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May 18, 2021
German Industrial Conglomerate Siemens Remains an Attractive Income Generation Idea
Image Shown: Siemens AG sees the global industrial economy staging a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which in turn supports the firm’s outlook. The company raised its full-year guidance when Siemens published its latest earnings report. Image Source: Siemens AG – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2021 IR Earnings Presentation. Siemens has identified a number of growth avenues and is leaning on its digital capabilities to bring various industrial processes into the 21st Century. Siemens generates strong free cash flow, has a promising growth outlook, and its ‘A-rated’ long-term credit rating is impressive. Shares of SIEGY have been on a nice upward climb during the past year, as investors continue to warm up to its promising growth story. There could be room for substantial upside as the global economy recovers from COVID-19, and investors get paid a nice ~2.5% dividend yield to have exposure to this global industrial powerhouse. We think Siemens could be an interesting income generation idea for consideration.
Apr 21, 2021
One of Our Favorite Dividend Growth Ideas J&J Smashes Consensus Estimates
Image Shown: Summary of Johnson & Johnson's first-quarter 2021 earnings results. Image Source: J&J. On April 20, Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter 2021 earnings that smashed past consensus estimates. In conjunction with the solid earnings report, Johnson & Johnson raised its quarterly dividend 5% sequentially to $1.06 per share or $4.24 per share on an annualized basis, good for a forward-looking yield of ~2.5% as of this writing. The health care giant’s outperformance largely came from its ‘Medical Devices’ segment, which took a beating last year as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted widespread deferrals of elective surgeries. Last quarter, this part of the firm’s business grew its reported sales by 10.9% year-over-year, aided by strong underlying demand as elective surgeries began to resume in earnest in key countries worldwide and to a lesser extent, foreign currency tailwinds (on a non-GAAP adjusted operational basis, sales at this segment were up 8.8% year-over-year). We continue to like J&J as an idea in both the simulated Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and simulated Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio.
Mar 10, 2021
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Gets the Green Light
Image Shown: We include Johnson & Johnson as an idea in both the Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios. The health care giant is home to over two dozen ‘platforms/products’ that generate $1.0+ billion in annual sales, as you can see in the above graphic. Recently, Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization from the US CDC, which will provide public health authorities with another arrow in their quiver as it relates to bringing an end to the public health crisis. Image Source: Johnson & Johnson – Fourth Quarter of 2020 IR Earnings Presentation. At the end of February 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (‘CDC’) gave emergency use authorization for the single-shot vaccine developed by Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, to inoculate patients aged 18 years and older from the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’). We have been covering this story for some time and are delighted to see that Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine crossed the finish line. Having another safe and viable COVID-19 vaccine at their disposal should go a long way in assisting global health authorities in eventually bringing the pandemic under control. We covered the interim safety and efficacy data from Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial previously. Johnson & Johnson is included as an idea in both the Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios, and we continue to like exposure to the name. The top end of our fair value estimate for JNJ sits at $172 per share, and we are big fans of its promising dividend growth trajectory. Shares of JNJ yield ~2.6% as of this writing.
Feb 21, 2021
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Nears the Finish Line
Image Source: Johnson & Johnson – Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020 IR Earnings Presentation. We appreciate all the hard work Johnson & Johnson and its partners have put towards developing a safe and viable COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Johnson & Johnson issued favorable guidance for fiscal 2021 when it reported its latest earnings aided by expectations that its medical devices business will recover this fiscal year along with sustained strength in its core pharmaceutical sales according to management commentary given during the related earnings call. We continue to like exposure to Johnson & Johnson in both the Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios.
Jan 15, 2021
Steris Ties the Knot with Cantel Medical
Image Shown: Cantel Medical Corp is getting bought out by Steris PLC through a cash-and-stock deal. The image up above highlights Cantel Medical’s promising long-term growth outlook, though its performance in 2020 was subdued due to headwinds created by the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic. In our view, Steris was attracted to Cantel Medical’s improving outlook (the latter started to stage an impressive rebound in the second half of calendar year 2020) and the ability for the combined firm to generate substantial synergies. Image Source: Cantel Medical Corp – December 2020 IR Presentation. On January 12, Steris PLC announced it had reached an agreement with Cantel Medical to buy the company through a cash-and-stock deal worth ~$3.6 billion (~$4.6 billion when including the assumption of debt and convertible notes) that valued CMD at $84.66 per share based on the closing price of STE on January 11. The deal includes $16.93 in cash and 0.33787 share of STE for each share of CMD. Steris is heavily focused on sterilization products for hospitals and laboratories (it also provides related services). The company intends to fund the cash component of its deal for Cantel Medical with new debt issuance and committed bridge financing, which will also be used to refinance most of Cantel Medical’s existing debt. Shares of Cantel Medical have advanced ~38% (as of the end of normal trading hours January 13) from when we first wrote about the idea back in early December 2020. Even before the acquisition was announced, investors started to warm back up to the company due to expectations that the headwinds that held the firm back last year would start to dissipate this year. In our view, Steris’ acquisition of Cantel Medical is highly complementary. It appears Steris was optimistic that Cantel Medical’s long-term growth outlook remained bright even though the firm had a rough 2020.
Nov 11, 2020
Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Not a Catalyst for Portfolio Changes
Image: BioNTech. Next Generation Immunotherapy Presentation, October 2020. The world received great news this week that the days of this terrible COVID-19 pandemic may finally be numbered. On November 9, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that “their mRNA-based vaccine candidate, BNT162b2, against SARS-CoV-2 has demonstrated evidence of efficacy against COVID-19 in participants without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection.” Our thesis on the inevitable successful development of a vaccine for COVID-19 never centered on which pharma/biotech giant would be the first to develop one, but rather our thesis has always been focused on the large number of shots on goal (the large number of vaccine candidates in development, and the high probability that at least one would be effective). We’re sticking with some of the best companies out there in the newsletter portfolios, however, and we’re reiterating our fair value estimate range of 3,530-3,920 on the S&P 500 (established June 12), which we derive as 18-20x multiple on pre-pandemic 2021 earnings of $196. The S&P 500 stands within the range at ~3,560 today.
Nov 10, 2020
Reiterating Our $229 Fair Value Estimate for Berkshire Hathaway
Image Shown: Shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc Class B are moving on upwards. Berkshire Hathaway reported third quarter 2020 earnings this past Saturday, November 7. The insurance and industrial conglomerate reported that its GAAP income almost doubled year-over-year as its investment portfolio reported large gains. However, that masked pressures at some of Berkshire Hathaway’s myriad businesses as the company navigated the storm created by the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic. Berkshire Hathaway continued to generate significant free cash flows during the first nine months of 2020, and we are reiterating our fair value estimate of $229 per share of Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares.
Nov 10, 2020
Public Storage Continues to Shine
Image Shown: Shares of Public Storage have recovered from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic and have been on an upward climb over the past few months. On November 4, Public Storage reported earnings for the third quarter of 2020. As expected, headwinds created by the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic weighed on its financial performance during this period; however, that did not stop the self-storage real estate investment trust (‘REIT’) from being very free cash flow positive. The long-term outlook for the self-storage industry in metropolitan areas in the US and elsewhere remains quite promising given the desire for households to maximize living space within their housing unit at a given budget. We include shares of Public Storage in our High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio and shares of PSA yield 3.5% as of this writing.
Sep 26, 2020
Update on Johnson & Johnson
Image Shown: An overview of Johnson & Johnson’s expectations for fiscal 2021 provided during its second quarter of fiscal 2020 earnings report. We continue to like shares of Johnson & Johnson as a top-weighted holding in our Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio. Image Source: Johnson & Johnson – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020 Earnings IR Presentation. Johnson & Johnson is a top-weighted holding in our Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, and we continue to be big fans of the healthcare and consumer staples giant. The company recently published some key updates that we wanted to draw our members’ attention towards. Before we begin, please note that Johnson & Johnson is near the front of the pack when it comes to developing a potential coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) vaccine. Should Johnson & Johnson prove successful, global health authorities would be better able to combat the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug 19, 2020
Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Race
Image Source: Johnson & Johnson – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020 IR Earnings Presentation. The ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic has devasted the global economy (though things are starting to improve) and has fundamentally altered daily human life. According to a draft report from the World Health Organization (‘WHO’), there were 29 COVID-19 vaccine candidates undergoing clinical trials as of August 13 along with 138 other candidates undergoing preclinical evaluation. It is a race against the clock. Unfortunately, as of this writing on August 18, there have been ~170,000 COVID-19-related deaths in the US alone according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (‘CDC’). We are optimistic that one of the many “shots on goal” will end up proving successful. The US launched Operation Warp Speed to accelerate the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, which involves providing funding to companies with promising vaccine candidates. Furthermore, please note that major economies around the world have adjusted their rules and procedures to allow for multiple phases of clinical trials to be conducted concurrently. Before getting into some of the most promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates, we hope everyone, their loved ones, and their family members are staying safe out there as we ride out the pandemic.
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