Woodward Inc. (NASDAQ:WWD)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company designs, manufactures, and services energy control systems and components for aircraft and industrial engines and turbines.

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Member Avatar chris293 (82.67) Submitted: 9/22/2013 11:17:01 PM : Underperform Start Price: $41.44 WWD Score: -5.15

Even with the sequester, this company is going to fly!

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Member Avatar Beginner110 (72.12) Submitted: 10/29/2012 8:48:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $32.84 WWD Score: +13.44

High earnings predictabilty and growth persistence. strong finances, reasonable PE. Expect total ROI of 20% annually over next 4 years.

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Member Avatar Invincerator (97.66) Submitted: 3/15/2011 11:14:50 PM : Outperform Start Price: $8.90 WWD Score: +295.68

This is a play on components for wind turbines.

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Member Avatar WSMOOT19 (70.66) Submitted: 4/20/2010 10:57:22 PM : Outperform Start Price: $9.12 WWD Score: +304.04

great long term hold

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Member Avatar Phantomxyz (41.85) Submitted: 11/6/2009 1:34:18 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.07 WWD Score: +33.12

A leading supplier of the components needed to move ahead in the industrial control systems that we see in the alternative energy requirements of the near future.

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Member Avatar notzia (72.59) Submitted: 4/28/2009 2:38:19 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.27 WWD Score: +123.50

I based my CAPS “purchase” on an analysis that I did back on April 1 when the stock was at $10.74, which is what I am writing up here. The appreciation in stock price since then caught me off guard (typically when making picks based on value, it takes a while for others to appreciate the value), and the appreciation since I actually made the pick is also more than I expected for such a short run.

The EPS has been generally been growing since 2001. For the 2001-2008 period, the compounded annual growth (CAGR) has been 12%. The return on equity (ROE) has exceeded 18% for the last two years, and the free cash flow has been positive since 2001 and generally increasing since 2005.

Before I look at the valuations, I look at three indicators of financial safety. For this stock, all three are reasonable. The Altman Z is 3.0; below 1.8 is risky, above 3 is the safe range. The Piotroski F is 5; 2 or below indicates caution, while 8 or 9 indicates that the stock is expected to rise within the next year. The weak spot was the Sloan accrual, which is -.06; 5 or higher is high risk, while -5 or lower is excellent.

I use more than one valuation method to gauge intrinsic value; the first three all provide a reasonable to substantial margin of safety (MOS). The first three are standards in the valuation literature. The estimate based on Graham’s formula was $41 (73% MOS). The Earnings Power Value (value of the firm) was estimated, on a per share bases, to be $40 (73% MOS). The Discounted Cash Flow estimate valued the stock at $17 (38% MOS).

The last two were based on a spreadsheet found on the AAII website; these are designed to mimic Buffett’s valuation methodology. One is based on projecting EPS growth 10 years into the future based on past EPS growth; I discount the resulting valuation to reflect the price at which the stock will realize a compounded earnings (including dividends when applicable) return of 15%. Based on this method the target purchase needs to be below $12, and at the current price there is a 10% MOS

The second is based on estimating EPS growth through the sustainable growth rate. The per-share projected book value is estimated by taking the previous year’s book value, adding EPS and subtracting dividends (when applicable). The projected EPS is estimated by multiplying the projected book value by the average Return on Equity, and the projected dividend is estimated by multiplying the projected EPS by the average payout ratio. I then discount the resulting valuation to reflect the price at which the stock will realize a compounded earnings return of 15%. Based on this method the target purchase needs to be below $12, and at the current price there is an 11% MOS.

To ascertain that the price is attractive to me, I take one more thing into consideration. At the current price, would I expect an immediate 15% return on my investment (ROI) based on earnings and dividends? In this, the EPS represents about 16.6% of the share price by itself, so while the 2.2% dividend yield was not essential, it did provide a bit more safety. However, had the dividend been needed to achieve the desired 15%, I would have discounted it to some degree because there is a moderate risk that the dividend may be cut. This risk is assessed by evaluating several factors (Current Price, Current Yield, Current Payout Factor, Gross Margin, Operating Margin, Financial Leverage, EPS Growth). Both the most recent fiscal year and trailing twelve months (TTM) risk of a dividend cut were moderate. If they had been different, I would give greater weight to a TTM assessment and less weight to the most recent fiscal year.

Based on fundamentals, indicators of safety, and valuation, WGOV rates to be a reasonably good investment.

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Member Avatar Bojac3728 (30.51) Submitted: 4/3/2009 12:08:00 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.99 WWD Score: +179.20

Great growth and earnings.

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Member Avatar jimdy (< 20) Submitted: 3/14/2009 7:44:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $9.19 WWD Score: +284.57

oversold, hot much competition

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Member Avatar Jon4097 (< 20) Submitted: 2/3/2009 2:32:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $18.90 WWD Score: +25.56

Good long term - following the Fools on this one.

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Member Avatar thestinkyfeet (88.34) Submitted: 1/24/2009 3:49:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $21.34 WWD Score: -5.18

The pitch for this stock can be found on the Stinky Feet discussion board at http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=27356289 . Stop by and let us know what you think

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Member Avatar foolofit77 (78.32) Submitted: 1/2/2009 6:18:25 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.83 WWD Score: +2.78

WGOV JUST BROKE 50 DAY MOVING AVG. AND IS A NICE FIT FOR OBAMAS STIMULAS PACKAGE. IT IS ALSO A GREAT WIND PLAY, THEY ARE A MAJOR PRODUCER OF WIND TURBINES. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET OUT AROUND ITS HIGH AND THINK ITS TIME TO GET BACK IN.

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Member Avatar Juco522 (25.06) Submitted: 12/10/2008 10:10:07 PM : Outperform Start Price: $18.84 WWD Score: +40.13

With the push for "green" technologies, Woodward Governor will likely increase orders substantially for hydroelectric and wind-power generators.

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Member Avatar CaptureRatio (37.13) Submitted: 12/5/2008 10:36:29 AM : Outperform Start Price: $18.18 WWD Score: +30.72

In for real under $20....

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Member Avatar randydeanw (23.74) Submitted: 10/4/2008 1:12:07 PM : Outperform Start Price: $27.70 WWD Score: -7.81

wind is the trend in '09

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Member Avatar geolitjon (< 20) Submitted: 9/22/2008 2:46:47 AM : Outperform Start Price: $37.93 WWD Score: -30.15

wind play

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Member Avatar MattAllison (94.79) Submitted: 9/12/2008 2:48:00 AM : Outperform Start Price: $39.49 WWD Score: -36.64

Great company, great stock. A Rock. As with my other Rocks, this is a company you can build a great portfolio with.

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Member Avatar ajm101 (31.94) Submitted: 9/11/2008 7:24:54 PM : Outperform Start Price: $39.49 WWD Score: -36.64

nope, oil is still hard to find and coal still pollutes. wind is free for the taking. wgov helps wind turbines integrate w/ the power grid.

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Member Avatar fredhamann (20.77) Submitted: 8/13/2008 9:16:08 PM : Outperform Start Price: $44.25 WWD Score: -45.74

O/U 61

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Member Avatar USMCLV (22.75) Submitted: 8/12/2008 7:20:47 PM : Outperform Start Price: $43.67 WWD Score: -43.33

T-Boone Pickens has enough money to make his wind generation plan work. This is a feel good story for all concerned about the environment and people will demand that wind energy is part of our supply.

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Member Avatar skonesam2 (71.26) Submitted: 8/6/2008 12:47:12 PM : Underperform Start Price: $43.65 WWD Score: +43.43

I like this stock, but I think the run up is too much, too soon. Short term underperform.

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