Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., incorporated on August 20, 2004, is a wholesale distributor to the convenience retail industry in North America. The Company provides sales, marketing, distribution and logistics services. As of December 31, 2016, the Company offered services to over 43,000 customer locations across the United States and Canada through 30 distribution centers (excluding two distribution facilities that are operated by it as a third party logistics provider). The Company’s segments include the United States, Canada and Corporate. The Company’s primary customer base consists of traditional convenience stores, as well as alternative outlets selling consumer packaged goods. The Company’s traditional convenience store customers include various national and super-regional convenience store operators, as well as independently owned convenience stores. Its alternative outlet customers include a range of store formats, including grocery stores, drug stores, liquor stores, cigarette and tobacco shops, hotel gift shops, military exchanges, college and corporate campuses, casinos, hardware stores, airport concessions, and other specialty and small format stores that carry convenience products.
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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||$1,149,736,390||Fail|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Current Ratio > 2||2.09||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||48.48%||Pass|
|6. Moderate PEmg Ratio||PEmg < 20||24.22||Fail|
|7. Moderate Price to Assets||PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50||2.08||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||2.09||Pass|
|2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition||Debt to NCA < 1.1||0.64||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||Pass|
Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value
|MG Growth Estimate||4.18%|
|MG Value based on 3% Growth||$14.67|
|MG Value based on 0% Growth||$8.60|
|Market Implied Growth Rate||7.86%|
|% of Intrinsic Value||143.71%|
Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. is suitable for the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the small size, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has no initial concerns. 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.79 in 2014 to an estimated $1.01 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 7.86% 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 Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $17.49. The company pays a dividend of $0.37 per share, for a yield of 1.5% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 24.22, which was below the industry average of 26.3, 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 $3.16.
Core-Mark Holding Company, 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)||$3.16|
|Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth||4|
|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||$1,270,200,000|
|Total Current Liabilities||$609,200,000|
|Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)||46,200,000|
Earnings Per Share History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.13|
Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History
|Next Fiscal Year Estimate||$1.01|
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