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 – February 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 Sandstorm Gold Ltd (TSE:SSL) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Sandstorm Gold Ltd. is engaged in providing financing alternatives to mining companies. The Company focuses on acquiring gold and other precious metal purchase agreements (Gold Streams or Silver Streams), and royalties from companies that have advanced stage development projects or operating mines. It operates in the segments of Bachelor Lake, Black Fox, Santa Elena, Yamana Silver Stream, Chapada, Diavik Mine, Other Royalties, Other and Corporate. It has over 131 Gold Streams and net smelter returns royalties (NSRs), of which 20 of the underlying mines are producing. The Company’s projects include Yamana Silver Stream; Cerro Moro, which is located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of the coastal port city of Puerto Deseado; Chapada Mine, which is located over 270 kilometers northwest of Brasilia in Goias state, Brazil; Diavik Mine; Black Fox Mine; Santa Elena Mine; Bachelor Lake Mine; Karma Mine; Bracemac-McLeod Mine; Ming Mine, and Aurizona Mine.
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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||$955,207,903||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||4.14||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||88.57%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||-32.84||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.40||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||4.14||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.00||Pass|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Fail|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Fail|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||-$2.68|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||-$1.57|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||-20.67%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||7047.19%|
Sandstorm Gold Ltd does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, 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 lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. 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 $0.1 in 2012 to an estimated $-0.19 for 2016. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Sandstorm Gold Ltd revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $2.49. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -32.84, which was below the industry average of 47.18, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $0.09.
Sandstorm Gold Ltd scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||$0.09|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||9/1/2016|
|Total Current Assets||$24,073,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$5,812,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||161,216,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.06|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$0.19|
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