Friday, October 17, 2014
In this final post of a three part series, financial journalist Trevor Hoey talks about how he analyses market opportunities and what he looks out for. He also shares his strengths and weaknesses and what lessons he has learnt about investing and what he looks out for in CEO statements. He mentions how to look at sectors and the different things to consider when looking at opportunities in a particular sector.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Healthcare represents less than one per cent of the ASX, one of the world’s most dynamic growth sectors.
That’s why most Aussie healthcare stocks trade at what’s known as a ‘scarcity premium’.
Encompassing healthcare facilities, drug and biotechnology stocks, and medical equipment suppliers and manufacturers, the overall quality and performance of Australian healthcare stocks is impressive. Half of the top 10 achieved Skaffold’s preferred stock ratings of A1, A2, B1 and B2 based on their latest financial reports.
Despite a recent sell off, which has seen share prices of the top 10 fall, on average, 3% since late February, safety margins continue to be high, ranging between -15 and -75 per cent.
With the ‘scarcity premium’ enshrouding local healthcare stocks, we went in search of better healthcare value stocks offshore and found 6 standouts.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
With the valuations of ASX-listed companies looking increasingly stretched, it’s more important than ever to use Skaffold’s filters to flag which stocks to avoid in 2014. The filters built into Skaffold stock research software help to remove stocks from your radar that aren’t regarded as investment grade – which by Skaffold’s measure is limited to stocks with an A1, A2 or B1 and B2 rating of balance sheet quality and business performance.
Removing ratings that don’t make the grade culls the stocks you should be seriously looking at down to around 160, which is only 10% of the 1,770 ASX-listed entities rated and evaluated by Skaffold’s automated algorithms.
Remember, even good stocks can and do lose their investment grade status for a myriad reasons, which surface following the release of interim and full year results.
Friday, August 23, 2013
The latest round of companies to update in Skaffold include BHP Billiton (BHP), QBE Insurance (QBE), Coca-Cola Amatil (CCL), Sonic Healthcare (SHL), BlueScope Steel (BSL), Breville Group (BRG) and BigAir Group (BGL).
Did you know that you can receive an email each morning letting you know when companies update in Skaffold. Its what we use to uncover new top quality opportunities every day.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
While often overlooked by investors when analysing fundamentals, there’s no better insight into what’s left for you as a shareholder in a business once it’s paid all its bills than an analysis of cash flow. When it comes to assessing the investment quality of a company's cash flow, you should be attracted to those with sufficient money in the bank to fund their operations and produce an ongoing Funding Surplus. The greater a company’s Funding Surplus the more likely it is to avoid excessive borrowing, expand its business, pay dividends and withstand any economic downturns.
You need to be wary of well-known large-caps with unhealthy cash positions which may still attract uninformed investors due to their size. High profile stocks with large debt and poor cash flow – which contributes to poor Skaffold Scores - include: Sonic Healthcare (SHL), Seven Group Holdings (SVW), James Hardie Industries (JHX), Toll Holdings (TOL), Oil Search (OSH), Woodside Petroleum (WPL), Leighton Holdings (LEI), Asciano (AIO), Duet Group (DUE), Tabcorp Holdings (TAH), Transurban (TCL), Brambles (BXB), Origin Energy (ORG), SP AusNet (SPN), APA Group (APA) and Sydney Airport Holdings (SYD).
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Mining services is a hot topic in Skaffold today, with results for Cardno (CDD), Clough (CLO), Decmil (DCG), Monadelphous (MND) and Forge Group (FGE) updating in Skaffold overnight. Why did DCG’s share price fall from $2.38 to $2.14 following a positive result?
This reporting season update also includes XRF Scientific (XRF), Oakton (OKN), Bendigo & Adelaide Bank (BEN), Speciality Fashion Group (SFH), Invocare (IVC), RedHill Education (RDH), Lend Lease Corp (LLC), Discovery Metals (DML), Mirvac Industrial Trust (MIX), ISS Group (ISS), Southern Cross Media (SXL), McMillan Shakesphere (MMS), Ethane Pipeline Income Fund (EPX), Sonic Healthcare (SHL) and Clearview Wealth (CVW).
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Overnight half-year results from REA Group, operator of realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au, flowed through Skaffold. Primary Healthcare (PRY), K2 Asset Management (KAM), Patrys (PAB),HiTech Group (HIT) and Royal Wolf Holdings (RWH) were also updated to reflect their most recent results.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Over the next six weeks more than 60% of the companies listed on the ASX will report their full year results.
How will the results flow through Skaffold?
Throughout August Skaffold members will receive a weekly email highlighting a selection of companies that have reported.
Following are a few well-known companies scheduled to report their full year results over the next few weeks...
Telstra (TLS), Transurban Group (TCL), Stockland (SGP), Cochlear (COH), Credit Corp (CCP), Tabcorp (TAH), Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Newcrest Mining (NCM), Brambles (BXB), ASX Limited (ASX), Echo Entertainment (EGP), Duet Group (DUE), Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), UGL Limited (UGL), Ansell Limited (ANN), Wesfarmers (WES), Carsales.com (CRZ), Goodman Group (GMG), Monadelphous (MND), Boral (BLD), Super Retail Group (SUL), Fairfax Media (FXJ), Qantas (QAN), Cabcharge (CAB), Billabong International (BBG), BHP Billiton (BHP), Woolworths (WOW), CSL Ltd (CSL), Fortescue (FMG), Origin Energy (ORG), Amcor (AMC), AGL Energy (AGK), QR National (QRN), Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Crown (CWN), CFS Retail Property Trust (CFX), Sonic Healthcare (SHL), Ramsay Healthcare (RHC), Worleyparsons (WOR), Lend Lease (LLC), Transfield Services (TSE), Perpetual (PPT),
Click here to view a detailed reporting season calendar.
Monday, July 02, 2012
More than 50% of the companies listed on the ASX will report their full-year results next month. You can review your portfolio by checking the cash position of the ones you hold and removing those that don’t display high-quality economics. Skaffold has put together a list of large, well-known companies with unhealthy cash positions. Despite having market caps of at least $2 billion, their generally high debt and poor cash flow contribute to Skaffold Scores of B4, B5, C1, C2, C3, C4 or C5.