Dole Valuations

Here are my valuations of Dole (DOLE)

Dole asset valuation done on 5-19-2012.  All #’s in millions of $.  Using March 2012 10Q and 2011 10K.

These valuations are done by me, using my estimates, and is not a recommendation for you to buy the stock. DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK.

Assets:                                     Book Value:                               Reproduction Value:

Current Assets

Cash                                            106                                                   106

Marketable Securities                     0                                                       0

Accounts Receivable (net)          739                                                   628

Inventories                                   877                                                   438.5

Prepaid Expenses                        64                                                      32

Deferred taxes-tax liability           185                                                   55.5

Total CA                                     1,971                                                1,260

PP&E Net                                    901                                                   540.6

Goodwill                                      413                                                     124

Intangible Assets                        740                                                     370

689 million of IA is their estimate of what the DOLE brand is worth.

Total Assets                             4,025                                                 2,294.6

Number of shares = 88m

With IA: 4,025/88=$45.74 per sahre

Without IA: 3,285/88=$37.33 per share

Reproduction Value

With IA 2294.6/88=$26.08 per share

Without IA 1924.6/88=$21.88 per share.

Current share price=$8.96 per share

Second Dole valuation:

Done on 5-19-2012 using March 2012 10Q and 2011 10K.  Numbers in millions of $.

Cash and cash equivalents=106 + short term investments of 0=106

Number of shares=88

Total Current Liabilities=1,090

Short term investments+cash and cash equivalents-current liabiliites=-984

-984/88= -$11.18 in net cash per share

EBIT of 300 taken from 2011 10K

5X, 10X, and 14X EBIT= 5X=1,500, 10X=3,000, 14X=4,200

1,500 + C &CE above of 106=1606, 3,000 +106=3,106, 4,200+106=4,306

1606/88=$18.25 per share

3106/88=$35.05 per share

4306/88=$48.93 per share

Current price is $8.96 per share

Current market cap=782.9 million

EV=MKT cap+debt,minority interest & preferred shares- total C&CE

EV=782.9+1626=39=0-106=3,381 m                                      EV/EBIT=11.27

Dole owns 117,000 acres of land, mostly in Hawaii. 117,000 X $5000, which I think is a conservative estimate of land prices in Hawaii=$585 million in potential worth of land.

585/88= $6.65 per share potential of land per share, with again a current share price of $8.96 per share.

Subtracting my estimate of their potential land value you get the rest of Dole, cash, and debt for $2.31.

Being a very conservative investor, normally I would never touch a stock with this much debt in relation to market cap, EBIT, cash on hand, and a negative net cash number, even with the massive margin of safety.

Another knock against it is that it is a fresh fruit business, which makes it a commodity business leading to widely fluctuating prices, revenues, and margins.

However, the management has has been paying down debt slowly over the past several years. Dole is also currently under strategic review by their directors and management to see how they can unlock lost value and pay down debt at the same time.

http://seekingalpha.com/news-article/2700131-dole-food-company-inc-announces-first-quarter-2012-results-and-strategic-business-review

In the article they state that “As part of this review, the alternatives we may consider include a full or partial separation of one or more of our businesses through a spin-off or other capital markets transaction, as well as other alternatives that will enhance shareholder value. We are committed to enhancing shareholder value and this review is a company priority.”

Normally I would take the above statement with a grain of salt but their biggest shareholder Mr. David Murdock currently owns 58.1% of all shares.  He originally brought Dole public again in 2009 at a price of $12.50 per share meaning he has already lost several hundreds of millions of dollars.  Obviously he would want to do what is in his own self interest and hopefully what is best for the shareholders to make that money back, and unlock further value.

Leading me to believe that they are going to find under their strategic review that they are either going to sell off some assets, including some of the land, or more likely spin off one or more companies to help pay down some of their debt.

Personally I think they should move most of their resources into the packaged fruits section of their business as it has the highest margins by far, concentrate less on the fresh fruit section by selling or spinning off at least a portion of that business , sell or spin off the fresh vegetable section outright, and either lease or sell part of their land holdings which could substantially pay down debt and raise the stock price.  They would also be a more focused company if the above were to occur as well.

Again feel free to give feedback.

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