Baxter International Inc Valuation – March 2019 $BAX
Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Baxter International Inc., incorporated on October 19, 1931, through its subsidiaries, provides a portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including acute and chronic dialysis; sterile intravenous (IV) solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition therapies; premixed and oncolytic injectables; biosurgery products and anesthetics; drug reconstitution systems, and pharmacy automation, software and services. The Company operates through two segments: Hospital Products and Renal. The Company’s products are used by hospitals, kidney dialysis centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctors’ offices and by patients at home under physician supervision. As of December 31, 2016, the Company manufactured products in over 20 countries and sold them in over 100 countries.
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ModernGraham Valuation of BAX – March 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||$38,937,512,485||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||Pass|
|5. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||-29.57%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||22.33||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||5.25||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||1.13||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
|MG Growth Estimate||0.23%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$49.33|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$28.92|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||6.92%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||249.24%|
Baxter International Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.35 in 2015 to an estimated $3.4 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 6.92% 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 Baxter International Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $31.96. The company pays a dividend of $0.73 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.33, which was below the industry average of 53.13, 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 $-3.53.
Baxter International 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)||-$3.53|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||2|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||12/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$5,919,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$2,836,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||540,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.10|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.40|
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