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6 Cheap Stocks With Growing Book Value

- By Tiziano Frateschi

According to the GuruFocus All-In-One Screener, the following companies have grown their book value per share (BV/S) over the last decade.

BV/S 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 BV/S may not reflect the company's true value, some investors check the tangible book value to confirm their investment ideas.


The BV/S of Multi-Color Corp. (LABL) has grown 12% over the last 10 years. The price-book ratio is 1.

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The provider of label solutions has a $712.16 million market cap.

According to the discounted cash flow calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 56% margin of safety at $35. The stock price has been as high as $89.70 and as low as $34.34 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, it was 61.30% below its 52-week high and 1.08% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 8.28.

Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.13% of outstanding shares.

Eaton Vance Corp.'s (EV) BV/S has grown 15% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 3.7 and the price to tangible book value is 5.3.

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The company, which provides asset management and investment advisory services, has a market cap of $4.07 billion.

According to the discounted cash flow calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 11% margin of safety at $35. The stock price has been as high as $60.95 and as low as $34.55 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, it is 42.90% below its 52-week high and 0.72% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 11.17.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.04% of outstanding shares, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.01%.

The BV/S of KapStone Paper And Packaging Corp. (KS) has grown 15% over the last 10 years. The price-book ratio is 2.7 and price to tangible book of 11.9.

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The producer of container board and corrugated products has a $3.42 billion market cap.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 54% margin of safety at $34.95. The stock price has been as high as $35.10 and as low as $20.51 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, it is 0.43% below its 52-week high and 70.40% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 10.09.

Simons' firm is the company's largest guru shareholder with 0.33% of outstanding shares, followed by Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.17% and Leucadia National (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.1%.

Mednax Inc.'s (MD) BV/S has grown 13% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 1.1.

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The company, which provides physician services, has a market cap of $3.17 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 36% margin of safety at $35.4. The stock price has been as high as $63.04 and as low as $35.23 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, it is 43.85% below its 52-week high and 0.48% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 9.51.

With 3.64% of outstanding shares, Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Paul Singer (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.28%, Simons' firm with 2.3% and Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.51%.

The BV/S of Hub Group Inc. (HUBG) has grown 12% over the last 10 years. The price-book ratio is 1.4 and the price to tangible book value is 3.5.

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The asset-light freight transportation management company has a market cap of $1.25 billion.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 48% margin of safety at $36.56. The stock price has been as high as $56.60 and as low as $35.70 in the last 52 weeks. It is currently 35.41% below its 52-week high and 2.41% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 4.82.

With 8.63% of outstanding shares, Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Fisher with 4.15% and Mairs and Power (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.6%.

Westwood Holdings Group Inc.'s (WHG) BV/S has grown 15% over the past decade. The price-book ratio is 2 and the price to tangible book value is 2.6.

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The investment management company has a market cap of $332.78 million.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a 10% margin of safety at $36.9. The stock price has been as high as $70.71 and as low as $36.01 in the last 52 weeks. As of Wednesday, it is 47.82% below its 52-week high and 2.47% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings ratio is 13.10.

With 6.18% of outstanding shares, Gabelli is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Simons' firm with 4.86%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.