Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Simon Property Group, Inc., incorporated on March 10, 1998, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns, develops and manages retail real estate properties, which consist primarily of malls, Premium Outlets and The Mills. Simon Property Group, L.P. (Operating Partnership), is the Company’s partnership subsidiary that owns all of its real estate properties and other assets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or held an interest in 206 income-producing properties in the United States, which consisted of 108 malls, 67 Premium Outlets, 14 Mills, four lifestyle centers, and 13 other retail properties in 37 states and Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2016, it had redevelopment and expansion projects, including the addition of anchors, big box tenants, and restaurants, underway at 27 properties in the United States and it had one outlet and one other retail project under development. Internationally, as of December 31, 2016, it had ownership interests in nine Premium Outlets in Japan, three Premium Outlets in South Korea, two Premium Outlets in Canada, one Premium Outlet in Mexico, and one Premium Outlet in Malaysia. As of December 31, 2016, it also owned an interest in six Designer Outlet properties in Europe and one Designer Outlet property in Canada. As of December 31, 2016, it also had four international outlet properties under development. As of December 31, 2016, it owned a 20.3% equity stake in Klepierre SA, or Klepierre, a real estate company, which owns, or has an interest in, shopping centers located in 16 countries in Europe.
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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||$55,118,563,758||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.51||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||195.02%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||26.85||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||13.65||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||0.51||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-17.11||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
|MG Growth Estimate||7.96%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$92.90|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$54.46|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||9.17%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||109.93%|
Simon Property Group Inc 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.19 in 2014 to an estimated $6.41 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 9.17% 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 Simon Property Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $44.34. The company pays a dividend of $7.15 per share, for a yield of 4.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 26.85, which was below the industry average of 70.5, 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 $-83.3.
Simon Property Group 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)||-$83.30|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||7|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||9/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$1,418,448,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$2,802,649,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||309,294,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.45|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$6.41|
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