Best Dividend Paying Stocks for Dividend Growth Investors – February 2019

Dividend Growth Stocks

Dividend growth investing is a very popular approach which can fit within the ModernGraham methods.  This article will look at companies reviewed by ModernGraham which have grown their dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.  Out of over 800 companies covered by ModernGraham, only 70 have grown dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.

Defensive Investors are defined as investors who need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk.

The Elite

The following companies have been rated as undervalued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor:

AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)

AFLAC Incorporated 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.03 in 2014 to an estimated $4.11 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.21% 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 AFLAC Incorporated revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $53.04. The company pays a dividend of $0.87 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.93, which was below the industry average of 30.63, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

AFLAC Incorporated fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A+.  (See the full valuation)

A. O. Smith Corp (AOS)

A. O. Smith Corp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.05 in 2014 to an estimated $1.95 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.55% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into A. O. Smith Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $23.34. The company pays a dividend of $0.56 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.59, which was below the industry average of 23.62, 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 $1.92.

A. O. Smith Corp performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.  (See the full valuation)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.69 in 2014 to an estimated $4.82 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.78% 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 Cincinnati Financial Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $76.19. The company pays a dividend of $2 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 16.06, which was below the industry average of 32.22, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Cincinnati Financial Corporation fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A.  (See the full valuation)

Carlisle Companies, Inc. (CSL)

Carlisle Companies, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the high PB ratio. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.51 in 2014 to an estimated $6.51 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.54% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Carlisle Companies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $95.82. The company pays a dividend of $1.44 per share, for a yield of 1.1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.59, which was above the industry average of 18.51. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-9.61.

Carlisle Companies, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.  (See the full valuation)

Leggett & Platt, Inc. (LEG)

Leggett & Platt, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 $1.14 in 2014 to an estimated $2.35 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.06% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Leggett & Platt, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $23.11. The company pays a dividend of $1.42 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.62, which was above the industry average of 17.71. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-5.

Leggett & Platt, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.  (See the full valuation)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies, 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.1 in 2015 to an estimated $4.11 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.7% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Lowe’s Companies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29. The company pays a dividend of $1.58 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.9, which was below the industry average of 25.61, 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 $-19.93.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.  (See the full valuation)

People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT)

People’s United Financial, Inc. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.71 in 2014 to an estimated $1.04 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 2.89% 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 People’s United Financial, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $21.65. The company pays a dividend of $0.69 per share, for a yield of 4.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 14.28, which was below the industry average of 14.65, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

People’s United Financial, Inc. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A+.  (See the full valuation)

SEI Investments Company (SEIC)

SEI Investments Company is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.52 in 2014 to an estimated $2.47 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.97% 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 SEI Investments Company revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.4. The company pays a dividend of $0.58 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.43, which was above the industry average of 21.47. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $5.12.

SEI Investments Company performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.  (See the full valuation)

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (SKT)

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.76 in 2014 to an estimated $1.25 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.18% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $11.47. The company pays a dividend of $1.35 per share, for a yield of 5.7%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.86, which was below the industry average of 49.54, 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 $-17.97.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A.  (See the full valuation)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.09 in 2014 to an estimated $7.32 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.97% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $95.94. The company pays a dividend of $2.42 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.45, which was below the industry average of 28.31, 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 $-40.05.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.  (See the full valuation)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc (TROW)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.79 in 2014 to an estimated $5.76 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.15% 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 T. Rowe Price Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $60.69. The company pays a dividend of $2.28 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.79, which was below the industry average of 22.96, 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 $3.21.

T. Rowe Price Group Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.  (See the full valuation)

The Good

The following companies have been rated as fairly valued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor:

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (APD)

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 $5.23 in 2015 to an estimated $8 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.63% 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 Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $94.7. The company pays a dividend of $4.25 per share, for a yield of 2.7%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.76, which was below the industry average of 20.47, 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 $-13.21.

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.  (See the full valuation)

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR)

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg ratio. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.92 in 2014 to an estimated $5.42 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.25% 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 Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $84.91. The company pays a dividend of $2.25 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 21.01, which was above the industry average of 20.05.

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.  (See the full valuation)

Cintas Corporation (CTAS)

Cintas Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.94 in 2015 to an estimated $6.44 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 10.34% 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 Cintas Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $68.91. The company pays a dividend of $1.62 per share, for a yield of 0.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 29.17, which was below the industry average of 29.23, 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 $-19.68.

Cintas Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.  (See the full valuation)

Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD)

Expeditors International of Washington is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.75 in 2014 to an estimated $2.73 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 8.27% 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 Expeditors International of Washington revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $28.87. The company pays a dividend of $0.84 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.05, which was above the industry average of 17.22. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $7.73.

Expeditors International of Washington performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.  (See the full valuation)

Hormel Foods Corp (HRL)

Hormel Foods Corp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.98 in 2014 to an estimated $1.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.21% 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 Hormel Foods Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.56. The company pays a dividend of $0.68 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.92, which was below the industry average of 24.35, 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 $-1.27.

Hormel Foods Corp performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.  (See the full valuation)

Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST)

Ross Stores, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.87 in 2015 to an estimated $3.36 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 8.18% 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 Ross Stores, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $27.22. The company pays a dividend of $0.64 per share, for a yield of 0.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.85, which was below the industry average of 25.4, 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 $1.55.

Ross Stores, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.  (See the full valuation)

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Cigna Corp Valuation – January 2019 $CI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Cigna Corporation (Cigna), incorporated on November 3, 1981, together with its subsidiaries, is a health services company. The Company offers medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance and related products and services. The Company’s segments include Global Health Care, Global Supplemental Benefits, Group Disability and Life, and Other Operations and Corporate. The Company’s products are offered through employers and other groups, such as Governmental and non-Governmental organizations, unions and associations. Cigna also offers commercial health and dental insurance, Medicare and Medicaid products and health, life and accident insurance coverages to individuals in the United States and international markets. The Company’s other business operations include corporate-owned life insurance business (COLI), run-off reinsurance and settlement annuity businesses.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CI – January 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 $73,825,240,499 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 98.78% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 20.83 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.07 Fail
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 $9.31
MG Growth Estimate 8.13%
MG Value $230.49
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $134.96
MG Value based on 0% Growth $79.11
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.17%
Current Price $193.88
% of Intrinsic Value 84.12%

Cigna Holding Co is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $6.04 in 2014 to an estimated $9.31 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.17% 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 Cigna Holding Co revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $122.31. The company pays a dividend of $0.04 per share, for a yield of 0% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.83, which was below the industry average of 30.63, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Cigna Holding Co receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $122.31
PEmg 20.83
PB Ratio 3.07
Dividend Yield 0.02%
TTM Dividend $0.04
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $25,041,000,000
Total Assets $82,956,000,000
Intangible Assets $6,129,000,000
Total Liabilities $67,401,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 246,112,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $11.81
Dec2017 $8.77
Dec2016 $7.19
Dec2015 $8.04
Dec2014 $7.83
Dec2013 $5.18
Dec2012 $5.61
Dec2011 $4.59
Dec2010 $4.65
Dec2009 $4.73
Dec2008 $1.05
Dec2007 $3.87
Dec2006 $3.43
Dec2005 $4.17
Dec2004 $3.48
Dec2003 $1.50
Dec2002 -$1.06
Dec2001 $2.08
Dec2000 $1.95
Dec1999 $3.00
Dec1998 $2.02

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.31
Dec2017 $7.84
Dec2016 $7.17
Dec2015 $6.86
Dec2014 $6.04
Dec2013 $5.08
Dec2012 $4.72
Dec2011 $4.11
Dec2010 $3.77
Dec2009 $3.37
Dec2008 $2.86
Dec2007 $3.60
Dec2006 $3.08
Dec2005 $2.62
Dec2004 $1.75
Dec2003 $1.09
Dec2002 $1.12

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MetLife Inc Valuation – January 2019 $MET

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): MetLife, Inc. (MetLife), incorporated on August 10, 1999, is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company’s segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings, and Corporate & Other. In the United States, the Company provides a range of insurance and financial services products, including life, dental, disability, property and casualty, guaranteed interest, stable value and annuities to both individuals and groups. Outside the United States, the Company provides life, medical, dental, credit and other accident and health insurance, as well as annuities, endowment and retirement and savings products to both individuals and groups.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of MET – January 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 $41,989,964,657 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 45.90% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 12.39 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.82 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 Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $3.43
MG Growth Estimate -1.32%
MG Value $20.10
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $49.78
MG Value based on 0% Growth $29.18
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.95%
Current Price $42.55
% of Intrinsic Value 211.68%

Metlife Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings growth 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $3.77 in 2014 to an estimated $3.43 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 1.95% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Metlife Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $71.76. The company pays a dividend of $1.6 per share, for a yield of 3.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 12.39, which was below the industry average of 30.63, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Metlife Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $71.76
PEmg 12.39
PB Ratio 0.82
Dividend Yield 3.76%
TTM Dividend $1.60
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $16,554,000,000
Total Assets $698,451,000,000
Intangible Assets $9,440,000,000
Total Liabilities $646,642,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,000,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.07
Dec2017 $3.62
Dec2016 $0.67
Dec2015 $4.62
Dec2014 $5.42
Dec2013 $2.91
Dec2012 $1.12
Dec2011 $5.76
Dec2010 $2.86
Dec2009 -$2.89
Dec2008 $4.14
Dec2007 $5.48
Dec2006 $7.99
Dec2005 $6.16
Dec2004 $3.65
Dec2003 $2.94
Dec2002 $2.20
Dec2001 $0.62
Dec2000 $1.49

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.43
Dec2017 $3.23
Dec2016 $3.00
Dec2015 $4.10
Dec2014 $3.77
Dec2013 $2.61
Dec2012 $2.37
Dec2011 $3.02
Dec2010 $2.27
Dec2009 $2.71
Dec2008 $5.50
Dec2007 $5.87
Dec2006 $5.57
Dec2005 $3.95
Dec2004 $2.62
Dec2003 $1.89
Dec2002 $1.20

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Disclaimer:

The author did not hold a position in any 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.

Aflac Inc Valuation – January 2019 $AFL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Aflac Incorporated, incorporated on April 27, 1973, is a business holding company. The Company is involved in supplemental health and life insurance, which is marketed and administered through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (Aflac). The Company’s insurance business consists of two segments: Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. Aflac offers insurance policies in Japan and the United States that provide a layer of financial protection against income and asset loss. Aflac Japan sells voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans and annuities. Aflac U.S. sells supplemental insurance products, including products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets, such as accident, cancer, critical illness/care, hospital intensive care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, and vision care plans and loss-of-income products, such as life and short-term disability plans.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AFL – January 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 $34,196,651,286 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 111.77% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 10.93 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.49 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 $4.11
MG Growth Estimate 5.32%
MG Value $78.68
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $59.60
MG Value based on 0% Growth $34.94
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.21%
Current Price $44.92
% of Intrinsic Value 57.09%

AFLAC Incorporated 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.03 in 2014 to an estimated $4.11 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.21% 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 AFLAC Incorporated revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $53.04. The company pays a dividend of $0.87 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.93, which was below the industry average of 30.63, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

AFLAC Incorporated fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $53.04
PEmg 10.93
PB Ratio 1.49
Dividend Yield 1.94%
TTM Dividend $0.87
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $5,279,000,000
Total Assets $137,941,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $114,707,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 772,070,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.97
Dec2017 $5.77
Dec2016 $3.21
Dec2015 $2.93
Dec2014 $3.25
Dec2013 $3.38
Dec2012 $3.06
Dec2011 $2.06
Dec2010 $2.46
Dec2009 $1.60
Dec2008 $1.31
Dec2007 $1.66
Dec2006 $1.48
Dec2005 $1.46
Dec2004 $1.23
Dec2003 $0.74
Dec2002 $0.78
Dec2001 $0.64
Dec2000 $0.63
Dec1999 $0.52
Dec1998 $0.44

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.11
Dec2017 $4.02
Dec2016 $3.15
Dec2015 $3.06
Dec2014 $3.03
Dec2013 $2.79
Dec2012 $2.36
Dec2011 $1.95
Dec2010 $1.83
Dec2009 $1.51
Dec2008 $1.45
Dec2007 $1.45
Dec2006 $1.28
Dec2005 $1.11
Dec2004 $0.89
Dec2003 $0.70
Dec2002 $0.65

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Principal Financial Group Inc Valuation – January 2019 $PFG

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Principal Financial Group, Inc., incorporated on April 18, 2001, is an investment management company. The Company offers a range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance. The Company’s segments include Retirement and Income Solutions; Principal Global Investors, Principal International; U.S. Insurance Solutions, and Corporate. The Company focuses on small and medium-sized businesses, providing a range of retirement and employee benefit solutions, and individual insurance solutions to meet the needs of the business owners and their employees. The Company offers services to businesses, individuals and institutional clients.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of PFG – January 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 $12,822,074,184 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 212.01% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 7.92 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 $5.72
MG Growth Estimate 14.56%
MG Value $215.28
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade A
MG Value based on 3% Growth $82.98
MG Value based on 0% Growth $48.64
Market Implied Growth Rate -0.29%
Current Price $45.30
% of Intrinsic Value 21.04%

Principal Financial Group Inc 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.9 in 2014 to an estimated $5.72 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.29% annual earnings loss 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 Principal Financial Group Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $76.24. The company pays a dividend of $1.87 per share, for a yield of 4.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 7.92, which was below the industry average of 30.63, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Principal Financial Group Inc fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $76.24
PEmg 7.92
PB Ratio 1.11
Dividend Yield 4.13%
TTM Dividend $1.87
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 9

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $3,245,500,000
Total Assets $258,758,300,000
Intangible Assets $2,482,600,000
Total Liabilities $246,989,600,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 287,800,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.81
Dec2017 $7.88
Dec2016 $4.50
Dec2015 $4.06
Dec2014 $3.65
Dec2013 $2.95
Dec2012 $2.58
Dec2011 $1.91
Dec2010 $1.95
Dec2009 $1.97
Dec2008 $1.63
Dec2007 $3.09
Dec2006 $3.74
Dec2005 $3.11
Dec2004 $2.62
Dec2003 $2.28
Dec2002 $0.41
Dec2001 $0.99

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.72
Dec2017 $5.32
Dec2016 $3.88
Dec2015 $3.39
Dec2014 $2.90
Dec2013 $2.44
Dec2012 $2.13
Dec2011 $1.97
Dec2010 $2.16
Dec2009 $2.42
Dec2008 $2.70
Dec2007 $3.15
Dec2006 $2.93
Dec2005 $2.31
Dec2004 $1.70
Dec2003 $1.07
Dec2002 $0.40

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The author did not hold a position in any 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.

Best Dividend Paying Stocks for Dividend Growth Investors – August 2018

Dividend Growth Stocks

Dividend growth investing is a very popular approach which can fit within the ModernGraham methods.  This article will look at companies reviewed by ModernGraham which have grown their dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.  Out of over 900 companies covered by ModernGraham, only 73 have grown dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.

Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk.

The Elite

The following companies have been rated as undervalued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor:

AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)

AFLAC Incorporated 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $6.07 in 2014 to an estimated $8.08 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.21% 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 AFLAC Incorporated revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $103.31. The company pays a dividend of $1.74 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.92, which was below the industry average of 22.76, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  (See the full valuation)

Cardinal Health Inc (CAH)

Cardinal Health Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.48 in 2014 to an estimated $4.43 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.14% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Cardinal Health Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.88. The company pays a dividend of $1.81 per share, for a yield of 2.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 14.78, which was below the industry average of 43.8, 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 $-32.02.  (See the full valuation)

Leggett & Platt, Inc. (LEG)

Leggett & Platt, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 $1.14 in 2014 to an estimated $2.35 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.06% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Leggett & Platt, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $23.11. The company pays a dividend of $1.42 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.62, which was above the industry average of 17.71. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-5.  (See the full valuation)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies, 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.1 in 2015 to an estimated $4.11 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.7% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Lowe’s Companies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29. The company pays a dividend of $1.58 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.9, which was below the industry average of 25.61, 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 $-19.93.  (See the full valuation)

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. (SKT)

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.76 in 2014 to an estimated $1.25 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.18% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $11.47. The company pays a dividend of $1.35 per share, for a yield of 5.7%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.86, which was below the industry average of 49.54, 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 $-17.97.  (See the full valuation)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.09 in 2014 to an estimated $7.32 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.97% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $95.94. The company pays a dividend of $2.42 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.45, which was below the industry average of 28.31, 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 $-40.05.  (See the full valuation)

The Good

The following companies have been rated as fairly valued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor:

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (APD)

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.94 in 2014 to an estimated $7.66 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.66% 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 Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $85.6. The company pays a dividend of $3.71 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 21.81, which was below the industry average of 31.55, 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 $-11.97.  (See the full valuation)

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR)

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg ratio. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.92 in 2014 to an estimated $5.42 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.25% 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 Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $84.91. The company pays a dividend of $2.25 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 21.01, which was above the industry average of 20.05.  (See the full valuation)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.69 in 2014 to an estimated $4.11 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.82% 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 Cincinnati Financial Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $58.26. The company pays a dividend of $2 per share, for a yield of 2.7%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.15, which was below the industry average of 20.16, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  (See the full valuation)

Cintas Corporation (CTAS)

Cintas Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.46 in 2014 to an estimated $5.53 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 11.17% 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 Cintas Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $59.9. The company pays a dividend of $1.33 per share, for a yield of 0.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 30.84, which was below the industry average of 32.93, 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 $-18.65.  (See the full valuation)

Hormel Foods Corp (HRL)

Hormel Foods Corp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.98 in 2014 to an estimated $1.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.21% 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 Hormel Foods Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.56. The company pays a dividend of $0.68 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.92, which was below the industry average of 24.35, 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 $-1.27.  (See the full valuation)

People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT)

People’s United Financial, Inc. 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 $0.71 in 2014 to an estimated $1.02 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.13% 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 People’s United Financial, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $21.22. The company pays a dividend of $0.69 per share, for a yield of 3.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.76, which was below the industry average of 20.84, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  (See the full valuation)

Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST)

Ross Stores, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.62 in 2014 to an estimated $2.77 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 9.86% 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 Ross Stores, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $22.68. The company pays a dividend of $0.54 per share, for a yield of 0.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 28.22, which was below the industry average of 48.5, 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 $0.86.  (See the full valuation)

SEI Investments Company (SEIC)

SEI Investments Company is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.52 in 2014 to an estimated $2.47 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.97% 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 SEI Investments Company revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.4. The company pays a dividend of $0.58 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.43, which was above the industry average of 21.47. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $5.12.  (See the full valuation)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc (TROW)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.79 in 2014 to an estimated $5.76 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.15% 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 T. Rowe Price Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $60.69. The company pays a dividend of $2.28 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.79, which was below the industry average of 22.96, 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 $3.21.  (See the full valuation)

 

Disclaimer: 

The author held a long position in People’s United Financial Inc 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 and all readers are encouraged to speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investing decisions.  Please also read our full disclaimer.

Best Dividend Paying Stocks for Dividend Growth Investors – June 2018

Dividend Growth Stocks

Dividend growth investing is a very popular approach which can fit within the ModernGraham methods.  This article will look at companies reviewed by ModernGraham which have grown their dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.  Out of over 900 companies covered by ModernGraham, only 71 have grown dividends annually for at least the last 20 years.

Defensive Investors are defined as investors who are not able or willing to do substantial research into individual investments, and therefore need to select only the companies that present the least amount of risk. Enterprising Investors, on the other hand, are able to do substantial research and can select companies that present a moderate (though still low) amount of risk.

The Elite

The following companies have been rated as undervalued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor:

AFLAC Incorporated (AFL)

AFLAC Incorporated 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $6.07 in 2014 to an estimated $8.08 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.21% 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 AFLAC Incorporated revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $103.31. The company pays a dividend of $1.74 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.92, which was below the industry average of 22.76, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  (See the full valuation)

Cardinal Health Inc (CAH)

Cardinal Health Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.48 in 2014 to an estimated $4.43 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.14% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Cardinal Health Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.88. The company pays a dividend of $1.81 per share, for a yield of 2.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 14.78, which was below the industry average of 43.8, 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 $-32.02.  (See the full valuation)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF)

Cincinnati Financial Corporation 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.69 in 2014 to an estimated $4.11 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.82% 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 Cincinnati Financial Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $58.26. The company pays a dividend of $2 per share, for a yield of 2.7%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.15, which was below the industry average of 20.16, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  (See the full valuation)

Leggett & Platt, Inc. (LEG)

Leggett & Platt, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 $1.14 in 2014 to an estimated $2.35 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.06% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Leggett & Platt, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $23.11. The company pays a dividend of $1.42 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.62, which was above the industry average of 17.71. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-5.  (See the full valuation)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies, 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.1 in 2015 to an estimated $4.11 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.7% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Lowe’s Companies, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $29. The company pays a dividend of $1.58 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.9, which was below the industry average of 25.61, 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 $-19.93.  (See the full valuation)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.09 in 2014 to an estimated $7.32 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.97% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $95.94. The company pays a dividend of $2.42 per share, for a yield of 1.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.45, which was below the industry average of 28.31, 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 $-40.05.  (See the full valuation)

The Good

The following companies have been rated as fairly valued and suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor:

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (APD)

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.94 in 2014 to an estimated $7.66 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.66% 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 Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $85.6. The company pays a dividend of $3.71 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 21.81, which was below the industry average of 31.55, 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 $-11.97.  (See the full valuation)

Cintas Corporation (CTAS)

Cintas Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.46 in 2014 to an estimated $5.53 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 11.17% 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 Cintas Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $59.9. The company pays a dividend of $1.33 per share, for a yield of 0.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 30.84, which was below the industry average of 32.93, 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 $-18.65.  (See the full valuation)

Eversource Energy (ES)

Eversource Energy qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the low current 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 feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.34 in 2014 to an estimated $3.03 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.21% 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 Eversource Energy revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.27. The company pays a dividend of $1.9 per share, for a yield of 3.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.91, which was below the industry average of 22.69, 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 $-72.6.  (See the full valuation)

Hormel Foods Corp (HRL)

Hormel Foods Corp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.98 in 2014 to an estimated $1.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.21% 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 Hormel Foods Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.56. The company pays a dividend of $0.68 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.92, which was below the industry average of 24.35, 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 $-1.27.  (See the full valuation)

People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT)

People’s United Financial, Inc. 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 $0.71 in 2014 to an estimated $1.02 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 5.13% 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 People’s United Financial, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $21.22. The company pays a dividend of $0.69 per share, for a yield of 3.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.76, which was below the industry average of 20.84, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.  (See the full valuation)

Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST)

Ross Stores, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.62 in 2014 to an estimated $2.77 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 9.86% 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 Ross Stores, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $22.68. The company pays a dividend of $0.54 per share, for a yield of 0.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 28.22, which was below the industry average of 48.5, 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 $0.86.  (See the full valuation)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc (TROW)

T. Rowe Price Group Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.79 in 2014 to an estimated $5.76 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 6.15% 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 T. Rowe Price Group Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $60.69. The company pays a dividend of $2.28 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 20.79, which was below the industry average of 22.96, 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 $3.21.  (See the full valuation)

 

Disclaimer: 

The author held a long position in People’s United Financial Inc 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 and all readers are encouraged to speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investing decisions.  Please also read our full disclaimer.

Brighthouse Financial Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $BHF

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Brighthouse Financial, Inc., incorporated on August 01, 2016, is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. The Company’s products include variable annuities, fixed annuities, index-linked annuities and whole life; income annuities, and variable, universal and term life. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of BHF – April 2018

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 $5,979,073,831 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end -681000100.00% Fail
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -15.05 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.41 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 Fail
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$3.32
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$48.09
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$28.19
Market Implied Growth Rate -11.78%
Current Price $49.92
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Brighthouse Financial Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $0 in 2014 to an estimated $-3.32 for 2018. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Brighthouse Financial Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $141.57. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -15.05, which was below the industry average of 22.6, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Brighthouse Financial Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $141.57
PEmg -15.05
PB Ratio 0.41
Dividend Yield 0.00%
TTM Dividend $0.00
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $3,612,000,000
Total Assets $224,192,000,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $209,677,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 119,773,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.35
Dec2017 -$3.16
Dec2016 -$24.62

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$3.32
Dec2017 -$7.62
Dec2016 -$8.21

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XL Group Ltd Valuation – April 2018 $XL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): XL Group Ltd, through its subsidiaries, is an insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises. The Company operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. As of December 31, 2016, the Company served clients in more than 200 countries across the world, through its global network of locally licensed and Lloyd’s of London Syndicates (Lloyd’s) operations, and network partners managed from its three network partner management hubs in Austria, Hong Kong and Mexico. Its Asia Pacific region operates with a mix of locally licensed and Lloyd’s operations. The Company has underwriting operations in Hong Kong; Labuan, Malaysia; Melbourne, Australia; Shanghai, China; Singapore; and Sydney, Australia. Its Americas region operates across Bermuda, Canada, Latin America and the United States. It serves clients in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The United Kingdom & Ireland region operates out of six locations: Birmingham, Chelmsford, Dublin, Guernsey, London and Manchester.

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ModernGraham Valuation of XL – April 2018

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 $14,237,684,200 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 192.68% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 41.48 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.44 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 Fail
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.34
MG Growth Estimate -1.91%
MG Value $6.24
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $19.36
MG Value based on 0% Growth $11.35
Market Implied Growth Rate 16.49%
Current Price $55.39
% of Intrinsic Value 887.92%

XL Group Ltd. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability or growth 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.53 in 2014 to an estimated $1.34 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 16.49% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into XL Group Ltd. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50.95. The company pays a dividend of $0.88 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 41.48, which was above the industry average of 22.6.

XL Group Ltd. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $50.95
PEmg 41.48
PB Ratio 1.44
Dividend Yield 1.59%
TTM Dividend $0.88
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 5

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $3,220,769,000
Total Assets $63,436,236,000
Intangible Assets $2,225,751,000
Total Liabilities $53,587,919,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 255,967,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.00
Dec2017 -$2.16
Dec2016 $1.56
Dec2015 $4.15
Dec2014 $0.69
Dec2013 $3.63
Dec2012 $2.10
Dec2011 -$1.52
Dec2010 $1.73
Dec2009 $0.61
Dec2008 -$10.94
Dec2007 $1.15
Dec2006 $9.60
Dec2005 -$9.14
Dec2004 $8.11
Dec2003 $2.71
Dec2002 $2.88
Dec2001 -$4.55
Dec2000 $4.03
Dec1999 $3.62
Nov1998 $5.56

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.34
Dec2017 $0.86
Dec2016 $2.39
Dec2015 $2.47
Dec2014 $1.53
Dec2013 $1.74
Dec2012 -$0.01
Dec2011 -$1.31
Dec2010 -$0.66
Dec2009 -$1.81
Dec2008 -$2.10
Dec2007 $2.38
Dec2006 $2.94
Dec2005 -$0.26
Dec2004 $3.66
Dec2003 $1.54
Dec2002 $1.41

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The author did not hold a position in any 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.

Aetna Inc Valuation – April 2018 $AET

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Aetna Inc., incorporated on December 20, 1982, is a diversified healthcare benefits company. The Company operates through three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance and Large Case Pensions. The Company offers a range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, medical management capabilities, Medicaid healthcare management services, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology (HIT) products and services. Aetna Life Insurance Company is the subsidiary of the Company.

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ModernGraham Valuation of AET – April 2018

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 $55,704,471,562 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 81.29% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 22.88 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.60 Fail
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 $7.45
MG Growth Estimate 6.27%
MG Value $156.65
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $107.97
MG Value based on 0% Growth $63.29
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.19%
Current Price $170.38
% of Intrinsic Value 108.77%

Aetna Inc is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $5.25 in 2014 to an estimated $7.45 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.19% 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 Aetna Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $104.09. The company pays a dividend of $1.75 per share, for a yield of 1% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.88, which was above the industry average of 22.6.

Aetna Inc receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $104.09
PEmg 22.88
PB Ratio 3.60
Dividend Yield 1.03%
TTM Dividend $1.75
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

 

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $8,160,000,000
Total Assets $55,151,000,000
Intangible Assets $11,751,000,000
Total Liabilities $39,571,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 329,100,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $10.10
Dec2017 $5.68
Dec2016 $6.41
Dec2015 $6.78
Dec2014 $5.68
Dec2013 $5.33
Dec2012 $4.81
Dec2011 $5.22
Dec2010 $4.18
Dec2009 $2.84
Dec2008 $2.83
Dec2007 $3.47
Dec2006 $2.99
Dec2005 $2.60
Dec2004 $3.58
Dec2003 $1.48
Dec2002 -$4.29
Dec2001 -$0.49
Dec2000 $0.23
Dec1999 $1.18
Dec1998 $1.35

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.45
Dec2017 $6.07
Dec2016 $6.11
Dec2015 $5.83
Dec2014 $5.25
Dec2013 $4.85
Dec2012 $4.40
Dec2011 $4.03
Dec2010 $3.38
Dec2009 $2.97
Dec2008 $3.05
Dec2007 $3.05
Dec2006 $2.32
Dec2005 $1.51
Dec2004 $0.68
Dec2003 -$0.64
Dec2002 -$1.27

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Disclaimer:

The author did not hold a position in any 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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