These value stock opportunities have impressive financial traits: strong balance sheets, prodigious cash flows and generous payouts to shareholders. Strategically, they have powerful brands, strong negotiating leverage with grocers, impressive distribution networks and increasingly talented and fresh leadership teams.
Diners may seem like a fickle group: One day everyone flocks to Restaurant X as the place to eat, only to quickly replace it with the next fad, Restaurant Z. The reality is different, though. Most people like to go to their regular restaurant again and again, and it’s only when the restaurants basically tell their customers “please don’t come here anymore” by offering unappealing food, poor service, higher prices and tired surroundings that the customers look elsewhere. This article identifies several restaurant turnaround stocks with well-known franchises, reasonable balance sheets and attractive valuations. Several also have new management teams. With some patience, these stocks might serve up some tasty returns for investors.
Specialty grocery store chain The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) agreed to an all-cash acquisition for $28.50/share by private equity firm Apollo Global Management. The deal looks very solid, and we are moving to HOLD as there is an outside chance of a higher bid.
This mid-cap has a strong balance sheet with essentially no debt, and cash flow remains strong. The company recently announced that it would devote some of its cash flow to increasing shareholder value with a $200 million stock repurchase program. We believe this stock pick has robust growth potential, and with its new leadership the value investing opportunity can take good advantage of that potential.
Amazon joined Apple in reaching a $1 trillion market capitalization. $1 trillion is about the same as the total value of New York City property and the total value of loans at JP Morgan, the nation’s largest bank in terms of assets. Jeff Bezos’ $160 billion stake would place him (personally) as the #33 largest company in the S&P 500 in terms of market cap, next to Coca-Cola, Disney and Netflix. We aren’t bold enough to predict whether the shares will continue upwards or if they are in a bubble reaching maximum inflation. Setting aside for a moment their investment prospects, let’s admire the truly remarkable milestone that these two companies have reached.
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.
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."