Pioneer Natural Resources Co Valuation – April 2019 #PXD

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Pioneer Natural Resources Company (Pioneer), incorporated on April 2, 1997, is an oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company explores for, develops and produces oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and gas within the United States, with operations primarily in the Permian Basin in West Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas, the Raton field in southeast Colorado and the West Panhandle field in the Texas Panhandle. The Company’s operations include well stimulation and completion activities, such as hydraulic fracturing, and water distribution and disposal activities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in eight gas processing plants and nine treating facilities.


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ModernGraham Valuation of PXD – 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 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $24,703,246,605 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.42 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 10.03% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 43.92 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.07 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 1.42 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 3.00 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.34
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $128.69
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $48.47
MG Value based on 0% Growth $28.41
Market Implied Growth Rate 17.71%
Current Price $146.81
% of Intrinsic Value 114.08%

Pioneer Natural Resources 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 high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.52 in 2015 to an estimated $3.34 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 17.71% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Pioneer Natural Resources revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $82.52. The company pays a dividend of $0.32 per share, for a yield of 0.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 43.92, which was below the industry average of 52.47, 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 $-18.78.

Pioneer Natural Resources scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$18.78
Graham Number $82.52
PEmg 43.92
Current Ratio 1.42
PB Ratio 2.07
Current Dividend $0.32
Dividend Yield 0.22%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,580,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,818,000,000
Long-Term Debt $2,284,000,000
Total Assets $17,903,000,000
Intangible Assets $407,000,000
Total Liabilities $5,792,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 171,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.26
Dec2018 $5.70
Dec2017 $4.85
Dec2016 -$3.34
Dec2015 -$1.83
Dec2014 $6.38
Dec2013 -$6.16
Dec2012 $1.50
Dec2011 $6.88
Dec2010 $5.08
Dec2009 -$0.46
Dec2008 $1.76
Dec2007 $3.06
Dec2006 $5.81
Dec2005 $3.80
Dec2004 $2.46
Dec2003 $3.46
Dec2002 $0.23
Dec2001 $1.00
Dec2000 $1.53
Dec1999 -$0.22

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.34
Dec2018 $2.71
Dec2017 $0.80
Dec2016 -$1.05
Dec2015 $0.52
Dec2014 $2.04
Dec2013 $0.37
Dec2012 $3.41
Dec2011 $3.99
Dec2010 $2.72
Dec2009 $1.96
Dec2008 $3.24
Dec2007 $3.89
Dec2006 $3.92
Dec2005 $2.71
Dec2004 $2.02
Dec2003 $1.60

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