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Dr. Paul Price
Dr. Paul Price
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‘Distribution’ of Wealth – Avnet, Inc.

December 08, 2008 | About:
Avnet [NYSE:AVT] Dec. 5, 2008 price: $15.01

52-week range: $11.88 (Nov. 21, 2008) - $37.69 (Dec. 11, 2007)

Avnet is the second largest distributor of semiconductors and computer peripherals in the world. [Ingram Micro is #1]. FY 2008 (ended June 2008) saw record sales of $17.95 billion and record EPS of $3.18 but the current FY is likely to see a drop to about $2.44 - $2.56 due to the worldwide economic slump.

Even so, the decline in Avnet’s share price from $37.69 last December to today’s $15.01 makes this look like a great time to get invested in this well run company. The shares now trade at just 6x the already reduced consensus estimates for this year and next. Typically AVT commands between 10 – 15 times normalized earnings.

Book value was $27.50/share as of June 30 and Avnet management has been using the worldwide slowdown to make complimentary acquisitions for their long-term growth while prices are favorable.

Their balance sheet is in god shape with long-term debt at just 22% of capitalization and very little principal due over the next five years. Here are their per share numbers since 2004 as reported by Value Line:

FY …….... Sales …... C/F ….. B/V ….. EPS ….. Avg. P/E

2004 .…. 85.03 ….. 1.14 …. 16.21 … 0.60 …… 34.3x

2005 .…. 91.64 ….. 1.90 …. 17.36 … 1.39 …… 13.3x

2006 .…. 97.18 .…. 2.32 …. 19.30 … 1.90 …… 12.7x

2007 .….104.66 …. 3.12 …. 22.70 … 2.76 …… 10.5x

2008 …..119.35 …. 3.62 …. 27.50 … 3.18 …… 10.9x

2009 .….124.00 …. 2.50 …. 29.80 … 2.50 ……. 9.0x

FY 2009 data includes estimates for Q2 – Q4 (FY ends June 2009)

Even 10 times projected earnings for the current year would bring these shares back to $25 or + 66% from last week’s quote. Is that a reasonable target? AVT shares hit peak prices of $27.00 - $44.70 in each calendar year from 2004 right through this year. Until the past few weeks the absolute lows in 2007 – 2008 were $25.50 and $23.20 respectively.

Two insiders seem to agree that the shares are cheap. There was a buy of 9237 shares @ $12.17 on November 21 for $112,414 and another insider buy on December 5 of 20,000 shares @ 13.95 for $279,000.

Value Line is using a 12.5 multiple and $4.00 in EPS in computing their 3 – 5 year projections to arrive at a $50 mid-point target price by 2011 – 2013. I think that is entirely possible leaving room for a tripling of Avnet’s share price for patient investors.

Disclosure: Author is long AVT shares.

Author is also long shares of industry group members IM and ARW.

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Dr. Paul Price - 9 years ago    Report SPAM
In the Dec. 22, 2008 issue of Fortune - their "2009 Investment Guide" Guru Robert Roriguez says he's been buying numerous energy related shares plus...

Avnet - "It's come down from approximately $40 a share and is selling at about 50% of book value. It has a market cap of aproximately $2 billion, and in the last recession it threw off $1.7 billion in free cash flow.

Arrow Electronics - "Threw off nearly $2.3 billion [in free cash flow]. In recessions both companies throw off cash flow becuase their working capital demands come down."
Valuehawk - 9 years ago    Report SPAM
There was actually an even bigger recent insider buy. The CEO bought 50k shares on December 2nd, 2008 as you can see here:


And that other insider buy was pretty senior too, it was the CFO!


Rodriguez definitely has an odd portfolio. It's actually his largest position after 3 energy companies:

Dr. Paul Price
Dr. Paul Price - 9 years ago    Report SPAM
The 50,000 buy was not open market- it was a grant from the company.
Valuehawk - 9 years ago    Report SPAM

I'm pretty sure it was an open market purchase. Perhaps I linked to the wrong filing, but the initial filing was later amended to indicate that it was an open market purchase, not a grant. You can see the amended filing here:


As you may already know, the P code is for open market purchases, and the A code is grants/awards.
Dr. Paul Price
Dr. Paul Price - 9 years ago    Report SPAM
Thanks, I hadn't seen the amendment.
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Dr. Paul Price - 8 years ago    Report SPAM

Value: Avnet, Inc. NYSE:$28.58 /share

By: Tracey Ryniec of ZACKS

November 24, 2009

Avnet, Inc. (AVT - Analyst Report) recently saw quarter over quarter growth as the global recession eased. The company is trading with a forward P/E of 13.2.

Company Description

Avnet distributes electronic components and computer products to customers in 70 countries worldwide. It also provides services such as supply-chain and design-chain services, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system configuration and integration and technical seminars to allow its customers to operate efficiently.

Avnet Surprised By 29.41% in the Fiscal First Quarter

On Oct 29, Avnet reported better than expected fiscal first quarter 2010 results. It beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 10 cents. Earnings per share were 44 cents compared to the consensus of 34 cents. This was under the year ago period, however, which saw 67 cents.

Revenue fell 3.1% to $4.36 billion compared to the year ago period. The Electronics Marketing segment was the weaker segment with revenue falling 9.8% to $2.44 billion from the fiscal first quarter of 2009.

The Technology Solutions segment saw improvement as revenues rose 6.9% compared to last year.

Like every business, the company is still being impacted by the global recession but it saw growth rates rise sequentially which is improving confidence.

Second Quarter Guidance

Sales are expected to be between $4.1 billion and $4.7 billion in the second quarter with normal seasonality in the Technologies Segment and slightly better than normal in the Electronics Marketing segment.

Earnings per share are expected in the range of 52 cents to 60 cents per share assuming the average Euro to U.S. Dollar currency rate is $1.48 to 1.00 euro.

Zacks Consensus Estimates Rise

In the last month, analysts have raised both the second quarter and fiscal 2010 estimates. The second quarter Zacks Consensus Estimate jumped 6 cents to 56 cents.

The 2010 Zacks Consensus rose 13.7% to $2.08 from $1.83 with 10 out of the 11 covering analysts raising during the last 30 days.

Value Fundamentals

Avnet is a Zacks #1 Rank (strong buy) stock. It is trading with a price-to-book of 1.43. The company has a solid 5-year return on equity (ROE) of 10.82%.

Tracey Ryniec is the Value Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. She is also the Editor in charge of the market-beating Zacks Value Trader service.

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Dr. Paul Price - 7 years ago    Report SPAM

Bull of the Day - from ZACKS

They love it now, after it more than doubled from my first write-up!

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT)April 15, 2010

Avnet, Inc. (AVT - Analyst Report) is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and computer products. The company continues to expand business in Asia, which is associated with lower ASPs and also lower costs.

While other factors may help margin expansion, a larger percentage of Asian revenue in the mix enhances Avnet’s basic low-margin profile. Given the early signs of recovery, IT spending is expected to pick up. Although the recovery would be slow and steady, orders are expected to return to normal levels by the end of calendar 2010.

The recent acquisition of Bell Microproducts should further expand the scale of operations and provide cross-selling opportunities. We upgrade our recommendation for Avnet to Outperform from Neutral.

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