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.

Value Investing Analysis: Should Kellogg Shareholders Have Post Holdings Envy?

Post Holdings shares have vastly outperformed Kellogg's and the S&P500 over the past three years. Similarly, Post's crisp revenue and earnings growth has left Kellogg's looking soggy. However, the two companies' prospects may diverge again, but in a different direction. In this note, we analyze Post Holdings' recipe for its strong returns, assess what has held Kellogg's back and explore Kellogg's outlook compared to Post Holdings' to answer the question: Should Kellogg's shareholders have Post Holdings envy?
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The Turnaround Letter’s Value Stock Analysis Makes Headlines

George Putnam does not follow the crowd and is widely-recognized for this contrarian perspective--with media sources and financial publications frequently seeking out his insight, value stock recommendations and unique turnaround investing expertise. Most recently, Forbes, equities and MoneyShow highlighted The Turnaround Letter.
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Turnaround Letter is Bullish on GE Stock

After 16 years of downsizing and asset shuffling, GE now appears to be in disarray--with abrupt changes in the board and at the top levels of management. We believe, however, that the recent drama is the natural byproduct of the speed and boldness of a new CEO who is determined to toss overboard a failed strategy and improve GE’s operating performance.
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Whither Public Equity Markets?

The public equity markets are increasingly having to follow the rules of private equity. For public equity investors, this means the following: Private equity valuation measures like EV/Ebitda will drive public equity valuations. Underperforming companies will come under shareholder pressure more quickly. More quasi-public companies like Kraft Heinz and Advance Auto Parts will emerge. For currently in-favor tech companies like Facebook and Amazon, this could eventually lead to much higher scrutiny. We believe the privatization trend will continue.
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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. 
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Harnessing Activists to Help Find Turnaround Stocks

Activist investors—fund managers that hope to drive up share prices by actively changing their target company’s strategy—often produce attractive returns for their clients. If you’re not one of the fortunate few to be a client, you can still use their influence to help with your turnaround investing. As a turnaround investor, you can harness activists in two ways: buy a position in a stock with the expectation that an activist will soon follow, or buy after an activist takes a stake.
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EV/EBITDA: What Is It & Why Are We Using It More?

Excerpted from the September 2017 Issue
Determining what EV/EBITDA multiple makes a stock attractive, just as with a P/E multiple, is admittedly a form of art. We uncovered four companies that have low EV/EBITDA multiples but noticeably higher P/E multiples that might be worth a closer look.
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The Turnaround Letter In The News: equities.com & Forbes

With more than 30 years of turnaround investing and market-beating results, it's no surprise that media and market pundits often seek George Putnam's commentary, stock picks and unique contrarian expertise. Most recently, both Forbes and equities.com praised The Turnaround Letter.
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The Turnaround Letter Takes a Look at Activist Investors

With nearly $180 billion in assets under management, “activist” investment funds have become a powerful force in the capital markets: Nearly 40% of companies in the S&P 500 attracted activist attention in recent years. According to Activist Insight, 320 companies in the U.S. experienced an activist campaign in just the first half of 2017; but who, exactly, are these activists, what are they after, and what role do they collectively serve?
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Tupperware: Not a Good Fit as a Turnaround Stock

At first glance, the shares have decent appeal as a turnaround investment. Looking deeper, however, the fundamentals are not as strong and stable as they appear. Surplus cash flow is tight, a key driver is weakening, it is increasingly reliant on China and has other nagging issues. We don’t see the new CEO as a catalyst for change. Despite the “first glance appeal”, Tupperware isn’t a good fit as a turnaround stock. Read More.

Comparing Stocks Vs. 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. Many turnaround companies have only one class of securities available to investors but where there are different classes to choose from, it can pay to do a little extra analysis of the various options.

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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."