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(B)(N) NVE NV Energy Incorporated

May 29, 2013

Deal Book. Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated’s subsidiary, MidAmerican Energy, bought Nevada’s largest electric utility, NV Energy Incorporated, today for $5.6 billion, or $23.75 per share which is a +20% premium on the current stock price of $19.75 and a +50% premium on the current Risk Price (SF) of $16 (Reuters, May 29, 2013, Buffett picks up Las Vegas-based NV Energy for $5.6 billion).

MidAmerican Energy is entirely Iowa-based and about five times the size of NV Energy, and the head offices of the two companies are separated by at least three states whether we go north or south (please see the map), but the deal is expected to help NV Energy retire its coal-fired plants and replace them with renewable energy and gas-fired plants (ibid, Reuters).

Source: Wikipedia: Nevada & Iowa

NV Energy was paying a dividend of $0.19 per share per quarter, or $180 million per year to its shareholders for a current yield of 3.9%. That amount, $180 million, is more than 60% of last year’s income (after tax) which was $322 million, but has been as low as $160 million to $180 million in recent years.

Dividends, of course, are no longer an issue, but the interest on $5.6 billion, would be $100 million per year at 2% (if we can get it) and NV Energy also has existing liabilities of $8.3 billion on which it paid $300 million in interest last year.

At the Risk Price (SF) of $16, the company is “valued” at $3.7 billion and that’s “as good as cash” and “better than money”, which is the meaning of the price of risk (please see the references below). But we can’t buy it for that price if the investors who are buying and holding the stock at $20 believe that the company is or will be “worth” $20 to them on the same basis – “as good as cash” and “better than money”; and if we’re only offering $20, why should they sell it to us?

In practical terms, NV Energy has total assets of $11.8 billion, total liabilities of $8.3 billion, and a shareholders equity of the difference, $3.5 billion. Moreover, at $16, the dividend yield would shoot up by 25% to 4.5% or more, which certainly exceeds the current familiar rate of inflation of about 2% (or less) to perhaps 2.5% in the foreseeable future. And so, $16 is right on the money, and even a bit cheap or “opportunistic” which one might expect if there is a “meeting of the minds” between “risk seeking” and “risk averse” investors. Please see our Post, Bystanders & Collateral Damage, April 2013, for more insight into that observation.

But all of that is still true at $24 which is the purchase price of all the earnings in an environment in which “money” as “cash” has a depreciating value. Best to buy something that is “as good as cash” and “better than money”, such as The Wall Street Put before they’re all gone.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) NVE NV Energy Incorporated – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) NVE NV Energy Incorporated

(B)(N) NVE NV Energy Incorporated

NV Energy Incorporated is an investor-owned holding company. Its utilities operate three business segments: NPC electric, SPPC electric and SPPC natural gas in the state of Nevada.

(Please Click on the Chart to make it larger if required.)

From the Company: NV Energy Incorporated together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in Nevada. The company generates electricity from its gas, oil, and coal generating units. It also delivers natural gas service. As of December 31, 2012, the company served approximately 850,000 electric customers primarily in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and adjoining areas; 324,000 electric customers in the western, central, and northeastern Nevada, including the cities of Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and Elko; and approximately 153,000 customers with natural gas service in Reno/Sparks area of Nevada. It has a generation capacity of approximately 6,078 megawatts through 61 generating units. NV Energy, Inc. serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as gaming/recreation, mining, warehousing/manufacturing, and governmental entities. The company was formerly known as Sierra Pacific Resources. NV Energy, Inc. was founded in 1906, has 2,700 employees,  and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Price of Risk

The calculated Risk Price (SF) is a provably effective estimate of the “price of risk” which is “the least stock price at which the company is likeable” (Goetze 2009) and “likeability” is determined by the demonstrated factors of “risk aversion” – we want to keep our money and obtain a hopeful return above the rate of inflation – and the properties of portfolios of such stocks.

Stock prices that are less than the price of risk can be said to be “bargain prices” but with the risk attached that the company might never get a higher price other than that due to ambient volatility or “surprise”; on the other hand, investors who are willing to pay the “full price” above the price of risk, and buy and hold the stock at those prices, must also be confident, and have reason to believe, that the company will produce those values, absent new information.

Please see our Posts, The Price of Risk, August 2012 and The Nash Equilibrium & Its Stock Price, October 2012, for more information on the theory.

To see what else “risk averse” investing can do for us, please see our recent Posts, The Wall Street Put, April 2013, and earlier Posts such as The Dow Transports, March 2013, or The Risk Adjusted Dow, March 2013, or The Canada Pension Bond, February 2013, and for a more colorful description of investment risk and the application of the “price of risk” to mergers & acquisitions, please see our Post, Bystanders & Collateral Damage, April 2013.


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