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7 Stocks With Growing Book Values

- By Tiziano Frateschi

The following companies have grown their book value per share (BV/S) over the last 10 years.

BV/S is calculated as total equity minues preferred stock, divided by shares outstanding (EOP). Theoretically it is what the shareholders will receive if the company is liquidated. Total equity is a balance sheet item and equal to total assets minus total liabilities of the company. Because 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 Ever-Glory International Group Inc. (EVK) has grown by 5% over the last 10 years. The price-book (P/B) ratio is 0.4, and the price to tangible book ratio is 0.5.

Ever-Glory is an apparel supply chain management provider, manufacturer, distributor and retailer based in China, with customers in China as well as the United States, Europe and Japan.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 54% at $2.5. The price has been as high as $3 and as low as $1.49 in the last 52 weeks. It is 16.67% below its 52-week high and 67.79% above its 52-week low. The price-earnings (P/E) ratio is 5.43.

The BV/S of Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (TLF) has grown by 9% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 1.4, and the price to tangible book ratio is 1.4.

Tandy Leather is a retailer and wholesale distributor of leather and related products, including leather, leatherworking tools, buckles and adornments for belts, leather dyes and finishes, saddle and tack hardware and do-it-yourself kits.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 22% at $8.2. The price has been as high as $8.30 and as low as $6.57 in the last 52 weeks. It is 1.20% below its 52-week high and above 24.81% its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 11.90.

The BV/S of Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc. (UEPS) has grown by 8% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 1.2, and the price to tangible book ratio is 2.1.

The company provides payment solutions and transaction processing services across multiple industries. The company also provides financial services along with hardware solutions.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 37% at $11.38. The price has been as high as $13.81 and as low as $8.37 in the last 52 weeks. It is 17.60% below its 52-week high and 35.96% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 1.20.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is Charles de Vaulx (Trades, Portfolio) with 5.27% of outstanding shares followed by IVA International Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 4.29%, Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio) with 3.01%, Jeremy Grantham (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.28%, Paul Tudor Jones (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.08% and Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.03%.

The BV/S of Bbva Banco Frances SA ADR (BFR) has grown by 26% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 3.3, and the price to tangible book ratio is 3.4.

BBVA Banco Frances provides financial products and services to corporations, medium and small companies and individuals. It offers retail banking, enterprise banking and corporate and investment banking in Spain, Mexico, South America, the U.S. and Eurasia.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 52% at $19.08. The price has been as high as $23.25 and as low as $16.20 in the last 52 weeks. It is 17.94% below its 52-week high and 17.78% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 14.53.

Simons is the largest shareholder of the company among the gurus with 0.04% of outstanding shares followed by Caxton Associates (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02% and Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.01%.

The BV/S of Dime Community Bancshares Inc. (DCOM) has grown by 7% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 1.4, and the price to tangible book ratio is 1.3.

Dime Community operates as the holding company for The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh. It provides financial services and loans for multifamily housing in the United States.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 21% at $20.2. The price has been as high as $22.48 and as low as $16.10 in the last 52 weeks. It is10.14% below its 52-week high and 25.47% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 10.24.

Simons is the largest shareholder of the company among the gurus with 1.63% of outstanding shares followed by Bernard Horn (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.5%.

The BV/S of Gentex Corp. (GNTX) has grown by 11% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 3.1, and the price to tangible book ratio is 4.6.

Gentex designs and manufactures automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 24% at $20.41. The price has been as high as $22.12 and as low as $14.66 in the last 52 weeks. It is 7.73% below its 52-week high and 39.22% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 17.01.

Royce is the largest shareholder of the company among the gurus with 2.44% of outstanding shares followed by Columbia Wanger (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.96%, Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.23%, Simons with 0.12%, Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.09%, Grantham with 0.08%, Murray Stahl (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.01% and Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.01%.

The BV/S of ILG Inc. (ILG) has grown by 7% over the last 10 years. The P/B ratio is 1.6, and the price to tangible book ratio is 4.6.

According to the DCF calculator, the stock is undervalued and is trading with a margin of safety of 36% at $20.5. The price has been as high as $21.17 and as low as $11.79 in the last 52 weeks. It is 3.16% below its 52-week high and 73.88% above its 52-week low. The P/E ratio is 7.98.

The company provides nontraditional lodging, encompassing a portfolio of leisure businesses from exchange and vacation rental to vacation ownership. Its operating segments are Exchange and Rental and Vacation Ownership.

The company's largest shareholder among the gurus is Wallace Weitz (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.03% of outstanding shares followed by Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.82%, Simons with 0.43%, John Hussman (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.08%, Jones with 0.04%, Greenblatt with 0.04%, Gabelli with 0.04% and David Dreman (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.02%.

Disclosure: I do not own shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.

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