Autozone Inc Valuation – January 2019 $AZO

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): AutoZone, Inc., incorporated on November 25, 1991, is a retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. The Company operates through the Auto Parts Locations segment. The Auto Parts Locations segment is a retailer and distributor of automotive parts and accessories. As of February 10, 2018, the Company operated through 6,088 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Brazil. The Company’s stores carry product lines for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products. The Company’s domestic stores also have a commercial sales program, which provides commercial credit and delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. The Company’s other operating segments include ALLDATA, which produces, sells and maintains diagnostic and repair information software used in the automotive repair industry; E-commerce, which includes direct sales to customers through


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ModernGraham Valuation of AZO – January 2019

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 $21,130,360,376 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 0.72 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 210.15% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 94.99 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 11.15 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 0.72 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 -40.50 Fail
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

EPSmg $8.83
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $339.80
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $127.98
MG Value based on 0% Growth $75.02
Market Implied Growth Rate 43.24%
Current Price $838.34
% of Intrinsic Value 246.71%

AutoZone, 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, high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the level of debt relative to the current assets. 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 growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $4.13 in 2014 to an estimated $8.83 for 2018. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 43.24% 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 AutoZone, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $151.94. The company pays a dividend of $5.68 per share, for a yield of 0.7% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 94.99, which was above the industry average of 20.05. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-56.29.

AutoZone, 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) -$56.29
Graham Number $151.94
PEmg 94.99
Current Ratio 0.72
PB Ratio 11.15
Current Dividend $5.68
Dividend Yield 0.68%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 6

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 9/1/2018
Total Current Assets $478,342,000
Total Current Liabilities $664,357,000
Long-Term Debt $7,533,228,000
Total Assets $18,662,119,000
Intangible Assets $0
Total Liabilities $8,264,721,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 138,323,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $13.64
Dec2017 $6.35
Dec2016 $7.52
Dec2015 $5.51
Dec2014 $5.21
Dec2013 $2.78
Dec2012 $4.32
Dec2011 $4.87
Dec2010 $2.07
Dec2009 $1.93
Dec2008 $5.17
Dec2007 $4.38
Dec2006 $3.42
Dec2005 $4.05
Dec2004 $2.92
Dec2003 $3.73
Dec2002 $2.23
Dec2001 $3.02
Dec2000 $2.53
Dec1999 $2.03
Dec1998 $1.84

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $8.83
Dec2017 $6.10
Dec2016 $5.68
Dec2015 $4.68
Dec2014 $4.13
Dec2013 $3.46
Dec2012 $3.75
Dec2011 $3.54
Dec2010 $3.05
Dec2009 $3.62
Dec2008 $4.31
Dec2007 $3.82
Dec2006 $3.45
Dec2005 $3.37
Dec2004 $2.99
Dec2003 $2.91
Dec2002 $2.45

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