Hasbro, Inc.: Don't 'Toy' With Me

| About: Hasbro, Inc. (HAS)

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS): Large-Cap Growth At An Attractive Price

About Hasbro, Inc. -- Directly from their website:

"Hasbro, Inc. is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens."

Earnings Determine Market Price: The following earnings and price correlated F.A.S.T. Graphs™ illustrates the importance of earnings. The Earnings Growth Rate Line or True Worth™ Line (orange line with white triangles) is correlated with the historical stock price line. On graph after graph, the lines will move in tandem. If the stock price strays away from the earnings line (over or under), inevitably it will come back to earnings.

Hasbro: Historical Earnings, Price, Dividends And Normal P/E Since 2003

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Performance Table: Hasbro

The associated performance results with the earnings and price correlated graph, validates the principles regarding the two components of total return; capital appreciation and dividend income. Dividends are included in the total return calculation and are assumed paid, but not reinvested.

When presented separately like this, the additional rate of return that a dividend paying stock produces for shareholders becomes evident. In addition to the 11.9% capital appreciation, long-term shareholders of Hasbro Inc., assuming an initial investment of $100,000, would have received an additional $46,493.46 in dividends that increased their total return from 11.9% to 13.6% per annum, versus 6.3% invested in the S&P 500.

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The following graph plots the historically normal P/E ratio (the dark blue line) correlated with 10-year Treasury note interest. Notice that the current price earnings ratio on this quality company is as low as it has been since 2003.

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A further indication of valuation can be seen by examining a company's current price to sales ratio relative to its historical price to sales ratio. The current price to sales ratio for Hasbro Inc. is 1.03, which is historically normal.

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Looking to the Future

Extensive research has provided a preponderance of conclusive evidence that future long-term returns are a function of two critical determinants:

1. The rate of change (growth rate) of the company's earnings

2. The price or valuation you pay to buy those earnings

Forecasting future earnings growth, bought at sound valuations, is the key to safe, sound, and profitable performance.

The Estimated Earnings and Return Calculator Tool allows the user to calculate and run various investing scenarios that generate precise rate of return potentialities. Thinking the investment through to its logical conclusion is an important component of making sound and prudent commonsense investing decisions.

The consensus of 15 leading analysts reporting to Capital IQ forecast Hasbro's long-term earnings growth at 8.6%. Hasbro has medium long-term debt at 50% of capital. The company is currently trading at a P/E of 12, which is inside the value corridor (defined by the five orange lines) of a maximum P/E of 18. If the earnings materialize as forecast, Hasbro's True Worth™ valuation would be $64.68 at the end of 2017, which would be a 15.8% annual rate of return from the current price.

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Earnings Yield Estimates

Discounted Future Cash Flows: All companies derive their value from the future cash flows (earnings) they are capable of generating for their stakeholders over time. Therefore, because earnings determine market price in the long run, we expect the future earnings of a company to justify the price we pay.

Since all investments potentially compete with all other investments, it is useful to compare investing in any prospective company to that of a comparable investment in low risk Treasury bonds. Comparing an investment in Hasbro to an equal investment in 10 year Treasury bonds illustrates that Hasbro's expected earnings would be 8.6 times that of the 10 Year T-Bond Interest. (See EYE chart below). This is the importance of proper valuation as a critical investing component.

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Summary & Conclusions

This report presented essential "fundamentals at a glance," illustrating Hasbro's past and present valuation based on earnings achievements as reported. Future forecasts for earnings growth are based on the consensus of leading analysts. Although you can know a lot about the company with only a quick glance, you should conduct your own due diligence to validate whether the consensus estimates seem reasonable or not.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Disclaimer: The opinions in this document are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the stocks mentioned or to solicit transactions or clients. Past performance of the companies discussed may not continue and the companies may not achieve the earnings growth as predicted. The information in this document is believed to be accurate, but under no circumstances should a person act upon the information contained within. We do not recommend that anyone act upon any investment information without first consulting an investment advisor as to the suitability of such investments for his specific situation. A comprehensive due diligence effort is recommended.