One of the largest medical device companies, Medtronic develops and manufactures therapeutic medical devices for chronic diseases. Its implantable products include pacemakers, defibrillators, heart valves, stents, insulin pumps, and spinal fixation devices. The company markets its products to health-care institutions and physicians in the United States and overseas.
MDT’s current 10 year dividend growth rate is 14.52%!
Any investor, who’s main goal is to preserve capital, should seek, in all his or her investments, a significant difference between the current value of a business and the price in which the business can be bought. This insures protection in case of an unfavorable event and to maximize the investment return if the analysis is confirmed.
In the words of his disciple, Warren Buffett: “Never depend on a good sale. Get a purchase price so attractive that even a mediocre sale will produce good results.
Although given the title of “Dividend King” we must be vigilant in maintaining price discipline. We typically purchase operating companies at 8-10 times Cash Flow. However, a stock like this warrants special attention due to its size and dominance of their market. Chances are no other company will be able to purchase this behemoth of a company, therefore we will put a value on the business of 30 times Cash Flow. As a result of this we will purchase this company up to 15 times Cash Flow.
Conclusion & Valuation
MDT has consistent rising dividends, strong cash flow, and steady debt!
I am buying up to $56.55 and not a penny more!