BorgWarner Inc Valuation – February 2019 $BWA

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): BorgWarner Inc., incorporated on May 4, 1987, is engaged in providing technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles. The Company’s segments include Engine and Drivetrain. The Engine segment’s products include turbochargers, timing devices and chains, emissions systems and thermal systems. The Drivetrain segment’s products include transmission components and systems, all-wheel drive (AWD) torque transfer systems and rotating electrical devices. The Company’s products are manufactured and sold across the world, primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of light vehicles (passenger cars, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), vans and light trucks). Its products are also sold to other OEMs of commercial vehicles (medium-duty trucks, heavy-duty trucks and buses) and off-highway vehicles (agricultural and construction machinery and marine applications). The Company also manufactures and sells its products to certain Tier One vehicle systems suppliers and into the aftermarket for light, commercial and off-highway vehicles. The Company operates manufacturing facilities serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia.


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ModernGraham Valuation of BWA – 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 $8,694,363,986 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.59 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 81.86% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 11.93 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.01 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 1.59 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.38 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

EPSmg $3.51
MG Growth Estimate 5.38%
MG Value $67.56
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $50.88
MG Value based on 0% Growth $29.82
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.72%
Current Price $41.86
% of Intrinsic Value 61.96%

BorgWarner Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.58 in 2015 to an estimated $3.51 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.72% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into BorgWarner Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $43.32. The company pays a dividend of $0.68 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 11.93, which was below the industry average of 21.23, 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 $-9.33.

BorgWarner Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$9.33
Graham Number $43.32
PEmg 11.93
Current Ratio 1.59
PB Ratio 2.01
Current Dividend $0.68
Dividend Yield 1.62%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,804,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,398,900,000
Long-Term Debt $1,940,700,000
Total Assets $10,095,300,000
Intangible Assets $2,292,900,000
Total Liabilities $5,750,500,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 208,600,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.11
Dec2018 $4.44
Dec2017 $2.08
Dec2016 $2.76
Dec2015 $2.56
Dec2014 $2.86
Dec2013 $2.70
Dec2012 $2.09
Dec2011 $2.22
Dec2010 $1.54
Dec2009 $0.12
Dec2008 -$0.16
Dec2007 $1.23
Dec2006 $0.92
Dec2005 $1.04
Dec2004 $0.97
Dec2003 $0.80
Dec2002 -$0.56
Dec2001 $0.31
Dec2000 $0.44
Dec1999 $0.63

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.51
Dec2018 $3.12
Dec2017 $2.50
Dec2016 $2.67
Dec2015 $2.58
Dec2014 $2.49
Dec2013 $2.11
Dec2012 $1.60
Dec2011 $1.23
Dec2010 $0.74
Dec2009 $0.43
Dec2008 $0.66
Dec2007 $1.04
Dec2006 $0.85
Dec2005 $0.71
Dec2004 $0.49
Dec2003 $0.28

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