Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Most Undervalued Companies for the Defensive Investor – November 2015. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Fastenal Co (FAST) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Fastenal Company sells industrial and construction supplies to end-users (business-to-business), and also has some walk-in retail business. The Company’s product offerings include fasteners and other industrial and construction supplies, many of which are sold under the Fastenal product name. The Company’s product line, which it refers to as the fastener product line, consists of two categories: threaded fasteners, such as bolts, nuts, screws, studs and related washers, and miscellaneous supplies and hardware, such as various pins and machinery keys, concrete anchors, metal framing systems, wire rope, strut, rivets and related accessories. The Company’s product line includes fasteners, cutting tools, tools, hydraulics and pneumatics, material handling, janitorial supplies, electrical supplies, welding supplies, safety supplies, metals, direct ship and office supplies. It operates approximately 14 distribution centers in North America.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$11,596,511,711||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||4.54||Pass|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Dividend Payments for 10 years prior||Pass|
|5. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||107.16%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||25.07||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||6.52||Fail|
|Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.|
|1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 1.5||4.54||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.00||Pass|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Pass|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||10.38%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$23.17|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$13.58|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||8.28%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||85.66%|
Fastenal Co qualifies for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach based on Benjamin Graham’s methods should feel comfortable proceeding with further research.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be fairly valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.94 in 2011 to an estimated $1.60 for 2015. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 8.28% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.
The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company’s prospects. What do you think? What value would you put on Fastenal Co (FAST)? Where do you see the company going in the future? Is there a company you like better? Leave a comment on our Facebook page or mention @ModernGraham on Twitter to discuss.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||$3.31|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||18|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||Sep15|
|Total Current Assets||$1,672,990,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$368,280,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||290,475,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.75|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.60|
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