Detailed Analysis by www.validea.com
AGO is in the Financial sector, which is one sector that this methodology avoids. Technology and financial stocks were considered too risky to invest in when this methodology was published. Although times have changed since then with respect to the risk of financial stocks, several of Graham's criteria, like the Current Ratio and Debt to Current Assets, do not apply to financial companies. As a result, the company will not be able to pass this methodology, although we will include the remainder of the analysis for informational purposes.
The investor must select companies of "adequate size". This includes companies with annual sales greater than $1 billion. AGO's sales of $1,782.0 million, based on trailing 12 month sales, pass this test.
CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
The current ratio must be greater than or equal to 2. Companies that meet this criterion are typically financially secure and defensive. AGO is a financial stock so the current ratio analysis cannot be applied and this criterion cannot be evaluated.
LONG-TERM DEBT IN RELATION TO NET CURRENT ASSETS: FAIL
Long term debt must not exceed net current assets. Companies that meet this criterion display one of the attributes of a financially secure organization. AGO is a financial stock so this variable is not applicable and this criterion cannot be evaluated.
LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: PASS
Companies must increase their EPS by at least 30% over a ten-year period and EPS must not have been negative for any year within the last 10 years. We have data for 9 years, and have adjusted this requirement to be a 27% gain over the 9 year period. Companies with this type of growth tend to be financially secure and have proven themselves over time. AGO's EPS growth over that period of 403.8% passes the EPS growth test.
P/E RATIO: PASS
The Price/Earnings (P/E) ratio, based on the greater of the current PE or the PE using average earnings over the last 3 fiscal years, must be "moderate", which this methodology states is not greater than 15. Stocks with moderate P/Es are more defensive by nature. AGO's P/E of 5.53 (using the current PE) passes this test.
PRICE/BOOK RATIO: PASS
The Price/Book ratio must also be reasonable. That is, the Price/Book multiplied by P/E cannot be greater than 22. AGO's Price/Book ratio is 0.60, while the P/E is 5.53. AGO passes the Price/Book test.