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Mar 22, 2024
Nike’s Revenue to Face Pressure During First Half of Fiscal 2025
Image: Nike’s shares have faced considerable pressure from the beginning of 2022, and its outlook for the first half of fiscal 2025 wasn’t great. We’re huge fans of Nike’s consecutive dividend growth track record, but uncertainty regarding the future pace of sales growth in China, growing competition from the likes of Lululemon and Vuori, and macro-driven weakness expected in the first half of fiscal 2025 leave us on the sidelines for now. Shares yield ~1.5% at the time of this writing.
Mar 14, 2024
Dick’s Sporting Goods Soars, Raises Dividend 10%
Image: Dick’s Sporting Goods’ shares have soared since the doldrums of the COVID-19 meltdown. On March 14, Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio holding Dick’s Sporting Goods reported better-than-expected top and bottom-line performance for the fourth quarter and issued a solid outlook for fiscal 2024. Shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods have done fantastic since the worst of the COVID-19 meltdown years ago, and the momentum behind its business remains strong, as evidenced by a nice 10% increase in its quarterly dividend. We expect to raise our fair value estimate of Dick’s Sporting Goods upon our next valuation model update, and the company remains a key idea in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio.
Mar 10, 2024
Abercrombie & Fitch’s Mighty Comeback!
Image Source: Abercrombie & Fitch. Abercrombie & Fitch is experiencing a resurgence as the company reconnects with its target market, and the traction it has regained with its customers is quite something. The firm noted that it continues to experience strong momentum across its brand portfolio, and its long-term target is to achieve $5 billion in global sales (its sales were $4.3 billion in its most recent fiscal year). For 2024, it expects net sales to expand 4%-6%, and for its operating margin to be ~12%, up 60 basis points from the mark it reached last year. Abercrombie swung to being significantly free cash flow positive in its most recently completed fiscal year, and it ended the period with a net cash position. The company’s comeback has been nothing short of remarkable. Fickle fashion trends make the stock difficult to consider for long-term investors, however.
Nov 20, 2023
Dick’s Sporting Goods Still Looks Really Cheap
Image Source: Dick’s Sporting Goods. On November 21, Dick’s Sporting Goods reported solid third-quarter results with sales up 2.8% on a year-over-year basis thanks to comparable store sales growth of 1.7% that lapped an impressive 6.5% increase in the same period a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings per share came in at $2.85 in the quarter, up from $2.60 in last year’s period. The company also raised its 2023 comparable store sales growth guidance range to 0.5%-2% from flat to 2% previously, and it raised its 2023 non-GAAP earnings per share outlook to $12.00-$12.60 from its previous range of $11.50-$12.30. We liked the news and continue to believe that shares are mispriced. Our fair value estimate stands at $160 per share, well above where shares are trading at the moment.
Aug 22, 2023
Dick’s Sporting Goods Down ~7% Year-to-Date; Sticking with It Long Term
Image Source: Mike Mozart. Some of our favorite dividend growth ideas in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio include Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, and Republic Services. Cisco is up more than 15% year-to-date, Microsoft is up more than 34% year-to-date, Oracle is up more than 38% year-to-date, Apple is up over 40% year-to-date, and Republic Services is up more than 14% year-to-date. These dividend growth ideas are trouncing the basket of high-yielding Dividend Aristocrats. With big cap tech and large cap growth powering the market higher during 2023, it’s been great having this type of exposure within the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, and we hope you have enjoyed it, too...Unlike big dividend growth winners such as Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle, which are higher weightings (5%-7%) in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, Dick’s Sporting Goods has a smaller 3-5% weighting and fills a more diversifying role with respect to retail. That said, the sporting goods retailer’s second-quarter results (ending July 29, 2023) missed top-line consensus expectations by a small margin, but the miss on the bottom line was a bit more pronounced due to concerns over shrink. Dick’s Sporting Goods, however, still delivered 3.6% sales expansion in the period while quarterly comparable store sales increased 1.8% (an improvement from the 5.1% decline in last year’s quarter), as it reiterated its 2023 comparable store sales target of “flat to positive 2%.” The company’s full-year 2023 outlook for diluted earnings per share now stands at $11.33-$12.13 (was $12.90-$13.80), implying shares are trading at about 10x current-year earnings.
Aug 22, 2023
Theft Becoming a Huge Problem for Retailers
Image Source: Ben Schuman. Theft has always been a problem for retailers, but it has never been as big of a problem as it has been in recent quarters. Emboldened by the lack of police response and employees sometimes getting fired for confronting shoplifters, retail organized crime is on the rise. We’re not talking theft in the millions, or billions, but likely in the tens of billions per year or more across the U.S. Some attribute the rise of organized retail crime to the pandemic, which paved the way for shoplifters to post their loot online in order to make a quick buck. Some retailers are especially feeling the pinch, and recent commentary reveals just how bad retail theft (shrink) has become to their respective businesses.
Jul 4, 2023
Nike’s Fourth-Quarter Fiscal 2023 Earnings Miss Not Tragic But Better Opportunities Elsewhere
Image: Valuentum. On June 29, Nike reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2023 results for the period ending May 31, 2023. During the quarter, revenue advanced 5% and 8% on a currency-neutral basis, but investors mostly focused on Nike’s bottom line, where diluted earnings per share fell 27%, to $0.66, missing the consensus estimate by a couple pennies. The firm expects material improvement in fiscal 2024, but we’re skeptical of just how much. We like better opportunities elsewhere.
May 30, 2023
Paper: Value and Momentum Within Stocks, Too
Abstract: This paper strives to advance the field of finance in four ways: 1) it extends the theory of the “The Arithmetic of Active Management” to the investor level; 2) it addresses certain data problems of factor-based methods, namely with respect to value and book-to-market ratios, while introducing price-to-fair-value ratios in a factor-based approach; 3) it may lay the foundation for academic literature regarding the Valuentum, the value-timing, and ultra-momentum factors; and 4) it walks through the potential relative outperformance that may be harvested at the intersection of relevant, unique and compensated factors within individual stocks.
May 24, 2023
Dick’s Sporting Goods Trades at Less Than 10x Expected Fiscal 2023 Earnings; We Like Shares
Image Source: Dick’s Sporting Goods. When it comes to retail exposure, Dick’s Sporting Goods is one of our top considerations. The company reported strong first-quarter fiscal 2023 results for the period ending April 29, 2023, that showed 3.4% same-store-sales growth and a 19% advance in non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. For fiscal 2023, management is targeting positive same-store sales expansion and earnings per diluted share in the range of $12.90-$13.80, implying that shares are trading at less than 10x expected fiscal 2023 earnings. The company has considerable long-term operating lease liabilities, but it has a net cash position. Dick’s Sporting Goods raised its dividend considerably recently, and we continue to like shares in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio.
May 19, 2023
Earnings Roundup: DE, WMT, CSCO, HD, FL
Let's get Nelson's thoughts on five stocks recently reporting their first-quarter fiscal 2023 results: DE, WMT, CSCO, HD, FL.

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