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fuzzhead72 3 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 29, 2015 10:43 AM Member since: Dec 18, 1999
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• #### 2 users liked this posts users disliked this posts 1 Reply The Intelligent investor and Lumber Liquidators

I'm currently reading The Intelligent investor, by Benjamin Graham. On pages 54-55, he outlines a formula to use to evaluate a company to make sure you aren't overpaying for it. I thought it would be interesting to apply this to Lumber Liquidators.

The first test he uses is to find an average earnings per share for the past 7 years, and not to pay more than 25 times that. A 7 year check of LL earnings per share gives us:
.82, .97, .93, .93, 1.68, 2.77, 2.31 = average earnings of \$1.48 over the period
25 times \$1.48 equals \$37

This means that the first test would tell us not to pay more than \$37 for a share of LL.

However, there is also a second test, which says not to pay more than 20 times the earnings for the prior year period. Earnings for 2014 were \$2.31 per share. Using that metric, we should not pay more than about \$46 per share for the company. Over the past 12 months, adding the 29c earnings loss just announced, we get earnings per share of \$1.53. Multiply that by 20 and you get \$30.60 per share.

The \$30.60 per share is the lowest number, so it should be used. According to The Intelligent Investor, we should not pay more than \$30.60 per share for LL.

negatives: cyclical drop in sales, negative perception lingering probably 18 months

positives: chain store growth continues, profits were fairly level to growing before 60 minutes report,
study cited in that report is likely quite biased and flawed

#### earnings per share?

by fuzzhead72 Apr 23, 2015 10:04 AM

I understand, but in order to truly evaluate the entire ETF using the earnings formula found in the book "The Intelligent Investor", I would need to know the overall earnings, correct? The only way I can think of to find this for an ETF would be to add up all the outstanding shares of stock in all of the companies. Next, I guess I would add up all the earnings for all of the companies, right? Then I suppose I would divide the total earnings by the total shares of stock to find the total earnings per share. I was just hoping that someone else might have already done this.

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Has anyone caculated the earnings per share for GREK?

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