Helicopter services provider Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) reported good 4Q18 results but provided FY2019 revenue and earnings guidance that were lower than the market expected, combined with recent oil price weakness. This news reversed the strong YTD stock performance. Despite this setback, the company continues to improve its operating performance, financial condition and leverage to an energy industry recovery.
Boeing's 111% one-year return has left three of the fabled FANG stocks in the rearview mirror, with Netflix's 114% return only narrowly beating BA shares. Boeing's gains haven't been fueled much by the company's fundamentals, but rather by expectations for clear skies in the foreseeable future. The business cycle has yet to be repealed. Cloudy skies eventually will re-appear, and gravity's renewed effect on BA shares could be unpleasant.
We now see more downside risk than upside potential for one of our previous large-cap stock picks. Additionally, we believe the likelihood of further gains in another stock from our mid-cap portfolio is now offset by fundamental risks and high valuation.
Construction equipment maker Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) reported another blow-out quarter, with 2Q17 results well ahead of estimates. Full-year guidance was raised again. We are raising our Buy limit to $120.
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."