Kaiser Aluminum Corp Valuation – August 2018 $KALU

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, incorporated on February 20, 1987, manufactures and sells semi-fabricated specialty aluminum mill products. It operates in the Fabricated Products segment. Fabricated Products segment focuses on producing rolled, extruded and drawn aluminum products used principally for aerospace and defense, automotive and general engineering products that include consumer durables, electronics, electrical and machinery and equipment applications. The Company offers its products for various end market applications, such as aerospace and high strength (Aero/HS products); automotive (Automotive Extrusions); general engineering (GE products), and other industrial (Other products). Its fabricated aluminum mill products include flat-rolled (plate and sheet), extruded (rod, bar, hollows and shapes), drawn (rod, bar, pipe and tube) and cast aluminum products.

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ModernGraham Valuation of KALU – August 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 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $1,837,890,816 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 3.63 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 146.51% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 54.38 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.46 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 3.63 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.72 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.04
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $2.48
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $29.56
MG Value based on 0% Growth $17.33
Market Implied Growth Rate 22.94%
Current Price $110.87
% of Intrinsic Value 4462.52%

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. 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 $3.84 in 2014 to an estimated $2.04 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 22.94% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Kaiser Aluminum Corp. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $75.48. The company pays a dividend of $2 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 54.38, which was above the industry average of 53.66. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $2.48.

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $2.48
Graham Number $75.48
PEmg 54.38
Current Ratio 3.63
PB Ratio 2.46
Current Dividend $2.00
Dividend Yield 1.80%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $704,800,000
Total Current Liabilities $194,100,000
Long-Term Debt $370,000,000
Total Assets $1,423,800,000
Intangible Assets $43,100,000
Total Liabilities $662,800,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 16,905,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.69
Dec2017 $2.63
Dec2016 $5.09
Dec2015 -$13.76
Dec2014 $3.86
Dec2013 $5.44
Dec2012 $4.45
Dec2011 $1.32
Dec2010 $0.61
Dec2009 $3.51
Dec2008 -$3.45
Dec2007 $4.97
Dec2006 $64.49
Dec2005 -$9.46
Dec2004 -$9.36
Dec2003 -$9.83
Dec2002 -$5.82
Dec2001 -$5.73
Dec2000 $0.21
Dec1999 -$0.68
Dec1998 $0.01

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.04
Dec2017 $0.36
Dec2016 -$0.18
Dec2015 -$1.79
Dec2014 $3.84
Dec2013 $3.58
Dec2012 $2.20
Dec2011 $1.18
Dec2010 $5.41
Dec2009 $9.21
Dec2008 $11.19
Dec2007 $15.06
Dec2006 $15.40
Dec2005 -$8.77
Dec2004 -$7.66
Dec2003 -$5.99
Dec2002 -$3.52

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