Monro Muffler Brake Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $MNRO

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 Munro Muffler Brake Inc (MNRO) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Monro Muffler Brake, Inc. is engaged in the provision of automotive undercar repair and tire services in the United States. The Company provides a range of services on passenger cars, light trucks and vans for brakes; mufflers and exhaust systems, and steering, drive train, suspension and wheel alignment. It also offers tires and routine maintenance services, which include state inspections. It offers repair and replacement of parts. Its store provides a range of undercar repair services for brakes, steering, mufflers and exhaust systems, suspension and wheel alignment, as well as tire replacement and service. It also offers scheduled maintenance services in its stores where services are packaged and offered to consumers based upon the year, make, model and mileage of each specific vehicle. Its maintenance services include oil change services, heating and cooling system flush and fill service, belt installation, fuel system service and a transmission flush and fill service.

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ModernGraham Valuation of MNRO – August 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 $1,533,125,394 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.02 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 76.74% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 24.38 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.63 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 1.02 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 51.28 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

EPSmg $1.92
MG Growth Estimate 4.09%
MG Value $32.07
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $27.87
MG Value based on 0% Growth $16.34
Market Implied Growth Rate 7.94%
Current Price $46.85
% of Intrinsic Value 146.09%

Monro Muffler Brake Inc 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets.  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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.51 in 2014 to an estimated $1.92 for 2018.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.94% 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 Monro Muffler Brake Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $28.29.  The company pays a dividend of $0.68 per share, for a yield of 1.5%  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.38, which was above the industry average of 18.18.  Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-11.92.

Monro Muffler Brake Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$11.92
Graham Number $28.29
PEmg 24.38
Current Ratio 1.02
PB Ratio 2.63
Current Dividend $0.68
Dividend Yield 1.45%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 4


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 6/1/2017
Total Current Assets $200,947,000
Total Current Liabilities $197,866,000
Long-Term Debt $157,997,000
Total Assets $1,191,670,000
Intangible Assets $558,179,000
Total Liabilities $597,722,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 33,292,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.00
Mar2017 $1.85
Mar2016 $2.00
Mar2015 $1.88
Mar2014 $1.67
Mar2013 $1.32
Mar2012 $1.69
Mar2011 $1.44
Mar2010 $1.07
Mar2009 $0.80
Mar2008 $0.67
Mar2007 $0.65
Mar2006 $0.67
Mar2005 $0.60
Mar2004 $0.51
Mar2003 $0.51
Mar2002 $0.36
Mar2001 $0.33
Mar2000 $0.25
Mar1999 $0.09
Mar1998 $0.32

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.92
Mar2017 $1.84
Mar2016 $1.79
Mar2015 $1.66
Mar2014 $1.51
Mar2013 $1.37
Mar2012 $1.31
Mar2011 $1.06
Mar2010 $0.83
Mar2009 $0.70
Mar2008 $0.64
Mar2007 $0.62
Mar2006 $0.58
Mar2005 $0.51
Mar2004 $0.44
Mar2003 $0.37
Mar2002 $0.29

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