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6 Stocks With Strong Book Values

These companies have grown their book values over the past decade

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Sep 19, 2017
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The following companies have grown their book values per share (BV/S) over the last 10 years.

BV/S is calculated as total equity minus preferred stock, divided by shares outstanding (EOP). Theoretically, it is what shareholders will receive if the company is liquidated. Total equity is a balance sheet item and equal to total assets minus total liabilities. Since the BV/S may not reflect the company’s true value, some investors check the tangible book value to confirm their investment ideas.

The BV/S of Itau Unibanco Holding SA ADR (

ITUB, Financial) has grown 10% over the last 10 years. The price-book (P/B) ratio is 2.1, and the price to tangible book value is 2.4.

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With a market cap of $90.85 billion, the Brazilian company operates in the banking sector.

According to the discounted cash flow (DCF) calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 40% at $13.95. The price has been as high as $14.01 and as low as $9.10 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 0.99% below its 52-week high and 53.63% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings (P/E) ratio is 8.45.

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.18% of outstanding shares, followed by Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.14%, Dodge & Cox with 0.09% and Ken Heebner (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.08%.

The BV/S of Infosys Ltd. (

INFY, Financial) has grown 19% over the last decade. The P/B ratio is 3, and the price to tangible book value is 3.2.

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With a market cap of $32.84 million, the Indian company offers information technology services.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 16% at $14.75. The price has been as high as $16.71 and as low as $13.42 in the last 52 weeks. It is 11.52% below its 52-week high and 10.17% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 14.82.

The company’s largest shareholder among the gurus is Fisher with 1.02% of outstanding shares, followed by

Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.51% and Donald Yacktman (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.17%.

The BV/S of LG Display Co. Ltd. (

LPL, Financial) has grown 5% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 0.9, and the price to tangible book value is 0.9.

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With a market cap of $10.78 million, the Korean company produces consumer electronics.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 50% at $14.91. The price has been as high as $17.05 and as low as $11.26 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 12.55% below its 52-week high and 32.42% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 5.32.

With 0.03% of outstanding shares, 

Sarah Ketterer (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02% and John Rogers  (Trades, Portfolio).

The BV/S of Oritani Financial Corp. (

ORIT, Financial) has grown 7% over the last decade. The P/B ratio is 1.4, and price to tangible book value is 1.3.

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With a market cap of $750.42 million, the company is engaged in the banking industry.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 48% at $16.25. The price has been as high as $19 and as low as $15.30 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 14.74% below its 52-week high and 5.88% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 14.77.

Simons is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 3.59% of outstanding shares, followed by Keeley Asset Management Corp (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.19%.

The BV/S of Home BancShares Inc. (

HOMB, Financial) has grown 14% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 2.2, and the price to tangible book value is 3.2.

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With a market cap of $3.26 billion, the company operates in the financial services sector.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 40% at $22.81. The price has been as high as $29.69 and as low as $19.74 in the last 52 weeks. It is 23.21% below its 52-week high and 15.50% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 17.16.

The company’s largest shareholder among the gurus is Simons with 0.18% of outstanding shares.

The BV/S of Gildan Activewear Inc. (

GIL, Financial) has grown 18% over the last decade. The P/B ratio is 3, and price to tangible book value is 4.3.

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With a market cap of $6.9 billion, the company manufactures apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, socks and underwear.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 7% at $30.73 The price has been as high as $31.87 and as low as $23.55 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 3.58% below its 52-week high and 30.49% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 16.97.

Ketterer is the company's largest guru shareholder with 5.82% of outstanding shares, followed by

PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.96%, Private Capital (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.37%, Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.03%,  Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02% and  Chuck Royce  (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02%.

Disclosure: I do not own any shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.

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