Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, incorporated on September 20, 1996, is a provider of diagnostic information services. The Company operates through two businesses: Diagnostic Information Services and Diagnostic Solutions. The Diagnostic Information Services business develops and delivers diagnostic testing information and services, providing insights that empower and enable a range of customers, including patients, clinicians, hospitals, integrated delivery networks (IDNs), health plans, employers and accountable care organizations (ACOs). Its Diagnostic Solutions group includes its risk assessment services business, which offers solutions for insurers, and its healthcare information technology businesses, which offers solutions for healthcare providers.
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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||$11,921,276,764||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.15||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||44.56%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||16.98||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||1.15||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||15.86||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||3.88%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$74.80|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$43.85|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||4.24%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||104.46%|
Quest Diagnostics Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current ratio. 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.1 in 2014 to an estimated $5.16 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 4.24% 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 Quest Diagnostics Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $68.13. The company pays a dividend of $1.35 per share, for a yield of 1.5% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.98, which was below the industry average of 51.18, 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 $-28.91.
Quest Diagnostics Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$28.91|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|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||$1,603,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$1,389,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||139,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$5.66|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$5.16|
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