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Airgas Inc  (NYSE:ARG) Net Cash per Share: \$-55.53 (As of Mar. 2016)

Net cash per share is calculated as Cash And Cash Equivalents minus Total Liabilities and then divided by Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average). Airgas Inc's net cash per share for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was \$-55.53.

Historical Data

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

Airgas Inc Annual Data

 Mar07 Mar08 Mar09 Mar10 Mar11 Mar12 Mar13 Mar14 Mar15 Mar16 Net Cash per Share 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Airgas Inc Quarterly Data

 Jun11 Sep11 Dec11 Mar12 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Net Cash per Share 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Calculation

In the calculation of a company's net cash, assets other than cash and short term investments are considered to be worth nothing. But the company has to pay its debt and other liabilities in full. This is an extremely conservative way of valuation. Most companies have negative net cash. But sometimes a company's price may be lower than its net-cash.

Airgas Inc's Net Cash Per Share for the fiscal year that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

 Net Cash Per Share (A: Mar. 2016 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities) / Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) = (55.809 - 4089.658) / 72.64 = -55.53

Airgas Inc's Net Cash Per Share for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

 Net Cash Per Share (Q: Mar. 2016 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities) / Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) = (55.809 - 4089.658) / 72.64 = -55.53

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

Explanation

Ben Graham invested in situations where the company's stock price was lower than its net-cash. He assigned some value to the company's other current asset. The value is called Net Current Asset Value (NCAV). 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.

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