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.

Dow Hits 20,000, But These Dogs Are Still Sitting On The Porch

Excerpted from the February 2017 Issue
We created a different version of the Dogs of the Dow: We selected the seven stocks that have completely missed the rally over the past three years. If these lazy dogs get off the porch, they could have a market-beating run. All seven are solid, well-run companies with healthy balance sheets. Many offer attractive yields. Some offer defensive traits should the stock market or oil prices turn downward. Others have unique company-specific aspects that could bring them back to life.
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2016 Bankruptcy Review: More & Bigger

Excerpted from the January 2017 Issue
While we believe that overall bankruptcy activity will remain at a high level for the foreseeable future, we think that filings in the energy sector may have peaked. We are optimistic that the increasing bankruptcy activity will provide some very attractive opportunities for turnaround investors.
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How To Find Good Value Stocks When They Are Scarce

With U.S. stocks well into their eighth year of a bull market and the economy showing increasing signs of strength, finding ideal turnaround stocks--those with all three ingredients--can be a needle-in-the-haystack project at best. What is an investor to do in a seemingly barren value stock landscape?
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Looking Back at 2016 and Ahead to 2017: Stock Market Recap & Forecast

Excerpted from the January 2017 Issue
The market’s previous assumptions about the U.S. economy--sluggish growth, rising government regulation, near-zero interest rates--seem to have reversed overnight with the election of Donald Trump. We think the changes run deeper. Households and companies are starting to move past the financial crisis, which peaked eight years ago. Demand is picking up. With it, there is a good chance that the deflationary environment is shifting back toward inflation. Trump’s election could further boost growth through more government spending and fewer regulations. Risks to the markets may increase in 2017, and investors prepared for volatility can better hold firm when it arrives.
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Strategies for Investing in Distressed Securities

Adding a sizable debt burden on top of the profit uncertainty will further expand the range of possible outcomes; and this very wide range creates inefficient pricing, as investors can have very different views on what these bonds are actually worth. For the buyer of distressed bonds, this uncertainty and inefficiency are powerful sources of potentially high returns.
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What is Distressed Securities Investing?

Distressed investing usually involves greater risk than turnaround investing, but can also offer higher returns. Given the risk, most investors in distressed securities focus on bonds, which can provide greater downside protection.
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The Trump Effect

Excerpted from the December 2016 Issue
Investors have newfound enthusiasm for domestic economic growth, as a Trump presidency could bring new infrastructure spending, lighter regulatory burdens and lower corporate taxes. While the distance between campaign promises and corporate profits can be vast, we agree with the market’s general assessment of how government policies might change.
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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."