Sonic Corp Valuation – August 2018 $SONC

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Sonic Corp., incorporated on August 31, 1990, operates and franchises the chain of drive-thru restaurants (Sonic Drive-Ins) in the United States. As of August 31, 2016, 3,557 Sonic Drive-Ins were in operation from coast to coast in 45 states, consisting of 345 Company drive-thrus and 3,212 franchise drive-thrus. As of August 31, 2016, the Company’s restaurant design and construction consisted of a kitchen housed in a one-story building, which was approximately 1,500 square feet, flanked by canopy-covered rows of 16 to 24 parking spaces, with each space having its own payment terminal, intercom speaker system and menu board. At a Sonic Drive-In, a customer drives into one of the parking spaces, orders through the intercom speaker system and has the food delivered by a carhop. Sonic Drive-Ins also include a drive-thru lane and patio seating to provide customers with alternative dining options.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SONC – 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 $1,235,546,903 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.78 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 215.07% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.09 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -4.67 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 1.78 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 15.38 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 $1.48
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $57.03
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $21.48
MG Value based on 0% Growth $12.59
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.30%
Current Price $34.21
% of Intrinsic Value 59.98%

Sonic Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 $0.64 in 2014 to an estimated $1.48 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.3% 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 above the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Sonic Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.56 per share, for a yield of 1.6% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.09, which was below the industry average of 29.02, 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 $-19.15.

Sonic Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$19.15
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 23.09
Current Ratio 1.78
PB Ratio -4.67
Current Dividend $0.56
Dividend Yield 1.64%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 5/1/2018
Total Current Assets $104,135,000
Total Current Liabilities $58,512,000
Long-Term Debt $701,853,000
Total Assets $545,546,000
Intangible Assets $75,344,000
Total Liabilities $818,806,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 37,316,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.86
Aug2017 $1.45
Aug2016 $1.29
Aug2015 $1.20
Aug2014 $0.85
Aug2013 $0.64
Aug2012 $0.60
Aug2011 $0.31
Aug2010 $0.34
Aug2009 $0.81
Aug2008 $0.97
Aug2007 $0.91
Aug2006 $0.88
Aug2005 $0.75
Aug2004 $0.63
Aug2003 $0.52
Aug2002 $0.50
Aug2001 $0.41
Aug2000 $0.35
Aug1999 $0.28
Aug1998 $0.20

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.48
Aug2017 $1.22
Aug2016 $1.05
Aug2015 $0.86
Aug2014 $0.64
Aug2013 $0.53
Aug2012 $0.52
Aug2011 $0.55
Aug2010 $0.70
Aug2009 $0.88
Aug2008 $0.88
Aug2007 $0.81
Aug2006 $0.72
Aug2005 $0.62
Aug2004 $0.53
Aug2003 $0.45
Aug2002 $0.40

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Sonic Corporation Valuation – Initial Coverage $SONC

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 Sonic Corporation (SONC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Sonic Corp. operates and franchises the chain of drive-thru restaurants (Sonic Drive-Ins) in the United States. As of August 31, 2016, 3,557 Sonic Drive-Ins were in operation from coast to coast in 45 states, consisting of 345 Company drive-thrus and 3,212 franchise drive-thrus. As of August 31, 2016, its restaurant design and construction consisted of a kitchen housed in a one-story building, which was approximately 1,500 square feet, flanked by canopy-covered rows of 16 to 24 parking spaces, with each space having its own payment terminal, intercom speaker system and menu board. At a Sonic Drive-In, a customer drives into one of the parking spaces, orders through the intercom speaker system and has the food delivered by a carhop and Sonic Drive-Ins also include a drive-thru lane and patio seating to provide customers with alternative dining options. Its food items include specialty drinks, such as cherry limeades and slushes, ice cream desserts and chicken sandwiches and hamburgers.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SONC – 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 $1,111,528,041 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.51 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 74.06% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 22.00 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -9.88 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 1.51 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 16.86 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 $1.14
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $43.89
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $16.53
MG Value based on 0% Growth $9.69
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.75%
Current Price $25.08
% of Intrinsic Value 57.14%

Sonic Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 $0.53 in 2013 to an estimated $1.14 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 6.75% 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 Sonic Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.47 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22, which was below the industry average of 31.3, 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 $-13.16.

Sonic Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$13.16
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 22.00
Current Ratio 1.51
PB Ratio -9.88
Current Dividend $0.47
Dividend Yield 1.87%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 3

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 11/1/2016
Total Current Assets $99,132,000
Total Current Liabilities $65,519,000
Long-Term Debt $566,672,000
Total Assets $593,316,000
Intangible Assets $76,266,000
Total Liabilities $711,509,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 46,543,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.20
Aug2016 $1.29
Aug2015 $1.20
Aug2014 $0.85
Aug2013 $0.64
Aug2012 $0.60
Aug2011 $0.31
Aug2010 $0.34
Aug2009 $0.81
Aug2008 $0.97
Aug2007 $0.91
Aug2006 $0.88
Aug2005 $0.75
Aug2004 $0.63
Aug2003 $0.52
Aug2002 $0.50
Aug2001 $0.41
Aug2000 $0.35
Aug1999 $0.28
Aug1998 $0.20
Aug1997 $0.19

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.14
Aug2016 $1.05
Aug2015 $0.86
Aug2014 $0.64
Aug2013 $0.53
Aug2012 $0.52
Aug2011 $0.55
Aug2010 $0.70
Aug2009 $0.88
Aug2008 $0.88
Aug2007 $0.81
Aug2006 $0.72
Aug2005 $0.62
Aug2004 $0.53
Aug2003 $0.45
Aug2002 $0.40
Aug2001 $0.32

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McDonald’s Corp Valuation – April 2019 #MCD

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s), incorporated on December 21, 1964, operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants. The Company’s restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points in over 100 countries. The Company’s segments include U.S., International Lead Markets, High Growth Markets and Foundational Markets and Corporate. McDonald’s franchised restaurants are owned and operated under various structures, including conventional franchise, developmental license or affiliate. The Company is primarily a franchisor. Under a conventional franchise arrangement, the Company owns the land and building or secures a long-term lease for the restaurant location and the franchisee pays for equipment, signs, seating and decor.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of MCD – 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 $145,486,766,371 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.36 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 43.92% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 27.19 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -23.60 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 1.36 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 28.78 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 $6.99
MG Growth Estimate 5.72%
MG Value $139.32
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $101.36
MG Value based on 0% Growth $59.42
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.35%
Current Price $190.08
% of Intrinsic Value 136.43%

Mcdonald’s Corp 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 $5.06 in 2015 to an estimated $6.99 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 9.35% 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 Mcdonald’s Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $4.19 per share, for a yield of 2.2%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 27.19, which was below the industry average of 34.9, 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 $-45.07.

Mcdonald’s Corp receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$45.07
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 27.19
Current Ratio 1.36
PB Ratio -23.60
Current Dividend $4.19
Dividend Yield 2.20%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 20

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $4,053,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $2,973,500,000
Long-Term Debt $31,075,300,000
Total Assets $32,811,200,000
Intangible Assets $2,331,500,000
Total Liabilities $39,069,600,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 776,900,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.98
Dec2018 $7.54
Dec2017 $6.37
Dec2016 $5.44
Dec2015 $4.80
Dec2014 $4.82
Dec2013 $5.55
Dec2012 $5.36
Dec2011 $5.27
Dec2010 $4.58
Dec2009 $4.11
Dec2008 $3.76
Dec2007 $1.98
Dec2006 $2.83
Dec2005 $2.04
Dec2004 $1.79
Dec2003 $1.15
Dec2002 $0.70
Dec2001 $1.25
Dec2000 $1.46
Dec1999 $1.39

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.99
Dec2018 $6.26
Dec2017 $5.55
Dec2016 $5.15
Dec2015 $5.06
Dec2014 $5.17
Dec2013 $5.22
Dec2012 $4.91
Dec2011 $4.43
Dec2010 $3.83
Dec2009 $3.28
Dec2008 $2.74
Dec2007 $2.14
Dec2006 $2.05
Dec2005 $1.56
Dec2004 $1.31
Dec2003 $1.11

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc Valuation – March 2019 #CMG

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (Chipotle), incorporated on January 30, 1998, together with its subsidiaries, operates Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. The Company’s Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants serve a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads. As of December 31, 2016, the Company managed its operations and restaurants based on 11 regions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 2,198 Chipotle restaurants throughout the United States, as well as 29 international Chipotle restaurants, and it also had 23 restaurants in operation in other non-Chipotle concepts. As of December 31, 2016, 29 of its restaurants were located outside of the United States, with 17 in Canada, six in the United Kingdom, five in France and one in Frankfurt, Germany. The Company sells gift cards, which do not have an expiration date.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CMG – March 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 $18,600,677,500 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.81 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 11.30% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 87.26 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 13.05 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 1.81 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 Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $7.71
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $111.83
MG Value based on 0% Growth $65.56
Market Implied Growth Rate 39.38%
Current Price $672.98
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 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, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings 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 $12.51 in 2015 to an estimated $7.71 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 39.38% 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 Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $113.79. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 87.26, which was above the industry average of 33.53. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-0.34.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 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) -$0.34
Graham Number $113.79
PEmg 87.26
Current Ratio 1.81
PB Ratio 13.05
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 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $814,794,000
Total Current Liabilities $449,990,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $2,265,518,000
Intangible Assets $21,939,000
Total Liabilities $824,179,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 27,947,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $11.06
Dec2018 $6.31
Dec2017 $6.17
Dec2016 $0.77
Dec2015 $15.10
Dec2014 $14.13
Dec2013 $10.47
Dec2012 $8.75
Dec2011 $6.76
Dec2010 $5.64
Dec2009 $3.95
Dec2008 $2.36
Dec2007 $2.13
Dec2006 $1.28
Dec2005 $1.43
Dec2004 $0.24
Dec2003 -$0.34
Dec2002 -$0.87
Dec2001 -$1.49

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.71
Dec2018 $6.86
Dec2017 $7.86
Dec2016 $9.09
Dec2015 $12.51
Dec2014 $10.53
Dec2013 $8.19
Dec2012 $6.53
Dec2011 $5.00
Dec2010 $3.77
Dec2009 $2.64
Dec2008 $1.82
Dec2007 $1.35
Dec2006 $0.75
Dec2005 $0.26
Dec2004 -$0.38
Dec2003 -$0.64

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Darden Restaurants Inc Valuation – March 2019 #DRI

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Darden Restaurants, Inc., incorporated on March 30, 1995, is a full-service restaurant company. The Company owned and operated 1,536 restaurants through its subsidiaries in the United States and Canada, as of May 29, 2016. The Company’s segments include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Fine Dining (which includes The Capital Grille, and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille (Eddie V’s)) and Other Business (which includes Yard House, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, consumer-packaged goods and franchise revenues). As of May 29, 2016, the Company also had 50 restaurants operated by independent third parties pursuant to area development and franchise agreements.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of DRI – March 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 $13,739,140,896 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.41 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 44.08% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 23.99 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.22 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 0.41 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -1.12 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 $4.64
MG Growth Estimate 3.67%
MG Value $73.44
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $67.22
MG Value based on 0% Growth $39.41
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.75%
Current Price $111.24
% of Intrinsic Value 151.48%

Darden Restaurants, 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 $3.72 in 2015 to an estimated $4.64 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.75% 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 Darden Restaurants, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $47.27. The company pays a dividend of $2.52 per share, for a yield of 2.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 23.99, which was below the industry average of 33.53, 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 $-21.76.

Darden Restaurants, 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) -$21.76
Graham Number $47.27
PEmg 23.99
Current Ratio 0.41
PB Ratio 6.22
Current Dividend $2.52
Dividend Yield 2.27%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 2

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 11/1/2018
Total Current Assets $561,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,385,300,000
Long-Term Debt $927,100,000
Total Assets $5,549,200,000
Intangible Assets $2,134,500,000
Total Liabilities $3,298,900,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 125,800,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.59
May2018 $4.73
May2017 $3.80
May2016 $2.90
May2015 $5.47
May2014 $2.15
May2013 $3.13
May2012 $3.57
May2011 $3.39
May2010 $2.84
May2009 $2.65
May2008 $2.60
May2007 $1.35
May2006 $2.16
May2005 $1.78
May2004 $1.34
May2003 $1.27
May2002 $1.30
May2001 $1.06
May2000 $0.89
May1999 $0.66

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.64
May2018 $4.04
May2017 $3.63
May2016 $3.51
May2015 $3.72
May2014 $2.91
May2013 $3.23
May2012 $3.19
May2011 $2.85
May2010 $2.50
May2009 $2.25
May2008 $1.99
May2007 $1.65
May2006 $1.72
May2005 $1.45
May2004 $1.25
May2003 $1.15

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The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

Yum Brands Inc Valuation – February 2019 $YUM

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): YUM! Brands, Inc., incorporated on May 30, 1997, is engaged in restaurant business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated or franchised over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories operating under the KFC, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell (collectively the Concepts) brands. The Company operates through three segments: The KFC Division, which includes the operations of the KFC concept around the world; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes the operations of the Pizza Hut concept around the world, and The Taco Bell Division, which includes the operations of the Taco Bell concept around the world. Through its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Concepts, the Company develops, operates or franchises a system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of priced food items.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of YUM – February 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 $29,581,245,821 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.93 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 40.94% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.18 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -3.82 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 0.93 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -103.73 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 $3.92
MG Growth Estimate 6.84%
MG Value $86.92
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $56.81
MG Value based on 0% Growth $33.30
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.84%
Current Price $94.72
% of Intrinsic Value 108.98%

Yum! Brands, 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.69 in 2015 to an estimated $3.92 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 7.84% 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 Yum! Brands, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $1.44 per share, for a yield of 1.5% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.18, which was below the industry average of 31.73, 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 $-33.9.

Yum! Brands, 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) -$33.90
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 24.18
Current Ratio 0.93
PB Ratio -3.82
Current Dividend $1.44
Dividend Yield 1.52%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,207,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $1,301,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,751,000,000
Total Assets $4,130,000,000
Intangible Assets $767,000,000
Total Liabilities $12,056,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 320,000,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.52
Dec2018 $4.69
Dec2017 $3.77
Dec2016 $4.10
Dec2015 $2.90
Dec2014 $2.32
Dec2013 $2.36
Dec2012 $3.38
Dec2011 $2.74
Dec2010 $2.38
Dec2009 $2.22
Dec2008 $1.96
Dec2007 $1.68
Dec2006 $1.46
Dec2005 $1.28
Dec2004 $1.21
Dec2003 $1.01
Dec2002 $0.94
Dec2001 $0.81
Dec2000 $0.69
Dec1999 $0.98

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.92
Dec2018 $3.93
Dec2017 $3.40
Dec2016 $3.14
Dec2015 $2.69
Dec2014 $2.60
Dec2013 $2.70
Dec2012 $2.76
Dec2011 $2.37
Dec2010 $2.10
Dec2009 $1.88
Dec2008 $1.64
Dec2007 $1.43
Dec2006 $1.27
Dec2005 $1.13
Dec2004 $1.01
Dec2003 $0.91

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The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

Starbucks Corporation Valuation – January 2019 $SBUX

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Starbucks Corporation (Starbucks), incorporated on November 4, 1985, is a roaster, marketer and retailer of coffee. As of October 2, 2016, the Company operated in 75 countries. The Company operates through four segments: Americas, which is inclusive of the United States, Canada, and Latin America; China/Asia Pacific (CAP); Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), and Channel Development. The Company purchases and roasts coffees that it sells, along with handcrafted coffee, tea and other beverages and a range of fresh food items, including snack offerings, through Company-operated stores. The Company also sells a range of coffee and tea products and licenses its trademarks through other channels, such as licensed stores, grocery and foodservice accounts. In addition to its Starbucks Coffee brand, the Company sells goods and services under various brands, including Teavana, Tazo, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Evolution Fresh, La Boulange and Ethos.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of SBUX – 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 $80,018,700,000 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.20 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 235.91% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.80 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 73.96 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 2.20 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.33 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 $2.50
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $96.22
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $36.24
MG Value based on 0% Growth $21.24
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.65%
Current Price $64.48
% of Intrinsic Value 67.01%

Starbucks Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not 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 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 $1.14 in 2015 to an estimated $2.5 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.65% 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 Starbucks Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $7.23. The company pays a dividend of $1.26 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 25.8, which was below the industry average of 25.96, 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 $-7.78.

Starbucks Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$7.78
Graham Number $7.23
PEmg 25.80
Current Ratio 2.20
PB Ratio 73.96
Current Dividend $1.26
Dividend Yield 1.95%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 9

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $12,494,200,000
Total Current Liabilities $5,684,200,000
Long-Term Debt $9,090,200,000
Total Assets $24,156,400,000
Intangible Assets $4,583,800,000
Total Liabilities $22,980,600,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,348,700,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.60
Sep2018 $3.24
Sep2017 $1.97
Sep2016 $1.90
Sep2015 $1.82
Sep2014 $1.35
Sep2013 $0.01
Sep2012 $0.90
Sep2011 $0.81
Sep2010 $0.62
Sep2009 $0.26
Sep2008 $0.22
Sep2007 $0.44
Sep2006 $0.36
Sep2005 $0.15
Sep2004 $0.12
Sep2003 $0.17
Sep2002 $0.07
Sep2001 $0.06
Sep2000 $0.03
Sep1999 $0.03

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.50
Sep2018 $2.32
Sep2017 $1.71
Sep2016 $1.45
Sep2015 $1.14
Sep2014 $0.78
Sep2013 $0.50
Sep2012 $0.69
Sep2011 $0.55
Sep2010 $0.40
Sep2009 $0.29
Sep2008 $0.29
Sep2007 $0.30
Sep2006 $0.21
Sep2005 $0.13
Sep2004 $0.11
Sep2003 $0.09

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McDonald’s Corp Valuation – November 2018 $MCD

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s), incorporated on December 21, 1964, operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants. The Company’s restaurants serve a locally relevant menu of food and drinks sold at various price points in over 100 countries. The Company’s segments include U.S., International Lead Markets, High Growth Markets and Foundational Markets and Corporate. McDonald’s franchised restaurants are owned and operated under various structures, including conventional franchise, developmental license or affiliate. The Company is primarily a franchisor. Under a conventional franchise arrangement, the Company owns the land and building or secures a long-term lease for the restaurant location and the franchisee pays for equipment, signs, seating and decor.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of MCD – November 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 $145,532,372,247 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.53 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 38.54% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 29.98 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -21.53 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 1.53 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 16.56 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 $6.26
MG Growth Estimate 3.17%
MG Value $92.85
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade B
MG Value based on 3% Growth $90.74
MG Value based on 0% Growth $53.19
Market Implied Growth Rate 10.74%
Current Price $187.59
% of Intrinsic Value 202.04%

Mcdonald’s Corp is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $5.17 in 2014 to an estimated $6.26 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 10.74% 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 Mcdonald’s Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $3.83 per share, for a yield of 2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 29.98, which was below the industry average of 31.54, 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 $-45.27.

Mcdonald’s Corp performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$45.27
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 29.98
Current Ratio 1.53
PB Ratio -21.53
Current Dividend $3.83
Dividend Yield 2.04%
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 $5,553,100,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,626,700,000
Long-Term Debt $31,895,200,000
Total Assets $34,053,700,000
Intangible Assets $2,345,000,000
Total Liabilities $40,846,300,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 779,600,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $7.53
Dec2017 $6.37
Dec2016 $5.44
Dec2015 $4.80
Dec2014 $4.82
Dec2013 $5.55
Dec2012 $5.36
Dec2011 $5.27
Dec2010 $4.58
Dec2009 $4.11
Dec2008 $3.76
Dec2007 $1.98
Dec2006 $2.83
Dec2005 $2.04
Dec2004 $1.79
Dec2003 $1.15
Dec2002 $0.70
Dec2001 $1.25
Dec2000 $1.46
Dec1999 $1.39
Dec1998 $1.10

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.26
Dec2017 $5.55
Dec2016 $5.15
Dec2015 $5.06
Dec2014 $5.17
Dec2013 $5.22
Dec2012 $4.91
Dec2011 $4.43
Dec2010 $3.83
Dec2009 $3.28
Dec2008 $2.74
Dec2007 $2.14
Dec2006 $2.05
Dec2005 $1.56
Dec2004 $1.31
Dec2003 $1.11
Dec2002 $1.12

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Jack in the Box Inc Valuation – July 2018 $JACK

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Jack in the Box Inc., incorporated on May 27, 1999, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box restaurants. The Company segment is Jack in the Box. It has more then 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of JACK – July 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 $2,362,168,115 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.87 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 134.96% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 22.87 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 -5.61 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 0.87 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -40.21 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 $3.60
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $138.55
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $52.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $30.59
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.19%
Current Price $82.31
% of Intrinsic Value 59.41%

Jack in the Box 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 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 $1.57 in 2014 to an estimated $3.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 7.19% 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 Jack in the Box Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $1.6 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 22.87, which was below the industry average of 30.09, 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 $-39.54.

Jack in the Box 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) -$39.54
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 22.87
Current Ratio 0.87
PB Ratio -5.61
Current Dividend $1.60
Dividend Yield 1.94%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $145,141,000
Total Current Liabilities $167,535,000
Long-Term Debt $900,402,000
Total Assets $875,038,000
Intangible Assets $48,124,000
Total Liabilities $1,305,948,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 29,356,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.55
Sep2017 $4.38
Sep2016 $3.63
Sep2015 $2.85
Sep2014 $2.12
Sep2013 $1.14
Sep2012 $1.28
Sep2011 $1.61
Sep2010 $1.26
Sep2009 $2.05
Sep2008 $2.01
Sep2007 $1.87
Sep2006 $1.49
Sep2005 $1.21
Sep2004 $0.99
Sep2003 $0.95
Sep2002 $1.00
Sep2001 $1.03
Sep2000 $1.28
Sep1999 $0.98
Sep1998 $0.83

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.60
Sep2017 $3.36
Sep2016 $2.63
Sep2015 $2.02
Sep2014 $1.57
Sep2013 $1.35
Sep2012 $1.52
Sep2011 $1.68
Sep2010 $1.72
Sep2009 $1.87
Sep2008 $1.69
Sep2007 $1.46
Sep2006 $1.21
Sep2005 $1.06
Sep2004 $1.01
Sep2003 $1.02
Sep2002 $1.05

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Chuy’s Holdings Inc Valuation – July 2018 $CHUY

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Chuy’s Holdings, Inc., incorporated on October 16, 2006, operates Chuy’s, a restaurant concept offering a distinct menu of authentic, freshly prepared Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired food. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated 80 Chuy’s restaurants across 16 states. The Company offers the same menu during lunch and dinner, which includes enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, burritos, combination platters and daily specials, complemented by a range of appetizers, soups and salads.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CHUY – July 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 $544,052,754 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.87 Fail
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 -122.50% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 27.67 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.91 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 0.87 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 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 $1.17
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $45.15
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $17.00
MG Value based on 0% Growth $9.97
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.59%
Current Price $32.45
% of Intrinsic Value 71.88%

Chuy’s 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 small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. 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 $-0.64 in 2014 to an estimated $1.17 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 9.59% 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 Chuy’s Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.63. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 27.67, which was below the industry average of 30.09, 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 $-3.64.

Chuy’s Holdings 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) -$3.64
Graham Number $16.63
PEmg 27.67
Current Ratio 0.87
PB Ratio 2.91
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 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $21,462,000
Total Current Liabilities $24,579,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $274,253,000
Intangible Assets $48,163,000
Total Liabilities $83,643,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 17,069,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.10
Dec2017 $1.70
Dec2016 $1.02
Dec2015 $0.77
Dec2014 $0.69
Dec2013 $0.66
Dec2012 $0.37
Dec2011 $0.20
Dec2010 -$17.18

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.17
Dec2017 $1.13
Dec2016 $0.80
Dec2015 $0.64
Dec2014 -$0.64
Dec2013 -$1.93
Dec2012 -$3.26
Dec2011 -$4.51
Dec2010 -$5.73

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El Pollo LoCo Holdings Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $LOCO
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc Valuation – March 2017 $CMG
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Jack in the Box Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $JACK

Disclaimer:

The author did not hold a position in any company mentioned in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.  See my current holdings here.  This article is not investment advice; any reader should speak to a registered investment adviser prior to making any investment decisions.  ModernGraham is not affiliated with the company in any manner.  Please be sure to review our detailed disclaimer.

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