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Brown-Forman Corp  (NYSE:BF.B) Net-Net Working Capital: \$-5.32 Mil (As of Jul. 2017)

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.

Brown-Forman Corp's net-net working capital per share for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 was \$-5.32.

Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Brown-Forman Corp Annual Data

 Apr08 Apr09 Apr10 Apr11 Apr12 Apr13 Apr14 Apr15 Apr16 Apr17 Net-Net Working Capital -2.27 -1.79 -2.39 -3.57 -5.26

Brown-Forman Corp Quarterly Data

 Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Net-Net Working Capital -5.00 -5.43 -5.58 -5.26 -5.32

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Calculation

Brown-Forman Corp's Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the fiscal year that ended in Apr. 2017 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (A: Apr. 2017 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Accounts Receivable + 0.5 * Total Inventories - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock / Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) = (182 + 0.75 * 557 + 0.5 * 1270 - 3255 - 0) / 384.09 = -5.26

Brown-Forman Corp's Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (Q: Jul. 2017 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Accounts Receivable + 0.5 * Total Inventories - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock / Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) = (238 + 0.75 * 576 + 0.5 * 1337 - 3382 - 0) / 384.27 = -5.32

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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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