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May 20, 2020
Retail Roundup: Home Depot and Walmart Report Earnings
Image Source: Home Depot Inc – June 2019 IR Presentation. Home improvement stores and retailers with large grocery/consumer staples offerings in the US held up relatively well during the COVID-19 pandemic. E-commerce sales enabled Home Depot and Walmart to continue chugging along as consumers opted for either home delivery or curbside pickup in order to stay away from large crowds. Going forward, consumer spending may come under pressure from elevated levels of unemployment, but for now, major fiscal stimulus measures appear to be helping offset the worst of that particularly in the US and other developed nations that embarked on meaningful fiscal stimulus programs (keeping in mind that the latest quarterly results from Home Depot and Walmart only cover part of the worst of the economic downturn due to COVID-19).
May 7, 2020
BNP Paribas’ Shares Could Have Upside Potential
Image Source: BNP Paribas 1Q2010 Earnings Presentation. BNP Paribas’ shares are trading at a fraction of tangible book. If the bank can contain its cost of risk through this cycle and produce double-digit returns on tangible equity on the other side of this crisis, shareholders would do quite well in such a scenario. That said, we point out that Europe is overtraded when it comes to banking, which pressures earnings power at even the stronger banks like BNP Paribas. We’re paying close attention to the key banking players in Europe to assess the likelihood of a global financial contagion that may accompany the global pandemic that has become COVID-19.
May 6, 2020
Tyson Faces Operational Hurdles
Image Source: Tyson Foods Inc – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020 Earnings IR Presentation. On May 4, the major meat and prepackaged food provider Tyson Foods reported second-quarter earnings for its fiscal 2020 (period ended March 28, 2020) that missed consensus estimates on both the top- and bottom-line, sending its shares sharply lower during the regular trading session that day. The ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) is hurting its production capabilities, in particular the operations of its meatpacking plants as numerous confirmed COVID-19 cases (that unfortunately includes fatalities) have emerged at those facilities and the facilities of its peers across the US, prompting many to close or scale back. For instance, Tyson was forced to temporarily close a large pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, starting in late-April as many workers were calling out sick.
May 4, 2020
Visa Reports That Global Spending Levels May Have Started to Stabilize in April
Image Source: DeclanTM. One of our favorite companies and a top-weighted holding in our Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, Visa, reported second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2020 (period ended March 31, 2020) which beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates. Going forward, while Visa’s very lucrative travel-related businesses (which includes payment processing and foreign currency transaction solutions) will take a hit from reduced travel worldwide due to the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic, management is focused on controlling expenses to offset exogenous headwinds. Specifically, management noted that Visa would pull back on “discretionary spending especially related to personnel, travel, professional services, and marketing” which we appreciate.
May 4, 2020
Lloyds Banking Group Navigates Competitive Markets
Image Source: Lloyds. The UK banking market is highly competitive with too many players, and we think this is the cause for the low returns on capital across the cycle. We’re paying close attention to the key banking players in Europe, including Lloyds Banking Group, to assess the likelihood of a global financial contagion that may accompany the global pandemic that has become COVID-19.
May 1, 2020
Valuentum's Dividend Growth Newsletter Portfolio
We disclose the holdings of the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio in this article. This portfolio can always be found in each edition of the monthly Dividend Growth Newsletter.
Apr 21, 2020
Macy’s Will Find It Difficult to Unlock the (Fair) Value of Its Real Estate
Image Source: Valuentum. The embattled department store Macy’s suspended its dividend and drew down its revolving credit line on March 20 in order to shore up its financial position in the face of the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic. All of Macy’s physical stores were temporarily closed on March 18, though some might shut down for good given the company’s financial woes. The fair value estimate of Macy’s is heavily dependent on factors well outside the control of management, and considering the US economy and global economy at-large are sliding toward a pandemic/leverage induced recession/depression, we aren’t optimistic on Macy’s ability to unlock the (fair) value of its real estate. Any real estate sales done in the foreseeable future will likely be at a discount to their fair value. As the firm continues to burn through cash--there’s a very high probability Macy’s will continue to generate negative free cash flows until the “cocooning” of households ends--the clock is working against Macy’s. We are staying away from the name.
Apr 17, 2020
Earnings Roundup for the Week Ended Sunday, April 19, Covering Companies Across the Board
Let's take a look at several earnings reports across numerous industries in this article as the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic forces the global economy to a crawl. Please note that as these reports primarily cover the first quarter of calendar year 2020, the impact of the pandemic has yet to be truly reflected in corporate earnings. That said, these reports still provide an important glimpse into what to expect going forward and how companies are responding to the pandemic.
Apr 17, 2020
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week Ending April 17
Let's take a look at companies that raised/lowered their dividend this week.
Apr 13, 2020
Dollar General Near All-Time Highs, Decides to Issue Long-Term Debt at Attractive Rates
Image Source: Dollar General Corporation – May 2016 Investor Day Presentation. Dollar General is now trading near its all-time highs after rising ~8.5% year-to-date, at a time when the S&P 500 is down almost 15%, as of the end of normal trading hours on April 9. We include shares of DG in our Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and recently covered some of Dollar General’s operational updates in our ‘US Beer Sales Reportedly Surge During the Pandemic, Dollar General Well-Positioned to Meet Rising Demand’ article that can be viewed here. We are following up on that piece, and our note covering Dollar General’s most recent financial updates that can be viewed here, to highlight how Dollar General is maintaining its liquidity position during these harrowing times. The ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic is wreaking havoc on global economies and staying on top of debt maturities is a key part of maintaining the funds needed to meet surging demand for consumer staples products (keeping inventory management and other considerations in mind). Shares of DG yield ~0.9% as of this writing.
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