Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Coherent, Inc., incorporated on January 11, 1989, is a photonics manufacturer. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, servicing and marketing of lasers and related accessories for a range of scientific, commercial and industrial applications. The Company operates through two segments: Specialty Lasers and Systems (SLS) and Commercial Lasers and Components (CLC). The Specialty Lasers and Systems segment develops and manufactures configurable products serving the microelectronics, scientific research and government programs, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components and instrumentation markets. The Commercial Lasers and Components segment focuses on higher volume products that are offered in set configurations. The product architectures are designed for exchange at the point of use such that substantially all product service and repairs are based upon advanced replacement and depot (that is factory) repair. CLC’s primary markets include materials processing, OEM components, and instrumentation and microelectronics.
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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||$3,994,005,261||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||3.10||Pass|
|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||515.49%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||25.72||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.53||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||3.10||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.53||Pass|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$102.67|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$60.19|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||8.61%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||66.80%|
Coherent, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. 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 $2.62 in 2014 to an estimated $7.08 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.61% 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 above the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Coherent, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $106.68. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.72, which was below the industry average of 53.7, 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 $8.02.
Coherent, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||$8.02|
|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||$1,247,407,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$401,968,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||25,010,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$10.71|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.08|
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