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Wells Fargo Graham Number

: $50.98 (As of Jun. 2021)
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Graham Number is a figure that measures a stock's fundamental value by taking into account the company's earnings per share and book value per share. The Graham number is the upper bound of the price range that a defensive investor should pay for the stock. According to the theory, any stock price below the Graham number is considered undervalued, and thus worth investing in.

As of today (2021-10-23), the stock price of Wells Fargo is $50.66. Wells Fargo's graham number for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2021 was $50.98. Therefore, Wells Fargo's Price to Graham Number ratio for today is 0.99.

The historical rank and industry rank for Wells Fargo's Graham Number or its related term are showing as below:

NYSE:WFC' s Price-to-Graham-Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.5   Med: 1.19   Max: 6.35
Current: 1

0.5
6.35

During the past 13 years, the highest Price to Graham Number ratio of Wells Fargo was 6.35. The lowest was 0.50. And the median was 1.19.

NYSE:WFC's Price-to-Graham-Number is ranked lower than
89% of the 875 Companies
in the Banks industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. NYSE:WFC: 1.00 )

Graham Number is a combination of asset valuation and earnings power valuation. It is a very conservative way of valuing a stock.


Wells Fargo Graham Number Historical Data

The historical data trend for Wells Fargo's Graham Number can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Wells Fargo Annual Data
Trend Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
Graham Number
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 48.47 51.08 52.25 52.66 16.99

Wells Fargo Quarterly Data
Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21
Graham Number Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 18.72 3.70 6.50 27.94 50.98

Competitive Comparison

For the Banks - Diversified subindustry, Wells Fargo's Graham Number, along with its competitors' market caps and Graham Number data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.

   

Wells Fargo Graham Number Distribution

For the Banks industry and Financial Services sector, Wells Fargo's Graham Number distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Wells Fargo's Graham Number falls into.



Wells Fargo Graham Number Calculation

Graham Number is a concept based on Ben Graham's conservative valuation of companies.

Wells Fargo's Graham Number for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2020 is calculated as

Graham Number
=sqrt of (22.5* Tangible Book per Share *EPS without NRI)
=sqrt of (22.5*31.273*0.41)
=16.99

Wells Fargo's Graham Number for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2021 is calculated as

Graham Number
=sqrt of (22.5*Tangible Book per Share*EPS without NRI (TTM))
=sqrt of (22.5*33.094*3.49)
=50.98

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Wells Fargo  (NYSE:WFC) Graham Number Explanation

Ben Graham actually did not publish a formula like this. But he wrote in The Intelligent Investor (1948 version) regarding to the criteria for purchases:

Current price should not be more than 15 times average earnings of the past three years.

Current price should not be more than 1.5 times the book value last reported. However, a multiplier of earnings below 15 could justify a correspondingly higher multiplier of assets. As a rule of thumb we suggest that the product of the multiplier times the ratio of price to book value should not exceed 22.5. (This figure corresponds to 15 times earnings and 1.5 times book value. It would admit an issue selling at only 9 times earnings and 2.5 times asset value, etc.)

Unlike valuation methods such as DCF or Discounted Earnings, the Graham number does not take growth into the valuation. Unlike the valuation methods based on book value alone, it takes into account the earnings power. Therefore, the Graham Number is a combination of asset valuation and earnings power valuation.

In general, the Graham number is a very conservative way of valuing a stock. It cannot be applied to companies with negative book values.

Wells Fargo's Price to Graham number Ratio for today is calculated as

Price to Graham number=Share Price (Today)/Graham number (Q: Jun. 2021 )
=50.66/50.98
=0.99

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Be Aware

Please keep these in mind:

1. Graham Number does not take growth into account. Therefore it underestimates the values of the companies that have good earnings growth. We feel that if the earnings per share grows more than 10% a year, Graham Number underestimates the value.
2. Graham Number punishes the companies that have temporarily low earnings. Therefore, an average of earnings makes more sense in the calculation of Graham Number.
3. Graham Numbers underestimates companies that are light with book.


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Wells Fargo Business Description

Wells Fargo logo
Industry
Financial Services » Banks NAICS : 522110 SIC : 6021
Address
420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, 94104
Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the United States, with approximately $1.9 trillion in balance sheet assets. The company is split into four primary segments: consumer banking, commercial banking, corporate and investment banking, and wealth and investment management. It is almost entirely focused on the U.S.
Executives
Scharf Charles W director, officer: CEO & President C/O VISA INC. 900 METRO CENTER BLVD. FOSTER CITY CA 94404
Williams Ather Iii officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 30 HUDSON YARDS NEW YORK NY 10001
Santomassimo Michael P. officer: Sr. EVP & CFO 225 LIBERTY STREET NEW YORK NY 10286
Noski Charles H director ONE PICKWICK PLAZA GREENWICH CT 06830
Hewett Wayne M. director 5 WESTBROOK CORPORATE CENTER WESTCHESTER IL 60154
Chancy Mark A director 303 PEACHTREE ST. 30TH FLOOR ATLANTA GA 30308
Black Steven D director C/O JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. 270 PARK AVENUE NEW YORK NY 10017
Clark Celeste A. director C/O ADVANCEPIERRE FOODS HOLDINGS, INC. 9987 CARVER ROAD BLUE ASH OH 45242
Sargent Ronald director 1014 VINE STREET CINCINNATI OH 45202
Owens Lester officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 240 GREENWICH STREET NEW YORK NY 10286
Galloreese David officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 420 MONTGOMERY STREET SAN FRANCISCO CA 94104
Norton Amanda G officer: Sr. EVP and Chief Risk Officer 420 MONTGOMERY STREET SAN FRANCISCO CA 94104
Flowers Derek A. officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 301 SOUTH COLLEGE STREET CHARLOTTE NC 28202
Craver Theodore F Jr director DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION 550 SOUTH TRYON STREET - DEC45A CHARLOTTE NC 28202
Sommers Barry officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 30 HUDSON YARDS NEW YORK NY 10001

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