Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Canadian General Investments Limited (CGI) is a closed-end investment fund focused on medium- to long-term investments in primarily Canadian corporations. The Company’s objective is to provide better than average returns to investors through prudent security selection, timely recognition of capital gains and appropriate income generating instruments. It invests in the sectors, such as financials, consumer discretionary, energy, Industrials, materials, information technology, telecommunication services, consumer staples, utilities and health care. CGI participates in a securities lending program with its custodian, CIBC Mellon Trust Company. The Company’s securities lending collateral includes Federal government debt securities, Provincial government debt securities, Equities and the United States government debt securities. Morgan Meighen & Associates Limited (MMA) serves as an investment manager for the Company.
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Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?
|Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.|
|1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise||Market Cap > $2Bil||$528,412,700||Fail|
|2. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 10 years prior||Fail|
|3. Dividend Record||Dividend Payments for 10 years prior||Pass|
|4. Earnings Growth||Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end||84.53%||Pass|
|5. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||5.87||Pass|
|6. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||0.76||Pass|
|Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.|
|1. Earnings Stability||Positive EPS for 5 years prior||Fail|
|2. Dividend Record||Currently Pays Dividend||Pass|
|3. Earnings Growth||EPSmg greater than 5 years ago||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||12.40%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$62.62|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$36.71|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||-1.32%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||17.61%|
Canadian General Investments Ltd 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, insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability 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 Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.36 in 2014 to an estimated $4.32 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 1.32% annual earnings loss over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.
At the time of valuation, further research into Canadian General Investments Ltd revealed the company was trading below its Graham Number of $66.5. The company pays a dividend of $0.72 per share, for a yield of 2.8%, putting it among the best dividend paying stocks today. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 5.87, which was below the industry average of 21.47, which by some methods of valuation makes it one of the most undervalued stocks in its industry.
Canadian General Investments Ltd performs fairly well in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a B-.
Stage 3: Information for Further Research
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||5|
|ModernGraham tagged articles||Morningstar|
|Google Finance||MSN Money|
|Yahoo Finance||Seeking Alpha|
Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures
|Balance Sheet Information||12/1/2017|
|Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation||$74,902,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||20,861,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$5.93|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$4.32|
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