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U.S. Silica Holdings Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $SLCA

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 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – January 2017.  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 U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (SLCA) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (U.S. Silica) is a domestic producer of commercial silica, a specialized mineral that is an input into a range of end markets. The Company operates in two segments: Oil & Gas Proppants, and Industrial & Specialty Products. In the Oil & Gas Proppants segment, the Company serves the oil and gas recovery market providing fracturing sand, or frac sand. The Industrial & Specialty Products segment consists of over 250 products and materials. In its end market, oil and gas proppants, its frac sand is used to stimulate and maintain the flow of hydrocarbons in oil and natural gas wells. Its silica is also used as an irreplaceable raw material in a range of industrial applications, including glassmaking and chemical manufacturing. The Company produces and sells a range of commercial silica products, including whole grain and ground products, as well as other industrial mineral products.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SLCA – January 2017

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $4,010,654,722 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 4.21 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 1409.09% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 109.92 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.77 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 4.21 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.51 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.53
MG Growth Estimate -4.05%
MG Value $0.21
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $7.66
MG Value based on 0% Growth $4.49
Market Implied Growth Rate 50.71%
Current Price $58.04
% of Intrinsic Value 27576.37%

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $0.72 in 2012 to an estimated $0.53 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 50.71% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on the Benjamin Graham value investing formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into U.S. Silica Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.25 per share, for a yield of 0.4% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 109.92, which was above the industry average of 47.18. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-5.63.

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$5.63
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 109.92
Current Ratio 4.21
PB Ratio 4.77
Current Dividend $0.25
Dividend Yield 0.43%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $434,323,000
Total Current Liabilities $103,128,000
Long-Term Debt $499,886,000
Total Assets $1,620,833,000
Intangible Assets $379,914,000
Total Liabilities $810,038,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 66,676,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.80
Dec2015 $0.22
Dec2014 $2.24
Dec2013 $1.41
Dec2012 $1.50
Dec2011 $0.61
Dec2010 $0.23
Dec2009 $0.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.53
Dec2015 $1.19
Dec2014 $1.52
Dec2013 $1.03
Dec2012 $0.72
Dec2011 $0.29
Dec2010 $0.11
Dec2009 $0.04

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