Stifel Financial Corp Valuation – July 2018 $SF

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Stifel Financial Corp., incorporated on December 31, 1981, is a financial holding company. The Company operates through three segments: Global Wealth Management, Institutional Group and Other. The Company’s principal subsidiary is Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated (Stifel), a full-service retail and institutional wealth management and investment banking company. Its principal activities are private client services, including securities transaction and financial planning services; institutional equity and fixed income sales, trading, research and municipal finance; investment banking services, including mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements, and retail and commercial banking, including personal and commercial lending programs. The Global Wealth Management segment consists of two businesses, such as the Private Client Group and Stifel Bank. The Private Client Group includes branch offices and independent contractor offices of its broker-dealer subsidiaries located throughout the United States. These branches provide securities brokerage services, including the sale of equities, mutual funds, fixed income products and insurance, as well as offers banking products to its private clients through Stifel Bank, which provides residential, consumer and commercial lending, as well as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)-insured deposit accounts to customers of its broker-dealer subsidiaries and to the general public. The Institutional Group segment includes research, equity and fixed income institutional sales and trading, investment banking, public finance, and syndicate. The Other segment includes interest income from stock borrow activities and interest income, among others.


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ModernGraham Valuation of SF – July 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $3,807,434,857 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 175.45% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.36 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.48 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


EPSmg $2.73
MG Growth Estimate 5.72%
MG Value $54.50
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $39.61
MG Value based on 0% Growth $23.22
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.43%
Current Price $52.89
% of Intrinsic Value 97.04%

Stifel Financial Corp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the poor dividend history. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.98 in 2014 to an estimated $2.73 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.43% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Stifel Financial Corp revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $65.28. The company pays a dividend of $0.2 per share, for a yield of 0.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.36, which was below the industry average of 21.47, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Stifel Financial Corp performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $65.28
PEmg 19.36
PB Ratio 1.48
Dividend Yield 0.38%
TTM Dividend $0.20
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $2,225,695,000
Total Assets $21,715,342,000
Intangible Assets $1,103,257,000
Total Liabilities $18,797,802,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 81,789,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.95
Dec2017 $2.14
Dec2016 $1.00
Dec2015 $1.18
Dec2014 $2.31
Dec2013 $2.20
Dec2012 $2.20
Dec2011 $1.34
Dec2010 $0.03
Dec2009 $1.57
Dec2008 $1.32
Dec2007 $0.83
Dec2006 $0.49
Dec2005 $0.69
Dec2004 $0.84
Dec2003 $0.61
Dec2002 $0.11
Dec2001 $0.08
Dec2000 $0.40
Dec1999 $0.34
Dec1998 $0.24

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.73
Dec2017 $1.67
Dec2016 $1.55
Dec2015 $1.83
Dec2014 $1.98
Dec2013 $1.70
Dec2012 $1.39
Dec2011 $1.00
Dec2010 $0.84
Dec2009 $1.15
Dec2008 $0.91
Dec2007 $0.70
Dec2006 $0.61
Dec2005 $0.60
Dec2004 $0.50
Dec2003 $0.33
Dec2002 $0.20

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