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Clean Harbors Inc Valuation – July 2018 $CLH

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Clean Harbors, Inc., incorporated on February 27, 1987, is a provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America. The Company is also a re-refiner and recycler of used oil in the world and a provider of parts cleaning and related environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers in North America. The Company operates in six segments: Technical Services, Industrial Services, Field Services, Safety-Kleen, Oil and Gas Field Services, and Lodging Services. The Company is also a service provider in the recovery and decontamination of pollutants. The Company provides services to protect the ozone layer from the effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). It also provides hydro excavation services.

 

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ModernGraham Valuation of CLH – 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 $3,149,973,931 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 2.06 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
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 -70.33% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 94.23 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 2.78 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 2.06 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 2.93 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Fail

 

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $0.60
MG Growth Estimate -4.25%
MG Value $0.00
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $8.67
MG Value based on 0% Growth $5.08
Market Implied Growth Rate 42.87%
Current Price $56.35
% of Intrinsic Value N/A

Clean Harbors Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability or growth over the last ten years, and the poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the net current assets, and the lack of earnings stability or growth over the last five years, and the lack of dividends. 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 $1.23 in 2014 to an estimated $0.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 42.87% 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 Clean Harbors Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $16.71. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 94.23, which was above the industry average of 57.47. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-25.85.

Clean Harbors Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) -$25.85
Graham Number $16.71
PEmg 94.23
Current Ratio 2.06
PB Ratio 2.78
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2018
Total Current Assets $1,079,822,000
Total Current Liabilities $524,684,000
Long-Term Debt $1,625,259,000
Total Assets $3,684,816,000
Intangible Assets $957,340,000
Total Liabilities $2,539,290,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 56,457,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.59
Dec2017 $1.76
Dec2016 -$0.69
Dec2015 $0.76
Dec2014 -$0.47
Dec2013 $1.57
Dec2012 $2.40
Dec2011 $2.39
Dec2010 $2.47
Dec2009 $0.74
Dec2008 $1.26
Dec2007 $1.07
Dec2006 $1.13
Dec2005 $0.73
Dec2004 -$0.33
Dec2003 -$0.76
Dec2002 -$1.21
Dec2001 $0.20
Dec2000 $0.32
Dec1999 -$0.13
Dec1998 -$0.21

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.60
Dec2017 $0.60
Dec2016 $0.25
Dec2015 $0.92
Dec2014 $1.23
Dec2013 $2.02
Dec2012 $2.11
Dec2011 $1.84
Dec2010 $1.49
Dec2009 $0.99
Dec2008 $1.00
Dec2007 $0.71
Dec2006 $0.32
Dec2005 -$0.15
Dec2004 -$0.51
Dec2003 -$0.50
Dec2002 -$0.32

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