The Turnaround Letter

March 2018

Volume: 32
Edition: 9

Stock Pick & Stock Sales

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Stock moved to sell recommendation following acquisition.

Sale Recommendation - March 2018

This engineering and water services firm agreed to be acquired in an all-stock deal, and we recommended the sale of its shares.
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This stock is in limbo, but there are two paths to significant gains for shareholders.

Purchase Recommendation - March 2018

While an investment in this mid-cap insurer carries significant, speculative risks, we believe that the upside potential justifies these risks. On the one hand, there is a determined buyer working toward completing a cash deal worth 90% more than the current share price. On the other hand, if the deal fails to pass regulatory muster, the company is currently valued at a remarkably low 11% of book value and 2x earnings, even as the underlying businesses appear to be improving.
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Turnaround Investing Articles

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Over the past few weeks we've been reading a lot about "the return of volatility."

Return of Volatility? No, Return of "Normal"

Sizeable market moves can increase the temptation to sell on downdrafts and buy on upswings.  However, we strongly advise against attempting to do that. The chances of getting out at the right time and then back in again before the market rebounds are extremely slim. 
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We look at gold-mining companies differently. 

Good As Gold? Finding Value In Major Gold Mining Companies

This article names five appealing value stocks. They are all major, well-run mining companies whose shares or ADRs trade on the New York Stock Exchange, with generally beaten-down valuations and prices. They provide potentially more sparkle: If the price of gold does begin to go up, the stocks of gold mining companies generally rise faster than the commodity itself.
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Crocs has been a strong performer, but from the nadir it took several years and a few new CEO's to finally get the turnaround right.

New CEOs & Turnarounds: Patience Often Required

Investing when an outsider arrives as the new CEO of a struggling company can be quite rewarding. It's one of our favorite catalysts--few changes bring as much potential improvement as the fresh perspective and energy that new leadership provides. However, bringing in an outsider isn't necessarily a sure path to an immediate turnaround. This article details four turnaround situations where a new CEO's arrival hasn't yet produced much in the way of stock performance, but which have promising prospects once the company moves beyond transitional issues.
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Turnaround News & Updates

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Turnaround Investing Blog

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Boston Beer Company--Time for Investors to Step Up to the Bar?

Boston Beer Company is the nation's largest craft beer company, with 2017 revenues of over $900 million. Since its days as a start-up in 1984, it has led the nation's growing taste for craft beers; and shareholders have enjoyed tasty returns along the way. So why is The Turnaround Letter--which focuses on out-of-favor companies undergoing major positive changes--even thinking about this ostensible "growth" company? 

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Harnessing Activists to Help Find Turnaround Stocks

Activist investors often produce attractive returns for their clients; and you can still use their influence to help your position as a turnaround investor 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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While one of the many dozens of activist funds might find their way to selecting your particular stock, this approach is likely to be frustrating and unrewarding. A better approach is to buy after the activist makes their move. Once an activist takes a stake in a company, how do you evaluate whether it is worthwhile to follow on? Admittedly, this is a bit of an art... Learn how you can harness the power of activist investors to find market-beating turnaround stocks.

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."