Excerpted from the November 2016 Issue
A common temptation is to mix emotions with investing. Your candidate won, and so you are more optimistic--or your candidate lost, and now you’re more pessimistic. Stocks don’t know who you voted for. Avoiding emotionally-driven post-election buying and selling will be beneficial to your financial health.Read More
As tempting as it may seem, buying the stock of a company operating under bankruptcy court protection is almost never a good investment.Read More
Leadership matters. Whether in sports or in business, an organization is not just a collection of people, cash, physical property, intellectual property and other assets. Not every new management team is highly capable and new leadership cannot always overcome dire strategic situations or the quagmire of a decaying industry; but without good leadership, no business can prosper for long--much less survive.Read More
There is an old saying among turnaround investors: “earnings and assets come and go, but debt is forever.”Read More
While important to any investment program, diversification is critical to successful turnaround investing. Read More
Excerpted from the October 2016 Issue
While everyone expects the stock market to drop in response to a rate hike, in the past the opposite has often happened. Interest rate rises are usually in response to strength in the economy, which is generally good for stocks. The effect on bonds is much more clear-cut: when rates go up bond prices go down.Read More
In turnaround investing, the story will often “improve slowly at first, then all of a sudden.” Few things in investing are as frustrating as making a good call but selling the stock just before it takes off.Read More
There is no easy way to determine how much patience is appropriate; but if your turnaround is well into its fourth year without meaningful progress, it could be time to move on.Read More
Excerpted from the September 2016 Issue
A good place to start is in the company’s filings with the SEC--in which Non-GAAP earnings must be reconciled with GAAP results. Earnings conference call transcripts, available for free for most companies, can reveal management’s reasoning. Investors will also want to look at history--how often and how large have adjustments been over the past five years? To be most effective, the investor can use both GAAP and Non-GAAP numbers. Minding the GAAP gap can help improve the chances that your stock profits become recurring.Read More
Turnaround investors recognize the opportunity in a battered stock well before the rest of the market and want to pounce immediately. But even if the fundamentals look attractive and there is a margin of safety in the valuation, the stock can still decline--sometimes substantially.Read More
Identify & Profit from Distressed Investing
Turnaround Investing Blog
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.
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.
Turnaround Letter Stock Pick Named Top Performer of 2017
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."
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