Stericycle Inc Valuation – May 2018 $SRCL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Stericycle, Inc., incorporated on March 21, 1989, is a business-to-business services provider. The Company focuses on regulated and compliance solutions for healthcare, retail, and commercial businesses. The Company’s segments include Domestic and Canada Regulated Waste and Compliance Services (RCS), Domestic Communication and Related Services (CRS), International RCS and All other. The Domestic and Canada RCS and International RCS segments include medical waste disposal, pharmaceutical waste disposal, hazardous waste management, sustainability solutions for expired or unused inventory, secure information destruction of documents and e-media, training and consulting through its Steri-Safe and Clinical Services programs, and other regulatory compliance services. The Domestic CRS segment consists of inbound/outbound communication, automated patient reminders, online scheduling, notifications, product retrievals, product returns and quality audits.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SRCL – 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 $5,461,921,199 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.81 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 -3.94% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.26 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.86 Pass
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 0.81 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -13.66 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.63
MG Growth Estimate -3.21%
MG Value $5.49
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $38.15
MG Value based on 0% Growth $22.37
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.88%
Current Price $63.83
% of Intrinsic Value 1161.96%

Stericycle 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 growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings 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 $3.35 in 2014 to an estimated $2.63 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.88% 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 Stericycle Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $58.44. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.26, which was below the industry average of 51.04, 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 $-38.05.

Stericycle 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) -$38.05
Graham Number $58.44
PEmg 24.26
Current Ratio 0.81
PB Ratio 1.86
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $810,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $999,900,000
Long-Term Debt $2,586,200,000
Total Assets $7,015,700,000
Intangible Assets $5,396,400,000
Total Liabilities $4,075,700,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 85,800,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.48
Dec2017 $0.27
Dec2016 $2.08
Dec2015 $2.98
Dec2014 $3.79
Dec2013 $3.56
Dec2012 $3.08
Dec2011 $2.69
Dec2010 $2.39
Dec2009 $2.03
Dec2008 $1.68
Dec2007 $1.32
Dec2006 $1.16
Dec2005 $0.74
Dec2004 $0.85
Dec2003 $0.72
Dec2002 $0.51
Dec2001 $0.18
Dec2000 $0.18
Dec1999 $0.23
Dec1998 $0.13

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.63
Dec2017 $1.98
Dec2016 $2.93
Dec2015 $3.31
Dec2014 $3.35
Dec2013 $3.00
Dec2012 $2.60
Dec2011 $2.25
Dec2010 $1.93
Dec2009 $1.59
Dec2008 $1.30
Dec2007 $1.06
Dec2006 $0.88
Dec2005 $0.69
Dec2004 $0.61
Dec2003 $0.45
Dec2002 $0.29

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