Symantec Corp Valuation – February 2019 $SYMC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Symantec Corporation, incorporated on April 19, 1988, provides security and information management solutions. The Company operates its business on a global civilian cyber intelligence threat network and tracks various threats across the Internet from mobile devices, endpoints, and servers across the world. The Company is developing solutions for cloud, threat protection, information protection and cyber security services. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Security and Enterprise Security. The Company’s services include business critical services, consulting services, customer success services, cyber security services and education services.


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ModernGraham Valuation of SYMC – February 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 $14,407,951,765 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.02 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -4.35% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 14.88 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.44 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 1.02 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 54.90 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 Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.51
MG Growth Estimate 3.38%
MG Value $23.12
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $21.96
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.87
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.19%
Current Price $22.54
% of Intrinsic Value 97.49%

Symantec Corporation 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 poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.24 in 2015 to an estimated $1.51 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 3.19% 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 Symantec Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.76. The company pays a dividend of $0.3 per share, for a yield of 1.3% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 14.88, which was below the industry average of 56.55, 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 $-10.69.

Symantec Corporation scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$10.69
Graham Number $16.76
PEmg 14.88
Current Ratio 1.02
PB Ratio 2.44
Current Dividend $0.30
Dividend Yield 1.33%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,724,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,643,000,000
Long-Term Debt $4,447,000,000
Total Assets $16,456,000,000
Intangible Assets $10,673,000,000
Total Liabilities $10,550,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 638,540,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.55
Mar2018 $1.70
Mar2017 -$0.17
Mar2016 $3.71
Mar2015 $1.26
Mar2014 $1.28
Mar2013 $1.06
Mar2012 $1.59
Mar2011 $0.76
Mar2010 $0.87
Mar2009 -$8.17
Mar2008 $0.52
Mar2007 $0.41
Mar2006 $0.15
Mar2005 $0.74
Mar2004 $0.54
Mar2003 $0.39
Mar2002 -$0.05
Mar2001 $0.12
Mar2000 $0.34
Mar1999 $0.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.51
Mar2018 $1.52
Mar2017 $1.43
Mar2016 $2.08
Mar2015 $1.24
Mar2014 $1.19
Mar2013 $0.50
Mar2012 -$0.15
Mar2011 -$1.05
Mar2010 -$1.72
Mar2009 -$2.43
Mar2008 $0.45
Mar2007 $0.42
Mar2006 $0.40
Mar2005 $0.47
Mar2004 $0.31
Mar2003 $0.19

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