Stein Mart Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $SMRT

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 Stein Mart Inc (SMRT) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Stein Mart, Inc. is a national retailer offering the fashion merchandise, service and presentation of a department or specialty store. The Company offers apparel for women and men, as well as accessories, shoes and home fashions. The Company’s target customers are women over 45 years old. The Company operates approximately 280 stores in over 30 states and an Internet store. Its stores are located in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Texas and the Southwest. It is concentrated in the Southeast and Texas where over 180 of its stores are located. The Company’s stores offer a range of services, such as merchandise locator service, a Preferred Customer program, co-branded and private label credit card programs, and electronic gift cards. The Company’s merchants purchase products from approximately 1,200 vendors. It leases all of its store locations, generally for approximately 10 years with options to extend the lease term for over two or five year periods.

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ModernGraham Valuation of SMRT – 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 $171,627,620 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.45 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 -189.15% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 9.44 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.14 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 1.45 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.28 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 Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.38
MG Growth Estimate -3.83%
MG Value $0.32
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $5.58
MG Value based on 0% Growth $3.27
Market Implied Growth Rate 0.47%
Current Price $3.63
% of Intrinsic Value 1129.49%

Stein Mart, 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. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings 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 $0.52 in 2013 to an estimated $0.38 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 0.46% 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 Stein Mart, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $1.37. The company pays a dividend of $0.3 per share, for a yield of 8.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 9.41, which was below the industry average of 50.09, 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 $-2.72.

Stein Mart, 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) -$2.72
Graham Number $1.37
PEmg 9.41
Current Ratio 1.45
PB Ratio 2.13
Current Dividend $0.30
Dividend Yield 8.29%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 10/1/2016
Total Current Assets $427,880,000
Total Current Liabilities $295,237,000
Long-Term Debt $169,681,000
Total Assets $630,482,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $552,585,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 45,845,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.05
Jan2016 $0.51
Jan2015 $0.59
Jan2014 $0.57
Jan2013 $0.57
Jan2012 $0.44
Jan2011 $1.26
Jan2010 $0.54
Jan2009 -$1.72
Jan2008 -$0.11
Jan2007 $0.85
Jan2006 $1.15
Jan2005 $0.89
Jan2004 $0.05
Jan2003 $0.50
Jan2002 $0.37
Dec2000 $0.91
Dec1999 $0.26
Dec1998 $0.44
Dec1997 $0.74
Dec1996 $0.55

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.38
Jan2016 $0.55
Jan2015 $0.61
Jan2014 $0.63
Jan2013 $0.52
Jan2012 $0.35
Jan2011 $0.26
Jan2010 -$0.11
Jan2009 -$0.22
Jan2008 $0.54
Jan2007 $0.81
Jan2006 $0.72
Jan2005 $0.52
Jan2004 $0.36
Jan2003 $0.51
Jan2002 $0.53
Dec2000 $0.60

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