Akamai Technologies Inc Valuation – February 2019 $AKAM

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Akamai Technologies, Inc., incorporated on August 20, 1998, is engaged in providing cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing content and business applications over the Internet. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s globally-distributed platform included more than 200,000 servers in over 1,600 networks in 131 countries. It is involved in offering content delivery network (CDN) services. Its services include the delivery of content, applications and software over the Internet, as well as mobile and security solutions, and enterprise professional services. The Company’s solutions include Performance and Security Solutions, Media Delivery Solutions, and Service and Support Solutions.


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ModernGraham Valuation of AKAM – 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 $11,398,590,049 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.09 Pass
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 122.01% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 29.64 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.60 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 2.09 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.66 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.36
MG Growth Estimate 6.75%
MG Value $51.89
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $34.20
MG Value based on 0% Growth $20.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.57%
Current Price $69.90
% of Intrinsic Value 134.71%

Akamai Technologies, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.63 in 2015 to an estimated $2.36 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 10.57% 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 Akamai Technologies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $41.15. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 29.64, 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 $1.61.

Akamai Technologies, 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) $1.61
Graham Number $41.15
PEmg 29.64
Current Ratio 2.09
PB Ratio 3.60
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 $2,535,354,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,210,709,000
Long-Term Debt $874,080,000
Total Assets $5,461,770,000
Intangible Assets $1,655,752,000
Total Liabilities $2,269,910,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 164,540,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.84
Dec2018 $1.76
Dec2017 $1.26
Dec2016 $1.79
Dec2015 $1.78
Dec2014 $1.84
Dec2013 $1.61
Dec2012 $1.12
Dec2011 $1.07
Dec2010 $0.90
Dec2009 $0.78
Dec2008 $0.79
Dec2007 $0.56
Dec2006 $0.34
Dec2005 $2.11
Dec2004 $0.25
Dec2003 -$0.25
Dec2002 -$1.81
Dec2001 -$23.59
Dec2000 -$10.07
Dec1999 -$1.98

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.36
Dec2018 $1.64
Dec2017 $1.61
Dec2016 $1.73
Dec2015 $1.63
Dec2014 $1.47
Dec2013 $1.22
Dec2012 $1.00
Dec2011 $0.90
Dec2010 $0.76
Dec2009 $0.77
Dec2008 $0.78
Dec2007 $0.72
Dec2006 $0.57
Dec2005 -$1.09
Dec2004 -$4.16
Dec2003 -$6.76

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