Coach Inc. (COH) Quarterly Valuation – March 2014

Official_Coach_Inc_LogoBenjamin 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.  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 specific look at how Coach Inc. fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Coach, Inc. (Coach) is a marketer of accessories and gifts for women and men. The Company offers a range of modern, fashionable handbags and accessories. Its product offerings include women’s and men’s bags, accessories, footwear, wearables, jewelry, travel bags, sunwear, watches and fragrance. The Company operates in two segments: North America, which includes sales to North American consumers through Company-operated stores, including the Internet, and sales to wholesale customers and distributors and International, which includes sales to consumers through Company-operated stores in Japan and mainland China, including the Internet, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and Korea and sales to wholesale customers and distributors in 25 countries.

COH Chart

COH data by YCharts

Defensive Investor – must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 5/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise – market capitalization of at least $2 billion – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition – current ratio greater than 2 – PASS
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years – PASS
  4. Dividend Record – has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years – FAIL
  5. 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 – PASS
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio – PEmg is less than 20 – PASS
  7. Moderate Price to Assets – PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 – FAIL

Enterprising Investor – must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 5/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 – current ratio greater than 1.5 – PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 – Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 – PASS
  3. Earnings Stability – positive earnings per share for at least 5 years – PASS
  4. Dividend Record – currently pays a dividend – PASS
  5. Earnings growth – EPSmg greater than 5 years ago – PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price $49.55
MG Value $81.80
MG Opinion Undervalued
Value Based on 3% Growth $46.26
Value Based on 0% Growth $27.12
Market Implied Growth Rate 3.52%
Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $2.43
PEmg 15.53
Current Ratio 2.54
PB Ratio 5.66

Balance Sheet – 12/31/2013

Current Assets $1,787,700,000
Current Liabilities $702,900,000
Total Debt $0
Total Assets $3,543,800,000
Intangible Assets $367,600,000
Total Liabilities $1,113,100,000
Outstanding Shares 277,550,000

Earnings Per Share

2014 (estimate) $2.93
2013 $3.61
2012 $3.53
2011 $2.92
2010 $2.33
2009 $1.91
2008 $2.17
2007 $1.69
2006 $1.27
2005 $1.00
2004 $0.68

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham

2014 (estimate) $3.19
2013 $3.17
2012 $2.82
2011 $2.38
2010 $2.03
2009 $1.79

Dividend History

COH Dividend Chart

COH Dividend data by YCharts


Coach Inc. is a very intriguing company for Enterprising Investors, having passed all five of the investor type’s requirements.  The company does not quite qualify for the Defensive Investor due to the short dividend history and the high PB ratio.  As a result, Enterprising Investors should feel very comfortable proceeding with further research into the company but should also compare it to other opportunities through a review of 5 Low PEmg Companies for the Defensive Investor and 5 Low PEmg Companies for the Enterprising Investor.  From a valuation perspective, the company looks significantly undervalued after having grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.03 in 2010 to an estimated $3.19 for 2014.  This demonstrated level of growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 3.52% earnings growth, and leads the ModernGraham valuation model to return an estimate of intrinsic value that is well above the market price.

The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company’s prospects.  What do you think?  What value would you put on Coach Inc. (COH)?  Where do you see the company going in the future?  Is there a company you like better?  Leave a comment on our Facebook page or mention @ModernGraham on Twitter to discuss.

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Disclaimer:  The author held a long position in Coach Inc. (COH) at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.

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