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5 Companies Boosting Book Value

According to the GuruFocus All-In-One Screener, the following companies have grown their book value per share over the past decade.

Book value per share is calculated as total equity minus preferred stock, divided by shares outstanding. Theoretically, it is what shareholders will receive if a company is liquidated. Total equity is a balance sheet item and equal to total assets minus total liabilities. Since the book value per share may not reflect the company's true value, some investors check the tangible book value to confirm their investment ideas.


American Public Education

The book value per share of American Public Education Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) has grown 13.70% over the past 10 years. The price-book ratio and the price-tangible book value are both 1.31.

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The American company, which offers various undergraduate and graduate degree programs, has a market cap of $386.80 million and an enterprise value of 187.38 million.

According to the discounted cash flow calculator, the stock is overpriced by 189% at $25.12. The share price has been as high as $34.97 and as low as $21.51 in the last 52 weeks. As of Monday, the stock was trading 28.17% below its 52-week high and 16.78% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 31.01.

With 7.94% of outstanding shares, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.29% and Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.26%.

Clearwater Paper

Clearwater Paper Corp.'s (NYSE:CLW) book value per share has grown 9.90% over the past decade. The price-book ratio and the price-tangible book value are both 0.91.

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The company, which manufactures tissue paper, bleached paperboard and pulp, has a market cap of $379.04 million and an enterprise value of $1.40 billion.

The share price has been as high as $35.27 and as low as $13.87 in the last 52 weeks. As of Monday, the stock was trading 34.93% below its 52-week high and 65.47% above its 52-week low.

With 0.09% of outstanding shares, Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder.

Southern Missouri Bancorp

Southern Missouri Bancorp Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SMBC) book value per share has grown 12.70% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 1.41 and the price-tangible book value is 1.55.

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The American bank has a market cap of $339.45 million and an enterprise value of $257.44 million.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 21.06% margin of safety at $36.89. The share price has been as high as $39.80 and as low as $29.92 in the last 52 weeks. As of Monday, the stock was trading 7.31% below its 52-week high and 23.30% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 11.42.

With 3.57% of outstanding shares, Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Simons' firm with 1.75% and Hotchkis & Wiley with 0.43%.

MiX Telematics

The book value per share of MiX Telematics Ltd. (NYSE:MIXT) has grown 14.10% over the past 10 years. The price-book ratio is 2.23 and the price to tangible book value is 5.22.

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The company, which provides mobile asset management solutions, has a market cap of $266.81 million and an enterprise value of $257.66 million.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with an 8.26% margin of safety at $12.1. The share price has been as high as $20.07 and as low as $11.96 in the last 52 weeks. As of Monday, the stock was trading 39.70% below its 52-week high and 1.17% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 16.37.

With 3.27% of outstanding shares, Simons' firm is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Grantham with 0.08%.

Westwood Holdings Group

Westwood Holdings Group Inc.'s (NYSE:WHG) book value per share has grown 12.80% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 1.79 and the price-tangible book value is 2.33.

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The provider of investment advisory services has a market cap of $265.56 million and an enterprise value of $174.06 million.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 1,228% at $42.65. The share price has been as high as $42.76 and as low as $24.51 in the last 52 weeks. As of Monday, the stock was trading 0.26% below its 52-week high and 74.01% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 28.81.

Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) is other company's largest guru shareholder with 6.29% of outstanding shares, followed by Hotchkis & Wiley with 1.57%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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