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International Business Machines Corp: Stock Research Analysis

For those investors looking to add a blue-chip dividend growth stock to their portfolio might want to research further International Business Machines Corp (IBM) while it appears currently undervalued.

About International Business Machines Corp: Directly from Google Finance

"International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an information technology (IT) company. IBM's segments include Global Technology Services (GTS), Global Business Services (GBS), Software, Systems and Technology and Global Financing. GTS primarily provides IT infrastructure services and business process services. GBS provides professional services and application management services. Software consists primarily of middleware and operating systems software. In January 9, 2012, IBM acquired Platform Computing. In January 11, 2012, it acquired Green Hat. In February 1, 2012, IBM acquired Emptoris Inc. In February 15, 2012, it acquired DemandTec Inc. In February 10, 2012, it completed the acquisition of Worklight. In May 2012, the Company acquired Varicent Software Incorporated. In May 2012, the Company acquired Vivisimo. In June 2012, the Company acquired Tealeaf Technology, Inc. On August 1, 2012, Toshiba Tec Corporation acquired the retail store solution business from IBM."

Earnings Determine Market Price: The following earnings and price correlated F.A.S.T. Graphs™ clearly 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.


Earnings & Price Correlated Fundamentals-at-a-Glance

A quick glance at the historical earnings and price correlated FAST Graphs™ on International Business Machines Corp shows a picture of undervaluation based upon the historical earnings growth rate of 11.2% and a current PE of 13.3. Analysts are forecasting the earnings growth to continue at about 10.9%, and when you look at the forecasting graph below, the stock appears undervalued, (it's inside of the value corridor of the five orange lines - based on future growth).

International Business Machines Corp: Historical Earnings, Price, Dividends and Normal PE Since 1998

IBM Chart


Performance Table International Business Machines Corp

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 a dividend paying stock produces for shareholders becomes undeniably evident. In addition to the 9.4% capital appreciation (green circle), long-term shareholders of International Business Machines Corp, assuming an initial investment of $1,000, would have received an additional $319.50 in dividends (blue highlighting) that increased their total return from 9.4% to 10% per annum versus 3.9% in the S&P 500 (red circle).

IBM Chart

The following graph plots the historically normal PE ratio (the dark blue line) in conjunction 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 1998.

IBM Chart

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 International Business Machines Corp is 2.10 which is historically high.

IBM Chart


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:

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 is a simple yet powerful resource that empowers 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 towards making sound and prudent commonsense investing decisions.

The consensus of 26 leading analysts (light purple highlighting) reporting to Capital IQ forecast International Business Machines Corp's long-term earnings growth at 10.9% (orange circle). International Business Machines Corp has medium long-term debt at 53% of capital (red circle). International Business Machines Corp is currently trading at a P/E of 13.3, 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, International Business Machines Corp's True Worth™ valuation would be $378.46 at the end of 2017 (brown circle on EYE Chart), which would be a 14.7% annual rate of return from the current price (yellow highlighting).

IBM Chart


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 International Business Machines Corp to an equal investment in 10 year Treasury bonds, illustrates that International Business Machines Corp's expected earnings would be 8 (purple circle) times that of the 10 Year T-Bond Interest. (See EYE chart below). This is the essence of the importance of proper valuation as a critical investing component.

IBM Chart


Summary & Conclusions

This report presented essential "fundamentals at a glance" illustrating the past and present valuation based on earnings achievements as reported. Future forecasts for earnings growth are based on the consensus of leading analysts. Although, with just a quick glance you can know a lot about the company, it's imperative that the reader conducts their own due diligence in order to validate whether the consensus estimates seem reasonable or not.

 


Disclosure: No position at the time of writing.

 

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