Cineplex Inc Valuation – July 2018 $TSE-CGX

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Cineplex Inc. (Cineplex) is a Canada-based film exhibition company. The Company’s segments include Exhibition and Media. The Exhibition segment includes all direct and ancillary revenues from theatre attendance, including box office and food service revenues. The Exhibition segment also includes amusement gaming and leisure, theatre rentals and digital commerce rental and sales. The Media segment consists of two operating segments: Cineplex Media and Cineplex Digital Media. Cineplex Media consists of all in-theatre advertising revenues and costs, including pre-show, show time, magazine and lobby advertising. Cineplex Digital Media is engaged in the design, installation and operations of digital signage networks, along with advertising on certain networks. The Company has theatres in approximately 10 provinces. Its subsidiaries include Famous Players Limited Partnership, Galaxy Entertainment Inc., Cineplex Digital Media Inc., Cineplex Digital Networks Inc. and Cineplex Starburst Inc.


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ModernGraham Valuation of TSE-CGX – July 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 $1,934,187,740 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.40 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 31.60% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 33.61 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.76 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 0.40 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -1.72 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail


Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.91
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $13.18
MG Value based on 0% Growth $7.72
Market Implied Growth Rate 12.55%
Current Price $30.54
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Cineplex Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, low current ratio, insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after seeing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) decline from $1.32 in 2014 to an estimated $0.91 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 12.55% 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 Cineplex Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $1.66 per share, for a yield of 5.4%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 33.61, which was below the industry average of 38.81, 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 $-14.37.

Cineplex Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of D+.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$14.37
Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 33.61
Current Ratio 0.40
PB Ratio 2.76
Current Dividend $1.66
Dividend Yield 5.44%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $182,963,000
Total Current Liabilities $459,169,000
Long-Term Debt $473,952,000
Total Assets $1,793,161,000
Intangible Assets $933,415,000
Total Liabilities $1,093,168,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 63,343,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate
Dec2017 $1.11
Dec2016 $1.25
Dec2015 $2.12
Dec2014 $1.20
Dec2013 $1.32
Dec2012 $1.97
Dec2011 $0.85
Dec2010 $0.89
Dec2009 $0.95
Dec2008 $0.55
Dec2007 $0.56
Dec2006 $0.23
Dec2005 $0.44
Dec2004 $0.88
Dec2003 $0.22

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.91
Dec2017 $1.38
Dec2016 $1.53
Dec2015 $1.61
Dec2014 $1.32
Dec2013 $1.32
Dec2012 $1.22
Dec2011 $0.82
Dec2010 $0.75
Dec2009 $0.64
Dec2008 $0.50
Dec2007 $0.47
Dec2006 $0.40
Dec2005 $0.43
Dec2004 $0.35
Dec2003 $0.07

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