Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Long a staple of many Australian portfolios and super funds, the ‘Big Australian’ has significantly underperformed the ASX200 over the last few years. Culminating in an annus horribilis in 2015 that saw shareholder value fall by nearly half, BHP’s share price has since staged a strong recovery, and is currently trading around the $23-24 mark after climbing out of the $14 depths it reached in early 2016. Similarly, its 2017 dividend has been announced as 52c/share, comparing favourably with 2016’s disappointing 22c payout. Despite the near 100% rise in 2016, BHP has still significantly underperformed the broader SP/ASX200 index over the last few years.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Every day Skaffold’s automated engine routinely computes more than 730 calculations through academically derived algorithms for each of the 1750-odd ASX-listed companies (and another 2,000 global stocks). That’s a lot of calculations!
During reporting season, Skaffold’s number-crunching engine moves into turbo mode.
If you’re serious about finding new opportunities this reporting season, then you must set up stock alerts. To help you get started, here are the alerts we rely on at Skaffold during reporting season.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
If you don’t know what to look for, picking the best stocks for your portfolio can be a daunting task. However with a few simple guidelines, finding the best stocks to invest in isn’t too hard. That’s because the very best companies - CSL, Flight Centre, Carsales.Com and REA Group, to name a few – have a few things in common.
Whether you’re investing for growth or income, or both, the first step is to identify historically sound businesses. Only then should you narrow the list to find the best growth and income stocks of the future.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Given the uncertainty over earnings growth in 2014/15, you understandably don’t want to pay any more than you need to for top stocks. But there are occasions when you shouldn’t be deterred from paying close to or indeed above intrinsic value (IV) for quality companies on a strong growth trajectory.
As a value investor, sometimes you’re better off buying a quality business with plenty of growth in front of it at a (slight) premium to its intrinsic value than trying to save money on a bad stock that’s languishing.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Reports for around 300 global stocks flowed through Skaffold during January, including Apple, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, AT&T, Facebook, Intel, The Boeing Company, eBay, Nike, Caterpillar, Starbucks, Kimberly Clark, Yahoo!, Motorola, Xerox, Oshkosh, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Metro Inc, Prada, Singapore Exchange, PZ Cussons and SGS Societe Generale de Surveillance.
Exclusively for Skaffold members, we’ve put together a list of companies whose latest financial results are now available in Skaffold, including updated Skaffold Scores and Safety Margins.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Buying top-notch stocks at below their true value is the hallmark of successful value investors.
For the past two years Money magazine has asked Skaffold.com to name the Top 50 undervalued stocks, including five standouts.
Skaffold’s 2013 top stocks produced exceptional results and outperformed the All Ords Accumulation Index, as our 2012 portfolio had done the previous year. Assuming you invested $50,000 equally across the 2012 Top 5 stocks on 10 January 2012, sold on 11 January 2013, then purchased the 2013 Top 5 stocks, and sold on 10 January 2014, your 2 year return, including capital gains and income, would be 21.3% p.a.. Over the same period the All Ords Accumulation Index returned 17.5% p.a.. Skaffold’s Top Stocks outperformed the Index by 3.8% p.a.. That equates to $4,560 more profit in your pocket.
On 6 February 2014 Money magazine will hit the newsstands, unveiling Skaffold’s top stocks for 2014, which for the first time includes global shares.
Until then, here is a rundown on Skaffold’s 2012 and 2013 Money portfolios, and how the stocks stack up in Skaffold today.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
If you’ve logged onto Skaffold Mobile recently on your iPhone or iPad you would have noticed a really cool new feature… a customisable filter based on the options available in Skaffold’s Table Aerial View!
The powerful new stock screening tool in Skaffold Mobile is a short-cut for finding stocks that meet your investment criteria. Once you’ve set up your favourite filters, seeing a list of stocks that meet your criteria is so easy.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In January, for the second consecutive year, Skaffold identified five top stocks for the year. Chosen because of their Skaffold Scores for balance-sheet quality and business performance, value for money, future growth opportunities and attractive yield, the 2013 stocks were property developer Cedar Woods Properties, oil and gas sector services provider Clough, mining services business Decmil Group, travel retailer Flight Centre and coal industry services provider Mastermyne Group.
Monday, November 18, 2013
In January 2013, for the second consecutive year, Skaffold identified five top stocks for the year for Money magazine.
Chosen because of their Skaffold Scores for balance-sheet quality and business performance, value for money, future growth opportunities and attractive yield, the 2013 stocks were property developer Cedar Woods Properties (CWP), oil and gas sector services provider Clough (CLO), mining services business Decmil Group (DCG), travel retailer Flight Centre (FLT) and coal industry services provider Mastermyne Group (MYE).
Including capital growth and dividends, $50,000 invested equally across the five stocks returned 28.6% in the period January 11, 2013 to close of trade on September 30, 2013. Add franking credits and the return is 30.2%. Over the same period the All Ordinaries Accumulation Index returned 14.7%. The 2013 Top 5 outperformed the index by 15.5%.
$50,000 invested equally across the 2012 Top 5 stocks – ARB Corp (ARP), Codan (CDA), M2 Telecommunications (MTU), Seymour Whyte (SWL) and ThinkSmart (TSM) – returned 47.5% from January 10, 2012 to September 30, 2013, including franking benefits. Over the same period the All Ordinaries Accumulation Index returned 15.8%.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Having benefitted from an improving construction industry, top stock CWP delivered 6% full year 2013 net profit after tax (NPAT) growth within a subdued year for the sector when most stocks experienced significant earnings declines. In the year to 30 June 2013 CWP’s share price increased 42%, and has soared 80% for the calendar year, which is great if you own the stock - you’ve done remarkably well.
If you’re contemplating buying CWP at current levels, you need to look beyond some impressive top-line numbers and pressure-test its attractiveness. We’ve done the hard work for you.