AU Fundamental Research Investment Analysis, AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh

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AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh (AU)

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2-Year Price History

Recent Price
(2/9/2009)
$28.12
52-Week Price
$13.37 - $40.91
Market Capitalization
$9.9 Billion
Dividend Yield
0.50%
Most Recent Dividend
$0.45

About AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh

AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh is considered to operate in the Basic Materials sector. They specifically operate in the Gold business segment contained within the Metals & Mining industry.

The Company conducts gold-mining operations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and the United States of America.

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AU Revenue

As a value investing shop, we are interested in seeing how AU's revenues measure up against past performances. One easily understandable way of doing that is to compare Price to Sales per share levels over a given time frame. Assuming it is available, Ockham prefers to look at ten years of history (for this stock there are 10 years of history available) and we weigh recent years more heavily. This allows us to find weighted average historical high and low Price to Sales ratios, which give us a better idea of the stock's current underlying value. Using this method, we have established a high range for Price to Sales of 3.52x and the low end of the range at 1.89x.

With respect to these historically rational metrics, notice that the current Price to Sales per share ratio for AU of 1.64x is well below its normal historic Price to Sales levels. At a price of $28.12, AU is 40% below where we would expect to see it. Clearly, this stock looks undervalued compared to historical levels, at least on a Price to Sales basis. This will positively affect our analysis because it is rare to find a stock this far below historical norms, and we would expect some price appreciation to bring this metric back towards a more normal range.

AU Cash Earnings

Looking at AU specifically in their Cash Earnings capabilities, Ockham views AU as significantly below its historical average multiple of Cash Earnings. Looking at the last 10 years we can get a good understanding of what investors have grown to expect from AU. For example, AU's Cash Earnings ratio per share has fluctuated between 8.62 and 15.86 over this historical timeframe. This range is based upon a proprietary weighted methodology at Ockham, but can clearly show an investor where AU is with respect to prior business periods.

So with AU's current price (latest close of $28.12) and most recent level of Cash Earnings reported, we see significant opportunity from a value perspective. At its current price level, AU is 61% below its average level of Price to Cash Earnings on a historical basis. This means that investors were willing to pay for a much higher stock price than currently for the same level of Cash in the past, on a relative basis. There are a couple of important things to remember, however. First, value doesn't exist in a vacuum. So if the market doesn't recognize this value, even a great disparity in Price to Cash Earnings cannot force an immediate stock price reaction. Second, patience is key when looking at securities that have reached these levels of Price to Cash Earnings versus their historical norms. So be patient with AU.

AU Dividends

When determining a company's future prospects for success, Ockham Research sees analysis of dividend payments as a key additional factor. Even though it isn't imperative for AU to shell out a dividend in order to receive a positive rating, it can be helpful to further our analysis.

The estimated annual dividend for AU is $0.14 producing a current dividend yield of 0.51%. Much like our evaluation of Sales and Cash Earnings per share, we review dividend yields from AU against the historic high and low levels over all available dividend history. Because dividends are a decision made exclusively by management, we view a healthy and rising dividend as a sign of confidence and strength. The highest dividend yield from AU over previous years was 11.44% while the lowest dividend yield was 0.34%. While it is quite common for a growth stock to pay no dividend at all, but for a mature company such as AU that has a history of paying dividends it is disappointing to see their dividend yield drop so significantly. At this time, the current dividend yield is 91.34% below the median yield.

Peer Comparison

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AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh Industry Grouping

(2/9/2009)
Company Ticker Market Cap (Ml) Latest
Price
Price/Cash Earnings Price/Sales 5-Yr. Rev.
Growth Rate
5-Yr.
Avg. ROE.
Current 10-Yr. Range* Current 10-Yr. Range*
Peer Company Averages (not incuding AU) 12.16 4.13 » 60.19 3.34 1.00 » 8.47 33.59% 35.90%
*10 year range does not include current year values
Kinross Gold Corp. KGC $12.4 Billion $18.03 14.73 2.98 » 32.24 5.34 0.42 » 11.90 33.17% 3.71%
Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, Inc. FCX $11.1 Billion $29.32 1.55 0.93 » 21.58 0.46 0.26 » 3.88 54.72% 121.26%
AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh AU $9.9 Billion $28.12 4.80 2.93 » 38.28 1.64 1.14 » 6.41 11.60% 2.83%
Peabody Energy Corp. BTU $7.8 Billion $29.37 4.97 2.48 » 30.37 1.00 0.32 » 3.96 10.98% 13.90%
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited AEM $7.6 Billion $53.13 36.50 12.97 » 204.34 9.55 3.78 » 21.26 31.96% 7.09%
Gerdau S.A. ADS GGB $7.1 Billion $7.58 3.06 1.32 » 12.43 0.35 0.20 » 1.36 37.10% 33.52%
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Key Fundamentals

AU - AngloGold Ashanti Limited - Shs Sponsored American Deposit.Share Repr.1 Sh Fundamentals
Price (2/9/2009) $28.12
Volume (2/9/2009) 3.8 Million
10 Day Average Volume 4.1 Million
13 Week Price Range $13.37 - $29.52
52 Week Price Range $13.37 - $40.91
LTM Revenue $3.6 Billion
 
Shares Outstanding (12/2007) 350.7 Million
Market Capitalization $9.9 Billion
Shares Held By Institutions 108.6 Million
Institutional Holders 202
% Shares Held By Institutions 31%
Earnings Per Share (EPS) ($2.92)
P/E Ratio n/a
Book Value Per Share $10.33
 
Gross Margin 32.80%
Quarterly Dividend 0.14
Dividend Yield 0.50%
Beta 0.86
Fiscal Year Ends December