Noble Energy Inc Valuation – January 2019 $NBL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Noble Energy, Inc., incorporated on December 29, 1969, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) exploration, development, production and acquisition. The Company’s segments include United States, including the onshore DJ Basin, Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale; Eastern Mediterranean, including offshore Israel and Cyprus; West Africa, including offshore Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Gabon; Other International and Corporate, including new ventures, such as offshore the Falkland Islands, Suriname and Newfoundland; and Midstream. The Company’s portfolio of assets is diversified through the United States and international projects and production mix among crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. Its business focuses on both the United States unconventional basins and certain global conventional basins.


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ModernGraham Valuation of NBL – 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 $10,521,992,216 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.81 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -208.97% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -18.33 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.93 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 0.81 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -16.07 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$1.20
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$17.35
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$10.17
Market Implied Growth Rate -13.41%
Current Price $21.93
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Noble Energy, 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, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. 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 Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $2.69 in 2014 to an estimated $-1.2 for 2018. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Noble Energy, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $26.07. The company pays a dividend of $0.4 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -18.33, which was below the industry average of 41.28, 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 $-18.65.

Noble Energy, 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) -$18.65
Graham Number $26.07
PEmg -18.33
Current Ratio 0.81
PB Ratio 0.93
Current Dividend $0.40
Dividend Yield 1.82%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,727,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,124,000,000
Long-Term Debt $6,381,000,000
Total Assets $22,147,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,719,000,000
Total Liabilities $10,753,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 484,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.48
Dec2017 -$2.38
Dec2016 -$2.32
Dec2015 -$6.07
Dec2014 $3.27
Dec2013 $2.69
Dec2012 $2.86
Dec2011 $1.27
Dec2010 $2.06
Dec2009 -$0.38
Dec2008 $3.79
Dec2007 $2.73
Dec2006 $1.90
Dec2005 $2.06
Dec2004 $1.39
Dec2003 $0.34
Dec2002 $0.04
Dec2001 $0.59
Dec2000 $0.86
Dec1999 $0.22
Dec1998 -$0.72

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$1.20
Dec2017 -$2.01
Dec2016 -$1.19
Dec2015 -$0.15
Dec2014 $2.69
Dec2013 $2.16
Dec2012 $1.91
Dec2011 $1.58
Dec2010 $1.83
Dec2009 $1.82
Dec2008 $2.74
Dec2007 $2.03
Dec2006 $1.51
Dec2005 $1.17
Dec2004 $0.70
Dec2003 $0.37
Dec2002 $0.32

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