Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Frontier Communications Corporation (Frontier), incorporated on November 12, 1935, is a provider of communications services in the United States. The Company offers a portfolio of communications services for residential and business customers. Its products and services include data and Internet services, video services, voice services, access services and customer premise equipment (CPE). The Company offers a range of broadband services. The principal residential service it provides is broadband Internet service. Its commercial services include Ethernet, Dedicated Internet, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) data transport services and optical transport services. It also offers wireless broadband services (using unlicensed spectrum) in various markets utilizing networks that it owns or operates. In addition, the Company offers its Frontier Secure suite of products, including computer security, cloud backup and sharing, identity protection and equipment insurance.
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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||$601,000,782||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.47||Fail|
|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||-422.72%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||-0.57||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||0.18||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||0.47||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-9.96||Fail|
|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
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||-$144.62|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||-$84.78|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||-4.53%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||N/A|
Frontier Communications 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, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, 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. 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 $2.01 in 2014 to an estimated $-9.97 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 Frontier Communications Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $3.38 per share, for a yield of 59.4%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -0.57, which was below the industry average of 37.58, 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 $-267.87.
Frontier Communications 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)||-$267.87|
|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||6/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$1,428,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$3,056,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||78,026,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$3.19|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$9.97|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|Most Overvalued Stocks of the S&P 500 – March 2017|
|Frontier Communications Corp Valuation – February 2017 $FTR|
|Frontier Communications Corp Valuation – November 2015 Update $FTR|
|Frontier Communications Corp Annual Valuation – 2014 $FTR|
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