SunTrust Banks Inc Valuation – March 2019 #STI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): SunTrust Banks, Inc., incorporated on July 24, 1984, is a provider of financial services. The Company’s principal subsidiary is SunTrust Bank (the Bank). The Company’s business segments include Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, Mortgage Banking and Corporate Other. The Company offers a line of financial services for consumers, businesses, corporations, institutions and not-for-profit entities, both through its branches (located primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the District of Columbia), and through other national delivery channels. The Bank provides clients with a selection of full-, self- and assisted-service channels, including branch, call center, Teller Connect machines, automated teller machines (ATMs), Internet, mobile and tablet. The Company’s other subsidiaries provide capital markets, mortgage banking, securities brokerage, online consumer lending, and asset and wealth management services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had total deposits of $160 billion. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s total loans held for investment amounted to $143.3 billion.


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ModernGraham Valuation of STI – 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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $26,262,864,675 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 261.38% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 11.90 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.11 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

EPSmg $4.98
MG Growth Estimate 9.27%
MG Value $134.65
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $72.21
MG Value based on 0% Growth $42.33
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.70%
Current Price $59.25
% of Intrinsic Value 44.00%

SunTrust Banks, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. 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 $3.08 in 2015 to an estimated $4.98 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.7% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into SunTrust Banks, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $78.57. The company pays a dividend of $1.8 per share, for a yield of 3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 11.9, 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.

SunTrust Banks, Inc. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $78.57
PEmg 11.90
PB Ratio 1.11
Dividend Yield 3.04%
TTM Dividend $1.80
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $15,460,000,000
Total Assets $215,543,000,000
Intangible Assets $8,393,000,000
Total Liabilities $191,263,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 452,826,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.51
Dec2018 $5.74
Dec2017 $4.47
Dec2016 $3.60
Dec2015 $3.58
Dec2014 $3.23
Dec2013 $2.41
Dec2012 $3.59
Dec2011 $0.94
Dec2010 -$0.18
Dec2009 -$3.98
Dec2008 $2.12
Dec2007 $4.55
Dec2006 $5.82
Dec2005 $5.47
Dec2004 $5.19
Dec2003 $4.73
Dec2002 $4.66
Dec2001 $4.72
Dec2000 $4.30
Dec1999 $4.13

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.98
Dec2018 $4.52
Dec2017 $3.76
Dec2016 $3.36
Dec2015 $3.08
Dec2014 $2.55
Dec2013 $1.66
Dec2012 $1.02
Dec2011 $0.06
Dec2010 $0.30
Dec2009 $1.29
Dec2008 $4.16
Dec2007 $5.17
Dec2006 $5.38
Dec2005 $5.09
Dec2004 $4.84
Dec2003 $4.61

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