Apple Inc Valuation – April 2019 #AAPL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Apple Inc., incorporated on January 3, 1977, designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portable digital music players. The Company sells a range of related software, services, accessories, networking solutions and third-party digital content and applications. The Company’s segments include the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Japan and Rest of Asia Pacific. The Americas segment includes both North and South America. The Europe segment includes European countries, India, the Middle East and Africa. The Greater China segment includes China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Rest of Asia Pacific segment includes Australia and the Asian countries not included in the Company’s other operating segments. The Company’s products and services include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, iPhone OS (iOS), OS X and watchOS operating systems, iCloud, Apple Pay and a range of accessory, service and support offerings.

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ModernGraham Valuation of AAPL – 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 $928,509,329,542 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.30 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 151.37% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.47 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.97 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 1.30 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.86 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 $10.11
MG Growth Estimate 6.57%
MG Value $218.81
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $146.65
MG Value based on 0% Growth $85.97
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.48%
Current Price $196.89
% of Intrinsic Value 89.98%

Apple 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, poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. 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 $7.03 in 2015 to an estimated $10.11 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.48% 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 Apple Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $71.63. The company pays a dividend of $2.72 per share, for a yield of 1.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.47, which was below the industry average of 35.4, 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 $-24.09.

Apple Inc. 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) -$24.09
Graham Number $71.63
PEmg 19.47
Current Ratio 1.30
PB Ratio 7.97
Current Dividend $2.72
Dividend Yield 1.38%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $140,828,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $108,283,000,000
Long-Term Debt $92,989,000,000
Total Assets $373,719,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $255,827,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 4,773,252,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.12
Sep2018 $11.91
Sep2017 $9.21
Sep2016 $8.31
Sep2015 $9.22
Sep2014 $6.45
Sep2013 $5.68
Sep2012 $6.31
Sep2011 $3.95
Sep2010 $2.16
Sep2009 $1.30
Sep2008 $0.97
Sep2007 $0.56
Sep2006 $0.32
Sep2005 $0.22
Sep2004 $0.05
Sep2003 $0.01
Sep2002 $0.01
Sep2001 -$0.01
Sep2000 $0.16
Sep1999 $0.13

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.11
Sep2018 $9.75
Sep2017 $8.37
Sep2016 $7.70
Sep2015 $7.03
Sep2014 $5.60
Sep2013 $4.74
Sep2012 $3.83
Sep2011 $2.32
Sep2010 $1.36
Sep2009 $0.86
Sep2008 $0.57
Sep2007 $0.32
Sep2006 $0.18
Sep2005 $0.09
Sep2004 $0.03
Sep2003 $0.04

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The author held a long position in AAPL but did not hold a position in any other company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

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