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Jan 12, 2021
ALERT: We’re Still Bullish! Some Portfolio Tweaks
Trust you’re doing great, and hope you are enjoying your membership to Valuentum! We’ve received a number of questions from members during the past several weeks, and we’d like to address them briefly in this note. We will write a follow-up note in the coming days that goes into our broader outlook for 2021 and beyond. However, we want to get these takeaways to you as soon as possible, as our inboxes have been overflowing. If you haven’t read our market/analysis recap for the year 2020, please do so.
Dec 31, 2020
2020 Won’t Soon Be Forgotten
2020 won’t soon be forgotten. The tumultuous year brought with it the greatest shock to the U.S. economy in modern history, ushering in the largest-ever decline in U.S. real annualized gross domestic product of 31.4% in the second quarter of the year (surpassing the prior record of a 28.6% collapse in the second quarter of 1921). Strict lockdowns to help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 created the biggest global health emergency in a century, driving a self-inflicted economic collapse worse than the Great Recession, the Great Depression, and any other recession before it (the Depression of 1873-1879, the Panic of 1893, etc.). Millions were put out of work. During the month of April alone, the economy lost a record 20.8 million jobs, with some estimating that the “real” unemployment rate during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis reached nearly 23%. The official 14.7% unemployment rate in April would obliterate prior post-World War II era records, and while it fell short of the peak Great Depression unemployment rate estimated at 24.9%, the pain of many families and households was no less severe as they battled both a financial and health crisis that materialized in a matter of weeks, with little lead time to prepare for what was to come. Pantry stuffing and panic buying of consumer goods became a sign of the times, and a great debate about the efficacy of wearing masks raged across mediums.
Dec 21, 2020
Our Reports on Stocks in the Technology Giants Industry
Our reports on stocks in the Technology Giants industry can be found in this article. Reports include FB, AAPL, GOOG, AMZN, MSFT, CSCO, V, MA, PYPL, INTC, ORCL, QCOM, TWTR, IBM, ADBE, NVDA, CRM, AMD, AVGO, BABA, BKNG, BIDU, TSM, FFIV, TXN, EBAY, ADP, PAYX, MU, KFY, MAN, KLAC, LRCX, AMAT, ADI.
Dec 17, 2020
Congress Seeks to Strike a Deal
Image Shown: The S&P 500 is trading near all-time highs as of December 16, but political risk could cause some choppiness in the near term. The potential for yet another government shutdown is upon us, but according to key leaders on both sides of the aisle, a deal appears to be within reach. Certain provisions may be left out in order to reach an accord sooner rather than later, however. In any case, we remain bullish long term, as the world continues to work to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind it. Funding for most US federal government agencies may run out by the end of this week (December 18) if both sides of the aisle in Congress do not reach an agreement over a potential omnibus bill. In light of the tremendous efforts by the Fed/Treasury to support both the economy and the financial markets since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 to date, we don’t think Congress will do harm by not stepping up to the plate during the biggest global health crisis in the past 100 years. Still, we wanted to keep this news in front of you, as a prolonged shutdown presents a “fat-tail (low probability) risk” to the equity markets, particularly with respect to sentiment and momentum and especially with respect to any legal delays related to President Donald Trump leaving office in the coming weeks. We’re not making any changes to the newsletter portfolios at this time, however.
Dec 10, 2020
FTC Attacks Facebook, Win-Win Scenario for Investors
Image Shown: Facebook Inc has a large digital advertising business with global reach, but it does not have a monopoly on digital advertising or social media by any means. Image Source: Facebook Inc – Third Quarter of 2020 IR Earnings Presentation. Facebook is being sued by the FTC for allegedly engaging in monopolistic activities via its acquisition program. It's important to note that the government is not seizing Facebook's assets and that Facebook investors own the future free cash flow stream of the entire entity under any and every scenario--whether Facebook is retained in current form or whether it is broken into different parts through a potential IPO/spin-off of its Instagram and WhatsApp properties. Under a status quo scenario, we believe Facebook's shares are worth $413 each, an estimate that is backed by the company's vast net cash position and future expected free cash flow stream. In such a scenario, the company would remain one of our favorite ideas, retain its material competitive advantages (i.e. the network effect) and continue to build upon its very healthy financial profile. Further, in light of the FTC news, we believe the market will look to price Facebook more and more on a sum-of-the-parts basis, which could help to accelerate price-to-estimated fair value convergence relative to our intrinsic value estimate. In a highly improbable break-up scenario, Facebook investors could receive more than our status-quo intrinsic value estimate. The IPO market is very, very healthy at the moment, with investor interest in new issues at historic highs and many recent IPOs soaring on their first day of trading. If Facebook is forced to IPO Instagram or WhatsApp, the very, very healthy IPO market could generate proceeds for Facebook investors far in excess of what the implied value of Instagram and WhatsApp contribute to our current $413 per share fair value estimate of the combined company. Further, the cash proceeds of an IPO of Instagram or WhatsApp would stuff the coffers of Facebook's balance sheet with even more excess cash that could be used for material share buybacks or a vast one-time cash dividend--or for other value-generating opportunities. In an IPO or spin-off of Facebook's Instagram or WhatsApp properties, please note that investors are merely capturing the present value of these properties' future free cash flows sooner (not losing them)--and the market may price them at a substantial premium above our implied valuation within Facebook. The FTC news, which was largely expected, will generate headline risk for Facebook's shares, and it will undoubtedly be a source of continued share-price volatility and confusion for investors. In many respects, however, the FTC's attack on Facebook may turn out to be a win-win for Facebook investors. At the very least, if investors start to look at Facebook more and more on a sum-of-the-parts basis (pricing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp separately with consideration of current market conditions/relative prices, which are undoubtedly healthy for new issues), it may only accelerate status-quo-scenario price-to-fair value convergence. Facebook remains a top-weighted holding in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio, and we will continue to follow developments related to the FTC news.
Dec 10, 2020
Alphabet Continues to Move Higher, Supported By Its Promising Long-Term Growth Runway
Image Shown: Alphabet Inc Class C shares have surged higher year-to-date as of this writing. We see room for additional capital appreciation upside. Alphabet is one of our favorite companies, and we include Alphabet Class C shares as a top weighting in the Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio. Shares of GOOG have staged an impressive recovery since March 2020, when the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic sent equity markets spiraling lower, and we still see room for significant capital appreciation upside. Our favorite companies are firms with pristine balance sheets (Alphabet had ~$118.7 billion in net cash, inclusive of short-term debt and not including long-term ‘non-marketable investments,’ at the end of September 2020), high-quality cash flow profiles (Alphabet generated over $25.6 billion in free cash flow during the first nine months of 2020), and impressive long-term growth runways (ideally) supported by secular growth tailwinds (allowing for multiple “winners” in the space). We continue to be big fans of Alphabet as the firm checks all three boxes!
Dec 3, 2020
This Stock Just Registered a Rare (Perfect) 10 on the VBI!
The Valuentum Buying Index (VBI) combines rigorous discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, relative (behavioral) valuation, and technical/momentum indicators. For a stock to register a rating of a 10 on the VBI, the company would need to be 'UNDERVALUED' on a DCF basis and 'ATTRACTIVE' on a relative (behavioral) value basis. The stock would also have to be exhibiting 'BULLISH' technicals. The firm would need a ValueCreation rating of 'GOOD' or 'EXCELLENT', exhibit 'HIGH' or 'AGGRESSIVE' growth prospects, and generate at least a 'MEDIUM' or 'NEUTRAL' assessment for cash flow generation, financial leverage, and relative price strength.
Nov 25, 2020
Thinking Slow: 3 Research Blind Spots That Changed the Investment World
Image Source: EpicTop10.com. We have to be on high alert about how our minds work. PBS is premiering a four-part series examining about how easily our minds are being hacked, and why it is so important to "think slow." Tune in (5). When it comes to the active versus passive debate, does the analysis suffer from parameter risk? With respect to empirical, evidence-based analysis, does the analysis have the entire construct wrong? When it comes to short-cut multiples, are we falling into the behavioral trap of thinking on autopilot?
Nov 24, 2020
Brain Teaser - Reflexive versus Reflective
Image: Amy Leonard. Valuation multiples tend to trigger the reflexive side of our brain, and we process the multiples through anchoring, in most cases. On the other hand, enterprise valuation, or the process required to answer the second set of questions in this article correctly, shows that our reflexive process can be quite incorrect at times. In fact, cognitive biases such as anchoring can completely trip us up into missing out on truly undervalued companies while baiting us into value traps.
Nov 24, 2020
Your Role as a Choice Architect
Image: Impact Hub Global Network. Richard Thaler in his groundbreaking book Nudge, co-written with Cass Sunstein, talked about the role of the choice architect. A choice architect is basically someone or some organization that has the responsibility for organizing the context and content in which people make decisions. At Valuentum, we can never provide personalized buy/sell advice, but in providing publishing services, we've opted for the healthy option for members, and that sometimes means you won't find a large selection of dessert options. This isn't a shortcoming of our service (i.e. we know desserts are tempting), but rather a key positive attribute. As we've shown time and time again, you don't need to look far to beat the market return (or, by comparison, to have a healthy diet). If something is not on the menu at Valuentum, it means the chef has something better cooking in the kitchen. Here's to your long-term financial health!
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