ModernGraham Annual Valuation Of Emerson Electric Company

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Summary

EMR is not suitable for either Defensive Investors or Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach.

According to the ModernGraham valuation model, the company is overvalued at the present time.

The market is implying 6.42% earnings growth over the next 7-10 years, which is not supported by the rate the company has achieved in recent years.

Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) may attract some investors because it has trailed the market over the last year, leading some to believe it may not be priced properly. However, Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing, taught that the sole factor in investment decisions as the most important aspect to consider is whether the company is trading at a discount relative to its intrinsic value. It is through a thorough fundamental analysis that the investor is able to make a determination about a potential investment's merits. Here is a look at how Emerson Electric Company fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

The model is inspired by the teachings of Benjamin Graham and considers numerous metrics intended to help the investor reduce risk levels. The first part of the analysis is to determine whether the company is suitable for the very conservative Defensive Investor or the less conservative Enterprising Investor, who is willing to spend a greater amount of time conducting further research.

In addition, Graham strongly suggested that investors avoid speculation in order to remove the subjective elements of emotion. This is best achieved 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.

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Defensive Investor - must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 3/7

  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 - PASS
  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 - FAIL
  6. Moderate PEmg (price over normalized earnings) ratio - PEmg is less than 20 - FAIL
  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:

Recent Price $62.00
MG Value $32.45
MG Opinion Overvalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $42.13
Value Based on 0% Growth $24.70
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.42%
NCAV -$4.56
PEmg 21.34
Current Ratio 1.29
PB Ratio 4.29

Balance Sheet - September 2014

Current Assets $10,867,000,000
Current Liabilities $8,454,000,000
Total Debt $3,559,000,000
Total Assets $24,177,000,000
Intangible Assets $8,871,000,000
Total Liabilities $14,058,000,000
Outstanding Shares 699,600,000

Earnings Per Share

2014 $3.03
2013 $2.76
2012 $2.67
2011 $3.27
2010 $2.84
2009 $2.27
2008 $3.06
2007 $2.66
2006 $2.24
2005 $1.70
2004 $1.49

Earnings Per Share - ModernGraham

2014 $2.91
2013 $2.82
2012 $2.84
2011 $2.89
2010 $2.67
2009 $2.52

Dividend History

EMR Dividend Chart

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Conclusion:

Emerson Electric Company does not qualify for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor takes issue with the level of debt relative to the current assets. As a result, any purchase of the company is made with a speculative nature behind it. That said, any speculator interested in pursuing the company should still proceed to the next part of the analysis, which is a determination of the company's intrinsic value.

With regard to that intrinsic value, the company has grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.67 in 2010 to only $2.91 for 2014. This level of demonstrated growth does not support the market's implied estimate for earnings growth of 6.42% over the next 7-10 years. In fact, actual growth has been closer to 1.78% in recent years. The ModernGraham valuation model therefore returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the current price, indicating the company is overvalued at the present time.

Be sure to check out previous ModernGraham valuations of Emerson Electric Company for greater perspective!

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