Canadian Western Bank Valuation – March 2018 $TSE-CWB

Company Profile (obtained from Marketwatch): Canadian Western Bank engages in the provision of business banking services for small and medium-sizes companies. The firm provides general commercial banking; equipment financing and leasing; commercial real estate financing; real estate construction financing; and energy lending. The firm also offers full-service personal banking options, including checking and savings accounts, loans, mortgages, and investment products. The company was founded by Charles R. Allard and Eugene Pechet on November 1, 1987 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-CWB – March 2018

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 all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $3,151,882,003 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 37.66% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 12.81 Pass
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.29 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $2.77
MG Growth Estimate 2.58%
MG Value $37.87
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade A-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $40.22
MG Value based on 0% Growth $23.58
Market Implied Growth Rate 2.15%
Current Price $35.53
% of Intrinsic Value 93.81%

Canadian Western Bank qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. In fact, the company meets all of the requirements of both investor types, a rare accomplishment indicative of the company’s strong financial position . The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.37 in 2014 to an estimated $2.77 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 2.15% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Canadian Western Bank revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $40.79. The company pays a dividend of $0.93 per share, for a yield of 2.6%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 12.81, which was below the industry average of 24.17, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.

Canadian Western Bank fares extremely well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring an A-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $40.79
PEmg 12.81
PB Ratio 1.29
Dividend Yield 2.62%
TTM Dividend $0.93
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 10/1/2017
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $1,476,336,000
Total Assets $26,447,453,000
Intangible Assets $80,638,000
Total Liabilities $23,986,408,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 89,114,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.98
Oct2017 $2.42
Oct2016 $2.13
Oct2015 $3.97
Oct2014 $2.70
Oct2013 $2.35
Oct2012 $2.22
Oct2011 $1.95
Oct2010 $2.05
Oct2009 $1.47
Oct2008 $1.58
Oct2007 $1.50
Oct2006 $1.13
Oct2005 $0.87
Oct2004 $0.75
Oct2003 $0.67
Oct2002 $0.54
Oct2001 $0.58
Oct2000 $0.86
Oct1999 $0.66
Oct1998 $0.68

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.77
Oct2017 $2.69
Oct2016 $2.77
Oct2015 $2.94
Oct2014 $2.37
Oct2013 $2.14
Oct2012 $1.97
Oct2011 $1.80
Oct2010 $1.67
Oct2009 $1.42
Oct2008 $1.32
Oct2007 $1.12
Oct2006 $0.88
Oct2005 $0.73
Oct2004 $0.67
Oct2003 $0.64
Oct2002 $0.64

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