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.21|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.95|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|eBay Inc Valuation – December 2016 $EBAY|
|5 Speculative and Overvalued Companies to Avoid – August 2015|
|Ebay Inc. Analysis – August 2015 Update $EBAY|
|30 Companies in the Spotlight This Week – 5/23/15|
|eBay Inc. Quarterly Valuation – May 2015 $EBAY|
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