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Tiziano Frateschi
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5 Defensive Companies Boosting Book Value

Usana Health Sciences makes the list

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature, the following companies have grown their book value per share over the past decade through June 10.

Book value per share is calculated as total equity minus preferred stock, divided by shares outstanding. Theoretically, it is what shareholders would receive if a company is liquidated. Total equity is a balance sheet item and is equal to total assets minus total liabilities.

Since the book value per share may not reflect the company’s true value, some investors check the tangible book value to confirm their investment ideas.

National Beverage

The book value per share of National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) has grown 11.30% over the past 10 years. The price-book ratio is 6.44 and the price-tangible book ratio is 6.67.

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The nonalcoholic beverages producer has a market cap of $2.7 billion and an enterprise value of $2.48 billion.

According to the discounted cash flow calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with an 8.97% margin of safety at $57.97. The share price has been as high as $59.63 and as low as $35.71 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, the stock was trading 2.78% below its 52-week high and 62.34% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 22.41.

With 5.68% of outstanding shares, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)’ Renaissance Technologies is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s GAMCO Investors with 0.60% and Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio)’s Gotham Asset Management with 0.10%.

Ingredion

Ingredion Inc.'s (NYSE:INGR) book value per share has grown 5.10% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 2.28 and the price-tangible book ratio is 4.26.

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The manufacturer of ingredients for the food industry has a market cap of $5.82 billion and an enterprise value of $7.62 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 36.10% margin of safety at $87.50. The share price has been as high as $99.51 and as low as $59.11 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, the stock was trading 12.07% below its 52-week high and 48.03% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 15.17.

With 0.46% of outstanding shares, Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Simons’ firm with 0.29%.

Kroger

The Kroger Co.'s (NYSE:KR) book value per share has grown 11.90% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 3.06 and the price-tangible book ratio is 5.92.

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The American grocer has a market cap of $25.57 billion and an enterprise value of $46.32 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 43.51% margin of safety at $32.81. The share price has been as high as $36.84 and as low as $20.7 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, the stock was trading 10.94% below its 52-week high and 58.50% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 16.09.

Warren Buffett (TradesPortfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 2.41% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons’ firm with 1.65% and Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.15%.

Grand Canyon

The book value per share of Grand Canyon Education Inc. (NASDAQ:LOPE) has grown 31.70% over the past 10 years. The price-book ratio is 3.37 and the price to tangible book ratio is 4.48.

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The educational company has a market cap of $4.88 billion and an enterprise value of $4.90 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 32.59% margin of safety at $102.47. The share price has been as high as $132.72 and as low as $57.89 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, the stock was trading 22.79% below its 52-week high and 77.01% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 19.12.

With 0.17% of outstanding shares, Simons' firm is the company's largest guru shareholder.

Usana

Usana Health Sciences Inc.'s (NYSE:USNA) book value per share has grown 18.80% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 5.46 and price-tangible book ratio is 6.37.

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The multi-level marketing company, which sells a variety of nutritional products, has a market cap of $1.73 billion and an enterprise value of $1.54 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued with a 12.06% margin of safety at $80.79. The share price has been as high as $93.43 and as low as $43.01 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, the stock was trading 13.53% below its 52-week high and 87.84% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 17.34.

Simons' firm is the biggest guru shareholder of the company with 7.53% of outstanding shares, followed by Hotchkis & Wiley with 0.36% and Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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