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5 Guru Stocks Expanding Book Value

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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 is 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.


All statistics in this article are as of the date of writing, Jan. 07, 2020.

Axos Financial

The book value per share of Axos Financial Inc. (AX) has grown 22% over the past 10 years. The price-book ratio is 1.62 and the price-tangible book value is 1.92.

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The bank has a market cap of $1.80 billion and an enterprise value of $1.84 billion.

According to the discounted cash flow (DCF) calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 57% margin of safety at $29.30. The share price has been as high as $33.52 and as low as $24.05 in the last 52 weeks. As of Tuesday, the stock was trading 9.67% below its 52-week high and 25.90% above its 52-week low.

With 0.49% of outstanding shares, Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.04%.

Heartland Financial USA

Heartland Financial USA Inc.'s (HTLF) book value per share has grown 11.10% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 1.16 and the price-tangible book value is 1.69.

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The banking services and solutions provider has a market cap of $1.83 billion and an enterprise value of $1.67 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 56.75% margin of safety at $49.00. The share price has been as high as $50.24 and as low as $40.80 in the last 52 weeks. As of Tuesday, the stock was trading 1.0% below its 52-week high and 21.90% above its 52-week low.

With 0.46% of outstanding shares, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.01%.

Carpenter Technology

Carpenter Technology Corp.'s (CRS) book value per share has grown 8.30% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 1.51 and the price-tangible book value is 2.0.

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The company, which produces metals and alloys such as nickel, cobalt, titanium and chromium, has a market cap of $2.38 billion and an enterprise value of $2.99 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is overpriced by 40% at $49.78. The share price has been as high as $56.33 and as low as $34.40 in the last 52 weeks. As of Tuesday, the stock was trading 11.63% below its 52-week high and 44.71% above its 52-week low.

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.79% of outstanding shares, followed by Royce with 0.51%, Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio)'s GMO LLC with 0.37%, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.16% and Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio)'s Gotham Asset Management with 0.03%.

Grupo Financiero Galicia

The book value per share of Grupo Financiero Galicia SA (GGAL) has grown 46.30% over the past 10 years. The price-book ratio is 2.08 and the price to tangible book value is 2.20.

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The financial service holding company has a market cap of $2.32 billion and an enterprise value of $1.66 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 73.44% margin of safety at $16.23. The share price has been as high as $39.22 and as low as $9.53 in the last 52 weeks. As of Tuesday, the stock was trading 58.62% below its 52-week high and 70.30% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 4.74.

With 0.14% of outstanding shares, Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Grantham with 0.08%.

Walker & Dunlop

Walker & Dunlop Inc.'s (WD) book value per share has grown 28.40% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 1.95 and the price-tangible book value is 16.80.

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The commercial real estate finance company has a market cap of $1.99 billion and an enterprise value of $3.49 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 54% margin of safety at $63.68. The share price has been as high as $68.36 and as low as $42.27 in the last 52 weeks. As of Tuesday, the stock was trading 5.38% below its 52-week high and 53.02% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 11.65.

Royce is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.94% of outstanding shares, followed by Grantham with 0.69%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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