Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. Â This isÂ best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another companyÂ or by reviewing theÂ 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – FebruaryÂ 2017.Â By using theÂ ModernGraham methodÂ one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. Â What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc (CPS)Â fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance): Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, manufactures sealing, fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer and anti-vibration systems components for use in passenger vehicles and light trucks. The Company operates through four segments, which include North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific. The Company’s principal products within each of these segments are sealing systems, fuel and brake delivery systems, fluid transfer systems and anti-vibration systems. The sealing systems protect vehicle interiors from weather, dust and noise intrusion. Its fuel and brake delivery systems sense, deliver and control fluids to fuel and brake systems. Its fluid transfer systems sense, deliver and control fluid and vapors for optimal powertrain and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) operation. The Company’s anti-vibration systems control and isolate noise and vibration in the vehicle.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$1,815,673,047||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.70||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||54433.33%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||19.47||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.77||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||1.70||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||1.41||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
|MG Growth Estimate||15.00%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$76.91|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$45.08|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||5.49%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||50.57%|
Cooper-Standard 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 over the last ten years, the poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.43 in 2012 to an estimated $5.3 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5.49% 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 Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $83.9. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.47, which was above the industry average of 18.47. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-27.08.
Cooper-Standard Holdings 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)||-$27.08|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||9/1/2016|
|Total Current Assets||$1,255,397,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$740,224,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||18,761,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$7.89|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$5.30|
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