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By Will Morrissett

Quick list of reasons why you should read this and then take a look at BBX Capital (NYSE:BBX):

  • Hidden Assets
  • Merger Arb
  • Unpleasant Exterior
  • below NAV
  • Catalyst Heavy
  • Clean Balance Sheet
  • Cash Flow Positive
  • Improving Metrics
  • Potential Multi-Bagger
  • Small Cap Stock

History and Current Form of BBX Capital

For the sake of saving space and time, here are two links.

  1. A presentation on the current make up of BBX and its sister company, BFC Financial (OTCQB:BFCF)
  2. An article reviewing its history

BBX is 52% owned by BFC Financial and is waiting on the conclusion of an SEC led lawsuit before the merger of both companies can process. At that point the company will be named BFC Financial and have just below 128m shares outstanding (1 share of BBX will become 5.39 BFCF shares).

The holding company will consist of the following segments:

  1. BBX Real Estate (South Florida real estate development)
  2. BBX Capital (newly acquired operating companies)
  3. BlueGreen (time share vacation business)
  4. A mix of Net Operating Losses at various levels of the holding company
  5. Less any debt, deferred comp, and potential litigation costs

By purchasing BBX you also get a discount to BFCF due to the delayed and uncertain date of the merger. This merger has already been voted on, approved by shareholders, "assured" by management and is in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Real Estate at BBX Capital is Understated

BBX Capital currently includes 'Real Estate' and 'Operating Companies' and BFCF accounts for its full stake in BBX on an NAV basis.

This deeply undervalues the real estate held over from the sale of Bank Atlantic. If you refer to the second linked article, the CEO states he's 'very happy' with BBX's remaining portfolio, which he got at values written down by 'hundreds of millions' of dollars by Bank Atlantic.

So it's fair to say that these South Florida assets are held on the books at a very low price relative to their ultimate highest use.

Review the company presentation (the first link above) and you'll see the untapped potential of these properties which were once considered toxic on a bank's balance sheet. While we are reviewing local real estate comps, we don't yet have a neat high-end estimate to date.

Bottom line: these assets are way understated.

NAV Calculation per 2014 Q1:

The Company's total assets as of March 31, 2014 were $416.9 million compared to $431.1 million as of December 31, 2013. The decline in total assets reflects the utilization of cash proceeds from loan repayments, loan sales and real estate sales to repay BB&T's preferred interest in FAR. The changes in the components of total assets from December 31, 2013 to March 31, 2014 are summarized below: See 10Q
The Company's total liabilities at March 31, 2014 were $111.2 million compared to $127.6 million at December 31, 2013. The changes in the components of total liabilities from December 31, 2013 to March 31, 2014 are summarized below: See 10Q

  • $416.9m assets - $111.2m liabilities = $305.7m NAV
    • Remember: assets are "written down by hundreds of millions of dollars"
  • $305.7m/128m pro forma shares = $2.28 NAV per Share

Valuing BlueGreen

BG is in the business of selling time share vacation ownership (VOIs) for itself and third parties. They also securitize the financing of these buyers and sell it into the secondary market. They no longer develop these properties and consider their current model "capital light".

Some additional positives:

  1. The credit quality of their customers have greatly and steadily improved over the past 5 years
  2. The company has grown revenues every year since 2009
  3. BG has paid its parent companies $61m in dividends in the past 5 quarters. The company was acquired for $149m in 2012.
  4. Q1 2014 revenue is trending higher than 2013.

While free cash flow seems to be improving into 2014, we will use 2013's annul figures of $95m FCF:

  • At a multiple of 8x, BG should be valued at $760m
  • At a multiple of 10x, BG should be valued at $950m

Factor in Net Operating Losses for Added Value

The holding company will have roughly $1.68 billion in NOLs at various levels and subsidiaries. It's difficult to guess when and how the company uses its NOLs and tax deferred assets.

The longest lived assets are 20 years so we have estimated the net present value with a 20% discount rate. Our more aggressive estimate uses a 15% discount rate.

These estimates result in a value between $3.22 - $4.14 per share.

NPV Stream Detail

Debt, Deferred Compensation, Litigation to Consider

The company holds some debts and executive compensation varies throughout the company. Our highest estimate shows the total to be approximately $250m. This doesn't include the debt of the operating companies or individual developments because each unit is responsible for those and effectively paying them down. These are simply the debts that must get paid down from the dividends of those businesses.

The company's litigation costs from its SEC suit against the CEO are unknown at this point. Ken Lewis, former head of BoA, was fined $25m and banned from the banking industry. If we use this as a high end (and very unlikely) estimate, we get a per share cost of -$0.20. It should be noted, pro forma, there's about $190m in cash on the balance sheet.

Let's Do This. The Sum of the Parts.

1. BBX Capital and Real Estate:

NAV from most recent 10Q = $416.9m-$111.2m = $305.7m/128m pro forma shares = $2.28 NAV

High End Est (but likely much higher) = $3.00 NAV

2. BlueGreen:

2013 FCF = $95m @ 8x = $5.93 per share

2013 FCF @ 10x = $7.42 per share

3. NOLs:

$1.68b over 20 years @20% discount rate: NPV = $413.43m/128 = $3.22 per share

$1.68b over 20 years @15% discount rate = $4.14 per share

4. Hold Co Comp and Woodbridge Debts per share: (see the presentation for the organizational structure)

-0.99 + -0.85 = -$1.84 per share

5. Litigation:

Ken Lewis fine = $25m/128m shares = -$0.20 per share max

Low end: assume $0 but it will be below $25m

Sum of the Parts Conclusion

Add all this up and you get the following:

  • Low Est: $9.59
  • High Est: $12.72

Purchase BBX instead of BFCF for the merger discount/arbitrage: 6-10% cheaper. At $19 a share for BBX, after the merger, since you get 5.39 shares, the current share value will be equivalent to $3.53.

Now considering that the intrinsic value ranges is like so:

  • Low Est: $9.59
  • High Est: $12.72

The potential gain is possibly 170% - 260%.

Summing Up the Catalysts

  • Closure of SEC lawsuit, no matter the result
  • Paying off of the last $54m to BB&T for loans associated with Bank Atlantic sale
  • Merger completion
  • Up-listing of new Holding Co to major exchange
  • Increasing investor relations and analyst coverage
  • Progress developing real estate
  • Share repurchases
  • Continued improvement in operating businesses
  • Effective acquisitions and use of NOLs

Disclosure: Long BBX and BFCF.

Will Morissett is an individual investor who takes concentrated positions in a handful of deep value stocks. He has a BS in finance and nearly a decade of experience in the financial services industry.

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Source: Strong Catalysts And Sum Of The Parts Shows Potential For BBX Capital