Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (Lowe’s), incorporated on August 1, 1952, is a home improvement company. The Company operates approximately 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores. The Company offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling and decorating. The Company offers home improvement products in categories, including Lumber and Building Materials; Tools and Hardware; Appliances; Fashion Fixtures; Rough Plumbing and Electrical; Lawn and Garden; Seasonal and Outdoor Living; Paint; Flooring; Millwork, and Kitchens. The Company also supports the communities that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The Company serves its customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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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||$84,769,831,466||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||0.98||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||184.80%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||25.07||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||23.25||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||0.98||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||-53.50||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||11.58%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$61.19|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$35.87|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||8.28%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||79.17%|
Lowe’s Companies, 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, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.38 in 2016 to an estimated $4.22 for 2020. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 8.28% 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 Lowe’s Companies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $24.75. The company pays a dividend of $1.85 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.07, which was above the industry average of 20.99. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-20.77.
Lowe’s Companies, 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)||-$20.77|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||20|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||1/1/2019|
|Total Current Assets||$14,228,000,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$14,497,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||801,000,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$6.00|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$4.22|
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