Turnaround Investing Blog

George Putnam, one of the country's leading turnaround and distressed investing professionals, shares his timely insight on the economy and turnaround investing opportunities.

Focus on Core Business Operations

Selecting a turnaround stock with solid profit potential can almost be considered an art form in itself. As noted in our other distressed investing blog entries there are many factors to evaluate to determine the real possibilities in any turnaround situation, and here is one more: Look for solid core businesses.
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Watch for Senior Management Changes

Turnaround investing can be very profitable, but how do contrarians go about selecting the most potentially lucrative opportunities? One proven technique is to watch for management changes. Just as real estate experts say there are three keys to success in real estate, we believe there are three keys to success in turnarounds: management, management, management.
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Will They or Won't They Raise Rates? Don't Pay Any Attention to the Noise

Excerpted from the June 2016 Issue
For what seems like the umpteenth time over the last several years, investors – in both stocks and bonds – are once again focused on the questions of “Will the Fed raise interest rates? When? And by how much?” The stock and bond markets often react quite sharply to whatever the “expert” view is on any given day.
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Comparing Stocks and Bonds

While the common stock of a turnaround candidate usually has the greatest upside potential, other classes of securities, such as bonds or preferred stock, may offer attractive profit possibilities with less risk.
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Look for Special Problems that Do Not Affect the Business

Sometimes a company will struggle because of an isolated problem that is not related to its core business prospects. Litigation is a common example. When an otherwise healthy company becomes encumbered with a potentially major liability, management gets distracted and investors flee. A mighty battleship can’t escape its anchor. However, if the company can resolve this problem its stock and bonds may advance sharply and present a potentially lucrative turnaround investing opportunity.
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Who Owns The Stock?

Year after year, many of the biggest winners on Wall Street are struggling companies that turn themselves around and return to favor with investors, but not every laggard is going to turn into a success story. You can improve your chances of spotting a successful opportunity by following some basic rules that apply to almost all turnarounds.
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Traditional Retailers: Will Brick-and-Mortar Stores Disappear?

Excerpted from the April 2016 Issue
Our answer is “No, at least not for many decades,” but many investors appear to disagree. When some retailers posted disappointing results last autumn, many retail stocks dropped 40-50% from highs set only a few months earlier.
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When to Buy Bonds Instead of Stock

Excerpted from the March 2016 Issue
The key to deciding where to invest in a company’s capital structure--as with any investment decision--is evaluating risk and potential reward. Unfortunately, however, one of the fundamental rules of investing is that bigger rewards (higher returns) almost always come with higher risks...and vice versa. This is key for anyone deciding the most prudent investment strategy when it comes to distressed securities.
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What's With the Stock Market?

Excerpted from the February 2016 Issue
January was a tough month for most investors. Where does the market go from here? Of course, we don’t know for sure; but we do think the gloom and doom is overdone.
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2015 Bankruptcy Recap: 46% Increase Fueled by Oil & Gas/Mining Industry--Further Uptick Predicted

Looking back at 2015, research reveals a 14% decline in overall business bankruptcies but a 46% uptick in public company Chapter 11 filings—with a striking 51% of those filings coming from the battered Oil & Gas/Mining sectors. Economic indicators point to further increases in corporate bankruptcy, in general, and Energy-related filings, in particular. Just a few days into 2016, this viewpoint has already been validated by Arch Coal's long-awaited $8 billion Chapter 11 filing—and continuing oil price plummets severe enough that OPEC will likely convene an emergency meeting to address "shattered" economies.
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A Closer Look At Two Activist Campaigns

Watch to see if ADP’s CEO Carlos Rodriguez inadvertently helps Pershing, and his aggressive and sometimes personal stance against Ackman could backfire. Overall, because of the stock’s strong returns and Ackman’s weak credibility, we would give this activist campaign a low chance of making ADP a successful turnaround investment. For turnaround investors, the Trian campaign appears to have a win-win opportunity for investors--either Peltz joins the board and learns enough to re-invigorate P&G, or loses and management must either execute (boosting earnings and the shares) or they will face a more drastic proxy campaign with higher odds of success down the road. We think the P&G campaign could turn out well for shareholders.  Read More.

Warrants: A Solid Investment Opportunity

Warrants provide a valuable tool for the savvy investor. When selected and implemented well, they can be a smart addition to a diversified investor’s portfolio. Like options, warrants are not equity. They only convey the right to buy equity. As such, neither holder is entitled to dividend rights, pre-emptive rights, proxy voting or any share of any liquidation.

 

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Warrants' return potential can be very high, but they also carry significant risks. Learn what they are, how they work, strategies to minimize risk and find profit with warrants.

Here's Why You Should Invest in Asset Managers

 

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This Forbes article cites a recent MoneyShow write-up that recommends investors take advantage of the strong stock market and potential interest rate hike by "putting some of your investment assets into the shares of asset management stocks."

 

The article praises The Turnaround Letter's OAK purchase recommendation and quotes George Putnam: "As the corporate debt binge that we’ve experienced since 2009 comes to an end, Oaktree will benefit from a growing number of restructurings and bankruptcies."  

 

Learn more about Putnam's investing success with turnaround stocks.