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Macy's, Inc. owns some great department stores, but how does the company itself look when compared on a fundamental analysis to other companies? Intelligent Investors must take the time to do fundamental analysis in order to calculate an intrinsic value of a company. Only through comparing the company's intrinsic value to the market place can an investor truly get a sense of whether the company is a good investment. In addition, a company must have strong financial statements and prove that it is stable enough for Intelligent Investors. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company's historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a specific look at how Macy's, Inc. fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

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Defensive Investor - must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 4/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise - market capitalization of at least $2 billion - PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition - current ratio greater than 2 - FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability - positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years - FAIL
  4. Dividend Record - has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years - PASS
  5. Earnings Growth - earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period - PASS
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio - PEmg is less than 20 - PASS
  7. Moderate Price to Assets - PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 - FAIL

Enterprising Investor - must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 3/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 - current ratio greater than 1.5 - FAIL
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 - Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 - FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability - positive earnings per share for at least 5 years - PASS
  4. Dividend Record - currently pays a dividend - PASS
  5. Earnings growth - EPSmg greater than 5 years ago - PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

MG Value$117.45
MG OpinionUndervalued
Value Based on 3% Growth$44.23
Value Based on 0% Growth$25.93
Market Implied Growth Rate4.09%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)-$20.20
PEmg16.69
Current Ratio1.33
PB Ratio3.45

Balance Sheet - 10/31/2013

Current Assets$9,560,000,000
Current Liabilities$7,186,000,000
Total Debt$6,732,000,000
Total Assets$22,446,000,000
Intangible Assets$4,278,000,000
Total Liabilities$17,004,000,000
Outstanding Shares368,480,000

Earnings Per Share

2014 (estimate)$3.85
2013$3.24
2012$2.92
2011$1.98
2010$0.83
2009-$11.40
2008$2.01
2007$1.80
2006$3.16
2005$1.93
2004$1.86

Earnings Per Share - ModernGraham

2014 (estimate)$3.05
2013$1.61
2012$0.28
2011-$1.01
2010-$1.91
2009-$2.35

Dividend History

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Conclusion:

Macy's, Inc. does not qualify for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor. The company's current ratio is too low, it hasn't had earnings stability over the ten year period, and the PB ratio is too high for the Defensive Investor. For the Enterprising Investor, the debt level relative to the current assets is too high. As a result, value investors seeking to follow the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should seek other opportunities by reviewing companies that pass the ModernGraham requirements.

From strictly a valuation perspective, the company has significantly grown EPSmg from -$2.35 in 2009 to an estimated $3.05 for 2014. This solid level of growth outpaces the market's current implied estimate for earnings growth of 4.09%, and the ModernGraham valuation model returns an intrinsic value that is well above the market price; but investors should be very cautious as the company presents a little more risk than is acceptable to Intelligent Investors.

The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company's prospects. What do you think? What value would you put on Macy's, Inc.? Where do you see the company going in the future? Is there a company you like better?

Disclosure: The author did not hold a position in Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M) or any of the other companies listed in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.

Source: ModernGraham Annual Valuation Of Macy's Inc.