Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated (Sykes), incorporated on March 1, 1996, is engaged in providing outsourced customer contact management solutions and services in the business process outsourcing (BPO) arena on a global basis. The Company has operations in two segments: the Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Asia Pacific Rim, and EMEA, which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Company provides its service to clients from its locations in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, the Asia Pacific Rim, Europe and Africa. It serves a range of clients, including medium-sized businesses and public institutions, which span the communications, financial services, technology/consumer, transportation and leisure, healthcare and other industries. Its Americas and EMEA groups primarily provide customer engagement services (with an emphasis on inbound technical support, digital marketing and demand generation, and customer service), which include customer assistance, healthcare and roadside assistance, technical support, and product and service sales to its clients’ customers.
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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||$1,300,051,749||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.90||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||104.76%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||22.52||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.60||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||2.90||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.25||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||6.50%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$19.55|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$11.46|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||7.01%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||104.80%|
Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.94 in 2014 to an estimated $1.35 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.01% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $26.13. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.52, which was below the industry average of 52.08, 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 $5.2.
Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||$5.20|
|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||$552,963,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$190,904,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||42,160,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.63|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.35|
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