Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Selective Insurance Group, Inc., incorporated in August 1977, is a holding company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 10 insurance subsidiaries, nine of which were licensed by various state departments of insurance to write specific lines of property and casualty insurance business in the standard market. The remaining subsidiary is authorized by various state insurance departments to write property and casualty insurance in the excess and surplus lines (E&S) market. The Company operates its business through four segments: Standard Commercial Lines, Standard Personal Lines, E&S Lines and Investments. Its Standard Commercial Lines segment consists of insurance products and services provided in the standard marketplace to its commercial customers, including businesses, non-profit organizations, and local government agencies. Its Standard Personal Lines segment consists of insurance products and services, including flood insurance coverage that it writes through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), provided primarily to individuals acquiring coverage in the standard marketplace. Its E&S Lines segment consists of insurance products and services provided to customers who have not obtained coverage in the standard marketplace. The investment segment invests insurance premiums, as well as amounts generated through its capital management strategies, which includes the issuance of debt and equity securities.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$3,341,689,935||Pass|
|2. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Pass|
|3. Dividend Record||Dividend Payments for 10 years prior||Pass|
|4. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||280.26%||Pass|
|5. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||20.31||Fail|
|6. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.10||Pass|
|Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.|
|1. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|2. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Pass|
|3. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||12.20%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$41.84|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$24.53|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||5.90%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||61.74%|
Selective Insurance Group is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.59 in 2014 to an estimated $2.89 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.9% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Selective Insurance Group revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $45.41. The company pays a dividend of $0.66 per share, for a yield of 1.1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.31, which was below the industry average of 34.9, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.
Selective Insurance Group performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||4|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2018|
|Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation||$439,224,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||59,563,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.13|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.89|
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