This global services company has fallen out of favor as investors worry about its uninspiring revenue and EBITDA growth, as well as its history of overpaying for otherwise strategically smart acquisitions. Its large net debt balance and ability to sustain its dividend also weighs on investors.
We think the company’s improvement plan under its new CEO, its solid and improving EBITDA and large cash hoard, along with its low valuation, offers investors the potential for significant upside.
Telecom service companies seem to be out of favor quite often. Nevertheless, some telecom companies have been quite successful, and their stocks can soar when investors eventually take notice. After surveying the shifting telecom landscape, we think there are a number of interesting value opportunities in the group.
Despite the impressive new management, these shares fell sharply. This value stock's shares trade at a relatively modest valuation of 8x current year EBITDA. Although waiting for a five-year plan to unfold may seem as dull as watching cement dry, the shares pay an appealing 3.7% yield and should provide rock solid gains when the recovery is completed.
As the market worries about overpriced technology and industrial stocks, one group that has already corrected into undervalued territory is real estate investment trusts, or REITs. So far this year, the S&P500 Real Estate sector has declined over 7%, with a three-year return of just over zero compared to the broad market's return of 30% over the same period. Once largely ignored, REITs earned their own sector classification within the S&P500 Index in 2016, significantly raising their profile among investors.
It has become fashionable in the stock market for companies to have high per-share prices. Notable examples include Amazon ($1,497), Alphabet ($1,005) and Blackrock ($541)--and, of course, Berkshire Hathaway Class A at $300,240. Companies with high per-share prices generally have successful and growing businesses and have chosen not to split their shares. What about companies whose per-share prices are at the other end of the spectrum, around $10 or less? This article details six value stock companies that fit the bill.
The turnaround at shoe retailer DSW (NYSE: DSW) showed clear traction in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, with management providing guidance for more improvements in the coming fiscal year. DSW increased the dividend by 25%. Although much work in revenue growth and margin improvement are still needed for DSW shares to reach our $33 price target, we are encouraged by the progress. DSW sells for a bargain 5.5x EBITDA and offers a 4.6% yield.
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.
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.
The outlook for agriculture commodity producer Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) is driven largely by commodity prices, and to a lesser extent by profit improvements at the Vale Fertilizante operation it recently acquired. Improving pricing in both phosphates and potash along with its likely strong synergies with Vale Fertilizante are providing a much better outlook for the company in 2018.
Copper and gold commodity producer Freeport-McMoran (NYSE: FCX) reported stronger 4Q17 revenues and earnings due to stronger copper prices and higher operating efficiency. Later, on February 6, the company reinstated its $0.05/share quarterly dividend. The outcome of negotiations over the Grasberg mine in Indonesia remains an unknown although Freeport's CEO stated that he believes a "fair price" will be paid for their stake.
In nearly every case, the shares of a company in bankruptcy become worthless. In very rare cases, however, they can become great investments. W.R. Grace (NYSE:GRA) shares produced a 75-fold return, as an example. With California utility PG&E (NYSE:PCG) now in bankruptcy, the range of possible outcomes for its equity is wide.
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."