Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Tenet Healthcare Corporation (Tenet), incorporated on November 7, 1975, is a healthcare services company. The Company operates regionally focused, integrated healthcare delivery networks in large urban and suburban markets in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: Hospital Operations and Other, Ambulatory Care and Conifer. As of December 31, 2017, the Company operated 76 hospitals, 20 short-stay surgical hospitals, over 470 outpatient centers, and nine facilities in the United Kingdom through its subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures, including USPI Holding Company, Inc. (USPI joint venture). In addition, the Company’s subsidiary, Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Conifer), provides healthcare business process services in the areas of hospital and physician revenue cycle management and value-based care solutions to healthcare systems, as well as individual hospitals, physician practices, self-insured organizations, health plans and other entities.
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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||$3,396,149,135||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.24||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||-179.25%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||-15.77||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.35||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||1.24||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||13.26||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||Fail|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||-$30.88|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||-$18.10|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||-12.13%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||N/A|
Tenet Healthcare Corp 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 or growth 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, and the lack of earnings stability or 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 $0.56 in 2014 to an estimated $-2.13 for 2018. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Tenet Healthcare Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -15.77, which was below the industry average of 46.81, 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 $-146.04.
Tenet Healthcare Corp 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)||-$146.04|
|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||$5,634,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$4,561,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||102,656,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.91|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$2.13|
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