This company is a consumer products conglomerate with a diverse portfolio of widely-recognized brands. The company’s growth-by-acquisition strategy has succeeded in making them a bigger company. But it hasn’t made it more valuable to shareholders.
Like many stocks in the energy sector, master limited partnerships, or MLPs, remain out of favor. Fundamentally, strong energy demand along with healthy production growth means increasing volumes of crude oil and natural gas flowing through pipelines and a brighter future for many MLPs. Listed below are five MLPs that look particularly interesting to us right now.
The stocks discussed in this article have all fallen 70% or more from their five-year highs, and they all have one or more catalysts, while also having enough financial runway to allow a recovery to unfold.
IBM’s stock underperformance since IBM’s current CEO took the helm in 2012 has been stark, with the shares declining 23% while the S&P500 Index has more than doubled. One big problem: revenue growth rate is zero, at best. Without revenue growth, what’s left to entice investors? The real driver of value at IBM – free cash flow that is used to repurchase shares. Can IBM borrow its way to shareholder prosperity as its cash flows shrink? What to do with IBM shares? Wait for a better pitch in the form of a catalyst or much lower valuation.
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.
This Forbeswrite-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."