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Canadian Utilities Ltd Valuation – September 2018 $TSE:CU

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Canadian Utilities Limited is a global enterprise company. Its segments include Electricity, Pipeline & Liquids, and Corporate & Other. Its Electricity segment’s activities are conducted through two regulated businesses; ATCO Electric Distribution and ATCO Electric Transmission, and three non-regulated businesses, ATCO Power, ATCO Power Australia and Alberta PowerLine (APL). The Pipelines & Liquids segment’s activities are conducted through three regulated businesses, ATCO Gas, ATCO Pipelines and ATCO Gas Australia, and one non-regulated business, ATCO Energy Solutions. It delivers natural gas distribution and transmission services, energy storage, and industrial water solutions to existing and new customers. The Corporate & Other segment includes retail energy business, which through ATCOenergy, sells electricity and natural gas to large commercial retail customers. It also includes the commercial real estate in Alberta, and the strategic investment and expansion into Mexico.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-CU – September 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 $8,697,840,205 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.10 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 7.85% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.27 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.36 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 1.10 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 87.75 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.84
MG Growth Estimate -2.18%
MG Value $7.60
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $26.66
MG Value based on 0% Growth $15.63
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.38%
Current Price $31.75
% of Intrinsic Value 417.51%

Canadian Utilities Limited Class A does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings 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 $2.15 in 2014 to an estimated $1.84 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 4.38% 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 Canadian Utilities Limited Class A revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $28.9. The company pays a dividend of $1.43 per share, for a yield of 4.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.27, which was below the industry average of 22.75, 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 $-49.29.

Canadian Utilities Limited Class A 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) -$49.29
Graham Number $28.90
PEmg 17.27
Current Ratio 1.10
PB Ratio 1.36
Current Dividend $1.43
Dividend Yield 4.50%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 10

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,181,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,070,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,740,000,000
Total Assets $20,911,000,000
Intangible Assets $600,000,000
Total Liabilities $14,580,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 271,818,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.10
Dec2017 $1.54
Dec2016 $2.06
Dec2015 $1.11
Dec2014 $2.52
Dec2013 $2.09
Dec2012 $2.02
Dec2011 $1.83
Dec2010 $1.61
Dec2009 $1.86
Dec2008 $1.65
Dec2007 $1.54
Dec2006 $1.28
Dec2005 $1.04
Dec2004 $1.22
Dec2003 $1.02
Dec2002 $1.20
Dec2001 $0.93
Dec2000 $0.90
Dec1999 $0.78
Dec1998 $0.75

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.84
Dec2017 $1.76
Dec2016 $1.90
Dec2015 $1.85
Dec2014 $2.15
Dec2013 $1.94
Dec2012 $1.84
Dec2011 $1.73
Dec2010 $1.65
Dec2009 $1.60
Dec2008 $1.43
Dec2007 $1.29
Dec2006 $1.16
Dec2005 $1.10
Dec2004 $1.10
Dec2003 $1.02
Dec2002 $0.98

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