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Estee Lauder Companies Inc Valuation – December 2018 $EL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., incorporated on December 9, 1976, manufactures and markets skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Company offers products, including skin care, makeup, fragrance, hair care and other. The Company operates in beauty products segment. The Company’s products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under brand names, including Estee Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, Kiton, La Mer, Bobbi Brown, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Aveda, Jo Malone London, Bumble and bumble, Michael Kors, Darphin, Tom Ford, Smashbox, Ermenegildo Zegna, AERIN, Tory Burch, RODIN olio lusso, Le Labo, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, GLAMGLOW, By Kilian, BECCA and Too Faced.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of EL – December 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 $55,944,653,011 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.75 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 115.52% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 40.07 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 12.18 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 1.75 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.25 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 Pass

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.60
MG Growth Estimate 5.16%
MG Value $67.65
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $52.14
MG Value based on 0% Growth $30.57
Market Implied Growth Rate 15.78%
Current Price $144.09
% of Intrinsic Value 212.98%

Estee Lauder Companies Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.68 in 2015 to an estimated $3.6 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 15.78% 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 Estee Lauder Companies Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $36.63. The company pays a dividend of $1.48 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 40.07, which was below the industry average of 55.8, 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 $-4.98.

Estee Lauder Companies Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$4.98
Graham Number $36.63
PEmg 40.07
Current Ratio 1.75
PB Ratio 12.18
Current Dividend $1.48
Dividend Yield 1.03%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $6,249,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,563,000,000
Long-Term Debt $3,361,000,000
Total Assets $12,543,000,000
Intangible Assets $3,193,000,000
Total Liabilities $8,113,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 374,400,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.67
Jun2018 $2.95
Jun2017 $3.35
Jun2016 $2.96
Jun2015 $2.82
Jun2014 $3.06
Jun2013 $2.58
Jun2012 $2.16
Jun2011 $1.74
Jun2010 $1.19
Jun2009 $0.55
Jun2008 $1.20
Jun2007 $1.08
Jun2006 $0.56
Jun2005 $0.89
Jun2004 $0.74
Jun2003 $0.63
Jun2002 $0.35
Jun2001 $0.58
Jun2000 $0.60
Jun1999 $0.52

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.60
Jun2018 $3.05
Jun2017 $3.05
Jun2016 $2.84
Jun2015 $2.68
Jun2014 $2.45
Jun2013 $1.98
Jun2012 $1.58
Jun2011 $1.24
Jun2010 $0.96
Jun2009 $0.85
Jun2008 $0.97
Jun2007 $0.83
Jun2006 $0.68
Jun2005 $0.71
Jun2004 $0.60
Jun2003 $0.53

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