Arconic Inc Valuation – February 2019 $ARNC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Arconic Inc., formerly Alcoa Inc., incorporated on September 18, 1888, is engaged in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. The Company operates through three segments: Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions. The Company’s multi-material products, which include aluminum, titanium and nickel, are used around the world in aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, packaging, building and construction, oil and gas, defense, consumer electronics and industrial applications. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in 19 countries.


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ModernGraham Valuation of ARNC – 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 $8,481,400,416 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.87 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 85666566.67% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 35.15 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.58 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 1.87 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.93 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 $0.50
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $19.22
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $7.24
MG Value based on 0% Growth $4.24
Market Implied Growth Rate 13.32%
Current Price $17.55
% of Intrinsic Value 91.29%

Arconic 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 over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net 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 $0 in 2015 to an estimated $0.5 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 13.32% 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 Arconic Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $19.96. The company pays a dividend of $0.24 per share, for a yield of 1.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 35.15, which was above the industry average of 24.89. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-12.98.

Arconic 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) -$12.98
Graham Number $19.96
PEmg 35.15
Current Ratio 1.87
PB Ratio 1.58
Current Dividend $0.24
Dividend Yield 1.37%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $6,581,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,520,000,000
Long-Term Debt $5,896,000,000
Total Assets $18,693,000,000
Intangible Assets $5,419,000,000
Total Liabilities $13,108,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 503,019,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.55
Dec2018 $1.30
Dec2017 -$0.28
Dec2016 -$2.31

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.50
Dec2018 -$0.10
Dec2017 -$0.71
Dec2016 -$0.77

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