Company Description: Genuine Parts Co. is a leading wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies, and office products.
Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:
Avg. High Yield Price
20-Year DCF Price
Avg. P/E Price
GPC is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. The stock is trading at a 14.6% premium to its calculated fair value of $46.81. GPC did not earn any Stars in this section.
Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:
Free Cash Flow Payout
Debt To Total Capital
Dividend Growth Rate
Years of Div. Growth
Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%
GPC earned three Stars in this section for 1.), 2.) and 3.) above. A Star was earned since the Free Cash Flow payout ratio was less than 60% and there were no negative Free Cash Flows over the last 10 years. The stock earned a Star as a result of its most recent Debt to Total Capital being less than 45%. GPC earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four key metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1948 and has increased its dividend payments for 55 consecutive years.
Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA)? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:
NPV MMA Diff.
Years to > MMA
The NPV MMA Diff. of $386 is below the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as GPC has. If GPC grows its dividend at 4.8% per year, it will take 4 years to equal a MMA yielding an estimated 20-year average rate of 3.9%. GPC earned a check for the Key Metric ‘Years to >MMA’ since its four years is less than the five year target.
Memberships and Peers: GPC is a member of the S&P 500 and a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company’s peer group includes: Advance Auto Parts Inc. (NYSE:AAP) with a 0.4% yield, AutoZone Inc. (NYSE:AZO) with a 0.0% yield and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) with a 1.6% yield.
Conclusion: GPC did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, earned three Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section and did not earn any Stars in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of three Stars. This quantitatively ranks GPC as a 3 Star-Hold.
Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to decrease to $50.39 before GPC’s NPV MMA Differential increased to the $500 minimum that I look for in a stock with 55 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 3.57%.
Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $500 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 5.4%. This dividend growth rate is slightly above the 4.8% used in this analysis, thus providing no margin of safety. GPC has a risk rating of 1.25 which classifies it as a Low risk stock.
GPC’s long string of dividend increases are supported by its strong underlying fundamentals of sales, earnings and free cash flow growth. The company exhibits excellent financial leadership as evidenced perseverance through the recent downturn. From an operating standpoint, GPC has an extensive distribution network and it has built a loyal customer following over the years. Since the company is trading well above my buy price of $46.81 and slightly above the $50.39 maximum price supported by its dividend fundamentals, I will wait for a pullback before adding to my position. For additional information, including the stock’s dividend history, please refer to its data page.
Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.
Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I was long in GPC (2.2% of my Income Portfolio). See a list of all my income holdings here.
This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net April 4, 2011.