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American Airlines Group Inc Valuation – March 2019 #AAL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): American Airlines Group Inc., incorporated on February 16, 1982, is a holding company. The Company’s primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier, providing scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo. The Company operates through American segment, which provides air transportation for passengers and cargo. Together with its regional airline subsidiaries and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle, its airline operated an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries, principally from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, District of Columbia, as of December 31, 2016. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, approximately 199 million passengers boarded its mainline and regional flights.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AAL – 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 $14,392,244,457 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.12 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -141.07% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 7.09 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.26 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 1.12 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 9.67 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 $4.52
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $174.07
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $65.56
MG Value based on 0% Growth $38.43
Market Implied Growth Rate -0.71%
Current Price $32.04
% of Intrinsic Value 18.41%

American Airlines 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 stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.37 in 2015 to an estimated $4.52 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.71% annual earnings loss 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into American Airlines Group Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $55.21. The company pays a dividend of $0.4 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 7.09, which was below the industry average of 10.49, 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 $-86.27.

American Airlines Group 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) -$86.27
Graham Number $55.21
PEmg 7.09
Current Ratio 1.12
PB Ratio 1.26
Current Dividend $0.40
Dividend Yield 1.25%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $19,257,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $17,121,000,000
Long-Term Debt $20,650,000,000
Total Assets $70,878,000,000
Intangible Assets $15,322,000,000
Total Liabilities $59,108,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 461,916,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.50
Dec2018 $3.03
Dec2017 $2.61
Dec2016 $4.65
Dec2015 $11.07
Dec2014 $3.93
Dec2013 -$6.54
Dec2012 -$7.52
Dec2011 -$15.83
Dec2010 -$3.78
Dec2009 -$13.36
Dec2008 -$21.85
Dec2007 $4.77
Dec2006 $2.62
Dec2005 -$13.87
Dec2004 -$12.69
Dec2003 -$20.78
Dec2002 -$60.46
Dec2001 -$30.60
Dec2000 $13.47
Dec1999 $16.76

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.52
Dec2018 $4.37
Dec2017 $4.41
Dec2016 $3.91
Dec2015 $1.37
Dec2014 -$4.30
Dec2013 -$8.75
Dec2012 -$10.72
Dec2011 -$11.55
Dec2010 -$8.38
Dec2009 -$9.90
Dec2008 -$8.18
Dec2007 -$3.56
Dec2006 -$12.16
Dec2005 -$22.26
Dec2004 -$25.04
Dec2003 -$26.25

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