Thor Industries Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $THO

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 Undervalued Stocks for the Enterprising Investor – August 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 Thor Industries Inc (THO) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Thor Industries, Inc. manufactures a range of recreational vehicles (RVs) in the United States and sells those vehicles primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments include towable recreational vehicles, which consists of the operations of Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) (towable); Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) (including Bison Coach, LLC (Bison), Cruiser RV, LLC (CRV) and DRV, LLC (DRV)); Jayco, Corp. (Jayco) (including Jayco towable, Starcraft and Highland Ridge), Keystone RV Company (Keystone) (including CrossRoads and Dutchmen) and K.Z., Inc. (KZ) (including Livin’ Lite RV, Inc. (Livin’ Lite)); motorized recreational vehicles, which consists of the operations of Airstream (motorized), Jayco (including Jayco motorized and Entegra Coach) and Thor Motor Coach, Inc. (Thor Motor Coach), and Other, which includes the operations of its subsidiary, Postle Operating, LLC (Postle).

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ModernGraham Valuation of THO – September 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 $5,714,511,987 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.63 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 284.65% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 21.96 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 3.93 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 1.63 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.60 Pass
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 $4.99
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $192.29
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $72.42
MG Value based on 0% Growth $42.45
Market Implied Growth Rate 6.73%
Current Price $109.70
% of Intrinsic Value 57.05%

Thor Industries, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor.  The Defensive Investor is concerned with the  low current ratio, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns.  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 $2.24 in 2013 to an estimated $4.99 for 2017.  This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 6.73% 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 Thor Industries, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $61.27.  The company pays a dividend of $1.2 per share, for a yield of 1.1%  Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 21.96, which was above the industry average of 18.18.  Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $2.71.

Thor Industries, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $2.71
Graham Number $61.27
PEmg 21.96
Current Ratio 1.63
PB Ratio 3.93
Current Dividend $1.20
Dividend Yield 1.09%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 4/1/2017
Total Current Assets $1,271,365,000
Total Current Liabilities $778,447,000
Long-Term Debt $295,000,000
Total Assets $2,600,076,000
Intangible Assets $836,374,000
Total Liabilities $1,128,118,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 52,773,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $6.92
Jul2016 $4.88
Jul2015 $3.74
Jul2014 $3.35
Jul2013 $2.88
Jul2012 $2.26
Jul2011 $1.92
Jul2010 $2.07
Jul2009 $0.31
Jul2008 $1.66
Jul2007 $2.41
Jul2006 $2.87
Jul2005 $2.09
Jul2004 $1.81
Jul2003 $1.37
Jul2002 $0.94
Jul2001 $0.56
Jul2000 $0.74
Jul1999 $0.63
Jul1998 $0.40
Jul1997 $0.33

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.99
Jul2016 $3.83
Jul2015 $3.15
Jul2014 $2.73
Jul2013 $2.24
Jul2012 $1.83
Jul2011 $1.64
Jul2010 $1.62
Jul2009 $1.55
Jul2008 $2.17
Jul2007 $2.32
Jul2006 $2.12
Jul2005 $1.62
Jul2004 $1.28
Jul2003 $0.96
Jul2002 $0.72
Jul2001 $0.58

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