Wells Fargo & Co Valuation – April 2019 #WFC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Wells Fargo & Company, incorporated on January 24, 1929, is a bank holding company. The Company is a diversified financial services company. The Company has three operating segments: Community Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Wealth and Investment Management. The Company provides retail, commercial and corporate banking services through banking locations and offices, the Internet and other distribution channels to individuals, businesses and institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and in other countries. The Company provides other financial services through its subsidiaries engaged in various businesses, principally: wholesale banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, equipment leasing, agricultural finance, commercial finance, securities brokerage and investment banking, insurance agency and brokerage services, computer and data processing services, trust services, investment advisory services, mortgage-backed securities servicing and venture capital investment. The Company has its administrative facilities at various locations, including Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; Greenwood Village, Colorado; Littleton, Colorado; Rochester, Minnesota; St. Louis, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas. The Company offers approximately 13,000 automated teller machines (ATMs) and over 6,000 retail banking stores coast to coast.


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ModernGraham Valuation of WFC – April 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 $220,466,305,698 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 55.90% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 11.21 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.16 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 $4.33
MG Growth Estimate 1.75%
MG Value $52.06
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade A-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $62.85
MG Value based on 0% Growth $36.84
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.36%
Current Price $48.61
% of Intrinsic Value 93.38%

Wells Fargo & Co qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all value 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 $3.88 in 2015 to an estimated $4.33 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 1.36% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Wells Fargo & Co revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $63.18. The company pays a dividend of $1.64 per share, for a yield of 3.4%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 11.21, which was below the industry average of 15.47, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Wells Fargo & Co fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $63.18
PEmg 11.21
PB Ratio 1.16
Dividend Yield 3.37%
TTM Dividend $1.64
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 $229,044,000,000
Total Assets $1,895,883,000,000
Intangible Assets $43,055,000,000
Total Liabilities $1,698,817,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 4,698,600,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.70
Dec2018 $4.28
Dec2017 $4.10
Dec2016 $3.99
Dec2015 $4.12
Dec2014 $4.10
Dec2013 $3.89
Dec2012 $3.36
Dec2011 $2.82
Dec2010 $2.21
Dec2009 $1.75
Dec2008 $0.70
Dec2007 $2.38
Dec2006 $2.47
Dec2005 $2.25
Dec2004 $2.05
Dec2003 $1.83
Dec2002 $1.58
Dec2001 $0.99
Dec2000 $1.16
Dec1999 $1.15

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.33
Dec2018 $4.14
Dec2017 $4.06
Dec2016 $3.99
Dec2015 $3.88
Dec2014 $3.60
Dec2013 $3.17
Dec2012 $2.59
Dec2011 $2.13
Dec2010 $1.83
Dec2009 $1.73
Dec2008 $1.80
Dec2007 $2.30
Dec2006 $2.18
Dec2005 $1.94
Dec2004 $1.69
Dec2003 $1.46

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