Albemarle Corp Valuation – January 2019 $ALB

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Albemarle Corporation, incorporated on November 24, 1993, is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Lithium and Advanced Materials, Bromine Specialties and Refining Solutions. Lithium and Advanced Materials segment consists of two product categories: Lithium and Performance Catalyst Solutions. The bromine and bromine-based business includes products used in fire safety solutions and other specialty chemicals applications. The Company serves various end markets, including petroleum refining, consumer electronics, energy storage, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food safety and custom chemistry services.

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ModernGraham Valuation of ALB – January 2019

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 $8,212,910,174 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.83 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 31.61% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.55 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.27 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 1.83 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.51 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 $3.96
MG Growth Estimate 2.64%
MG Value $54.54
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $57.36
MG Value based on 0% Growth $33.63
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.52%
Current Price $77.33
% of Intrinsic Value 141.79%

Albemarle Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not 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 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 $3.36 in 2014 to an estimated $3.96 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.52% 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 Albemarle Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $69.88. The company pays a dividend of $1.28 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.55, which was below the industry average of 20.47, 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 $-16.08.

Albemarle Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$16.08
Graham Number $69.88
PEmg 19.55
Current Ratio 1.83
PB Ratio 2.27
Current Dividend $1.28
Dividend Yield 1.66%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,059,577,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,127,009,000
Long-Term Debt $1,411,605,000
Total Assets $7,487,195,000
Intangible Assets $1,988,907,000
Total Liabilities $3,800,918,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 108,302,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.53
Dec2017 $0.49
Dec2016 $5.68
Dec2015 $3.00
Dec2014 $1.69
Dec2013 $4.90
Dec2012 $3.47
Dec2011 $4.28
Dec2010 $3.43
Dec2009 $1.94
Dec2008 $2.09
Dec2007 $2.36
Dec2006 $1.47
Dec2005 $1.20
Dec2004 $0.65
Dec2003 $0.86
Dec2002 $0.85
Dec2001 $0.74
Dec2000 $1.09
Dec1999 $0.94
Dec1998 $0.82

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.96
Dec2017 $2.83
Dec2016 $3.92
Dec2015 $3.18
Dec2014 $3.36
Dec2013 $4.00
Dec2012 $3.38
Dec2011 $3.17
Dec2010 $2.49
Dec2009 $1.95
Dec2008 $1.82
Dec2007 $1.56
Dec2006 $1.11
Dec2005 $0.90
Dec2004 $0.78
Dec2003 $0.87
Dec2002 $0.87

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