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Expeditors International of Washington Inc Valuation – January 2019 $EXPD

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., incorporated on May 29, 1979, is a logistics company. The Company is a third-party logistics provider, and purchases cargo space from carriers, including airlines and ocean shipping lines on a volume basis and resells that space to its customers. The Company provides a range of customer solutions, such as order management, time-definite transportation, warehousing and distribution, temperature-controlled transit, cargo insurance and customized logistics solutions. In addition, the Company’s Project Cargo unit handles special project shipments that move through a single method or combination of air, ocean, and/or ground transportation. The Company’s services include airfreight services, ocean freight and ocean services, and customs brokerage and other services. The Company operates along five geographic areas: the Americas; North Asia; South Asia; Europe, and the Middle East, Africa and India.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of EXPD – 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 $11,805,156,263 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.99 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 85.52% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.05 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.19 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 1.99 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
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 $2.73
MG Growth Estimate 8.45%
MG Value $69.36
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $39.59
MG Value based on 0% Growth $23.21
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.27%
Current Price $68.40
% of Intrinsic Value 98.61%

Expeditors International of Washington 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 has no initial concerns. 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 $1.75 in 2014 to an estimated $2.73 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 8.27% 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 Expeditors International of Washington revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $28.87. The company pays a dividend of $0.84 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.05, which was above the industry average of 17.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $7.73.

Expeditors International of Washington performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $7.73
Graham Number $28.87
PEmg 25.05
Current Ratio 1.99
PB Ratio 6.19
Current Dividend $0.84
Dividend Yield 1.23%
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 $2,746,473,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,377,468,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $3,334,800,000
Intangible Assets $7,927,000
Total Liabilities $1,377,468,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 177,173,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.28
Dec2017 $2.69
Dec2016 $2.36
Dec2015 $2.40
Dec2014 $1.92
Dec2013 $1.68
Dec2012 $1.57
Dec2011 $1.79
Dec2010 $1.59
Dec2009 $1.11
Dec2008 $1.37
Dec2007 $1.21
Dec2006 $1.06
Dec2005 $0.86
Dec2004 $0.59
Dec2003 $0.46
Dec2002 $0.44
Dec2001 $0.45
Dec2000 $0.38
Dec1999 $0.28
Dec1998 $0.22

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.73
Dec2017 $2.37
Dec2016 $2.14
Dec2015 $1.98
Dec2014 $1.75
Dec2013 $1.62
Dec2012 $1.56
Dec2011 $1.51
Dec2010 $1.33
Dec2009 $1.18
Dec2008 $1.15
Dec2007 $0.97
Dec2006 $0.79
Dec2005 $0.62
Dec2004 $0.49
Dec2003 $0.43
Dec2002 $0.39

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The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

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