Copart Inc Valuation – April 2019 #CPRT

Company Profile (excerpt from Reuters): Copart, Inc. (Copart), incorporated on January 6, 2012, is a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Brazil, Ireland, Spain and India. The Company also provides vehicle remarketing services in Germany. The Company operates through two segments: United States and International. The Company provides vehicle sellers with a range of services to process and sell vehicles primarily over the Internet through its virtual bidding third generation Internet auction-style sales technology (VB3). It sells vehicles primarily to insurance companies, such as banks and financial institutions, charities, car dealerships, municipalities, fleet operators and vehicle rental companies. The Company sells the vehicles principally to licensed vehicle dismantlers, rebuilders, repair licensees, used vehicle dealers and exporters and, at certain locations, to the general public.


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ModernGraham Valuation of CPRT – April 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 $14,418,055,149 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.69 Fail
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 227.38% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 37.14 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 10.41 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 1.69 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 1.55 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 $1.70
MG Growth Estimate 15.00%
MG Value $65.48
Opinion Fairly Valued
MG Grade D
MG Value based on 3% Growth $24.66
MG Value based on 0% Growth $14.46
Market Implied Growth Rate 14.32%
Current Price $63.17
% of Intrinsic Value 96.48%

Copart, 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, 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 $0.73 in 2015 to an estimated $1.7 for 2019. This level of demonstrated earnings growth supports the market’s implied estimate of 14.32% 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 Copart, Inc. revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $17.91. The company does not pay a dividend. Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 37.14, which was above the industry average of 22.44. Finally, the company was trading above its Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) of $-0.87.

Copart, 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) -$0.87
Graham Number $17.91
PEmg 37.14
Current Ratio 1.69
PB Ratio 10.41
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 1/1/2019
Total Current Assets $628,466,000
Total Current Liabilities $372,033,000
Long-Term Debt $398,740,000
Total Assets $2,296,905,000
Intangible Assets $398,310,000
Total Liabilities $836,952,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 240,660,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $2.11
Jul2018 $1.73
Jul2017 $1.66
Jul2016 $1.11
Jul2015 $0.84
Jul2014 $0.68
Jul2013 $0.70
Jul2012 $0.70
Jul2011 $0.54
Jul2010 $0.45
Jul2009 $0.42
Jul2008 $0.44
Jul2007 $0.37
Jul2006 $0.26
Jul2005 $0.28
Jul2004 $0.22
Jul2003 $0.16
Jul2002 $0.16
Jul2001 $0.13
Jul2000 $0.09
Jul1999 $0.07

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.70
Jul2018 $1.40
Jul2017 $1.15
Jul2016 $0.87
Jul2015 $0.73
Jul2014 $0.65
Jul2013 $0.61
Jul2012 $0.55
Jul2011 $0.46
Jul2010 $0.41
Jul2009 $0.38
Jul2008 $0.35
Jul2007 $0.29
Jul2006 $0.23
Jul2005 $0.21
Jul2004 $0.17
Jul2003 $0.14

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