NYSE:GHC

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Executive Summary

Graham Holdings Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company worldwide.

Rewards

PE ratio (12x) is below the US market (18.4x)

Risk Analysis

Earnings have declined by -4.72% per year over past 5 years

Profit margins (8.3%) are lower than last year (15.9%)



Snowflake Analysis

Excellent balance sheet and fair value.


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Share Price & News

How has Graham Holdings's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: GHC has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-2.1%

GHC

1.6%

US Consumer Services

0.9%

US Market


1 Year Return

-19.0%

GHC

35.8%

US Consumer Services

20.0%

US Market

Return vs Industry: GHC underperformed the US Consumer Services industry which returned 35% over the past year.

Return vs Market: GHC underperformed the US Market which returned 20.1% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

GHCIndustryMarket
7 Day-2.1%1.6%0.9%
30 Day-13.7%2.8%1.4%
90 Day-15.9%19.9%8.8%
1 Year-18.3%-19.0%36.1%35.8%22.5%20.0%
3 Year4.6%1.9%123.6%113.4%49.9%40.3%
5 Year-5.7%-45.7%194.5%161.4%73.2%54.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Graham Holdings's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is Graham Holdings undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

11.96x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: GHC ($537.82) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($133.27)

Significantly Below Fair Value: GHC is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: GHC is good value based on its PE Ratio (12x) compared to the Consumer Services industry average (25.6x).

PE vs Market: GHC is good value based on its PE Ratio (12x) compared to the US market (18.4x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate GHC's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: GHC is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.9x) compared to the US Consumer Services industry average (2.2x).


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Future Growth

How is Graham Holdings forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?

45.3%

Forecasted Consumer Services industry annual growth in earnings


In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Graham Holdings has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.


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Past Performance

How has Graham Holdings performed over the past 5 years?

-4.7%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: GHC has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: GHC's current net profit margins (8.3%) are lower than last year (15.9%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: GHC's earnings have declined by -4.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: GHC's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: GHC had negative earnings growth (-44.2%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Consumer Services industry average (14.8%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: GHC's Return on Equity (7.8%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is Graham Holdings's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: GHC's short term assets ($1.5B) exceed its short term liabilities ($989.0M).

Long Term Liabilities: GHC's short term assets ($1.5B) exceed its long term liabilities ($1.4B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: GHC's debt to equity ratio (17.8%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: GHC's debt to equity ratio has increased from 15.3% to 17.8% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: GHC's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (30.8%).

Interest Coverage: GHC's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (13.2x coverage).


Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: GHC has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: GHC's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 2.8x debt).


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Dividend

What is Graham Holdings's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

1.08%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

company1.1%marketbottom25%1.4%markettop25%3.7%industryaverage1.4%forecastin3Yearsn/a

Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: GHC's dividend (1.08%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.44%).

High Dividend: GHC's dividend (1.08%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.69%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: GHC's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: GHC's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (12.2%), GHC's dividend payments are thoroughly covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.


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Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

4.3yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Tim O’Shaughnessy (38yo)

4.3yrs

Tenure

US$2,983,209

Compensation

Mr. Timothy J. O’Shaughnessy, also known as Tim, has been the President, Chief Executive Officer f Graham Holdings Company since November 3, 2014 and serves as itsoversees investments and acquisitions and  ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Tim's total compensation ($USD2.98M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD4.89M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Tim's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Timothy O’Shaughnessy
President4.3yrsUS$2.98m1.39% $39.8m
Wallace Cooney
Senior VP of Finance & CFO3.1yrsUS$1.75m0.038% $1.1m
Nicole Maddrey
Senior VP4.8yrsUS$1.63m0.050% $1.4m
Andrew Rosen
Executive Vice President5.8yrsUS$4.41m0.17% $4.8m
Jacob Maas
Senior VP of Planning & Development4.3yrsUS$1.43m0.019% $551.9k
Marcel Snyman
VP & Chief Accounting Officer2.1yrsno data0.0075% $215.2k
Scot Gillespie
CTO & VP3.1yrsno datano data
Shailesh Prakash
Chief Information Officer & Executive VP0yrsno datano data
Pinkie Mayfield
VP of Corporate Affairs & Special Assistant to the Chairman5.1yrsno datano data
Kristine Coratti
Vice President of Communications5.3yrsno datano data

4.3yrs

Average Tenure

49yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: GHC's management team is considered experienced (4.3 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Timothy O’Shaughnessy
President4.3yrsUS$2.98m1.39% $39.8m
G. Wagoner
Independent Director9.7yrsUS$178.00k0.019% $537.9k
Donald Graham
Chairman of the Board26.4yrsUS$362.17k10.56% $301.8m
Anne Mulcahy
Independent Director12.1yrsUS$170.00kno data
Thomas Gayner
Independent Director13.1yrsUS$190.00k0.10% $2.9m
Lee Bollinger
Independent Director12.8yrsUS$150.00kno data
Jack Markell
Independent Director2.8yrsUS$150.00kno data
Lawrence Thompson
Independent Director8.7yrsUS$150.00k0.0014% $40.9k
Christopher Davis
Lead Director8.8yrsUS$190.00k0.094% $2.7m
Katharine Weymouth
Independent Director9.4yrsUS$150.00k0.069% $2.0m

9.5yrs

Average Tenure

62yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: GHC's board of directors are considered experienced (9.5 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Graham Holdings Company's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Graham Holdings Company
  • Ticker: GHC
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1877
  • Industry: Education Services
  • Sector: Consumer Services
  • Market Cap: US$2.858b
  • Shares outstanding: 5.31m
  • Website: https://www.ghco.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Graham Holdings Company
  • 1300 North 17th Street
  • 17th Floor
  • Arlington
  • Virginia
  • 22209
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
GHCNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesClass B Common SharesUSUSDOct 1971
WPOBDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesClass B Common SharesDEEUROct 1971

Biography

Graham Holdings Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company worldwide. It provides test preparation services and materials, as well as data science education, and training and healthcare simulation services; professional training and exam preparation for professional certifications and licensures; and non-academic operations support services to Purdue University Global. The company also offers training, test preparation, and degrees for accounting and financial services professionals; professional training courses; English-language training, academic preparation programs, and test preparation for English proficiency exams; and A-level examination preparation services, as well as operates three colleges, one business school, one higher education institution, and one online learning institution. In addition, it owns and operates seven television stations; and provides social-media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users, as well as produces Foreign Policy magazine and ForeignPolicy.com Website. Further, the company publishes Slate, an online magazine and Website; and two French-language news magazine Websites at slate.fr and slateafrique.com. Additionally, it provides marketing solutions on social, mobile, and video platforms; home health and hospice services; burners, igniters, dampers, and controls; screw jacks, linear actuators and related linear motion products, and lifting systems; and pressure impregnated kiln-dried lumber and plywood products, as well as develops cybersecurity training and workforce development education programs. The company also offers power charging and data systems; industrial and commercial indoor lighting solutions; and electrical components and assemblies. The company was formerly known as The Washington Post Company and changed its name to Graham Holdings Company in November 2013. Graham Holdings Company was founded in 1877 and is based in Arlington, Virginia. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/17 23:54
End of Day Share Price2020/02/14 00:00
Earnings2019/09/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.