Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust Valuation – Initial Coverage $TSE:CRR.UN

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 – February 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 Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:CRR.UN) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (Crombie) is a Canada-based unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust (REIT). Crombie invests in income-producing retail, office and mixed use properties in Canada. Crombie focuses on grocery-anchored and drug store-anchored retail properties. Crombie owns a portfolio of over 260 commercial properties in over 10 provinces, including approximately 17.7 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). Crombie instituted a distribution reinvestment plan (DRIP) whereby Canadian resident REIT unitholders may elect to automatically have their distributions reinvested in additional REIT units. Its property portfolio includes Aberdeen Business Centre, Barrington Place, Brunswick Place, Kenmount Business Centre, Barrington Tower, CIBC Building, Amherst Centre, Avalon Mall, County Fair Mall, 1 Avenue NW Safeway, 2 Avenue West Safeway, 13 Avenue, Territorial Drive Plaza, Fortune Drive Safeway, Kildonan Green and Yellowhead Highway Safeway.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-CRR.UN – 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 $1,212,458,429 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.24 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -125.35% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 -105.91 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.47 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 0.24 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -17.01 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg -$0.13
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth -$1.88
MG Value based on 0% Growth -$1.10
Market Implied Growth Rate -57.20%
Current Price $13.74
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust 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 high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or 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 $-0.08 in 2012 to an estimated $-0.13 for 2016. This level of negative earnings does not support a positive valuation.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 Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $8.59. The company pays a dividend of $0.89 per share, for a yield of 6.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was -105.91, which was below the industry average of 31.91, 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 $-17.03.

Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust 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) -$17.03
Graham Number $8.59
PEmg -105.91
Current Ratio 0.24
PB Ratio 1.47
Current Dividend $0.89
Dividend Yield 6.49%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 1


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2016
Total Current Assets $42,642,000
Total Current Liabilities $177,364,000
Long-Term Debt $2,292,043,000
Total Assets $3,947,421,000
Intangible Assets $58,552,000
Total Liabilities $2,562,349,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 147,946,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.35
Dec2015 -$0.39
Dec2014 -$0.32
Dec2013 -$0.39
Dec2012 -$0.41
Dec2011 -$0.43
Dec2010 $0.44
Dec2009 $0.36
Dec2008 $0.57
Dec2007 $0.49
Dec2006 $0.44

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate -$0.13
Dec2015 -$0.38
Dec2014 -$0.32
Dec2013 -$0.24
Dec2012 -$0.08
Dec2011 $0.16
Dec2010 $0.45
Dec2009 $0.43
Dec2008 $0.41
Dec2007 $0.28
Dec2006 $0.15

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