Prologis Inc Valuation – March 2019 #PLD

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Prologis, Inc., incorporated on November 24, 1997, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The Company is engaged in logistics real estate business. The Company’s segments include Real Estate Operations and Strategic Capital. The Company is focused on markets across the United States, Other Americas, Europe and Asia. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned or had investments in, on an owned basis or through co-investment ventures, properties and development projects across 676 million square feet (63 million square meters) in 20 countries spanning four continents. The Company is the general partner of Prologis, L.P.


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ModernGraham Valuation of PLD – 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 $44,086,680,538 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.58 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -208.65% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.80 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.78 Pass
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 1.58 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 22.96 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

EPSmg $2.20
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $84.67
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $31.89
MG Value based on 0% Growth $18.69
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.65%
Current Price $69.94
% of Intrinsic Value 82.60%

Prologis Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.95 in 2015 to an estimated $2.2 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 11.65% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Prologis Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $31.26. The company pays a dividend of $1.92 per share, for a yield of 2.7%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 31.8, which was below the industry average of 61.92, 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 $-17.25.

Prologis Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$17.25
Graham Number $31.26
PEmg 31.80
Current Ratio 1.58
PB Ratio 1.78
Current Dividend $1.92
Dividend Yield 2.75%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,314,251,000
Total Current Liabilities $831,318,000
Long-Term Debt $11,089,815,000
Total Assets $38,417,664,000
Intangible Assets $450,690,000
Total Liabilities $12,616,776,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 655,159,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.23
Dec2018 $2.87
Dec2017 $3.06
Dec2016 $2.27
Dec2015 $1.64
Dec2014 $1.24
Dec2013 $0.64
Dec2012 -$0.18
Dec2011 -$0.51
Dec2010 -$5.90
Dec2009 -$0.37
Dec2008 -$0.68
Dec2007 $2.96
Dec2006 $2.30
Dec2005 $2.85
Dec2004 $1.39
Dec2003 $1.41
Dec2002 $0.75
Dec2001 $1.41
Dec2000 $1.35
Dec1999 $1.94

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.20
Dec2018 $2.53
Dec2017 $2.16
Dec2016 $1.52
Dec2015 $0.95
Dec2014 $0.09
Dec2013 -$0.75
Dec2012 -$1.47
Dec2011 -$1.71
Dec2010 -$1.65
Dec2009 $0.78
Dec2008 $1.50
Dec2007 $2.45
Dec2006 $2.04
Dec2005 $1.80
Dec2004 $1.27
Dec2003 $1.26

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