Company ProfileÂ (excerpt from Reuters): Chico’s FAS, Inc., incorporated on December 1, 1983, is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories, operating under the Chico’s, White House Black Market (WHBM) and Soma brand names. The Company is also engaged in the sale of merchandise in its domestic and international retail stores, its various Websites and its call center, which takes orders for all of its brands, and through an unaffiliated franchise partner in Mexico. As of January 28, 2017, it had operated 1,501 stores across 48 states, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and Canada, and sold merchandise through 91 franchise locations in Mexico. Its boutiques are located in indoor shopping malls, outdoor shopping areas and standalone street-front locations. Its outlet stores are primarily located in outlet centers. Its merchandise is also sold through franchise locations in Mexico, including boutique locations, as well as shop-in-shop formats within a department store environment.
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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||$1,382,209,368||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||1.93||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||17.30%||Fail|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||17.70||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.05||Pass|
|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||1.93||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.22||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||Fail|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||-0.23%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$8.82|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$5.17|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||4.60%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||219.94%|
Chico’s FAS, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor is only concerned with the lack of earnings growth over the last five years. 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 seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $0.62 in 2015 to an estimated $0.61 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 4.6% 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 Chico’s FAS, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $9.01. The company pays a dividend of $0.33 per share, for a yield of 3.1%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 17.7, which was below the industry average of 49.11, 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 $0.67.
Chico’s FAS, 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)||$0.67|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||8|
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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||1/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$514,525,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$266,968,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||124,839,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.69|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$0.61|
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