Northern Trust Corp Valuation – March 2019 #NTRS

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Northern Trust Corporation, incorporated on August 23, 1971, is a financial holding company. The Company provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families and individuals around the world. The Company’s segments include Corporate & Institutional Services (C&IS), Wealth Management, and Treasury and Other. The Company conducts its business through various subsidiaries, including The Northern Trust Company (Bank). The Asset Management business, through the Company’s subsidiaries, supports the C&IS and Wealth Management segments by providing a range of asset management and related services, and other products to customers around the world.


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ModernGraham Valuation of NTRS – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $20,238,028,921 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 121.45% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 16.36 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.95 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $5.66
MG Growth Estimate 10.34%
MG Value $165.23
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $82.12
MG Value based on 0% Growth $48.14
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.93%
Current Price $92.66
% of Intrinsic Value 56.08%

Northern Trust Corporation qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value 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 $3.35 in 2015 to an estimated $5.66 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.93% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Northern Trust Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $78.3. The company pays a dividend of $1.94 per share, for a yield of 2.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.36, which was below the industry average of 21.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Northern Trust Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $78.30
PEmg 16.36
PB Ratio 1.95
Dividend Yield 2.09%
TTM Dividend $1.94
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $11,303,000,000
Total Assets $132,212,500,000
Intangible Assets $669,300,000
Total Liabilities $121,704,200,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 221,469,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.20
Dec2018 $6.64
Dec2017 $4.92
Dec2016 $4.32
Dec2015 $3.99
Dec2014 $3.32
Dec2013 $2.99
Dec2012 $2.81
Dec2011 $2.47
Dec2010 $2.74
Dec2009 $3.16
Dec2008 $3.47
Dec2007 $3.24
Dec2006 $3.00
Dec2005 $2.64
Dec2004 $2.27
Dec2003 $1.80
Dec2002 $1.97
Dec2001 $2.11
Dec2000 $2.08
Dec1999 $1.74

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.66
Dec2018 $5.14
Dec2017 $4.23
Dec2016 $3.75
Dec2015 $3.35
Dec2014 $2.98
Dec2013 $2.82
Dec2012 $2.80
Dec2011 $2.86
Dec2010 $3.08
Dec2009 $3.20
Dec2008 $3.12
Dec2007 $2.83
Dec2006 $2.53
Dec2005 $2.25
Dec2004 $2.05
Dec2003 $1.94

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