Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): LKQ Corporation (LKQ), incorporated on February 13, 1998, is a distributor of vehicle products, including replacement parts, components and systems used in the repair and maintenance of vehicles, as well as specialty vehicle products and accessories, and automotive glass products. The Company’s segments include Wholesale-North America; Europe; Specialty, and Self Service. The Company offers its customers a range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles. The Company distributes a range of products to collision and mechanical repair shops, including aftermarket collision and mechanical products, recycled collision and mechanical products, refurbished collision products, such as wheels, bumper covers and lights, and remanufactured engines. The Company also has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan.
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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||$10,062,497,459||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.74||Pass|
|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||211.82%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||18.50||Pass|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.29||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||2.74||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||1.24||Fail|
|3. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Pass|
|4. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Fail|
|5. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||11.46%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$25.47|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$14.93|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||5.00%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||58.88%|
LKQ Corporation qualifies for both the Defensive Investor and the Enterprising Investor. The Defensive Investor is only initially concerned with the poor dividend history. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of dividends. 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1 in 2014 to an estimated $1.76 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 5% 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 LKQ Corporation revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $25.93. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 18.5, which was above the industry average of 17.9. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-3.78.
LKQ Corporation performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Net Current Asset Value (NCAV)||-$3.78|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||0|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||3/1/2018|
|Total Current Assets||$4,039,143,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$1,474,788,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||311,347,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$2.20|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.76|
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