Genuine Parts Company Dividend Stock Analysis

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Genuine Parts Company (GPC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Genuine Parts Co. is a leading wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies, and office products.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

GPC is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. Since GPC's tangible book value is not meaningful, a Graham number can not be calculated. When also considering the NPV MMA Differential, the stock is trading at a 65.6% premium to its calculated fair value of $90.1. GPC did not earn any Stars in this section.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section, there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

GPC earned no Stars in this section. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1948 and has increased its dividend payments for 68 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

The NPV MMA Diff. of $167 is below the $500 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as GPC has. If GPC grows its dividend at 5.3% per year, it will take 8 years to equal an MMA yielding an estimated 20-year average rate of 3.75%.

Peers: The company's peer group includes: Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP) with a 1.4% yield, AutoZone Inc. (AZO) with a 0.0% yield, and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW) with a 0.8% yield.

Conclusion: GPC did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, did not earn any Stars in the Dividend Analytical Data section, and did not earn any Stars in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of zero Star. This quantitatively ranks GPC as a 0-Star Avoid stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to decrease to $120.33 before GPC's NPV MMA Differential increased to the $500 minimum that I look for in a stock with 68 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price, the stock would yield 3.3%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $500 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 7.4%. This dividend growth rate is above the 5.3% used in this analysis, thus providing no margin of safety. GPC has a risk rating of 1.75 which classifies it as a Medium risk stock.

GPC’s long string of dividend increases are supported by its strong underlying fundamentals of sales, earnings, and free cash flow. From an operating standpoint, GPC has an extensive distribution network and it has built a loyal customer following over the years. The company maintains wide-ranging inventories and efficiently delivers products in minimal time. Long-term prospects for the company's auto parts segment should improve with the rising number and increasing complexity of vehicles, along with a higher medium vehicle age.

The company has good financials, stable earnings, and an above-average dividend yield for its industry. GPC is one of my larger holdings, with much of its value coming through capital appreciation. With a Free Cash Flow Payout of 61% (up from 48%) and a Debt to Total Capital of 53% (up from 52%) its dividend is not only sustainable, but has room to grow. It is currently trading at a 65.6% premium to my calculated fair value of $90.10. I will wait for its price to come down and its dividend metrics to improve before adding to my position.

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Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I was long in GPC (3.7% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio). 

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