Some examples of high price to tangible book values.

Last Friday I wrote my “Tip of the Week” on book value and its calculation.  I used the original writing of legendary value investor Benjamin Graham in that article.  If you missed it, then you can get it here:

http://www.myhighdividendstocks.com/high-dividend-stocks/tip-of-the-week-book-value-or-equity-and-how-to-calculate-book-value-per-share

At the end of the article I calculated the tangible book value of Safe Bulkers (SB).  Today I will take a look at the tangible book value of a few more stocks: AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Terra Nitrogen (TNH), Goldcorp (GG), Southern Copper (SCCO), and Apple (AAPL).

AT&T (T) tangible book value

Shareholder equity equals $105.534 billion.  Subtract goodwill and intangibles from share holder equity to calculate tangible book value (aka net book value).  AT&T claimed $70.842 billion in goodwill assets as of 4Q2011 and $59.343 billion in intangibles.  AT&T’s tangible book value is negative $24.651 billion dollars.  The company has 5.93 billion shares outstanding.  AT&T’s tangible book value per share is negative $4.15 dollars.  That really stinks.  Maybe Verizon has a positive net book value per share.  AT&T stock sold for $30.64 recently.  Their price to tangible book value ratio is negative.

Verizon (VZ) tangible book value

Shareholder equity equals $35.97 billion.  Subtract goodwill and intangibles from share holder equity to calculate tangible book value (aka net book value).  Verizon claimed $23.357 billion in goodwill assets as of 4Q2011 and $79.128 billion in intangibles.  Verizon’s tangible book value is negative $66.515 billion dollars.  The company has 2.84 billion shares outstanding.  The tangible book value per share is negative $23.42 dollars.  That really stinks also.  Verizon stock sold for $37.46 recently.  Their price to tangible book value ratio is negative.

Terra Nitrogen (TNH) tangible book value

Shareholder equity equals $269.3 million.  Subtract goodwill and intangibles from share holder equity to calculate tangible book value (aka net book value).  Terra Nitrogen claimed no goodwill or intangibles as of 4Q2011.  Terra Nitrogen’s tangible book value is $269.3 million.  The company has 18.69 million shares.  The tangible book value per share is $14.41.  That is very low compared to the current stock price.  Terra Nitrogen stock sold for $262 per share recently.  Their price to tangible book value ratio is 18.18.  Shareholders that bought at $262 are paying $18.18 for each $1.00 in tangible assets.  That is a whopping premium on invested capital.  A smart businessman would never overpay so much for so little assets.  Stay away from Terra Nitrogen because there is much more risk than reward.

Goldcorp (GG) tangible book value

Shareholder equity equals $21.272 billion.  Subtract goodwill and intangibles from share holder equity to calculate tangible book value (aka net book value).  Goldcorp claimed no goodwill of $1.737 billion as of 4Q2011.  Goldcorps’s tangible book value is $19.535 billion.  The company has 810 million shares.  The tangible book value per share is $24.11.  Goldcorp stock sold for $41.04 per share recently.  Their price to tangible book value ratio is a respectable 1.7.  Goldcorp stock will be cheap when the price is near one times tangible book value.

Southern Copper (SCCO) tangible book value

Shareholder equity equals $4.015 billion.  Subtract goodwill and intangibles from share holder equity to calculate tangible book value (aka net book value).  Southern Copper claimed intangibles of $110 million as of 4Q2011.  Southern Copper’s tangible book value is $3.905 billion.  The company has 840.98 million shares.  The tangible book value per share is $4.64.  Southern Copper’s stock sold for $30.46 per share recently.  Their price to tangible book value ratio is an overpriced 6.56.  SCCO share holders who bought near $30.46 are paying $6.56 for each dollar of invested capital.

Apple (AAPL) tangible book value

Shareholder equity equals $76.615 billion.  Subtract goodwill and intangibles from share holder equity to calculate tangible book value (aka net book value).  Apple claimed $896 million in goodwill and $3.536 billion in intangible in their 4Q2011 financials.  Apple’s tangible book value is $72.183 billion.  The company has 932.37 million shares.  The tangible book value per share is $77.42.  Apple’s stock sold for $636.23 per share recently.  Their price to tangible book value ratio is grotesque 8.22.  AAPL share holder who bought near $636 are paying $8.22 for each dollar of invested capital.

Goldcorp is the only stock on this short list with a price to tangible book value under 2.0 and even that isn’t cheap.  I wrote this article to serve as a warning to value investors and high dividend stock investors.

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