Thursday, July 16, 2015
In early January Alan shared his A1 investment plan with the Skaffold community. Alan’s disciplined and well thought-out rules were commended by his fellow members
Coming from an engineering background, Alan is probably a little more disciplined than the average investor. Nether less, Alan’s story is a timely reminder that to be a successful investor, one must have a strict set of investment rules. You must also have the emotional capacity to follow them.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Whether you’re a retiree seeking income to top up your lifestyle, a young professional establishing your investment portfolio or a seasoned investor striving for consistent, reliable returns, the principles of investment are the same.
Sure the goalposts may be different but, when it comes down to it, only the best businesses will ultimately deliver long-term wealth generation.
Knowing what to look for will help you avoid disasters and focus on companies that will be around, and profitable, for many years to come.
There are five key elements of a business you need to understand to identify the good ones and scrap the bad.
Monday, July 14, 2014
When reporting season kicks off next month, the market will become flooded with new financial results.
Staying on top of new information is really simple when you’re a member of Skaffold because Skaffold does all the hard work for you!
All you need to do is set up a few stock alerts. Skaffold will do the rest.
If you’re interested, read on to understand the nuts and bolts of what happens at Skaffold during reporting season.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
With confidence in Australia’s building industry at six-year highs, there’s never been a better time to reassess the fortunes of listed stocks significantly exposed to the much-beleaguered construction sector.
If the economic data responsible for driving the construction sector forward is any indicator, the momentum of cautious optimism looks set to continue.
Of the 23 ASX-listed stocks with varying exposure to residential property, just five achieve Skaffold’s preferred A1, A2, B1 and B2 scores for balance sheet quality and business performance. They are Leighton Holdings (LEI), Reece Australia (REH), Finbar Group (FRI), Beacon Lighting Group Ltd (BLX) and Tamawood (TWD).
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.
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.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Forge Group’s return to listing produced one of the largest single day price falls in ASX history.
On Monday 2 December we published a blog post detailing the events that unfolded at FGE. Click here to read the article.
Over the course of this week Skaffold has worked closely with our data provider, Thomson Reuters, to ensure the four analysts contributing forecasts to Skaffold for Forge update their 2014, 2015 and 2016 estimates as soon as possible.
Also over the course of this week Skaffold’s intrinsic value has been revised down to reflect the new information available.
On 4 December FGE responded to an Aware Letter issued by the ASX.
This morning the updated estimates resulted in FGE’s 2014 forecast valuation declining to $0.00. 2014 earnings per share estimates for FGE now range from $0.15 to -$0.96.
*Update, 10th December 2013* Over the weekend Forge's forecasts were updated again by analysts, raising the 2014 forecast of estimated Intrinsic Value to $0.79. Both analysts currently covering FGE are forecasting EPS of $0.15 for 2014 but are no longer forecasting a dividend.
Please note that analyst forecasts can be updated at any time as new information comes to hand or analysts review their expectations.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
For the last two years Skaffold has graced the cover of Money magazine with our Top 5 stocks.
Skaffold’s Top 5 stocks for 2012 were ARB Corporation (ARP), Codan (CDA), ThinkSmart (TSM), Seymour Whyte (SWL) and M2 Telecommunications (MTU). These businesses operate in the consumer financial services, communications equipment, construction services and motor vehicle parts industry groups. Including capital growth and dividends, $50,000 invested equally across the five stocks has returned 45.5% in the period 10 January 2012 to close of trade on 23 September 2013. Add franking credits and the return is 48.6%.
The Top 5 stocks for 2013, based upon Skaffold Score, value for money, future forecast value growth, forecast yield, future earnings per share growth and the highest forecast return on equity 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 field service provider Mastermyne (MYE).
Including capital growth and dividends, $50,000 invested equally across the five stocks has returned 28.3% in the period 11 January 2013 to close of trade on 23 September 2013. Add franking credits and the return is 29.7%.
Over the same period the All Ords Accumulation Index (AXJO) has returned 15.5%.
Which stocks continue to be well positioned to deliver value to shareholders over the next few years? Click read more to find out.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
From a disastrous Skaffold Score of C5 in 2008, TPG improved to C3 in 2010, B2 in 2011 and by 2012 achieved Skaffold’s highest Score for balance sheet quality and business performance, A1.
Today TPG released its full year results for the year ending 31 July 2013.
At Skaffold we recently installed a fibre connection through TPG. The increased speed & reliability of our internet has improved our webinar experience and allowed us to add new features to our website such as live chat. It has also streamlined internal processes for backups & code deployment. We can now also evaluate better ways to serve our member base such as video conferencing. As a business customer we have no complaints about TPG’s customer service.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Professional investment managers Steve Macdonald and Dane Pymble of Infinitas Asset Management joined Skaffold in early 2013. One of the first stocks Infinitas identified using Skaffold was Flight Centre (FLT). In this blog post they review Skaffold stock market software and explain how, as professional investors, they use Skaffold.
“Infinitas Asset Management uses Skaffold as an important tool for investment idea generation, and it was Skaffold that prompted us to look at Flight Centre in early 2013.
“Skaffold was throwing up FLT as a high quality business that was substantially undervalued. We similarly viewed it as high quality, with potential growth in its yield and having net cash.”
“The stock has performed strongly, buoyed by positive earnings guidance and subsequently a strong profit result. As its discount to valuation narrowed we have reduced our position size but retain a reasonably large position in the stock in portfolios due to its high quality (rated A1 by Skaffold) and continuing positive outlook particularly as the US business moves back into profitability.