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 Lydall Inc (LDL) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.
Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Lydall, Inc. (Lydall) designs and manufactures specialty engineered non-woven filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, and thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration or separation and heat abatement, and sound dampening applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Industrial Filtration, Thermal/Acoustical Metals, and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment is engaged in the filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Industrial Filtration segment is engaged in the Lydall’s industrial non-woven felt media and filter bag business. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment is engaged in the Lydall’s metal parts and related tooling. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment is engaged in the Lydall’s fiber parts business and related tooling business for use in automotive applications. The Company’s products are sold to original equipment manufacturers and tier-one suppliers.
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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||$884,724,960||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.83||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||-831.07%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||23.32||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.31||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||2.83||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.78||Pass|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$32.64|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$19.14|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||7.41%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||60.57%|
Lydall, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of dividends. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.
As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.77 in 2013 to an estimated $2.25 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.41% 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 above the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Lydall, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $30.88. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.32, which was above the industry average of 22.25. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $0.12.
Lydall, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||$0.12|
|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||12/1/2016|
|Total Current Assets||$255,606,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$90,444,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||17,241,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.66|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.25|
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