Xylem Inc Valuation – May 2018 $XYL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Xylem Inc., incorporated on May 4, 2011, is a water technology company. The Company designs, manufactures and services engineered solutions across a range of critical applications. The Company is an equipment and service provider for water and wastewater applications with a portfolio of products and services addressing the cycle of water, from collection, distribution and use to the return of water to the environment. The Company has three business segments: Water Infrastructure, Applied Water and Sensus. The Company’s portfolio of solutions addresses customer needs across the water cycle, from the delivery and use of drinking water to the collection and treatment of wastewater to the return of water to the environment. The Company’s applications in the areas of water equipment industry include transport, treatment, test, building services, industrial processing and irrigation. The Company sells its products in various countries through a distribution network consisting of direct sales force and independent channel partners.

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ModernGraham Valuation of XYL – May 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 $12,472,821,206 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.42 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 83.84% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 33.92 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.00 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 1.42 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.68 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 $2.07
MG Growth Estimate 4.71%
MG Value $37.04
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $29.96
MG Value based on 0% Growth $17.56
Market Implied Growth Rate 12.71%
Current Price $70.08
% of Intrinsic Value 189.21%

Xylem 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, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.57 in 2014 to an estimated $2.07 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 12.71% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Xylem Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29.34. The company pays a dividend of $0.72 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 33.92, which was above the industry average of 28.03. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-15.12.

Xylem Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$15.12
Graham Number $29.34
PEmg 33.92
Current Ratio 1.42
PB Ratio 5.00
Current Dividend $0.72
Dividend Yield 1.03%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,066,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,460,000,000
Long-Term Debt $2,228,000,000
Total Assets $7,350,000,000
Intangible Assets $4,385,000,000
Total Liabilities $4,809,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 181,400,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.75
Dec2017 $1.83
Dec2016 $1.45
Dec2015 $1.87
Dec2014 $1.83
Dec2013 $1.22
Dec2012 $1.59
Dec2011 $1.50
Dec2010 $1.78

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.07
Dec2017 $1.70
Dec2016 $1.62
Dec2015 $1.67
Dec2014 $1.57
Dec2013 $1.37
Dec2012 $1.29
Dec2011 $0.97
Dec2010 $0.59

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