Consolidated Edison: Stock Analysis

Jul.28.08 | About: Consolidated Edison (ED)

Linked here is a PDF copy of my detailed analysis of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) (alt.1, alt.2). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Consolidated Edison, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides electric, gas, and steam utility services in the United States serving parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Fair Value: I consider four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

  1. Avg. High Yield Price
  2. 20-Year DCF Price
  3. Avg. P/E Price
  4. Graham Number
ED is trading at a discount to 1.), 3.) and 4.) above. If I exclude the high and low valuation and average the remaining two, ED is trading at a 14.8% discount. ED earned a Star in this section since it is trading at a fair value.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section I consider five factors, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:
  1. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%
  2. Dividend Growth Rate
  3. Years of Div. Growth
  4. 1-Yr. > 5-Yr Growth
  5. Payout 15% of avg.
ED earned one Star in this section for 3.) above. ED has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1885 and has increased its cash dividend payment for 35 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account [MMA]? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

  1. NPV MMA Diff.
  2. Years to >MMA.
ED earned both available Stars in this section. With a NPV MMA Diff. of $4,321, ED is well above the $3,000 I look for in a company that is both an Achiever and an Aristocrat. ED's current yield of 6.16%, exceeds the 20-year expected MMA rate of 4.61%.

Other: ED is both an S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat and a member of The Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index. As a regulated electric and gas utility, ED produces a strong and steady cash flows. It has a solid balance sheet, an A- credit rating and operates in a historically supportive regulatory environment.

Conclusion: ED earned a Star in the Fair Value section, earned one Star in the Dividend Analytical Data section and two Stars in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a net total of 4 Stars. This quantitatively rates ED as a 4 Star-Buy.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price could go up to $41.39 before ED's NPV MMA Diff. drops to the $3,000 NPV MMA Diff. I like to see. At that price ED would yield 5.65%. I would be very comfortable adding to my position at the current price of $38.48 and a 6+% yield.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I own shares of ED (2.9% of my Income Portfolio).