Cisco Systems Inc Valuation – April 2019 #CSCO

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Cisco Systems, Inc. (Cisco), incorporated on December 10, 1984, is engaged in designing and selling a range of technologies across networking, security, collaboration, applications and the cloud. The Company operates through three geographic segments: Americas; Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific, Japan, and China (APJC).The Company’s product and technologies includes, infrastructure platforms; applications; security and other products. It also offers technical support services and advanced services.


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ModernGraham Valuation of CSCO – 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 $243,035,961,849 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.80 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 21.55% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 31.37 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.10 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 1.80 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.67 Pass
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 $1.76
MG Growth Estimate 1.20%
MG Value $19.19
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $25.52
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.96
Market Implied Growth Rate 11.43%
Current Price $55.21
% of Intrinsic Value 287.64%

Cisco Systems, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.63 in 2015 to an estimated $1.76 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.43% 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 Cisco Systems, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $24.85. The company pays a dividend of $1.24 per share, for a yield of 2.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 31.37, which was below the industry average of 69.29, 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 $-1.9.

Cisco Systems, 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) -$1.90
Graham Number $24.85
PEmg 31.37
Current Ratio 1.80
PB Ratio 6.10
Current Dividend $1.24
Dividend Yield 2.25%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 1/1/2019
Total Current Assets $53,117,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $29,479,000,000
Long-Term Debt $15,893,000,000
Total Assets $102,462,000,000
Intangible Assets $35,563,000,000
Total Liabilities $61,673,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 4,505,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.93
Jul2018 $0.02
Jul2017 $1.90
Jul2016 $2.11
Jul2015 $1.75
Jul2014 $1.49
Jul2013 $1.86
Jul2012 $1.49
Jul2011 $1.17
Jul2010 $1.33
Jul2009 $1.05
Jul2008 $1.31
Jul2007 $1.17
Jul2006 $0.89
Jul2005 $0.87
Jul2004 $0.62
Jul2003 $0.50
Jul2002 $0.25
Jul2001 -$0.14
Jul2000 $0.36
Jul1999 $0.29

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.76
Jul2018 $1.27
Jul2017 $1.87
Jul2016 $1.82
Jul2015 $1.63
Jul2014 $1.54
Jul2013 $1.50
Jul2012 $1.30
Jul2011 $1.21
Jul2010 $1.20
Jul2009 $1.11
Jul2008 $1.08
Jul2007 $0.92
Jul2006 $0.74
Jul2005 $0.58
Jul2004 $0.40
Jul2003 $0.27

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