Forbes Best Small Companies for 2009: Part V

 |  Includes: ANSS, HWCC, KTII, LUFK
by: Jae Jun

This is a continuation of the series valuing each of the 200 Forbes Best Small Companies.

You can find the list of stocks and the corresponding intrinsic values as calculated by me with the stock value calculator.

2009 Forbes 200 Best Small Companies Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

In this list, I’ll list up the valuation results of companies 71-90.

Lufkin Industries (NASDAQ:LUFK)

lufkin-equipmentLufkin sells equipment related to oil field and power transmission such as rod lift equipment used to extract crude oil and other fluids from wells and high-low speed gearboxes for industrial applications.

Company is very profitable both top and bottom line of the financial statements. Owner earnings has seen massive growth at more than 50% over the past 5 years. CROIC, however, is good, but not as good as it should be considering that owner earnings is so high.

Other fundamental numbers are great as well. Margins are excellent and the slowdown didn’t seem to affect the business.

The one thing that caught my eye was the huge increase in intangibles up 400% from the previous year. Lufkin may have bought companies at a cheap price during the recession but whether they can combine all those companies together properly is something to be analyzed more thoroughly.


K-Tron International Inc (KTII)

ktron_prductsRegular readers are probably sick of me mentioning what a great company K-Tron is. You can read all the details in the KTII stock analysis.

I sold KTII earlier this month but I made a mistake by not re-evaluating the stock analysis and my position based on the latest quarterly and annual data. Previously I had calculated the value of the stock to be worth $110 but after running through the numbers again, it seems like the intrinsic value has increased to around $125.

Cash flow, FCF, owner earnings is always constantly increasing and with a large part of revenues coming from international regions, revenue is well diversified as well as their product lines. The company is probably among the top few in all the niches it operates in and management is top notch.

They don’t offer guidance or even hold any conference calls which indicates that management isn’t trying to please anyone on Wall Street.

I’ll be providing some more reasoning on KTII in the next November performance update in the next couple of days.


Houston Wire & Cable (NASDAQ:HWCC)

hwcDistributor of specialty wire and cable, and related services to the United States electrical distribution market.

First of all, without jumping into the details, HWCC looks to be real cheap from a stock valuation standpoint. But for some reason a red flag for me at the moment is that the financial statements do not state how much the company has in cash. The beginning and end of period cash value is defined as a dash..

Definitely something to look into.



54ansysAnsys develops engineering simulation software.

The company has seen explosion of free cash flow growth and the CROIC is phenomenal at 42.1%. In other words, for every $1 dollar invested, management is able to generate a return of 42c, not to mention that every $1 of sales is converted to FCF.

But again, while ANSS exhibits some outstanding numbers, intangibles has gone up more than 100% from the previous year and about 300% from 2005. In the event ANSS has to write down these intangibles, it could offer a nice entry point.


List of the Best Small Companies

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Disclosure: No positions in any stocks mentioned at time of writing.