Sterling Bancorp Valuation – August 2018 $STL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Sterling Bancorp, incorporated on June 30, 2003, is a financial holding company. The Company is a bank holding company that owns the Sterling National Bank (the Bank). The Bank specializes in the delivery of services and solutions to business owners, their families and consumers within the communities it serves. The Bank offers a line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. The Bank offers services in the New York Metro Market, which includes Manhattan and Long Island, and the New York Suburban Market, which consists of Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam and Westchester counties in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey.


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ModernGraham Valuation of STL – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $5,163,413,917 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 136.84% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 20.42 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.19 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 $1.12
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $43.17
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $16.26
MG Value based on 0% Growth $9.53
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.96%
Current Price $22.90
% of Intrinsic Value 53.04%

Sterling Bancorp 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 $0.45 in 2014 to an estimated $1.12 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.96% 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 Sterling Bancorp revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $28.29. The company pays a dividend of $0.28 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.42, which was above the industry average of 19.62.

Sterling Bancorp performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $28.29
PEmg 20.42
PB Ratio 1.19
Dividend Yield 1.22%
TTM Dividend $0.28
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $5,518,423,000
Total Assets $31,463,077,000
Intangible Assets $1,754,418,000
Total Liabilities $27,110,342,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 225,622,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.95
Dec2017 $0.58
Dec2016 $1.07
Dec2015 $0.60
Sep2014 $0.34
Sep2013 $0.58
Sep2012 $0.52
Sep2011 $0.31
Sep2010 $0.54
Sep2009 $0.67
Sep2008 $0.61
Sep2007 $0.48
Sep2006 $0.49
Sep2005 $0.49
Sep2004 $0.29
Sep2003 $0.33
Sep2002 $0.28
Sep2001 $0.22
Sep2000 $0.17
Sep1999 $0.09

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.12
Dec2017 $0.68
Dec2016 $0.70
Dec2015 $0.50
Sep2014 $0.45
Sep2013 $0.51
Sep2012 $0.49
Sep2011 $0.49
Sep2010 $0.58
Sep2009 $0.58
Sep2008 $0.51
Sep2007 $0.45
Sep2006 $0.41
Sep2005 $0.36
Sep2004 $0.28
Sep2003 $0.25
Sep2002 $0.20

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