CTS Corporation Valuation – Initial Coverage $CTS

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 CTS Corporation (CTS) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): CTS Corporation (CTS) is a global manufacturer of sensors, electronic components and actuators. The Company designs, manufactures and sells a line of sensors, electronic components and actuators primarily to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the automotive, communications, defense and aerospace, medical, industrial and computer markets. The Company’s other products include Mechatronics and Micro-mechatronics, Frequency Products and Filters, Electro Ceramics, and Electronic Components and Modules. Its markets consist principally of automotive sensors and actuators used in commercial or consumer vehicles; electronic components used in communications infrastructure and computer markets; components used in computer and other high-speed applications, switches, resistor networks, and potentiometers used to serve multiple markets, and fabricated piezoelectric materials and substrates used primarily in medical, industrial defense and aerospace and computer markets.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CTS – March 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 $699,609,843 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.20 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 455.81% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 27.14 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.26 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 2.20 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.76 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 Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.80
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $30.65
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $11.54
MG Value based on 0% Growth $6.77
Market Implied Growth Rate 9.32%
Current Price $21.60
% of Intrinsic Value 70.48%

CTS Corporation is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. As a result, all Enterprising Investors following the ModernGraham approach should feel comfortable proceeding with the analysis.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.25 in 2013 to an estimated $0.8 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 9.32% 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 CTS Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $15.85. The company pays a dividend of $0.16 per share, for a yield of 0.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 27.14, which was below the industry average of 28.12, 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 $0.48.

CTS Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $0.48
Graham Number $15.85
PEmg 27.14
Current Ratio 2.20
PB Ratio 2.26
Current Dividend $0.16
Dividend Yield 0.74%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Total Current Assets $215,707,000
Total Current Liabilities $98,129,000
Long-Term Debt $89,100,000
Total Assets $517,697,000
Intangible Assets $126,114,000
Total Liabilities $199,815,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 33,251,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.15
Dec2016 $1.03
Dec2015 $0.21
Dec2014 $0.78
Dec2013 -$0.12
Dec2012 $0.59
Dec2011 $0.60
Dec2010 $0.63
Dec2009 -$1.01
Dec2008 $0.81
Dec2007 $0.66
Dec2006 $0.63
Dec2005 $0.53
Dec2004 $0.53
Dec2003 $0.36
Dec2002 -$0.54
Dec2001 -$1.61
Dec2000 $2.92
Dec1999 $1.80
Dec1998 $1.28
Dec1997 $0.71

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.80
Dec2016 $0.58
Dec2015 $0.37
Dec2014 $0.47
Dec2013 $0.25
Dec2012 $0.40
Dec2011 $0.32
Dec2010 $0.23
Dec2009 $0.13
Dec2008 $0.68
Dec2007 $0.59
Dec2006 $0.47
Dec2005 $0.21
Dec2004 $0.14
Dec2003 $0.16
Dec2002 $0.30
Dec2001 $0.82

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