Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Mohawk Industries, Inc. (Mohawk) is a producer of floor covering products for residential and commercial applications in the United States and residential applications in Europe. The Company is a carpet and rug manufacturer and manufacturers, marketers and distributors of ceramic tile, natural stone and hardwood flooring in the United States, as well as a producer of laminate flooring in the United States and Europe. The Company has three reporting segments: the Mohawk segment, the Dal-Tile segment and the Unilin segment. The Company has recently expanded its international presence through investments in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Mexico and Russia. In January 2013, the Company acquired Pergo. In April 2013, it completed the acquisition of the Marazzi Group. In May 2013, the Company acquired Spano Group.
Defensive and Enterprising Investor Tests (What is the significance of these tests, and what is PEmg ratio?):
Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 3/7
- Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – PASS
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
- Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
- Earnings Growth – earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period – FAIL
- Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – FAIL
- Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – PASS
Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 2/5
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – PASS
- Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – FAIL
- Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – FAIL
- Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – FAIL
- Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS
Valuation Summary (Explanation of the ModernGraham Valuation Model)
|MG Opinion||Fairly Valued|
|Value Based on 3% Growth||$51.69|
|Value Based on 0% Growth||$30.30|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||16.34%|
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$14.48|
Balance Sheet – 9/30/2013
Earnings Per Share
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham
Mohawk Industries has seen some rapid growth over the last few years, but it does not qualify for either the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor. The company’s earnings have lacked stability over the last 5-10 years, it does not pay a dividend, and it is trading at a high PEmg ratio. As a result, value investors seeking to follow Benjamin Graham’s methods should review other opportunities, while keeping in mind the 7 Key Tips to Value Investing. As for a valuation, the company has achieved a substantial level of growth over the last 5 years, having risen EPSmg (normalized earnings) from -$2.40 in 2009 to an estimated $3.56 for 2013. This level of growth provides some support to the market’s implied estimate for growth of 16.34%, and the company therefore appears to be fairly valued at the present time.
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