5 Undervalued Companies With A Low Beta - July 2016

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Includes: CI, MSI, PWR, STWD, TJX
by: Benjamin Clark

Summary

Cigna Corp., Motorola Solutions, Quanta Services, Starwood Property Trust, and TJX Companies are all rated as suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor following the ModernGraham approach.

All five are found to be significantly undervalued, according to the ModernGraham valuation model.

The five companies have the highest beta out of undervalued companies for the Intelligent Investor.

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There are a number of great companies in the market today. By using the ModernGraham Valuation Model, I've selected five undervalued companies with a low beta reviewed by ModernGraham.

A company's beta indicates the correlation at which its price moves in relation to the market. A beta less than 1 indicates a company is less volatile than the market.

Each company has been determined to be suitable for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor, according to the ModernGraham approach. 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.

With a low beta, Mr. Market may not hit these companies as harshly in a downturn, so be sure to check them out in depth!

Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI)

Motorola Solutions Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor, but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, the inconsistent dividend history, and the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only initially concerned by the level of debt relative to the net current assets. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from a loss of $0.15 in 2011 to an estimated gain of $3.70 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 4.45% 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. (See the full valuation)

TJX Companies Inc. (NYSE:TJX)

TJX Companies Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor, but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio as well as the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.56 in 2012 to an estimated $2.98 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 7.69% 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. (See the full valuation)

Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI)

Cigna Corp. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor, but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.11 in 2011 to an estimated $6.88 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 5.46% 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. (See the full valuation)

Quanta Services Inc. (NYSE:PWR)

Quanta Services Inc. qualifies for the Enterprising Investor, but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio and the lack of dividends. The Enterprising Investor is only initially concerned by the lack of dividends. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham's methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research into the company.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.74 in 2011 to an estimated $1.59 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 1.25% 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 above the price.

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:STWD)

Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor, but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years and the poor dividend history. 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 $0.76 in 2011 to an estimated $2.01 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market's implied estimate of 0.2% 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.

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