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 Abercrombie & Fitch Co (ANF)Â fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance): Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (A&F) is a specialty retailer that operates stores and direct-to-consumer operations. Through these channels, the Company sells products, including casual sportswear apparel, including knit tops and woven shirts, graphic t-shirts, fleece, jeans and woven pants, shorts, sweaters and outerwear; personal care products, and accessories for men, women and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids and Hollister brands. Its segments include Abercrombie, which includes the Company’s Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids brands, and Hollister. A&F operates approximately 750 stores in the United States and over 180 stores outside of the United States. It operates Websites for each brand, both domestically and internationally. The Websites are available in over 10 languages, accepting over 30 currencies and shipping to over 120 countries. It sources merchandise through over 150 vendors located throughout the world, primarily in Asia and Central America.
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Downloadable PDF version of this valuation:
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||$781,579,787||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.34||Pass|
|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||-100.00%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||171.55||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||0.65||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||2.34||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.40||Pass|
|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
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$1.00|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$0.58|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||81.53%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||925.02%|
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. 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, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding 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 $1.54 in 2014 to an estimated $0.07 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 81.53% 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 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.8 per share, for a yield of 6.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 171.55, which was above the industry average of 22.16. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $1.27.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. 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)||$1.27|
|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||1/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$1,139,300,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$486,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||68,299,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||-$0.57|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.07|
Other ModernGraham posts about the company
|Abercrombie & Fitch Co Valuation â€“ November 2015 Update $ANF|
|Abercrombie & Fitch Company Analysis â€“ Initial Coverage $ANF|
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