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Large Cap / Banks / Diversified Financials

Fifth Third Financials Announced

On February 20, 2012, Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) reported full year 2011 net income of $1.3 billion, compared with net income of $753 million in 2010. After preferred dividends, 2011 net income available to common shareholders was $1.1 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared with 2010 net income available to common shareholders of $503 million, or $0.63 per diluted share. Preferred dividends in the first quarter of 2011 included $153 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, of discount accretion primarily related to the repayment of TARP preferred stock, as well as $15 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, of contractual dividend payments on the TARP preferred stock. TARP preferred dividends in 2010 were $215 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, including $170 million of contractual dividend payments and $45 million of discount accretion. Fourth quarter 2011 net income was $314 million, compared with net income of $381 million in the third quarter of 2011 and net income of $333 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. After preferred dividends, fourth quarter 2011 net income available to common shareholders was $305 million or $0.33 per diluted share, compared with third quarter net income of $373 million or $0.40 per diluted share, and net income of $270 million or $0.33 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2010. Net interest income of $920 million on a fully taxable equivalent basis increased $18 million from the third quarter of 2011. Interest income increased $2 million and interest expense declined $16 million. Interest income results reflected a $12 million increase from loans and $10 million reduction from securities. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, net interest income increased $1 million and the net interest margin decreased 8 bps, which was largely the result of lower loan and investment securities yields, partially offset by higher average loan balances, run-off in higher-priced CDs and mix shift to lower cost deposit products. Corporate banking revenue of $82 million decreased 5% from the third quarter of 2011 and decreased 20% from the same period last year. The sequential decline was primarily driven by lower foreign exchange, interest rate derivative and lease related fees. The year-over-year decline was driven by these factors as well as strong syndication fees and institutional sales revenue results in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Is there value in bankrupt PG&E’s stock?

In nearly every case, the shares of a company in bankruptcy become worthless. In very rare cases, however, they can become great investments. W.R. Grace (NYSE:GRA) shares produced a 75-fold return, as an example. With California utility PG&E (NYSE:PCG) now in bankruptcy, the range of possible outcomes for its equity is wide.

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EV/EBITDA: What Is It & Why Are We Using It More?

In reading recent editions of The Turnaround Letter, you have probably noticed that we are increasingly using EV/EBITDA as a valuation measure, rather than the better-known price/earnings multiple.  We thought it might be useful to describe this measure and why we like it.

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Turnaround Letter Stock Pick Named Top Performer of 2017

 

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What Last Year's Top Stock Pickers Are Buying in 2018

 

This Forbes write-up follows up on the recent Top Stock Tips report--naming The Turnaround Letter's Crocs recommendation the top performer of 2017: With 90% gains, CROX beat out 100 other investment ideas included in the report; and the stock continues to have value investing appeal, according to Putnam.

 

George notes, "We see additional upside for the stock in 2018 as management's efforts continue to bear fruit, though the gains will likely be more muted than we saw in 2017."