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Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (NAS:STEI)
Net-Net Working Capital Per Share
\$-20.31 (As of Jul. 2013)

In calculating the Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC), Benjamin Graham assumed that a companys accounts receivable is only worth 75% its value, its inventory is only worth 50% of its value, but its liabilities have to be paid in full. In addition, Graham believed that preferred stock belongs on the liability side of the balance sheet, not as part of capital and surplus. This is a conservative way of estimating the companys value.

Stewart Enterprises, Inc.'s net-net working capital per share for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2013 was \$-20.31.

Definition

Stewart Enterprises, Inc.'s Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (A: Oct. 2012 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Acct. Receivable + 0.5 * Inventory - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock) / Shares Outstanding = (78.701 + 0.75 * 42.549 + 0.5 * 36.495 - 1797.364 - 0) / 84.91 = -19.65

Stewart Enterprises, Inc.'s Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2013 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (Q: Jul. 2013 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Acct. Receivable + 0.5 * Inventory - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock) / Shares Outstanding = (117.76 + 0.75 * 54.756 + 0.5 * 36.108 - 1845.367 - 0) / 82.15 = -20.31

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

In calculating the Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC), Benjamin Graham assumed that a companys accounts receivable is only worth 75% its value, its inventory is only worth 50% of its value, but its liabilities have to be paid in full.

In addition, Graham believed that preferred stock belongs on the liability side of the balance sheet, not as part of capital and surplus. In "Security Analysis", preferred stock is dubbed "an imperfect creditorship position" that is best placed on the balance sheet alongside funded debt.

This is a conservative way of estimating the companys value.

Explanation

One research study, covering the years 1970 through 1983 showed that portfolios picked at the beginning of each year, and held for one year, returned 29.4 percent, on average, over the 13-year period, compared to 11.5 percent for the S&P 500 Index. Other studies of Grahams strategy produced similar results.

Benjamin Graham looked for companies whose market values were less than two-thirds of their net-net value. They are collected under our Net-Net screener. GuruFocus also publishes a monthly Net-Net newsletter.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Stewart Enterprises, Inc. Annual Data

 Oct04 Oct05 Oct06 Oct07 Oct08 Oct09 Oct10 Oct11 Oct12 Oct13 NNWC -15.69 -16.39 -17.31 -19.12 -17.39 -17.18 -17.28 -18.36 -19.65 -19.64

Stewart Enterprises, Inc. Quarterly Data

 Jul11 Oct11 Jan12 Apr12 Jul12 Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 NNWC -17.83 -18.36 -18.77 -19.85 -19.22 -19.65 -19.56 -20.62 -20.31 -19.64
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