Tractor Supply Co Valuation – April 2018 $TSCO

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Tractor Supply Company, incorporated on December 2, 1982, is an operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. The Company is focused on supplying the needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. It is engaged in the retail sale of products that support the rural lifestyle. The Company operates retail stores under the names Tractor Supply Company, Del’s Feed & Farm Supply and Petsense, and operates Websites under the names and Its stores are located primarily in towns outlying metropolitan markets and in rural communities. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 1,738 retail stores in 49 states (1,595 Tractor Supply and Del’s retail stores and 143 Petsense retail stores). Its Tractor Supply stores range in size from 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of inside selling space, along with additional outside selling space and its Petsense stores have approximately 5,500 square feet of inside selling space.

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ModernGraham Valuation of TSCO – April 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 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $7,532,037,837 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.95 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 205.22% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 17.54 Pass
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 5.35 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 1.95 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.50 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 $3.43
MG Growth Estimate 8.81%
MG Value $89.63
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade B-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $49.75
MG Value based on 0% Growth $29.17
Market Implied Growth Rate 4.52%
Current Price $60.20
% of Intrinsic Value 67.17%

Tractor Supply Company is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history, and the high PB ratio. 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 $2.16 in 2014 to an estimated $3.43 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 4.52% 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 Tractor Supply Company revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $31.76. The company pays a dividend of $1.05 per share, for a yield of 1.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.54, which was below the industry average of 34.38, 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 $1.63.

Tractor Supply Company performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $1.63
Graham Number $31.76
PEmg 17.54
Current Ratio 1.95
PB Ratio 5.35
Current Dividend $1.05
Dividend Yield 1.74%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 8

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2017
Total Current Assets $1,655,368,000
Total Current Liabilities $849,214,000
Long-Term Debt $401,069,000
Total Assets $2,868,769,000
Intangible Assets $124,492,000
Total Liabilities $1,450,096,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 126,086,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.96
Dec2017 $3.30
Dec2016 $3.27
Dec2015 $3.00
Dec2014 $2.66
Dec2013 $2.32
Dec2012 $1.90
Dec2011 $1.51
Dec2010 $1.13
Dec2009 $0.82
Dec2008 $0.55
Dec2007 $0.60
Dec2006 $0.56
Dec2005 $0.52
Dec2004 $0.39
Dec2003 $0.35
Dec2002 $0.24
Dec2001 $0.18
Dec2000 $0.12
Dec1999 $0.13
Dec1998 $0.11

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.43
Dec2017 $3.08
Dec2016 $2.86
Dec2015 $2.53
Dec2014 $2.16
Dec2013 $1.79
Dec2012 $1.41
Dec2011 $1.08
Dec2010 $0.82
Dec2009 $0.65
Dec2008 $0.55
Dec2007 $0.53
Dec2006 $0.47
Dec2005 $0.39
Dec2004 $0.30
Dec2003 $0.24
Dec2002 $0.18

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