Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Eversource Energy, incorporated on January 15, 1927, is a utility holding company. The Company is engaged in the energy delivery business. It operates through three segments: electric distribution, electric transmission and natural gas distribution. It operates through its utility subsidiaries, which include The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), an electric utility that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of Connecticut; NSTAR Electric Company (NSTAR Electric), an electric utility that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of eastern Massachusetts; Public Service Company of New Hampshire (PSNH), an electric utility that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of New Hampshire, and owns generation assets used to serve customers; Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO), an electric utility that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of western Massachusetts, and owns solar generating assets; NSTAR Gas Company (NSTAR Gas), a natural gas utility that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of Massachusetts, and Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas), a natural gas utility that serves residential, commercial and industrial customers in parts of Connecticut. CL&P, NSTAR Electric, PSNH and WMECO also serve New England customers through the Company’s electric transmission business.
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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||$18,274,694,610||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.68||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||46.84%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||18.91||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.63||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||0.68||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-9.07||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
|MG Growth Estimate||4.40%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$43.95|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$25.77|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||5.21%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||109.34%|
Eversource Energy qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.34 in 2014 to an estimated $3.03 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.21% 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 Eversource Energy revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.27. The company pays a dividend of $1.9 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.91, which was below the industry average of 22.69, 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 $-72.6.
Eversource Energy fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$72.60|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||20|
|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||$2,771,436,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$4,096,018,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||317,993,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.21|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.03|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|Eversource Energy Valuation – July 2017 $ES|
|Eversource Energy Valuation – August 2016 $ES|
|Eversource Energy Analysis – Initial Coverage $ES|
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