Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Expedia Group, Inc., formerly Expedia, Inc., incorporated on April 18, 2005, is an online travel company. The Company operates through four segments: Core Online Travel Agencies (Core OTA), trivago, Egencia and HomeAway. It has created a global travel marketplace used by a range of leisure and corporate travelers, offline retail travel agents and travel service providers. The Company offers travel and non-travel advertisers access to a source of incremental traffic and transactions through its media and advertising offerings on its transaction-based Websites. The Company’s Core OTA segment provides a range of travel and advertising services to its customers across the world, through a range of brands, including Expedia.com and Hotels.com in the United States, and localized Expedia and Hotels.com Websites throughout the world, Orbitz.com, Expedia Affiliate Network, Hotwire.com, Travelocity, Wotif Group, CarRentals.com and Classic Vacations. The Company’s trivago segment sends referrals to online travel companies and travel service providers from its hotel metasearch Websites. Its Egencia segment, which also includes Orbitz Worldwide (Orbitz) for Business, provides managed travel services to corporate customers across the world. The Company’s HomeAway segment operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$18,501,820,260||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.64||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||32.73%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||32.96||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.37||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||0.64||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-1.30||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||1.23%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$55.29|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$32.41|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||12.23%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||300.94%|
Expedia Group 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 growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.53 in 2015 to an estimated $3.81 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 12.23% 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 Expedia Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $61.37. The company pays a dividend of $1.24 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 32.96, which was below the industry average of 41.58, 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 $-47.47.
Expedia Group Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$47.47|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||6|
|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||$5,197,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$8,060,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||151,344,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$6.00|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.81|
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|Expedia Group Inc Valuation – May 2018 $EXPE|
|Expedia Inc Valuation – February 2017 $EXPE|
|Expedia Inc. Analysis – October 2015 Update $EXPE|
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