Calavo Growers Inc Valuation – October 2018 $CVGW

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Calavo Growers, Inc., incorporated on January 5, 2001, operates in the avocado industry. The Company provides value-added fresh food. The Company distributes its products both domestically and internationally. It operates in three business segments: Fresh products, Calavo Foods and Renaissance Food Group, LLC (RFG). The Company is engaged in marketing and distributing avocados, prepared avocados and other perishable foods, which allows it to deliver an array of fresh and prepared food products to food distributors, produce wholesalers, supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants on a worldwide basis. The Company procures avocados principally from California and Mexico. Through its various operating facilities, the Company sorts, packs, and/or ripens avocados, tomatoes and/or Hawaiian grown papayas; processes and packages fresh cut fruit and vegetables, salads, wraps, sandwiches, fresh snacking products and a range of behind-the-glass deli items, and produces and packages guacamole and salsa.

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ModernGraham Valuation of CVGW – October 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 $1,714,072,385 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.17 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 -42.51% Fail
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 107.77 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 6.31 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 1.17 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 15.37 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 -3.45%
MG Value $1.44
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $13.13
MG Value based on 0% Growth $7.70
Market Implied Growth Rate 49.64%
Current Price $97.57
% of Intrinsic Value 6755.89%

Calavo Growers, 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 poor dividend history, 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 $1.18 in 2014 to an estimated $0.91 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 49.64% 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 Calavo Growers, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $7.89. The company pays a dividend of $0.2 per share, for a yield of 0.2% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 107.77, which was above the industry average of 25.8. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-13.61.

Calavo Growers, 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) -$13.61
Graham Number $7.89
PEmg 107.77
Current Ratio 1.17
PB Ratio 6.31
Current Dividend $0.20
Dividend Yield 0.20%
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 $4,566,000,000
Total Current Liabilities $3,916,000,000
Long-Term Debt $9,992,000,000
Total Assets $40,299,000,000
Intangible Assets $2,272,000,000
Total Liabilities $21,296,000,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 1,229,300,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.17
Dec2017 $3.05
Dec2016 -$0.65
Dec2015 $0.75
Dec2014 $0.98
Dec2013 $0.87
Dec2012 $1.31
Dec2011 $1.95
Dec2010 $1.43
Dec2009 $1.09
Dec2008 $3.83

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $0.91
Dec2017 $1.18
Dec2016 $0.38
Dec2015 $0.99
Dec2014 $1.18
Dec2013 $1.29
Dec2012 $1.64
Dec2011 $1.76
Dec2010 $1.53
Dec2009 $1.39
Dec2008 $1.28

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