Thursday, October 02, 2014
Like it or not, the outlook for Australia’s share market is partly a proxy on the fortunes of big banks and miners. Given that they collectively represent over 40 per cent of the S&P/ASX 200, it’s hardly surprising that the outlook for the index isn’t particularly flash.
Further losses from banks and miners will weigh heavily on the index. But whether they’re falling or not, you need to reduce the embedded risk associated with holding only Australian shares by diversifying into offshore markets.
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).
Friday, November 15, 2013
You need to tread carefully when using a price earnings ratio (P/E) and dividend yield to gauge how attractive bank stocks might be. That’s because bad debts or one-off items can compromise the sustainability of bank dividends.
So it’s important to understand that banks require some peculiar evaluation criteria when it comes to assessing their intrinsic value and business performance. If you do want to call on the price earnings ratio to help value and compare one bank stock against another, then it must be used alongside some bank-specific financial ratios.
Whilst some valuation principles are equally applicable to all companies, there are a number of complications specific to banks such as determining leverage – due to being both borrower and lender - regulatory impact, capital expenditure and interest margins.
The key financial ratios you need to look at when evaluating banks and estimating their intrinsic value are net interest margin, cost to income ratio, bad debts, return on assets, Tier 1 capital ratio and the price to book ratio.