Company ProfileÂ (obtained fromÂ Marketwatch): Compass Minerals International, Inc. engages in producing and marketing minerals, including salt, sulfate of potash specialty fertilizer, and magnesium chloride. It operates through the following segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment involves in producing salt and magnesium chloride for use in road deicing and dust control, food processing, water softeners, pool salt, and agricultural and industrial applications. The Plant Nutrition North America segment includes sales sulfate of potash and micronutrients. The Plant Nutrition South America segment offers manufacturing, distributing, and marketing plant nutrients and supplements developed and formulated from essential primary and secondary nutrients, micronutrients, and biostimulants. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Overland Park, KS.
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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||$2,122,675,625||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.75||Pass|
|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||-35.95%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||19.04||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||3.06||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||2.75||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||2.83||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||Fail|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||-4.25%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$47.79|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$28.02|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||5.27%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||N/A|
Compass Minerals International, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the high PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings 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 $4.61 in 2014 to an estimated $3.3 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 5.27% 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 Compass Minerals International, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $36.29. The company pays a dividend of $2.88 per share, for a yield of 4.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 19.04, which was below the industry average of 31.55, 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 $-33.67.
Compass Minerals International, Inc. scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$33.67|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||14|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||12/1/2017|
|Total Current Assets||$737,500,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$268,000,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||33,829,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.85|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.30|
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