Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc Valuation – February 2019 $VRTX

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, incorporated on January 4, 1989, is engaged in discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing medicines for serious diseases. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) and advancing its research and development programs in other indications. The Company’s marketed medicines are ORKAMBI and KALYDECO. ORKAMBI (lumacaftor in combination with ivacaftor) is approved as a treatment for patients having two copies (homozygous) of the Delta-F508 (F508del) mutation in their cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. KALYDECO (ivacaftor) is approved for the treatment of CF patients having the G551D mutation or other specified mutations in their CFTR gene.


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ModernGraham Valuation of VRTX – 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 $47,416,062,908 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 5.17 Pass
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 -405.57% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 56.08 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 10.89 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 5.17 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.31
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $127.56
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $48.04
MG Value based on 0% Growth $28.16
Market Implied Growth Rate 23.79%
Current Price $185.82
% of Intrinsic Value 145.67%

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $-2.06 in 2015 to an estimated $3.31 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 23.79% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $36.92. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 56.08, which was above the industry average of 39.51. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $7.28.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $7.28
Graham Number $36.92
PEmg 56.08
Current Ratio 5.17
PB Ratio 10.89
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
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 $3,702,290,000
Total Current Liabilities $715,482,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $6,245,898,000
Intangible Assets $50,384,000
Total Liabilities $1,810,695,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 259,812,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.49
Dec2018 $8.09
Dec2017 $1.04
Dec2016 -$0.46
Dec2015 -$2.31
Dec2014 -$3.14
Dec2013 -$1.98
Dec2012 -$0.50
Dec2011 $0.14
Dec2010 -$3.77
Dec2009 -$3.71
Dec2008 -$3.27
Dec2007 -$3.03
Dec2006 -$1.83
Dec2005 -$2.28
Dec2004 -$2.12
Dec2003 -$2.56
Dec2002 -$1.43
Dec2001 -$0.89
Dec2000 -$0.51
Dec1999 -$0.80

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.31
Dec2018 $2.36
Dec2017 -$0.79
Dec2016 -$1.69
Dec2015 -$2.06
Dec2014 -$1.91
Dec2013 -$1.52
Dec2012 -$1.60
Dec2011 -$2.34
Dec2010 -$3.43
Dec2009 -$3.11
Dec2008 -$2.71
Dec2007 -$2.41
Dec2006 -$2.08
Dec2005 -$2.09
Dec2004 -$1.83
Dec2003 -$1.53

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