Leggett & Platt Inc Valuation – March 2019 #LEG

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, incorporated on February 23, 1901, is a diversified manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a range of engineered components and products found in homes, offices and automobiles. The Company operates in four segments: Residential Furnishings, Commercial Products, Industrial Materials and Specialized Products. The Company’s brands include ComfortCore, Mira-Coil, VertiCoil, Quantum, Nanocoil, Softech, Lura-Flex, Superlastic and Active Support Technology, which includes mattress innersprings; Semi-Flex, which includes box spring components and foundations; Spuhl, which includes mattress innerspring manufacturing machines; Wall Hugger, which includes recliner chair mechanisms; Super Sagless, which includes motion and sofa sleeper mechanisms; No-Sag, which includes wire forms used in seating; LPSense, which includes capacitive sensing; Hanes, which includes fabric materials; Schukra, Pullmaflex and Flex-O-Lator, which includes automotive seating products, and Gribetz and Porter, which includes quilting and sewing machines.

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ModernGraham Valuation of LEG – 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 $5,419,827,000 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.87 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 77.12% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.36 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.81 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 1.87 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.65 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 $2.38
MG Growth Estimate 8.74%
MG Value $61.86
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $34.54
MG Value based on 0% Growth $20.25
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.43%
Current Price $41.35
% of Intrinsic Value 66.84%

Leggett & Platt, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PB 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.51 in 2015 to an estimated $2.38 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.43% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Leggett & Platt, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $22.33. The company pays a dividend of $1.5 per share, for a yield of 3.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.36, which was below the industry average of 26.43, 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 $-5.2.

Leggett & Platt, Inc. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$5.20
Graham Number $22.33
PEmg 17.36
Current Ratio 1.87
PB Ratio 4.81
Current Dividend $1.50
Dividend Yield 3.63%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,524,600,000
Total Current Liabilities $815,700,000
Long-Term Debt $1,167,800,000
Total Assets $3,382,000,000
Intangible Assets $1,012,500,000
Total Liabilities $2,224,400,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 134,600,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.50
Dec2018 $2.26
Dec2017 $2.13
Dec2016 $2.76
Dec2015 $2.28
Dec2014 $0.68
Dec2013 $1.34
Dec2012 $1.70
Dec2011 $1.04
Dec2010 $1.15
Dec2009 $0.70
Dec2008 $0.62
Dec2007 -$0.06
Dec2006 $1.61
Dec2005 $1.30
Dec2004 $1.45
Dec2003 $1.05
Dec2002 $1.17
Dec2001 $0.94
Dec2000 $1.32
Dec1999 $1.45

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.38
Dec2018 $2.22
Dec2017 $2.08
Dec2016 $1.96
Dec2015 $1.51
Dec2014 $1.14
Dec2013 $1.31
Dec2012 $1.21
Dec2011 $0.87
Dec2010 $0.79
Dec2009 $0.69
Dec2008 $0.78
Dec2007 $0.93
Dec2006 $1.39
Dec2005 $1.25
Dec2004 $1.21
Dec2003 $1.12

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