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Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Dividend Stock Analysis
Posted by: Dividends4Life (IP Logged)
Date: April 26, 2012 09:40AM

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Genuine Parts Company (GPC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

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):

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

GPC is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. The stock is trading at a 28.1% premium to its calculated fair value of $49.45. 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):

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. 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 56 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) or Treasury bond? 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):

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

GPC earned a Star in this section for its NPV MMA Diff. of the $657. This amount is in excess of the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as GPC has. The stock's current yield of 3.13% exceeds the 3.1% estimated 20-year average MMA rate.

Memberships and Peers: GPC is a member of the S&P 500, a Dividend Aristocrat, a member of the Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and a Dividend Champion. The company's peer group includes: Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP) with a 0.3% yield, AutoZone Inc. (AZO) with a 0.0% yield and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) with a 1.2% yield.

Conclusion: GPC did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, earned three Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section and earned one Star in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of four Stars. This quantitatively ranks GPC as a 4-Star Strong stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to increase to $69.22 before GPC's NPV MMA Differential decreased to the $500 minimum that I look for in a stock with 56 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 2.9%.

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 4.7%. This dividend growth rate is below the 5.5% used in this analysis, thus providing a margin of safety. GPC has a risk rating of 1.50 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. The company exhibits excellent financial leadership as evidenced perseverance through the financial crisis. From an operating standpoint, GPC has an extensive distribution network and it has built a loyal customer following over the years.

The company is one of my largest holdings, with much of it coming through capital appreciation. The stock price has nearly doubled since I started buying it back in 2009. As an investment, it has generated a compound annual return of over 30% since I first purchased it.

GPC has strong financials stable earnings and an above-average dividend yield for its industry. In spite of the stock trading above my calculated fair value of $49.45, I will continue to look for opportunities to moderately add to my position, as my allocation allows.

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 (4.3% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio). See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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