Charles River Laboratories International Inc Valuation – August 2018 $CRL

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., incorporated on February 3, 1994, is an early-stage contract research company. The Company is engaged in laboratory animal medicine and science (research model technologies) and develop a portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both good laboratory practice (GLP) and non-GLP, which supports its clients from target identification through non-clinical development. The Company operates in three segments: Research Models and Services (RMS), Discovery and Safety Assessment (DSA), and Manufacturing Support (Manufacturing). The RMS segment includes Research Models and Research Model Services. The DSA segment includes Discovery Services and Safety Assessment. The Manufacturing segment includes Microbial Solutions, Avian, Biologics and Contract Manufacturing. The Company also provides a suite of products and services to support its clients’ manufacturing activities.


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ModernGraham Valuation of CRL – August 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 $5,755,920,910 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.72 Fail
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 -820.67% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 33.52 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 4.99 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 1.72 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 4.84 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

EPSmg $3.60
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $138.52
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D+
MG Value based on 3% Growth $52.17
MG Value based on 0% Growth $30.58
Market Implied Growth Rate 12.51%
Current Price $120.59
% of Intrinsic Value 87.05%

Charles River Laboratories Intl. Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, 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 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 Fairly Valued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.78 in 2014 to an estimated $3.6 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 12.51% 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 within a margin of safety relative to the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Charles River Laboratories Intl. Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $50. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 33.52, which was below the industry average of 44.66, 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 $-36.52.

Charles River Laboratories Intl. 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) -$36.52
Graham Number $50.00
PEmg 33.52
Current Ratio 1.72
PB Ratio 4.99
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 6/1/2018
Total Current Assets $889,530,000
Total Current Liabilities $518,140,000
Long-Term Debt $1,796,451,000
Total Assets $3,865,883,000
Intangible Assets $1,903,580,000
Total Liabilities $2,680,678,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 49,043,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.04
Dec2017 $2.54
Dec2016 $3.23
Dec2015 $3.13
Dec2014 $2.66
Dec2013 $2.12
Dec2012 $2.01
Dec2011 $2.14
Dec2010 -$5.38
Dec2009 $1.74
Dec2008 -$7.76
Dec2007 $2.25
Dec2006 -$0.81
Dec2005 $1.96
Dec2004 $1.67
Dec2003 $1.64
Dec2002 $1.06
Dec2001 $0.80
Dec2000 -$0.40
Dec1999 $0.86
Dec1998 $2.27

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $3.60
Dec2017 $2.83
Dec2016 $2.86
Dec2015 $2.59
Dec2014 $1.78
Dec2013 $1.07
Dec2012 -$0.12
Dec2011 -$1.26
Dec2010 -$2.64
Dec2009 -$1.02
Dec2008 -$1.78
Dec2007 $1.26
Dec2006 $0.88
Dec2005 $1.62
Dec2004 $1.29
Dec2003 $0.99
Dec2002 $0.75

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