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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.
Apr 19, 2021
UnitedHealth Group Raises Guidance After Stellar Earnings Report
Image Shown: We added UnitedHealth Group Inc to the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio back on November 27, 2020. Since then, shares of UNH have surged higher, though we are primarily interested in the company’s immense dividend growth potential. We continue to be big fans of UnitedHealth Group and like the company as an idea in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio. Shares of UNH have surged towards the upper end of our fair value estimate range over the past couple of months. When we roll forward our enterprise cash flow model for the new year, we expect UnitedHealth Group’s fair value estimate to increase meaningfully on the back of its improving cash flow growth outlook. As of this writing, shares of UNH yield ~1.3% and its Dividend Cushion ratio stands north of 3.0, highlighting the tremendous strength of its forward-looking dividend coverage.
Apr 6, 2021
Our Equity Component Is Hard to Pass Up
The average monthly returns and standard deviation of returns for the simulated Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio relative to its declared benchmark, the S&P 500 (SPY), on an apples-to-apples basis, from inception, May 11, 2011, through December 15, 2017, with dividends collected but not reinvested for both the newsletter portfolio and the SPY. Returns are hypothetical. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. The hypothetical returns do not represent returns that any investor actually attained and do not include management or trading fees. Valuentum is a financial publisher.
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.
Feb 8, 2021
Stock Market Outlook for 2021
2020 was one from the history books and a year that will live on in infamy. That said, we are excited for the future as global health authorities are steadily putting an end to the public health crisis created by COVID-19, aided by the quick discovery of safe and viable vaccines. Tech, fintech, and payment processing firms were all big winners in 2020, and we expect that to continue being the case in 2021. Digital advertising, cloud-computing, and e-commerce activities are set to continue dominating their respective fields. Cybersecurity demand is moving higher and the constant threats posed by both governments (usually nations that are hostile to Western interests) and non-state actors highlights how crucial these services are. Retailers with omni-channel selling capabilities are well-positioned to ride the global economic recovery upwards. Green energy firms will continue to grow at a brisk pace in 2021, though the oil & gas industry appears ready for a comeback. The adoption of 5G wireless technologies and smartphones will create immense growth opportunities for smartphone makers, semiconductor players and telecommunications giants. Video streaming services have become ubiquitous over the past decade with room to continue growing as households “cut the cord” and instead opt for several video streaming packages. We’re not too big of fans of old industrial names given their capital-intensive nature relative to capital-light technology or fintech, but there are select names that have appeal. Cryptocurrencies have taken the market by storm as we turn the calendar into 2021, but the traditional banking system remains healthy enough to withstand another shock should it be on the horizon. Our fair value estimate of the S&P 500 remains $3,530-$3,920, but we may still be on a roller coaster ride for the year. Here’s to a great 2021!
Feb 3, 2021
Eli Lilly and Vertex Pharma Provide Promising Guidance for 2021
Image Shown: An overview of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc’s drug pipeline and commercialized drug portfolio. Image Source: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc – Fourth Quarter of 2020 IR Earnings Presentation. There are many attractive opportunities in the healthcare sector. Vertex Pharma is our favorite biotech play, and we are intrigued by the potential upside its strategic partnership with CRISP Therapeutics could generate. Additionally, we like the broad exposure to an attractive sector that the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV) provides the newsletter portfolios. The end of the COVID-19 pandemic will make conducting non-COVID-19-related clinical trials an easier task over the long haul, which supports the outlook for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. We are also big fans of Johnson & Johnson, which is included in both the Best Ideas Newsletter and Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolios, and UnitedHealth Group, which is included in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio.
Jan 15, 2021
Walgreens Begins to Recover
Image Shown: Shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc are beginning to recover. Shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance are on the rise after the company recently posted a solid earnings report while also reaching a big divestment deal. As we recently covered, Walgreens is divesting most of its European-focused wholesale pharmaceutical distribution business to AmerisourceBergen. Please note Walgreens has a material strategic stake in AmerisourceBergen’s equity which will grow in terms of total shares once the divestment closes. That said, competitive headwinds are growing for Walgreens and the pharmacy space more broadly as Amazon recently launched its own online pharmacy. We are keeping an eye on the space.
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.
Jan 9, 2021
Walgreens Sells European-Focused Wholesale Pharmaceutical Distribution Business to AmerisourceBergen
Image Shown: Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc is undergoing a major transformation. Part of that strategy involves divesting its European wholesale pharmaceutical distribution business, Alliance Healthcare, to its strategic partner AmerisourceBergen Corporation. Image Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc – Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2020 IR Earnings Presentation. On January 6, Walgreens Boots announced it had reached a deal with AmerisourceBergen Corp to sell the "the majority of” its European-focused wholesale pharmaceutical distribution business, Alliance Healthcare, for about $6.5 billion ($6.275 billion in cash along with 2 million shares of ABC). Please note that Walgreens already owns a sizable stake in AmerisourceBergen as the former owned ~28% of the latter’s outstanding shares as of August 31, 2020. The deal is expected to close by the end of AmerisourceBergen’s fiscal 2021 (at the end of September 2021). The transaction should positively benefit both parties. Walgreens gets a nice cash infusion to help upgrade its core operations while AmerisourceBergen gains significant scale and greater exposure to European markets. The existing arrangements between Walgreens and AmerisourceBergen should assist both firms in realizing their targeted synergies, at least in theory, though the healthcare sector is inherently complex. We continue to prefer exposure to the "pharmacy-oriented" space through one of our favorite dividend growth ideas UnitedHealth Group. We also include Johnson & Johnson and the Healthcare Select SPDR ETF in the newsletter portfolios.
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