Monday, May 05, 2014
Companies with a strong competitive advantage can share a few distinguishing characteristics: advanced technology, market dominance within sectors with high barriers to entry, scalability, great prospects for sales and profits, untapped global target markets, top management.
As a smart investor it’s your job to identify companies with a competitive advantage that’s sufficiently sustainable. That means it won’t ‘crash and burn’, leaving you with a potential value-trap with all its best days behind it.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Is a trend appearing amongst casino and entertainment stocks?
Over the weekend full year results for Echo Entertainment Group (EGP), Tatts Group (TTS) and Crown Limited (CWN) flowed through Skaffold. Echo’s Skaffold Score improved from B3 (based on the company’s interim results) to B2. B2 is one of Skaffold’s preferred scores. Tatts Group (TTS) rose from C4 to B3 and Crown’s improving business performance lifted its Skaffold Score from A4 to A3.
TTS and EGP are trading at premiums of more than 60% to Skaffold’s 2014 intrinsic value estimates. CWN is trading at a 40% premium. Whilst the intrinsic value of all three businesses is forecast to rise at an impressive rate over the next two years, looking at the Skaffold Line chart of each stock it appears the market has already factored in this future growth.
What’s driving the improving performance of gambling-related stocks? Is the increasing accessibility of internet gambling driving this trend. And what does this mean for the wider community?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Over the weekend more than 70 companies updated in Skaffold. The number of A1-rated companies fell to 39, and A2-rated companies to 81 companies.
Companies to update based on their recent interim or full year results include include Breville Group (BRG), mining services business Sedgman (SDM), for casino operators Crown Group (CWN) and Echo Entertainment Group (EGP), BHP Billition (BHP), Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), Iluka Resources (ILU), Cabcharge (CAB), Fleetwood (FWD), Fantastic Holdings (FAN), Village Roadshow (VRL), Adelaide Brighton (ABC), Alumina (AWC), Goodman Group (GMG), APN News and Media (APN), Tatts Group (TTS), Infomedia (IFM), Data#3 (DTL), Ausenco (AAX), Magellan Financial Group (MFG), Insurance Australia Group (IAG), AMP Limited (AMP), Seven West Media (SWM), iiNet (IIN), Macquarie Radio Network (MRN), Fairfax Media (FXJ), Envestra (ENV), Brambles (BXB), Chandler Macleod Group (CMG), Austin Engineering (ANG), Codan (CDA), The Reject Shop (TRS) and NRW Holdings (NWH), Platinum Asset Management (PTM), Mermaid Marine (MRM), Australian Share Registry (ASW), Super Retail Group (SUL), Amalgamated Holdings (AHC), TCT Tomlinson (RCR), Servcorp (SRV), SEEK (SEK), ASX Limited (ASX) and Origin Energy (ORG).
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The intrinsic value of a company is based on its earnings and dividends, equity and debt. Declining intrinsic value is Skaffold’s second reason to sell. Of the 81 stocks listed on the ASX whose market capitalisation is at least $2b, 27 have exhibited declining intrinsic valuations - one third of Australia’s largest listed companies have disappointed shareholders.