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6 Stocks With Rising Book Values

CGI Group, Wells Fargo among companies that have grown their book values over the past decade

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Tiziano Frateschi
Oct 05, 2017
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According to GuruFocus’ All-In-One Screener, the following companies have grown their book values per share (BV/S) over the past 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 CGI Group Inc. (

GIB, Financial) has grown 16% over the past 10 years. The price-book (P/B) ratio is 2.8.

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With a market cap of $15.06 billion, the company manages information technology services.

According to the discounted cash flow (DCF) calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 31% at $51.12 The stock price has been as high as $353.651.87 and as low as $45.73 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 4.72% below its 52-week high and above 11.79% its 52-week low. The price-earnings (P/E) ratio is 17.59.

Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest shareholder among the gurus with 0.09% of outstanding shares, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.03% and Ray Dalio (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02%.

The BV/S of Wells Fargo & Co. (

WFC, Financial) has grown 10% over the past decade. The P/B ratio is 1.5, and the price to tangible book value 2.0.

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With the market cap of $275.9 billion, the company is one of the largest banks in the U.S.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 15% at $55.58. The stock price has been as high as $59.99 and as low as $43.55 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 7.35% below its 52-week high and 27.62% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 13.69.

The company’s largest guru shareholder is

Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) with 9.43% of outstanding shares, followed by Dodge & Cox with 1.43%, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.7% and Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.52%.

Express Scripts Holding Co. 's (

ESRX, Financial) BV/S has grown 39% over the past 10 years. The P/B ratio is 2.3.

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The pharmacy benefits manager has a market cap of $36.76 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 48% at $63.65. The stock price has been as high as $77.50 and as low as $57.80 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 17.87% below its 52-week high and 10.12% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 11.13.

With 6.27% of outstanding shares, Dodge & Cox is the company's largest guru shareholder,  followed by Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 3.52%, Davis with 0.69% and

Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.49%.

World Acceptance Corp.'s (

WRLD, Financial) BV/S has grown 14% over the past decade. The P/B ratio is 1.5, and price to tangible book value is 1.6.

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The consumer finance company has a market cap of $734.69 million and provides small, short-term loans.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 52% at $83.31. The stock price has been as high as $88.26 and as low as $42.01 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 5.61% below its 52-week high and 98.31% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 10.44.

The BV/S of WPP PLC (

WPPGY, Financial) has grown 7% over the past 10 years. The P/B ratio is 1.9.

The advertising agency has a market cap of $22.92 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 39% at $90.71. The stock price has been as high as $119.12 and as low as $89.40 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 23.85% below its 52-week high and 1.47% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 10.

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.18% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons with 0.05% and Scott Black (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02%.

The BV/S of Eastman Chemical Co. (

EMN, Financial) has grown 12% over the past decade. The P/B ratio is 2.8.

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The specialty chemical company has a market cap of $13.22 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 26% at $91.27. The stock price has been as high as $91.39 and as low as $62.70 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 0.13% below its 52-week high and 45.57% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 14.63.

The company’s largest shareholder among the gurus is

Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.78% of outstanding shares, followed by Leon Cooperman (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.32%, Dalio with 0.02% and Manning & Napier Advisors Inc. with 0.02%.

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

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