Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): U.S. Bancorp, incorporated on April 2, 1929, is a multi-state financial services holding company. The Company provides a full range of financial services, including lending and depository services, cash management, capital markets, and trust and investment management services. It also engages in credit card services, merchant and automated teller machine (ATM) processing, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and leasing. The Company’s banking subsidiary, U.S. Bank National Association, is engaged in the general banking business, principally in domestic markets. U.S. Bank National Association provides a range of products and services to individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities and other financial institutions.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$81,855,808,103||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||69.13%||Pass|
|5. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||13.24||Pass|
|6. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.60||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
|MG Growth Estimate||4.20%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$56.00|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$32.83|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||2.37%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||78.36%|
U.S. Bancorp 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.02 in 2015 to an estimated $3.86 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 2.37% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into U.S. Bancorp revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $51.57. The company pays a dividend of $1.34 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 13.24, which was below the industry average of 16.75, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.
U.S. Bancorp fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||8|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||12/1/2018|
|Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation||$41,340,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||1,617,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$4.24|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.86|
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