Northrop Grumman: Defense and value

This stock scores a top rating based on the investing style of noted investor Kenneth Fisher.

By TheStockAdvisors Mar 23, 2012 1:47PM
By John Reese, Validea

Northrop Grumman (NOC) scores a top rating based on the investing approach of noted investor Kenneth Fisher's.

We select stocks for our portfolio based on finding those that meet the investment criteria of a variety of legendary investors. In this case, Northrop Grumman scores a 100% rating on my Kenneth Fisher-based model.

Northrop Grumman provides products, services, and integrated solutions in aerospace, electronics, information and services to its global customers.

The company conducts most of its business with the U.S. government, principally the Department of Defense and intelligence community. It also conducts business with local, state, and foreign governments and commercial customers.

Under my Fisher model, the prospective company should have a low price-to-sales ratio. Non-cyclical (non-smokestack) companies with P/S ratios below 0.75 are tremendous values and should be sought.

Northrop's P/S of 0.59, based on trailing 12-month sales, is below 0.75 -- which is considered quite attractive. It passes this methodology's P/S ratio test with flying colors.

Less debt equals less risk, according to this methodology. Northrop's debt-to-equity of 38.2% is acceptable, thus passing the test.

This methodology also looks for companies that have an inflation adjusted EPS growth rate greater than 15%. NOC's inflation adjusted EPS growth rate of 16.28% passes the test.

This methodology also looks for companies that have a positive free cash per share. Companies should have enough free cash available to sustain three years of losses. This is based on the premise that companies without cash will soon be out of business. NOC's free cash per share of 3.85 passes this criterion.

Finally, this methodology looks for companies that have an average net profit margin of 5% or greater over a three year period. NOC, whose three year net profit margin averages 7.14%, passes this evaluation.

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Mar 23, 2012 10:42PM
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A complete Graham analysis for Northrop Grumman - http://www.anahin.net/stock/us/noc (Ben Graham was the mentor of Warren Buffett and the pioneer of value investing)


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