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.

Emerging Markets/International Stocks

A Reader Asks, "What is your opinion on investing in foreign turnaround companies?"

There are certainly good opportunities in foreign turnarounds, but also very significant risks as well. The market inefficiencies that provide unusually high return potential for turnarounds here in the U.S. are probably even greater in foreign markets. However, there may be special, local features that affect foreign companies that we may not understand when we view them from afar. Also, if a foreign company is at risk of filing for bankruptcy, or its equivalent, that raises the risk and uncertainty to another level. The bankruptcy laws in foreign countries are very different from such laws in the U.S.  In many countries, it is very difficult for a bankrupt company to reorganize, and so almost all bankruptcies result in the company being liquidated. The bottom line is that we would only recommend investing in a foreign turnaround if you are comfortable that you understand the local legal and market factors affecting the company.

(Question submitted by Reynaldo R.)

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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."