Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Cincinnati Financial Corporation, incorporated on March 4, 1992, is an insurance holding company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company was engaged in the business of property casualty insurance marketed through independent insurance agencies in 41 states. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial lines insurance, Personal lines insurance, Excess and surplus lines insurance, and Life insurance and Investments. The Company’s subsidiaries include The Cincinnati Insurance Company, CSU Producer Resources Inc. and CFC Investment Company. The Cincinnati Insurance Company owns four additional insurance subsidiaries. The Company’s market property casualty insurance group includes two of those subsidiaries: The Cincinnati Casualty Company and The Cincinnati Indemnity Company. This group writes a range of business, homeowner and auto policies. Other subsidiaries of The Cincinnati Insurance Company includes The Cincinnati Life Insurance Company, which provides life insurance, disability income policies and fixed annuities, and The Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Company, which offers excess and surplus lines insurance products.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$39,190,000,000||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||151.17%||Pass|
|5. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||16.06||Pass|
|6. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.52||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
|MG Growth Estimate||11.84%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$69.89|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$40.97|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||3.78%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||49.92%|
Cincinnati Financial Corporation qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value 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 $2.69 in 2014 to an estimated $4.82 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.78% 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 Cincinnati Financial Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $76.19. The company pays a dividend of $2 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.06, which was below the industry average of 32.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.
Cincinnati Financial Corporation fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||20|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||9/1/2018|
|Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation||$830,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||164,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$5.13|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$4.82|
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