Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): V.F. Corporation (VF), incorporated in December 4, 1899, is engaged in the design, production, procurement, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and related products. The Company’s segments include Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear and Sportswear. It owns a portfolio of brands in the outerwear, footwear, denim, backpack, luggage, accessory, sportswear, occupational and performance apparel categories. Its products are marketed to consumers shopping in specialty stores, department stores, national chains, mass merchants and its own direct-to-consumer operations. Its direct-to-consumer business includes VF-operated stores, concession retail stores and e-commerce sites. Its brands sell products in international markets through licensees, distributors and independently-operated partnership stores. Its products were obtained from 27 VF-operated manufacturing facilities and approximately 1,600 contractor manufacturing facilities in over 50 countries, as of December 31, 2016. It also operated 33 distribution centers and 1,507 retail stores, as of December 31, 2016. It had a portfolio of over 30 brands across a spectrum of activities and lifestyles, as of December 31, 2016. Its brands primarily include The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, Nautica and Kipling.
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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||$30,272,089,038||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.60||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||63.35%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||31.08||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||8.21||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||1.60||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||1.33||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||0.64%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$35.60|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$20.87|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||11.29%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||317.84%|
VF Corp 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 is only concerned with the level of debt relative to the net current assets. 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 Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.36 in 2014 to an estimated $2.46 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 11.29% 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 VF Corp revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.23. The company pays a dividend of $1.72 per share, for a yield of 2.3%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 31.08, which was below the industry average of 46.02, 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 $-4.61.
VF Corp performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$4.61|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||20|
|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||$4,392,124,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$2,745,200,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||400,379,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$3.01|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.46|
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