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Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk. This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company. By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company's historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries. What follows is a specific look at how Wolverine World Wide fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

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Defensive Investor - must pass at least 6 of the following 7 tests: Score = 5/7

  1. Adequate Size of Enterprise - market capitalization of at least $2 billion - PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition - current ratio greater than 2 - PASS
  3. Earnings Stability - positive earnings per share for at least 10 straight years - PASS
  4. Dividend Record - has paid a dividend for at least 10 straight years - PASS
  5. Earnings Growth - earnings per share has increased by at least 1/3 over the last 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end of period - PASS
  6. Moderate PEmg ratio - PEmg is less than 20 - FAIL
  7. Moderate Price to Assets - PB ratio is less than 2.5 or PB x PEmg is less than 50 - FAIL

Enterprising Investor - must pass at least 4 of the following 5 tests or be suitable for a defensive investor: Score = 4/5

  1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 1 - current ratio greater than 1.5 - PASS
  2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition, Part 2 - Debt to Net Current Assets ratio less than 1.1 - FAIL
  3. Earnings Stability - positive earnings per share for at least 5 years - PASS
  4. Dividend Record - currently pays a dividend - PASS
  5. Earnings growth - EPSmg greater than 5 years ago - PASS

Valuation Summary

Key Data:

Recent Price$27.37
MG Value$16.86
MG OpinionOvervalued
Value Based on 3% Growth$14.40
Value Based on 0% Growth$8.44
Market Implied Growth rate9.53%
Current Ratio3.40
PB Ratio3.29

Balance Sheet - 12/31/2013

Current Assets$1,118,000,000
Current Liabilities$329,300,000
Total Debt$1,096,700,000
Total Assets$2,622,200,000
Intangible Assets$1,262,500,000
Total Liabilities$1,784,600,000
Outstanding Shares100,750,000

Earnings Per Share


Earnings Per Share - ModernGraham


Dividend History

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Wolverine World Wide is suitable for the Enterprising Investor despite having a higher level of long-term debt relative to current assets than the investor type typically likes to see. However, the company does not qualify for the Defensive Investor due to high PEmg and PB ratios at the current time. As a result, Enterprising Investors should keep the company on their watch lists, conducting further research into the company's prospects as well as other opportunities through a review of 5 Low PEmg Companies for the Enterprising Investor and 5 Undervalued Companies for the Enterprising Investor.

As for a valuation, the company has grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $0.77 in 2009 to $0.99 for 2013, a low level of historically demonstrated growth that does not support the market's implied estimate of 9.53% earnings growth. Accordingly, the ModernGraham valuation model returns an estimate of intrinsic value that falls well below the market's current price, indicating the company may be overvalued presently.

The next part of the analysis is up to individual investors, and requires discussion of the company's prospects. What do you think? What value would you put on Wolverine World Wide? Where do you see the company going in the future? Is there a company you like better?

Disclosure: The author did not hold a position in Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW) or any of the other companies listed in this article at the time of publication and had no intention of changing that position within the next 72 hours.

Source: ModernGraham Quarterly Valuation Of Wolverine World Wide