Category Archives: Foreign Stocks

DIAGEO

Ticker: DEO, Buy below $145.

Diageo Plc  is a British multinational alcoholic beverages company.

Why I Would Buy

  1. Opportunistic Buy – Take advantage of coronavirus induced crash to buy a high quality company.   
  2. Industry – Alcohol is a recession resistant business.
  3. Strong Brands – Diageo owns a large portfolio of leading alcohol brands around the globe.
  4. Return on Equity: Diageo has earned an eye-popping 25+% returns on equity annually for all of last decade.
  5. Low Payout: The 2% dividend is just 55% of income.

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Not A Screaming Bargain – Even with the crash, DEO is trading at 8.5 time book value, and 22 times earnings.
  2. Coronavirus – Extent of impact on the worls economy is an unkown.

Disclosure: I am long DEO, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.

Banco De Chile

Ticker: BCH, Buy below $22.

Banco De Chile  is a Chilean bank and financial services company.

Why I Would Buy

  1. Contrarian Buy – Dislocation in Chile has led to a double whammy: the stock has crashed; additionally Chilean Peso has crashed against the US Dollar.   
  2. Credit Rating – Banco De Chile’s credit ratings on long-term foreign currency debt was high investment grade.
  3. Dividend – 4% yield, payout ratio at about 60%..
  4. Return on Equity: BCH has earned ~10% returns on equity  for most of last decade

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Chilean Social Unrest – Severity of Chilean social crisis is unknown. Result of the constitutional rewrite could be severe socialism, and wipe out all private investments.
  2. High Dividend Taxes – Chile extracts very high taxes of 35% on dividends.

Disclosure: I am long BCH, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.

COMPANIA CERVECERIAS UNIDAS S.A.

Ticker: CCU, Buy below $22.

CCU is a Chilean producer of diversified beverages. The company produces both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. They have operations in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru.

Why I Would Buy

  1. Contrarian Buy – Dislocation in Chile has led to a double whammy: the stock has crashed; additionally Chilean Peso has crashed against the US Dollar.   
  2. Industry – CCU produces and markets alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in multiple Latin American markets. Beverages are generally a recession-resistant, high margin business.
  3. Dividend – 3% yield, payout ratio has stayed below 50% for past 10 years.
  4. Return on Equity: CCU has earned double digit returns on equity  for most of last decade

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Chilean Social Unrest – Severity of Chilean social crisis is unknown. Result of the constitutional rewrite could be severe socialism, and wipe out all private investments.
  2. High Dividend Taxes – Chile extracts very high taxes of 35% on dividends.

Disclosure: I am long CCU, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.

LyondellBasell

Ticker: LYB, Buy below $75.

LyondellBasell  is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world.

Why I Would Buy

  1. Cheap – LyondellBasellcurrently sells at 7x trailing and forward earnings.   
  2. Return on Equity – LYB has maintained a RoE in excess of 40%for past 5 years!
  3. Dividend – 5%+ yield.
  4. Credit Ratings – Investment grade credit ratings: Baa1/BBB+
  5. Low Dividend Payout – Less than 30% of earnings paid out as dividends.

What Could Go Wrong

  1. High COGS – Incredibly high COGS, approaching80%. Any increase in cost of raw materials will eat into profits.
  2. Decline In Income – MRQ net income slid down significantly (39%+) y-o-y.

Disclosure: I am long LYB, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.

ANZ Bank

Ticker: ANZBY, Buy below $22.

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, is the second largest bank by assets in Australia.

Why I Would Buy

  1. Yield – ANZBY yields more than 5% at current prices.
  2. Cheap – Currently sells at close to 12 times forward earnings.   
  3. Return on Equity – ANZBY has maintained a RoE in excess of 10%for past many years.
  4. Credit Ratings – Strong investment grade ratings on long term debt: AA-/AA3/AA- by the top 3 ratings agencies.
  5. Currency Diversifier – A USD hedge.

What Could Go Wrong

  1. High Payout – Pays out > 80%.
  2. Dog –ANZBY has traded almost flat for the past 3 years.

Disclosure: I am long ANZBY, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.

MAGNA

Ticker: MGA, Buy below $50.

Magna International is leading global automotive supplier.

Why I Would Buy

  1. Cheap – Magna trades at < 8x earnings.
  2. Reducing Sharecount – Magna is aggressively buying back stock.   
  3.  Low Payout – The dividend payout ratio is below 20%, while the yield is 3% +.
  4. High ROE – Return on Equity > 10% for past few years.
  5. Low Debt – Debt to Equity is just 30%.

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Trade War – Trade War with China is weighing the stock down.
  2. Cyclicality – Automobiles are a cyclical industry which is possibly at it’s peak right now.

Disclosure: I am long MGA, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.

CK Asset Holdings

Ticker: CHKGF, Buy below $15.

CK Asset Holdings is an real-estate and infrastructure assets focused holding company based in Hong Kong .

Why I Would Buy

  1. Low Earnings Multiple – CK Asset trades at < 7x earnings.
  2. Below Book – CK Assets is trading at 0.75 times tangible book value.   
  3.  Low Payout – The dividend payout ratio is at a very healthy 20%, although the yield itself is < 3%.
  4. High ROE – Return on Equity > 10% for past few years.
  5. Insider Buying – Li Ka Shing (the “superman”) purchased significant blocks of shares from the open market.

What Could Go Wrong

  1. Concentration – 80% of revenues are derived from real estate in Hong Kong and China, where there is a persistent talk of a bubble forming.
  2. Conglomerate – CK Assets is a weird conglomerate holding disparate assets such as real estate, airline leasing, home heating services and the like.

Disclosure: I am long CHKGF, please read additional disclosures here before taking any action based on this post.