Dominion Diamond Corp Valuation – Initial Coverage $TSE:DDC

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 – March 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 Dominion Diamond Corp (TSE:DDC) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Dominion Diamond Corp is a diamond mining company. The Company is focused on the mining and marketing of rough diamonds to the global market. The Company’s segments include the Ekati Diamond Mine, the Diavik Diamond Mine and the Corporate segment. It supplies rough diamonds to the global market from its operation of the Ekati Diamond Mine (in which it owns a controlling interest) and its approximately 40% ownership interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine. It controls the Ekati Diamond Mine, as well as the associated diamond sorting and sales facilities in Toronto and Yellowknife, Canada, Mumbai, India, and Antwerp, Belgium. The Ekati Diamond Mine consists of the Core Zone, which includes the operating mine and other permitted kimberlite pipes, as well as the Buffer Zone, an adjacent area hosting kimberlite pipes having both development and exploration potential, such as the Jay kimberlite pipe and the Lynx kimberlite pipe.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-DDC – July 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 $1,518,832,645 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.66 Pass
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 45.69% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.13 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 0.94 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 2.66 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 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

EPSmg $1.04
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade C
MG Value based on 3% Growth $15.05
MG Value based on 0% Growth $8.82
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.32%
Current Price $17.78
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Dominion Diamond Corp 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 over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. 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 $2.21 in 2014 to an estimated $1.04 for 2018.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 4.32% 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 below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Dominion Diamond Corp revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $28.56.  The company pays a dividend of $0.53 per share, for a yield of 3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today.  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.13, which was below the industry average of 146.28, 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 $-3.5.

Dominion Diamond Corp receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$3.50
Graham Number $28.56
PEmg 17.13
Current Ratio 2.66
PB Ratio 0.94
Current Dividend $0.53
Dividend Yield 2.96%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 4/1/2017
Total Current Assets $864,004,000
Total Current Liabilities $325,297,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $2,741,732,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $1,156,690,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 83,648,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.85
Jan2017 $0.00
Jan2016 -$0.57
Jan2015 $0.95
Jan2014 $6.12
Jan2013 $0.41
Jan2012 $0.30
Jan2011 $0.51
Jan2010 -$1.03
Jan2009 $1.41
Jan2008 $1.83
Jan2007 $2.07
Jan2006 $1.61
Jan2005 $1.10
Jan2004 $0.64
Jan2003 -$0.11
Jan2002 $1.48
Jan2001 $0.02
Jan2000 -$0.11
Jan1999 $0.01
Jan1998 -$0.04

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.04
Jan2017 $0.88
Jan2016 $1.36
Jan2015 $2.10
Jan2014 $2.21
Jan2013 $0.27
Jan2012 $0.34
Jan2011 $0.56
Jan2010 $0.78
Jan2009 $1.66
Jan2008 $1.67
Jan2007 $1.42
Jan2006 $1.04
Jan2005 $0.71
Jan2004 $0.47
Jan2003 $0.35
Jan2002 $0.47

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