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Jun 29, 2022
We're Considering FedEx for the Dividend Growth Newsletter Portfolio
Image Source: Valuentum. During the past several weeks, we've grown increasingly concerned about the health of consumer-tied entities across the consumer staples and consumer discretionary spaces. Many consumer staples entities, while raising prices, aren't raising them fast enough to drive operating-income and bottom-line expansion, while many consumer discretionary companies may be facing higher freight and logistics costs and weaker performance in Greater China, as that exposed in Nike's most recently-reported quarter, where inventory advanced 23%. The tell-tale sign about the health of the consumer may be Amazon Prime Day, which is coming up on July 12-13, but based on many of the reports we've monitored this past earnings season, consumers may be willing to spend a bit more to help business revenue, but businesses are having a difficult time leveraging the price increases into operating income and earnings-per-share expansion. Perhaps we were somewhat in denial that pressure on S&P 500 earnings growth might materialize when Walmart and Target disappointed a number of weeks ago, but the Nike earnings report, released June 27, all but sealed the deal that the probability of a recession in the U.S. is material. When we look at Walmart and Target, the story was similar. Top-line growth ensued but consolidated gross margins faced pressure, and operating income tumbled. Full-year earnings per share at Walmart is now expected to be down about 1%, as the company's top-line growth just isn't enough to keep earnings moving in the right direction. For Target, the company originally guided its second-quarter operating income margin rate well below consensus estimates at the time, to 5.3%, due to pressure on gross margins from higher freight and transportation costs and measures to reduce inventory. However, just a few weeks later, Target reduced that second-quarter operating margin target again to just 2% as it is being forced to work through excess inventory with aggressive markdowns.  What does all this mean for FedEx's trajectory? Well, it all depends. Clearly, consumer-tied businesses, whether consumer staples or discretionary, are facing tremendous cost pressures, but some of those cost pressures are freight and logistics expenses, which might play into the hands of FedEx and rival UPS. For example, for its fiscal 2023 (ends May 2023), FedEx issued guidance for diluted earnings per share to the range of $22.45-$24.45, which when issued June 24, was above the consensus estimate of $22.40 at the time. FedEx was able to drive its fiscal fourth-quarter 2022 operating income higher due to a "favorable net impact of fuel," but it did note that it experienced "lower shipment demand due to slower economic growth and supply chain disruptions." We think FedEx is better positioned to pass along costs than many of the retailers, and for that reason, we think it will hold up better should the U.S. enter a recession. The same rings true for rival UPS, which reported first-quarter 2022 results on April 26. In UPS' first quarter, consolidated revenues jumped 6.4% from the same period last year, while it grew consolidated operating profit 17.6% (12.1% on an adjusted basis). We think transportation stocks such as FedEx and UPS, which are able to pass along price increases in the form of surcharges for higher fuel costs are much better positioned than the broader retailer landscape, which may face continued earnings pressure as they deal with higher input costs and larger inventory balances. We value FedEx at $295 per share, well above where shares are trading at the moment (~$240), and while the company is not immune to recessionary characteristics, its flexible pricing surcharges mean it can handle cost adversity better than most S&P 500 entities, in our view. Shares of FedEx yield ~1.9% at the moment, and while the company's Dividend Cushion ratio could be stronger, we give it high marks for both dividend strength and dividend growth potential.
Jun 10, 2022
Dividend Increases/Decreases for the Week of June 10
Let's take a look at firms raising/lowering their dividends this week.
May 23, 2022
PRESENTATION: AAII Greensboro May Program -- The Ultimate Dividend Growth Investing Tool
PRESENTATION: AAII Greensboro May Program -- The Ultimate Dividend Growth Investing Tool.
Apr 10, 2022
Our Reports on Stocks in the Recession Resistant Industry
Image Source: Mike Mozart. Our reports on stocks in the Food Retailing industry can be found in this article. Reports include BUD, CL, CLX, CPB, COST, FDP, GIS, HRL, K, KDP, KHC, KMB, KO, KR, MDLZ, MKC, MO, PEP, PG, PM, SJM, TAP, TGT, TSN, WMT, CHD, SYY, ADM, LANC, CASY.
Mar 7, 2022
GoodRx’s Modest Q4 Miss, Slowing Revenue Growth Expectations Send Shares Tumbling
Image: Many speculative areas have faced tremendous pressure in recent months from new issues to entities tied to the trend of disruptive innovation. Image Source: TradingView. GoodRx reported weak fourth-quarter 2021 results and issued top-line guidance for 2022 that has reset the market’s long-term growth expectations for the firm much lower. The company’s EBITDA margin outlook also speaks to continued competitive pressures at the company that may only intensify with Amazon a key player in the online pharmacy space. Though GDRX’s free cash flow profile and balance sheet remain healthy, the company’s little to no expected GAAP profits, slowing expected revenue growth, and mounting competition speak to an uphill battle ahead. GDRX’s recently announced $250 million stock buyback program will eat into its healthy balance sheet and may only provide a dead-cat bounce from today’s levels (in the mid-teens per share).
Feb 4, 2022
Undervalued PINS, SNAP Rallying; FB Incredibly Mispriced, and Refreshed Consumer Discretionary Reports
Image: Valuentum's Periodic Screener, February 4. Two of the most undervalued stocks in our coverage Pinterest, Inc. and Snap Inc. are indicated to rally hard February 4 after issuing positive earnings reports, providing further evidence of the importance of the discounted cash flow process and the magnet that intrinsic value estimates are to stock prices.
Jan 22, 2022
Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater
Image: Erica Nicol. Junk tech should continue to collapse, but the stylistic area of large cap growth and big cap tech should remain resilient. Moderately elevated levels of inflation coupled with interest rates hovering at all-time lows isn’t a terrible combination. In fact, it’s not bad at all. The markets are digesting the huge gains of the past few years so far in 2022, and the excesses in ARKK funds, crypto, SPACs, and meme stocks are being rid from the system. Our best ideas are “outperforming” the very benchmarks that are outperforming everyone else. The BIN portfolio is down 6.4% and the DGN portfolio is down 3.2% year to date. The SPY is down 7.8%, while the average investor may be doing much worse. Our timing to exit some very speculative ideas in the Exclusive publication has been impeccable. Beware of “best-fitted” backtest data regarding sequence of return risks. Research is to help you navigate the future, not the past. We remain bullish on stocks for the long haul and grow more and more excited as our simulated newsletter portfolios continue to hold up very well. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Stick with the largest, strongest growth names. We still like large cap growth and big cap tech, though we are tactical overweight in the largest energy stocks (e.g. XOM, CVX, XLE). The latest short idea in the Exclusive publication has collapsed aggressively since highlight January 9, and we remain encouraged by the resilience of ideas in the High Yield Dividend Newsletter portfolio and ESG Newsletter portfolio. Our options idea generation remains ongoing.
Dec 28, 2021
General Mills Managing Inflationary Headwinds; Scaling Up Pets Business
Image Source: General Mills Inc – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2022 IR Earnings Presentation. On December 21, General Mills, the firm behind the Cheerios, Pillsbury, and Nature Valley brands (among various others), reported second quarter earnings for fiscal 2022 (period ended November 28, 2021) that beat consensus top-line estimates but missed consensus bottom-line estimates. The consumer staples giant also raised its full year guidance for fiscal 2022 in conjunction with its latest earnings report. In the face of major input cost inflationary pressures and supply chain constraints, brought on in part by the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic and the fiscal/monetary policies enacted to offset the economic damage caused by the public health crisis, General Mills has done a solid job navigating the ever-changing landscape, all things considered.
Dec 26, 2021
VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT: 2021 Valuentum Exclusive Call: Inflation Is Good
Valuentum's President Brian Michael Nelson, CFA, explains why investors should not fear inflation, why government agencies such as the Fed and Treasury are prioritizing something other than price discovery, why the 10-year Treasury rate is a must-watch metric, and why Valuentum prefers the moaty constituents in large cap growth due to their net cash rich balance sheets, tremendous free cash flow generating potential, and secular growth tailwinds.
Dec 14, 2021
Kroger Beats Estimates and Once Again Raises Guidance
Image Source: Kroger Co - Third Quarter of Fiscal 2021 IR Earnings Presentation. Kroger Co recently reported third quarter earnings for fiscal 2021 (period ended November 6, 2021) that beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates, and the retailer also once again boosted its full-year guidance for fiscal 2021. Kroger’s operations include retail store brands such as City Market, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyers, Metro Market, and more, along with its private label brands of consumer staples offerings. Shares of KR have shifted meaningful higher since its latest earnings update as of this writing.


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