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.

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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Mid-Year Bankruptcy Review & Outlook

Excerpted from the August 2017 Issue
Even though energy bankruptcies are on the decline, we believe there will continue to be good opportunities for distressed/turnaround investors in that sector for some time.
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The Inside Track on Insider Buying

Steve Cohen, the high profile hedge fund manager, narrowly escaped a prison sentence for trading on insider information. Yet cable billionaire John Malone’s recent insider buying of $16 million of Liberty Global shares, where he is Chairman of the Board and clearly knows a lot of non-public information, is perfectly legal and may be a valuable signal to investors. Can both be possible at the same time? The not-so-simple answer: yes, and no.
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Will Amazon Take Over the World? Not Quite.

Excerpted from the July 2017 Issue
Amazon certainly is impressive; but, realistically, not every industry will be challenged by their profit-draining expansion, nor will every product be sold at large discounts on amazon.com. In this month's Turnaround Letter, we explore a brief selection of companies that would probably be among the last ones to succumb to Amazon Fever. Each has traits that are well outside of the Amazon model, are out of favor and have some interesting turnaround aspects.
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Mid-Year REIT Outlook & Six Attractive Investing Opportunities

As turnaround investors, we approach REITs differently: Rather than focusing on a particular segment of the real estate market, we look for individual REITs that have been neglected by investors but have solid value--that should prevail regardless of the overall market.
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Turnaround Investing Philosophy: 32 Years Later, Some Things Never Change

Recently I was asked how my investing perspective changed over the 32 years of publishing The Turnaround Letter. It's a fascinating question because change is constant, and often beneficial (although that's not a given) in the business world. If change is the norm, can investing principles stay constant? I firmly believe that they can. Read More.

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."