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 – MarchÂ 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 TFI International Inc (TFII) fares in theÂ ModernGraham valuation model.
Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Google Finance): TFI International Inc., formerly TransForce Inc., is engaged in transportation and logistics services across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Company’s segments include Package and Courier, Less-Than-Truckload, Truckload and Logistics. The Package and Courier segment consists of pickup, transport and delivery of items across North America. The Less-Than-Truckload segment offers pickup, consolidation, transport and delivery of smaller loads. The Truckload segment consists of full loads carried directly from the customer to the destination using a closed van or specialized equipment to meet customer’s specific need. The Truckload segment also includes expedited transportation, flatbed, container and dedicated services. The Logistics segment offers logistics services. The Company has approximately 400 terminals. It also has approximately 100 terminals in the United States and over 10 terminals in Mexico. It offers services to retail, energy, and metals and mining industries.
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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||$2,531,206,621||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.29||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Pass|
|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||389.57%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||9.26||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||1.80||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||1.29||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||10.26||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Pass|
|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||$43.43|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$25.46|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||0.38%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||24.06%|
TFI International Inc qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. Â The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the Â low current ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. Â As a result, all value 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 $1 in 2013 to an estimated $3 for 2017. Â This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 0.38% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. Â 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 TFI International Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $26.97. Â The company pays a dividend of $0.7 per share, for a yield of 2.5%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Â Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 9.26, which was below the industry average of 31.63, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry. Â Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-20.36.
TFI International Inc performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$20.36|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||6|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$692,485,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$537,074,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||94,145,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.03|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.00|
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