Copart Inc Valuation – April 2019 #CPRT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Copart, Inc. (Copart), incorporated on January 6, 2012, is a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Brazil, Ireland, Spain and India. The Company also provides vehicle remarketing services in Germany. The Company operates through two segments: United States and International. The Company provides vehicle sellers with a range of services to process and sell vehicles primarily over the Internet through its virtual bidding third generation Internet auction-style sales technology (VB3). It sells vehicles primarily to insurance companies, such as banks and financial institutions, charities, car dealerships, municipalities, fleet operators and vehicle rental companies. The Company sells the vehicles principally to licensed vehicle dismantlers, rebuilders, repair licensees, used vehicle dealers and exporters and, at certain locations, to the general public.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CPRT – April 2019

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 $14,418,055,149 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.69 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 227.38% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 37.14 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 10.41 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 1.69 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.55 Fail
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

EPSmg $1.70
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $65.48
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $24.66
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.46
Market Implied Growth Rate 14.32%
Current Price $63.17
% of Intrinsic Value 96.48%

Copart, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.73 in 2015 to an estimated $1.7 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 14.32% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Copart, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $17.91. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 37.14, which was above the industry average of 22.44. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-0.87.

Copart, Inc. 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) -$0.87
Graham Number $17.91
PEmg 37.14
Current Ratio 1.69
PB Ratio 10.41
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 1/1/2019
Total Current Assets $628,466,000
Total Current Liabilities $372,033,000
Long-Term Debt $398,740,000
Total Assets $2,296,905,000
Intangible Assets $398,310,000
Total Liabilities $836,952,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 240,660,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.11
Jul2018 $1.73
Jul2017 $1.66
Jul2016 $1.11
Jul2015 $0.84
Jul2014 $0.68
Jul2013 $0.70
Jul2012 $0.70
Jul2011 $0.54
Jul2010 $0.45
Jul2009 $0.42
Jul2008 $0.44
Jul2007 $0.37
Jul2006 $0.26
Jul2005 $0.28
Jul2004 $0.22
Jul2003 $0.16
Jul2002 $0.16
Jul2001 $0.13
Jul2000 $0.09
Jul1999 $0.07

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.70
Jul2018 $1.40
Jul2017 $1.15
Jul2016 $0.87
Jul2015 $0.73
Jul2014 $0.65
Jul2013 $0.61
Jul2012 $0.55
Jul2011 $0.46
Jul2010 $0.41
Jul2009 $0.38
Jul2008 $0.35
Jul2007 $0.29
Jul2006 $0.23
Jul2005 $0.21
Jul2004 $0.17
Jul2003 $0.14

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Copart Inc Valuation – August 2018 $CPRT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Copart, Inc. (Copart), incorporated on January 6, 2012, is a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Brazil, Ireland, Spain and India. The Company also provides vehicle remarketing services in Germany. The Company operates through two segments: United States and International. The Company provides vehicle sellers with a range of services to process and sell vehicles primarily over the Internet through its virtual bidding third generation Internet auction-style sales technology (VB3). It sells vehicles primarily to insurance companies, such as banks and financial institutions, charities, car dealerships, municipalities, fleet operators and vehicle rental companies. The Company sells the vehicles principally to licensed vehicle dismantlers, rebuilders, repair licensees, used vehicle dealers and exporters and, at certain locations, to the general public.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CPRT – August 2018

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 $13,893,111,000 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.33 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 220.00% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 43.10 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 9.98 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 2.33 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.11 Fail
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

EPSmg $1.39
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $53.59
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $20.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $11.83
Market Implied Growth Rate 17.30%
Current Price $60.00
% of Intrinsic Value 111.96%

Copart, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with 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 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.65 in 2014 to an estimated $1.39 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 17.3% 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 Copart, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $13.54. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 43.1, which was above the industry average of 18.51. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-0.3.

Copart, 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) -$0.30
Graham Number $13.54
PEmg 43.10
Current Ratio 2.33
PB Ratio 9.98
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 4/1/2018
Total Current Assets $630,902,000
Total Current Liabilities $270,578,000
Long-Term Debt $398,914,000
Total Assets $2,165,193,000
Intangible Assets $411,841,000
Total Liabilities $704,381,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 242,960,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.71
Jul2017 $1.66
Jul2016 $1.11
Jul2015 $0.84
Jul2014 $0.68
Jul2013 $0.70
Jul2012 $0.70
Jul2011 $0.54
Jul2010 $0.45
Jul2009 $0.42
Jul2008 $0.44
Jul2007 $0.37
Jul2006 $0.26
Jul2005 $0.28
Jul2004 $0.22
Jul2003 $0.16
Jul2002 $0.16
Jul2001 $0.13
Jul2000 $0.09
Jul1999 $0.07
Jul1998 $0.05

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.39
Jul2017 $1.15
Jul2016 $0.87
Jul2015 $0.73
Jul2014 $0.65
Jul2013 $0.61
Jul2012 $0.55
Jul2011 $0.46
Jul2010 $0.41
Jul2009 $0.38
Jul2008 $0.35
Jul2007 $0.29
Jul2006 $0.23
Jul2005 $0.21
Jul2004 $0.17
Jul2003 $0.14
Jul2002 $0.12

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Copart Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $CPRT

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 Copart Inc (CPRT) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Copart, Inc. (Copart) is a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Brazil, Ireland, Spain and India. The Company also provides vehicle remarketing services in Germany. The Company operates through two segments: United States and International. The Company provides vehicle sellers with a range of services to process and sell vehicles primarily over the Internet through its virtual bidding third generation Internet auction-style sales technology (VB3). The Company’s service offerings include Online Seller Access, Salvage Estimation Services, Estimating Services, End-Of-Life Vehicle Processing, Virtual Insured Exchange (VIX), Transportation Services, Vehicle Inspection Stations, On-Demand Reporting, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Processing, Flexible Vehicle Processing Programs, Buy It Now, Member Network, Sales Process, Copart Dealer Services, CashForCars.com and U-Pull-It.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CPRT – February 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 $6,559,483,783 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.76 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 140.08% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 28.76 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 8.39 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 1.76 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 Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.98
MG Growth Estimate 9.27%
MG Value $53.57
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $28.72
MG Value based on 0% Growth $16.84
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.13%
Current Price $56.97
% of Intrinsic Value 106.35%

Copart, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.22 in 2013 to an estimated $1.98 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 10.13% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Copart, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $19.31. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 28.76, which was above the industry average of 18.47. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-2.8.

Copart, 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) -$2.80
Graham Number $19.31
PEmg 28.76
Current Ratio 1.76
PB Ratio 8.39
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 10/1/2016
Total Current Assets $630,711,000
Total Current Liabilities $357,678,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $1,770,396,000
Intangible Assets $265,334,000
Total Liabilities $962,989,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 118,879,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.35
Jul2016 $2.21
Jul2015 $1.67
Jul2014 $1.36
Jul2013 $1.39
Jul2012 $1.39
Jul2011 $1.08
Jul2010 $0.89
Jul2009 $0.83
Jul2008 $0.88
Jul2007 $0.73
Jul2006 $0.52
Jul2005 $0.55
Jul2004 $0.44
Jul2003 $0.31
Jul2002 $0.32
Jul2001 $0.25
Jul2000 $0.18
Jul1999 $0.13
Jul1998 $0.09
Jul1997 $0.08

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.98
Jul2016 $1.73
Jul2015 $1.45
Jul2014 $1.31
Jul2013 $1.22
Jul2012 $1.10
Jul2011 $0.93
Jul2010 $0.83
Jul2009 $0.76
Jul2008 $0.69
Jul2007 $0.57
Jul2006 $0.47
Jul2005 $0.42
Jul2004 $0.34
Jul2003 $0.27
Jul2002 $0.23
Jul2001 $0.17

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Genuine Parts Co Valuation – January 2019 $GPC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Genuine Parts Company, incorporated on May 7, 1928, is a service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials. The Company’s segments include Automotive, Industrial, Office Products Group and Electrical/Electronic Materials. As of December 31, 2016, the Company conducted its business from approximately 2,670 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of GPC – January 2019

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 $13,785,072,914 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.33 Fail
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 57.16% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 19.61 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.78 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 1.33 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.30 Fail
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

EPSmg $4.79
MG Growth Estimate 2.05%
MG Value $60.34
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $69.46
MG Value based on 0% Growth $40.72
Market Implied Growth Rate 5.55%
Current Price $93.93
% of Intrinsic Value 155.68%

Genuine Parts Company does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.22 in 2014 to an estimated $4.79 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.55% 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 Genuine Parts Company revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $53.66. The company pays a dividend of $2.7 per share, for a yield of 2.9%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.61, which was below the industry average of 19.88, 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 $-9.79.

Genuine Parts Company receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$9.79
Graham Number $53.66
PEmg 19.61
Current Ratio 1.33
PB Ratio 3.78
Current Dividend $2.70
Dividend Yield 2.87%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $7,550,495,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,661,189,000
Long-Term Debt $2,463,452,000
Total Assets $12,657,119,000
Intangible Assets $3,518,470,000
Total Liabilities $8,994,040,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 147,453,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.50
Dec2017 $4.18
Dec2016 $4.59
Dec2015 $4.63
Dec2014 $4.61
Dec2013 $4.40
Dec2012 $4.14
Dec2011 $3.58
Dec2010 $3.00
Dec2009 $2.50
Dec2008 $2.92
Dec2007 $2.98
Dec2006 $2.76
Dec2005 $2.50
Dec2004 $2.25
Dec2003 $1.91
Dec2002 -$0.16
Dec2001 $1.71
Dec2000 $2.20
Dec1999 $2.11
Dec1998 $1.98

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.79
Dec2017 $4.45
Dec2016 $4.55
Dec2015 $4.44
Dec2014 $4.22
Dec2013 $3.85
Dec2012 $3.46
Dec2011 $3.08
Dec2010 $2.83
Dec2009 $2.74
Dec2008 $2.80
Dec2007 $2.66
Dec2006 $2.28
Dec2005 $1.91
Dec2004 $1.60
Dec2003 $1.37
Dec2002 $1.26

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Autozone Inc Valuation – January 2019 $AZO

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): AutoZone, Inc., incorporated on November 25, 1991, is a retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. The Company operates through the Auto Parts Locations segment. The Auto Parts Locations segment is a retailer and distributor of automotive parts and accessories. As of February 10, 2018, the Company operated through 6,088 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil. The Company’s stores carry product lines for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products. The Company’s domestic stores also have a commercial sales program, which provides commercial credit and delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. The Company’s other operating segments include ALLDATA, which produces, sells and maintains diagnostic and repair information software used in the automotive repair industry; E-commerce, which includes direct sales to customers through www.autozone.com.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AZO – January 2019

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 $21,130,360,376 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.72 Fail
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 210.15% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 94.99 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 11.15 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 0.72 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -40.50 Fail
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

EPSmg $8.83
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $339.80
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $127.98
MG Value based on 0% Growth $75.02
Market Implied Growth Rate 43.24%
Current Price $838.34
% of Intrinsic Value 246.71%

AutoZone, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.13 in 2014 to an estimated $8.83 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 43.24% 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 AutoZone, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $151.94. The company pays a dividend of $5.68 per share, for a yield of 0.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 94.99, which was above the industry average of 20.05. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-56.29.

AutoZone, 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) -$56.29
Graham Number $151.94
PEmg 94.99
Current Ratio 0.72
PB Ratio 11.15
Current Dividend $5.68
Dividend Yield 0.68%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $478,342,000
Total Current Liabilities $664,357,000
Long-Term Debt $7,533,228,000
Total Assets $18,662,119,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $8,264,721,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 138,323,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $13.64
Dec2017 $6.35
Dec2016 $7.52
Dec2015 $5.51
Dec2014 $5.21
Dec2013 $2.78
Dec2012 $4.32
Dec2011 $4.87
Dec2010 $2.07
Dec2009 $1.93
Dec2008 $5.17
Dec2007 $4.38
Dec2006 $3.42
Dec2005 $4.05
Dec2004 $2.92
Dec2003 $3.73
Dec2002 $2.23
Dec2001 $3.02
Dec2000 $2.53
Dec1999 $2.03
Dec1998 $1.84

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.83
Dec2017 $6.10
Dec2016 $5.68
Dec2015 $4.68
Dec2014 $4.13
Dec2013 $3.46
Dec2012 $3.75
Dec2011 $3.54
Dec2010 $3.05
Dec2009 $3.62
Dec2008 $4.31
Dec2007 $3.82
Dec2006 $3.45
Dec2005 $3.37
Dec2004 $2.99
Dec2003 $2.91
Dec2002 $2.45

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Linamar Corp Valuation – October 2018 $TSE-LNR

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Linamar Corporation is a Canada-based diversified manufacturing company of engineered products powering vehicles, motion, work and lives. The Company operates through two segments: the Powertrain/Driveline and the Industrial. The segments are divided into four operating groups: Machining & Assembly, Light Metal Casting, Forging and Skyjack. The Company’s Machining and Assembly, Casting and Forging operating groups focus on precision metallic components, modules and systems for engine, transmission, driveline and body systems designed for global vehicle and industrial markets. The Company’s Skyjack operating group is noted for its mobile industrial equipment, notably its aerial work platforms and tele handlers. The Company provides core engine components, including cylinder blocks and heads, camshafts and connecting rods. For transmission, it builds differential assemblies, gear sets, shaft and shell assemblies, as well as clutch modules.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-LNR- October 2018

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 $3,840,394,427 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.92 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 1044.39% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 7.25 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.11 Pass
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 1.92 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.62 Fail
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

EPSmg $8.11
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $312.11
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $117.55
MG Value based on 0% Growth $68.91
Market Implied Growth Rate -0.63%
Current Price $58.76
% of Intrinsic Value 18.83%

Linamar Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 $3.32 in 2014 to an estimated $8.11 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.63% annual earnings loss 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 Linamar Corporation revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $99.21. The company pays a dividend of $0.48 per share, for a yield of 0.8% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 7.25, which was below the industry average of 26.58, 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 $-18.85.

Linamar Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$18.85
Graham Number $99.21
PEmg 7.25
Current Ratio 1.92
PB Ratio 1.11
Current Dividend $0.48
Dividend Yield 0.82%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $3,291,655,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,715,388,000
Long-Term Debt $2,551,147,000
Total Assets $8,048,907,000
Intangible Assets $1,809,028,000
Total Liabilities $4,538,710,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 66,148,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.28
Dec2017 $8.32
Dec2016 $7.92
Dec2015 $6.63
Dec2014 $4.90
Dec2013 $3.52
Dec2012 $2.25
Dec2011 $1.56
Dec2010 $1.40
Dec2009 -$0.73
Dec2008 $1.05
Dec2007 $1.57
Dec2006 $1.40
Dec2005 $1.41
Dec2004 $1.31
Dec2003 $0.57
Dec2002 $0.81
Dec2001 $0.60
Dec2000 $1.12
Dec1999 $0.92
Dec1998 $1.17

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.11
Dec2017 $7.10
Dec2016 $6.01
Dec2015 $4.62
Dec2014 $3.32
Dec2013 $2.22
Dec2012 $1.42
Dec2011 $0.99
Dec2010 $0.78
Dec2009 $0.63
Dec2008 $1.32
Dec2007 $1.39
Dec2006 $1.23
Dec2005 $1.08
Dec2004 $0.91
Dec2003 $0.74
Dec2002 $0.85

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AutoNation Inc Valuation – September 2018 $AN

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): AutoNation, Inc. (AutoNation), incorporated on May 30, 1991, is an automotive retailer in the United States. The Company offers a range of automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, which includes automotive repair and maintenance services, as well as wholesale parts and collision businesses, and automotive finance and insurance products, which include vehicle service and other protection products, as well as the arranging of financing for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources. It operates through three segments: Domestic, Import and Premium Luxury. These segments consist of retail automotive franchises that sell various new vehicle brands, including Ram, Genesis, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, Land Rover, smart and Mazda. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated 371 new vehicle franchises from 260 stores located in the United States, predominantly in metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of AN – September 2018

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 $4,119,282,216 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.86 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 191.70% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 10.69 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.65 Pass
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 0.86 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -2.53 Fail
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

EPSmg $4.24
MG Growth Estimate 7.42%
MG Value $98.97
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $61.50
MG Value based on 0% Growth $36.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 1.10%
Current Price $45.35
% of Intrinsic Value 45.82%

AutoNation, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.84 in 2014 to an estimated $4.24 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.1% 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 AutoNation, Inc. revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $50.79. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.69, which was below the industry average of 29.84, 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 $-33.82.

AutoNation, 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) -$33.82
Graham Number $50.79
PEmg 10.69
Current Ratio 0.86
PB Ratio 1.65
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $4,703,900,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,476,400,000
Long-Term Debt $1,958,100,000
Total Assets $10,288,600,000
Intangible Assets $2,087,400,000
Total Liabilities $7,788,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 91,200,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.43
Dec2017 $4.43
Dec2016 $4.15
Dec2015 $3.89
Dec2014 $3.52
Dec2013 $3.04
Dec2012 $2.52
Dec2011 $1.91
Dec2010 $1.43
Dec2009 $1.12
Dec2008 -$6.99
Dec2007 $1.39
Dec2006 $1.38
Dec2005 $1.85
Dec2004 $1.59
Dec2003 $1.67
Dec2002 $1.19
Dec2001 $0.69
Dec2000 $0.91
Dec1999 $0.66
Dec1998 $1.06

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.24
Dec2017 $4.03
Dec2016 $3.70
Dec2015 $3.31
Dec2014 $2.84
Dec2013 $2.33
Dec2012 $1.32
Dec2011 $0.40
Dec2010 -$0.35
Dec2009 -$0.91
Dec2008 -$1.33
Dec2007 $1.52
Dec2006 $1.57
Dec2005 $1.58
Dec2004 $1.37
Dec2003 $1.18
Dec2002 $0.92

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Superior Industries International Inc Valuation – August 2018 $SUP

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Superior Industries International, Inc., incorporated on May 4, 2015, is engaged in the design and manufacture of aluminum wheels for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company supplies cast aluminum wheels to automobile and light truck manufacturers, with wheel manufacturing operations in the United States and Mexico. The Company offers wheels in a range of finishes, which include Bright Machined, Polished Face with Painted Window, Fully Painted, Premium Paint, Polished, Chrome Clad and Mirror Finish Ultra Bright Machining.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SUP – August 2018

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 $554,201,164 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.33 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -71.98% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 302.71 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.07 Pass
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 2.33 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.75 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 $0.07
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $1.07
MG Value based on 0% Growth $0.63
Market Implied Growth Rate 147.11%
Current Price $22.30
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Superior Industries International Inc 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 or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. 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 $1.01 in 2014 to an estimated $0.07 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 147.11% 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 Superior Industries International Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.45 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 302.71, which was above the industry average of 18.51. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-23.17.

Superior Industries International Inc 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) -$23.17
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 302.71
Current Ratio 2.33
PB Ratio 1.07
Current Dividend $0.45
Dividend Yield 2.02%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $426,762,000
Total Current Liabilities $182,906,000
Long-Term Debt $669,620,000
Total Assets $1,529,874,000
Intangible Assets $480,817,000
Total Liabilities $1,007,349,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 25,053,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.37
Dec2017 -$1.01
Dec2016 $1.62
Dec2015 $0.90
Dec2014 $0.33
Dec2013 $0.83
Dec2012 $1.13
Dec2011 $2.46
Dec2010 $1.93
Dec2009 -$3.53
Dec2008 -$0.98
Dec2007 $0.35
Dec2006 -$0.40
Dec2005 -$0.27
Dec2004 $1.99
Dec2003 $2.97
Dec2002 $3.07
Dec2001 $2.10
Dec2000 $3.04
Dec1999 $2.62
Dec1998 $1.88

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.07
Dec2017 $0.37
Dec2016 $1.03
Dec2015 $0.87
Dec2014 $1.01
Dec2013 $1.09
Dec2012 $0.88
Dec2011 $0.52
Dec2010 -$0.47
Dec2009 -$1.44
Dec2008 -$0.22
Dec2007 $0.42
Dec2006 $0.79
Dec2005 $1.58
Dec2004 $2.55
Dec2003 $2.81
Dec2002 $2.67

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Lydall Inc Valuation – August 2018 $LDL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Lydall, Inc., incorporated on August 26, 1987, designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of LDL – August 2018

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 $772,392,250 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.82 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 7420.00% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.67 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.05 Pass
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 2.82 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.40 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

EPSmg $2.48
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $95.30
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $35.89
MG Value based on 0% Growth $21.04
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.59%
Current Price $43.75
% of Intrinsic Value 45.91%

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 over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. 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 $1.05 in 2014 to an estimated $2.48 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.59% 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 $33.93. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.67, which was below the industry average of 18.51, 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 $5.29.

Lydall, Inc. performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $5.29
Graham Number $33.93
PEmg 17.67
Current Ratio 2.82
PB Ratio 2.05
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $299,846,000
Total Current Liabilities $106,310,000
Long-Term Debt $76,784,000
Total Assets $578,774,000
Intangible Assets $103,351,000
Total Liabilities $208,059,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 17,335,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.51
Dec2017 $2.85
Dec2016 $2.16
Dec2015 $2.71
Dec2014 $1.28
Dec2013 $1.14
Dec2012 $0.99
Dec2011 $0.82
Dec2010 $0.16
Dec2009 -$0.88
Dec2008 -$0.31
Dec2007 $0.55
Dec2006 $0.63
Dec2005 $0.32
Dec2004 -$0.03
Dec2003 $0.47
Dec2002 $0.69
Dec2001 $0.39
Dec2000 -$0.15
Dec1999 $0.68
Dec1998 $0.26

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.48
Dec2017 $2.31
Dec2016 $1.92
Dec2015 $1.66
Dec2014 $1.05
Dec2013 $0.77
Dec2012 $0.44
Dec2011 $0.14
Dec2010 -$0.13
Dec2009 -$0.16
Dec2008 $0.21
Dec2007 $0.44
Dec2006 $0.40
Dec2005 $0.31
Dec2004 $0.30
Dec2003 $0.44
Dec2002 $0.41

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Lithia Motors Inc Valuation – August 2018 $LAD

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Lithia Motors, Inc. incorporated on December 23, 1968, is an operator of automotive franchises and a retailer of new and used vehicles and related services. As of February 28, 2017, it offered 30 brands of new vehicles and all brands of used vehicles in 154 stores in the United States and online at Lithia.com, DCHauto.com and CarboneCars.com. It operates through three segments: Domestic, Import and Luxury. Its Domestic segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by Chrysler, General Motors and Ford. Its Import segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured primarily by Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan and Volkswagen. Its Luxury segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured primarily by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. The franchises in each segment also sell used vehicles, parts and automotive services, and automotive finance and insurance products. It sells new and used cars and replacement parts; provides vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint and repair services; arranges related financing, and sells vehicle service contracts, vehicle protection products and credit insurance. Its dealerships are located across the United States. It seeks domestic, import and luxury franchises in cities ranging from mid-sized regional markets to metropolitan markets.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of LAD – August 2018

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 $2,076,632,934 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.20 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
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 748.73% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 10.12 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.84 Pass
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 1.20 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.69 Fail
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

EPSmg $8.48
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $326.33
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $122.90
MG Value based on 0% Growth $72.05
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.81%
Current Price $85.79
% of Intrinsic Value 26.29%

Lithia Motors Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $3.78 in 2014 to an estimated $8.48 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.81% 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 Lithia Motors Inc revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $94.66. The company pays a dividend of $1.06 per share, for a yield of 1.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 10.12, which was below the industry average of 18.51, 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 $-44.61.

Lithia Motors 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) -$44.61
Graham Number $94.66
PEmg 10.12
Current Ratio 1.20
PB Ratio 1.84
Current Dividend $1.06
Dividend Yield 1.24%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $2,893,329,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,412,211,000
Long-Term Debt $1,295,077,000
Total Assets $5,164,162,000
Intangible Assets $478,065,000
Total Liabilities $4,003,294,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 24,882,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $9.18
Dec2017 $9.75
Dec2016 $7.72
Dec2015 $6.91
Dec2014 $5.26
Dec2013 $4.05
Dec2012 $3.07
Dec2011 $2.21
Dec2010 $0.52
Dec2009 $0.41
Dec2008 -$12.51
Dec2007 $1.06
Dec2006 $1.77
Dec2005 $2.54
Dec2004 $2.27
Dec2003 $1.93
Dec2002 $1.80
Dec2001 $1.60
Dec2000 $1.76
Dec1999 $1.60
Dec1998 $1.14

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.48
Dec2017 $7.66
Dec2016 $6.21
Dec2015 $5.07
Dec2014 $3.78
Dec2013 $2.71
Dec2012 $0.94
Dec2011 -$0.64
Dec2010 -$1.96
Dec2009 -$2.58
Dec2008 -$3.04
Dec2007 $1.76
Dec2006 $2.10
Dec2005 $2.18
Dec2004 $1.96
Dec2003 $1.78
Dec2002 $1.67

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