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Peter Lynch Guru Analysis for Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd

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Assessments & Analysis Based on November 21, 2014 close price: $61.27

  for the P/E/Growth Investor based on the criteria of Peter Lynch. Return to PTP Guru Analysis

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Source Go Chart %
Peter Lynch 69%
Benjamin Graham 29%
Validea 11%
Motley Fool 32%
David Dreman 47%
Martin Zweig 54%
Kenneth Fisher 38%
James P. O'Shaughnessy 40%



Detailed Analysis

Guru Score: 69%


Determine the Classification:

According to this methodology, PTP is a "Slow Grower", based on its single digit earnings growth of 9.4566%, Based on the average of the 3, 4 and 5 year historical EPS growth rates.


SALES: [FAIL]

PTP would fall into the "Dividend Payers" category according to this methodology. The first requirement of a Slow Grower is that its sales exceed one billion. PTP's sales are $605 million. It fails the test.


YIELD COMPARED TO THE S&P 500: [FAIL]

This methodology also maintains that the Yield of a "Slow Grower" should be high, which includes being higher than the S&P average (currently 2.16%). The yield for PTP is not available, which means this criterion cannot be analyzed.


YIELD ADJUSTED P/E/GROWTH (PEG) RATIO: [PASS]

This methodology would consider the Yield-adjusted P/E/G ratio for PTP of .93, Based on the average of the 3, 4 and 5 year historical EPS growth rates, to be good.


Total Debt/Equity Ratio: [NEUTRAL]

PTP is a financial company so debt to equity rules are not applied to determine the company's financial soundness.


EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: [PASS]

This methodology uses the Equity/Assets Ratio as a way to determine a financial intermediary's health, as it is a better measure than the Debt/Equity Ratio. PTP's Equity/Assets ratio (46%) is extremely healthy and above the minimum 5% this methodology looks for, thus passing the criterion.


RETURN ON ASSETS: [PASS]

This methodology uses Return on Assets as a way to measure a financial intermediary's profitability. PTP's ROA (4.62%) is above the minimum 1% that this methodology looks for, thus passing the criterion.


FREE CASH FLOW: [NEUTRAL]

The Free Cash Flow/Price ratio, though not a requirement, is considered a bonus if it is above 35%. A positive Cash Flow (the higher the better) separates a wonderfully reliable investment from a shaky one. This methodology prefers not to invest in companies that rely heavily on capital spending. This ratio for PTP (-3.92%) is too low to add to the attractiveness of the stock. Keep in mind, however, that it does not adversely affect the company as it is a bonus criteria.


NET CASH POSITION: Another bonus for a company is having a Net Cash/Price ratio above 30%. Lynch defines net cash as cash and marketable securities minus long term debt. According to this methodology, a high value for this ratio dramatically cuts down on the risk of the security. The Net Cash/Price ratio for PTP (91.9%) is considered very favorable.

 
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