Global Payments Inc Valuation – June 2018 $GPN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Global Payments Inc., incorporated in September, 2000, is a provider of payment technology services. The Company provides payment and digital commerce solutions. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company’s segments primarily provide payment solutions for credit cards, debit cards, electronic payments and check-related services. It target customers in various industries, including financial services, gaming, government, healthcare, professional services, restaurants, retail, universities, not-for-profit organizations and utilities. It provides services across a range of channels to merchants and partners in over 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil.

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ModernGraham Valuation of GPN – June 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 $18,870,576,479 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.06 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 262.09% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 36.21 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.56 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 1.06 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 16.78 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 $3.26
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $125.43
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $47.24
MG Value based on 0% Growth $27.69
Market Implied Growth Rate 13.85%
Current Price $117.97
% of Intrinsic Value 94.05%

Global Payments 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, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.42 in 2014 to an estimated $3.26 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 13.85% 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 Global Payments Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $51.68. The company pays a dividend of $0.04 per share, for a yield of 0% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 36.21, which was above the industry average of 34.82. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-28.78.

Global Payments 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) -$28.78
Graham Number $51.68
PEmg 36.21
Current Ratio 1.06
PB Ratio 4.56
Current Dividend $0.04
Dividend Yield 0.04%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $4,157,878,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,908,919,000
Long-Term Debt $4,176,851,000
Total Assets $12,903,297,000
Intangible Assets $7,811,206,000
Total Liabilities $8,763,507,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 160,035,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.98
Dec2017 $3.01
May2016 $2.04
May2015 $2.06
May2014 $1.69
May2013 $1.38
May2012 $1.19
May2011 $1.30
May2010 $1.24
May2009 $0.23
May2008 $1.01
May2007 $0.88
May2006 $0.77
May2005 $0.58
May2004 $0.40
May2003 $0.35
May2002 $0.16
May2001 $0.21

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.26
Dec2017 $2.28
May2016 $1.83
May2015 $1.66
May2014 $1.42
May2013 $1.22
May2012 $1.09
May2011 $1.00
May2010 $0.84
May2009 $0.66
May2008 $0.83
May2007 $0.69
May2006 $0.55
May2005 $0.40
May2004 $0.29
May2003 $0.20
May2002 $0.11

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