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We like to take a deep dive into a company's numbers to arrive at a fair value estimate for each firm based on a rigorous discounted cash-flow valuation process (click here for more information on our DCF process). We also like to take an industry perspective in order to determine which stocks within a given industry are trading at a valuation discount relative to each other.

We provide below the results from our DCF valuation--the first step in our process--for stocks in the Industrial Distributors industry covered by our analyst team. For each company, we provide 13 investment considerations and a graphical depiction of the key value drives, as well as an in-depth forecast summary.

We think Anixter (NYSE:AXE) and Wesco (NYSE:WCC) are significantly undervalued on the basis of our DCF process -- both are also attractive on a relative value basis. Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST), on the other hand, appears overvalued, while MSC Industrial (NYSE:MSM) and Grainger (NYSE:GWW) appear fairly valued. We are considering adding Anixter and Wesco to our Best Ideas list in the event their respective scores on our Valuentum Buying Index warrant such a position. The graphs below depict our views on each stock based on our DCF process -- if a firm's fair value is significantly above its share price, we'd consider it to be undervalued.

Anixter (AXE)

Fair Value: $71 per share

We think Anixter is undervalued on both a DCF process and relative value basis. Only our evaluation of its technicals is holding the firm back from garnering one of the higher scores on our Valuentum Buying Index.

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Fastenal (FAST)

Fair Value: $24 per share

Fastenal is a much-loved company, but we view it as overvalued on both a DCF basis and a relative value basis. We'd steer clear of the firm's shares.

MSC Industrial (MSM)

Fair Value: $56 per share

We think MSC Industrial is fairly valued on a DCF basis and unattractive on a relative value basis. We'd remain on the sidelines for now.

W. W. Grainger (GWW)

Fair Value: $129 per share

We think Grainger is fairly valued on a DCF basis and unattractive on a relative value basis. We're not compelled to pick up Grainger's shares anytime soon.

Wesco (WCC)

Fair Value: $58 per share

We think Wesco is undervalued on both a DCF process and relative value basis. Only our evaluation of its technicals is holding the firm back from garnering one of the higher scores on our Valuentum Buying Index.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

Source: Evaluating 5 Industrial Distributor Stocks Based On Discounted Cash Flow Valuation