Category Archives: Sectors

September Housing Market Update

The average rate on the 30-year mortgage has risen above 6.00% in response to the latest hike in the Fed Funds target rate.  Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey pegged the average rate at 6.29% this week. The CME’s Fed … Continue reading

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Campbell Soup (CPB) 22Q4 Update

Fiscal 22Q4 net sales of $2.0 billion increased 6.1% YOY.  GAAP diluted EPS was $0.32, below 21Q4’s $0.95.  Non-GAAP adjusted EPS of $0.56 exceeded 21Q4’s $0.52.  These results were generally in line with my expectations.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) 22Q3 Update

HPE’s 22Q3 GAAP diluted EPS was $0.31 vs. $0.29 in 21Q3 and better than my estimate of $0.26.  Non-GAAP EPS was $0.48, compared with $0.47 last year and my estimate of $0.46.  Net revenue of $6.95 billion exceeded 21Q3’s $6.90 … Continue reading

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Toll Brothers (TOL) 22Q3 Update

Toll Brothers’ 22Q3 EPS was $2.35, up 25.7% from 21Q3’s $1.87 and above my estimate of $2.22.  Revenues increased 10.6% to $2.49 billion, slightly below my projections.  Deliveries of 2,414 units fell 7.1%, more than expected, but the average sales … Continue reading

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22Q2 Housing Market Update

Despite an accelerating slide in housing sales and production following this year’s rise in mortgage rates, my homebuilder stock price index has performed in line with its benchmarks since April. At current prices, homebuilding stocks trade at less than four … Continue reading

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Citius Pharmaceuticals (CTXR) 22Q3 Update

Citius Pharmaceuticals reported a third quarter loss of $8.9 million or $0.06 per share, compared with last year’s loss of $7.3 million or $0.05 per share.  As an early stage drug development company, Citius currently generates no revenues.  The loss … Continue reading

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Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHC) 22Q2 Update

22Q2 GAAP loss was $0.46 per share and normalized FFO -$0.04 per share, below my forecast of -$0.42 and +$0.01, respectively.  The Office Portfolio disappointed again, raising concerns about declining occupancy.  Senior Housing Operating Portfolio (SHOP) results met expectations.

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AlerisLife (ALR) 22Q2 Update

AlerisLife reported a 22Q2 net loss of $8.8 million or $0.28 per share, better than the 22Q1 loss of $9.7 million or $0.31 per share and the 21Q2 loss of $12.3 million or $0.39 per share.  I had estimated a … Continue reading

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Bluegreen Vacations Holding (BVH) 22Q2 Update

2022 second quarter net income attributable to shareholders was $17.8 million or $0.87 per diluted share, compared with 21Q2’s $19.5 million or $0.93 per share.  The decline in EPS occurred despite a 21.8% increase in revenues to $235.6 million.

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Mistras Group (MG) 22Q2 Update

Mistras Group reported 22Q2 EPS of $0.15, below 21Q2’s $0.20 and my estimate of $0.18.  Revenues of $179.0 million were 0.8% above the year earlier period and also below my expectations.  While revenues were essentially flat, gross margin was lower … Continue reading

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Organon & Co (OGN) 22Q2 Update

22Q2 revenues of $1.585 billion were flat year-over-year, but up 5% at constant currency.  GAAP EPS of $0.92, was below 21Q2’s $1.68 and also below my $1.11 estimate.  Non-GAAP EPS of $1.25 was below last year’s $1.72 and also below … Continue reading

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Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) 22Q2 Update

Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) reported 22Q2 operating revenues of $2.08 billion, up 10.8% from 21Q2.  GAAP EPS was $0.26 vs. a loss of $0.35 a year ago.  Most of last year’s loss was related to a net $457 million … Continue reading

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Merck & Co (MRK) 22Q2 Update

22Q2 sales increased 28% to $14.6 billion, with LAGEVRIO sales of $1.2 billion, a 26% increase in KEYTRUDA sales to $5.3 billion and a 36% increase in GARDASIL/GARDASIL 9 sales to $1.7 billion.  GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations increased … Continue reading

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American Water Works (AWK) 22Q2 Update

American Water Works Company (AWK) reported 22Q2 EPS of $1.20, up 5% from $1.14 in 21Q2.  Operating revenues decreased 6.2% to $937 million, mostly due to the sale of the Homeowner Services (HOS) and New York American Water (NYAM) businesses, … Continue reading

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Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) 22Q2 Update

22Q2 revenues were higher, GAAP earnings lower and non-GAAP earnings higher than anticipated.  Management reduced its 2022 revenue guidance by $1 million to $46 billion due to foreign currency headwinds.  It also lowered its GAAP EPS guidance, but left its … Continue reading

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GE 22Q2 Update

General Electric Company (GE) announced 22Q2 revenues of $18.6 billion, up 2.4% year-over-year, a GAAP loss per share of $0.59, two cents worse than 21Q2’s $0.57 loss, and non-GAAP EPS of $0.78, above 21Q2’s $0.22.  I had anticipated a GAAP … Continue reading

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) 22Q2 Update

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company’s performance during the first half of fiscal 2022 was somewhat disappointing, due primarily to the residual disruptions from the pandemic and more recent developments, including the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  Although its order book increased … Continue reading

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Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corp. (BVH) 22Q1 Update

2022 first quarter net income from continuing operations attributable to shareholders was $16.0 million or $0.76 per diluted share, compared with 21Q1’s $3.1 million or $0.16 per share.  Revenues improved to $195.1 million from $146.4 million.

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Citius Announces Its Intention to Spin-Off I/ONTAK

Earlier today, Citius Pharmaceuticals issued a press release announcing its intention to spin-off its late stage oncology candidate, I/ONTAK, to a new, standalone publicly-traded company. In making the announcement, the company said that it believed that the market has not … Continue reading

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DHC 22Q1 Update

22Q1 In Line with Expectations.  Maintaining Performance Rating and Price Target. 22Q1 GAAP earnings were $1.01 per share and normalized FFO –$0.09 per share, in line with my expectations of $1.04 and –$0.06.  Excluding a $327.8 million gain on the … Continue reading

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AlerisLife (ALR) 22Q1 Update

22Q1 Loss of $0.30 in Line with Expectations; Katie Potter Steps Down as CEO; ALR Hires Alvarez & Marsal to Conduct a Comprehensive Operational Review AlerisLife reported a 22Q1 net loss of $9.7 million or $0.31 per diluted share, slightly … Continue reading

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GE 22Q1 Update

Since reporting disappoint 22Q1 results on April 26, GE’s stock has fallen sharply. Year-to-date, GE’s stock is down 22.6%, worse than the S&P 500 Industrial sector’s 11.7% decline.

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Citius Pharma 22Q1 Update

Citius Pharmaceuticals (CXTR) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of five potential products: (1) Mino-Lok, an antibiotic lock solution to treat and salvage infected central venous catheters (CVCs) in patients with catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs); (2) I/ONTAK, … Continue reading

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Mistras Group, Inc. (MG) 21Q4 Update

21Q4 Results Below Expectations, Lowering 2022 Estimates, Reducing Rating and Price Target Mistras Group reported 21Q4 EPS of $0.00, slightly worse than 20Q4’s $0.01 and below my estimate of $0.06.  Revenues of $171.2 million were 6.5% above the year earlier … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Outlook for Homebuilding Stocks

Homebuilding stocks have had a rough 2022. Year-to-date (through 4/12), my equal-weighted index of 11 publicly-traded U.S. homebuilders has fallen 34.8%. That compares with declines of 7.7% in the S&P 500 and 11.5% in the Russell 2000. Following a three-fold … Continue reading

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AlerisLife (ALR) 21Q4 Update

Lowering Estimates and Safety Rating, Withdrawing Performance Rating and Price Target AlerisLife Inc. (ALR), formerly known as Five Star Senior Living, reported a fourth quarter net loss of $10.7 million or $0.34 per share, slightly worse than the third quarter’s … Continue reading

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Toll Brothers (TOL) 22Q1 Update

Since my last report on December 9, 2021, Toll’s stock has fallen 26.3%, much more than the S&P Mid-Cap 400’s 2.6% decline.  As I noted back then, shares of Toll and other homebuilders were ripe for a correction following their … Continue reading

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Merck & Co. (MRK) Update

Establishing 2022 and 2023 Estimates, Maintaining Outperform Rating, Setting $85 Price Target Following the spin-off of Organon, Merck is focused on growing its pharmaceuticals business to offset the looming loss of exclusivity on its $5 billion Januvia/Janumet franchise and others … Continue reading

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Update

Raising 2022 Estimate and Adding 2023, Maintaining Outperform Rating and Price Target of $73 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) achieved many operational milestones in 2021, advancing its development pipeline through clinical trials, new drug applications and regulatory approvals.  At its November … Continue reading

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The Drivers of Large Cap Stock Performance in 2021

Estimated Returns by Sectors, Industry Groups and Industries Large cap stocks, as measured by the Lark Research Large Cap index (the “Index”) which currently mirrors the S&P 500, turned in another impressive performance in 2021.  The Index posted a price … Continue reading

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Notes and Analysis from Campbell Soup’s Fiscal 2022 Investor Day

Since 2019, Campbell Soup Company has jettisoned several businesses to focus on its core Meals and Beverage (M&B) and Snacks segments.  It has also acquired new growth platforms in Pacific Foods and Snyder’s-Lance.  Its $1 billion enterprise cost savings program … Continue reading

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Mistras Group: Waiting for the Full Recovery

Mistras Group is a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT) and related asset protection services that monitor the condition of critical infrastructure and equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations and maximize uptime.  The company’s business has suffered during the … Continue reading

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Toll Brothers (TOL) 21Q4 Update

Toll Brothers reported stronger-than anticipated fiscal 21Q4 results that once again exceeded my and the consensus estimates.  Its diluted earnings per share were $3.02, up 95% from $1.55 in 20Q4.  My estimate was $2.51 and the consensus estimate was $2.50.

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Organon 21Q3 Update

Organon reported 21Q3 GAAP EPS of $1.38 which exceeded my estimate of $1.31.  Revenues were in line with my estimates and operating costs were lower, except for a $25 million increase associated with the acquisition of in-process research & development.

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SJI 21Q3 Update

SJI reported a 21Q3 GAAP net loss of $25.8 million or $0.23 per share, wider than 20Q3’s net loss of $10.3 million or $0.10.  On an economic earnings basis, which adjusts for fluctuations in the fair market value of derivatives … Continue reading

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Notes and Analysis from HPE’s 2021 SAM

At its 2021 Securities Analyst Meeting (SAM), the management of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) said that the workplace changes advanced by the pandemic are proving the validity of its edge-to-cloud strategy.  HPE has experienced stronger than anticipated growth in … Continue reading

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DHC 21Q3 Results

Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHC) reported 21Q3 normalized FFO of –$0.04 per share, compared with 21Q2’s $0.05.  The loss came despite a 40 bp improvement in SHOP occupancy.  Operating costs remain high and senior living operators are discounting resident rates more … Continue reading

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Five Star Senior Living 21Q3 Update

Again Lowering EPS Estimates; Reducing 6-12 Month PT and Maintaining Outperform Rating Five Star reported a third quarter net loss of $10.2 million or $0.32 per share, less than the second quarter’s loss of $12.3 million or $0.39 per share.  … Continue reading

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21Q3 Housing Market Update

The housing market has been quite strong since shortly after the onset of the pandemic, fueled by low interest rates, pent-up demand and a strong desire among urban apartment dwellers to escape the coronavirus.  New home sales from May 2020 … Continue reading

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Toll Brothers 21Q3 Update

Toll Brothers reported stronger-than anticipated fiscal 21Q3 results that once again exceeded my estimates.  Its diluted earnings per share were $1.86, up 71% from $0.59 in 20Q2.  My estimate was $1.48 and the consensus estimate was $1.53.

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PSEG’s 2021 Investor Day

Public Service Enterprise Group held its 2021 Investor Day on Sept. 27, 2021.  At the meeting, management offered the following guidance:

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So. Jersey Industries: High Dividend Yield With Moderate Upside Price Potential

SJI’s utility businesses – South Jersey Gas Company (SJG) and Elizabethtown Gas Company (ETG) – are its core growth engines.  Representing 70%-80% of consolidated profits, they have grown by pursuing regulatory-approved infrastructure investment programs and gaining customers from new construction … Continue reading

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Organon (OGN) 21Q2 Update

21Q2 Performance in Line with Expectations; Raising Performance Rating and Lowering Price Target 21Q2 GAAP EPS of $1.68 was lower than 20Q2’s $2.14.  Although sales increased 4.5% to $1.6 billion, costs were higher as a result of new tolling arrangements … Continue reading

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DHC 21Q2 Update

Progress on Strategic Repositioning; Performance in Line with Expectations; Upgrading Performance Rating; Maintaining Price Target of ~$7.50. DHC reported 21Q2 normalized funds from operations (FFO) of $12.2 million or $0.05 per share, lower than 20Q2’s $0.25, due mostly to a … Continue reading

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Five Star Senior Living 21Q2 Update

Five Star reported a second quarter net loss of $12.3 million, reversing last year’s $3.0 million net profit.  On a per share basis, the loss was $0.39, compared to net income of $0.10 and below my estimate of a loss … Continue reading

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American Water Works 21Q2 Update

2021 Second Quarter Results in Line with Expectations. Maintaining Neutral Rating. AWK reported 21Q2 EPS of $1.14, up 17.5% from 20Q2.  Operating revenues increased  7.3% to $999 million.  Operating income rose 5.4% to $330 million.  Operating margin eased 60 bp … Continue reading

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Bristol-Myers Squibb: Initiating Coverage

Initiating Coverage with an Outperform Rating. Prospects Beyond 2022 are Favorable. With the acquisitions of Celgene in 2019 and MyoKardia in 2020, BMS has substantially transformed its business and repositioned for growth.  Drugs added to the portfolio from the two … Continue reading

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PSEG: A Possible Rocky Transition to T&D

It has been a year since PSEG announced a strategic review to explore divesting its fossil fuel generating assets.  Since then, management has said that it is pleased with the interest shown by potential buyers in its 6,750+ MW portfolio … Continue reading

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Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corp. Stands to Gain as Domestic Travel Improves

On May 5, 2021, Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation (BVH), formerly known as BBX Capital Corporation, completed the acquisition of the 7% publicly-traded ownership stake of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (BXG) that it did not already own through a statutory short-form merger … Continue reading

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HPE 21Q2 Results

The Company Reported Stronger Than Expected 21Q2 Results, But Its Upwardly Revised Guidance Was Somewhat Disappointing. HPE reported fiscal 2021 second quarter GAAP earnings of $0.19 per share, well above its most recent guidance of $0.02-$0.08 per share and ahead … Continue reading

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Update on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

HPE has posted two consecutive quarters of stronger-than-expected results.  Although the quarterly figures still lag behind the prior year, the recent strength suggests that its business is rebounding strongly off the bottom.  As noted by management, HPE’s business portfolio, which … Continue reading

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Five Star Alters Strategy, Its Stock Gets Slammed

In early April, Five Star announced a change in its strategy whereby it will transition out of the management of 108 smaller senior living communities (SLCs) with 7,500 living units (with an average of 69.4 units per community), close and … Continue reading

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Assessing the Impact of the Organon Spin-Off on Merck

Merck is progressing toward the spin-off of its subsidiary, Organon & Co., which is expected to be completed by the end of the June.  Organon will include Merck’s women’s health products, biosimilars and certain established brands, most of which have … Continue reading

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Five Star and DHC Restructure Their Agreement

On April 9, Five Star and DHC announced a restructuring of their management agreement whereby DHC will transition the management of 108 smaller senior living communities (SLCs) with a total of 7,500 units to other operators by the end of … Continue reading

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Merck Spin-Off of Organon Targeted for 21Q2

In recent weeks, Merck has been following through on its plan to spin-off its subsidiary, Organon & Co., to shareholders.  On March 17, it filed its Form 10 registration statement related to the transaction.  On March 24, it posted on … Continue reading

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Vaccinations Raise Visibility of a Bottom in Occupancy for DHC

Diversified Healthcare Trust reported 2020 fourth quarter normalized funds from operations (FFO) (my definition) of $15.1 million or $0.06 per share, slightly better than 20Q3, but well below 19Q4.  The results were modestly better than I anticipated with lower operating … Continue reading

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Citius Pharma Raises $71 million in Equity Unit Offering

Citius Pharmaceuticals (CXTR) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of four potential products: (1) Mino-Lok, an antibiotic lock solution to treat and salvage infected central venous catheters (“CVCs”) in patients with catheter-related bloodstream infections (“CRBSIs”); Halo-Lido, a … Continue reading

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Five Star Senior Living (FVE) Update

Vaccination of 90% of Residents Raises Visibility on a Rebound in Occupancy Five Star reported slightly stronger 20Q4 results than anticipated, due primarily to gains on investments held by its captive insurer.  Average occupancy across its owned and leased senior … Continue reading

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2021 Market Outlook – Part 2: S&P 500 Sector Analysis

2020 was of course dominated by the impact of the pandemic on the economy and specifically on the revenues and profits of each of the S&P 500 constituents.  There was a sharp stock market sell-off in March-April, followed by a … Continue reading

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An Uncertain Outlook for Housing

2020 was a surprisingly solid year for housing in light of the pandemic and the havoc that it wreaked in other parts of the economy.  December data will not be reported until later this month.  I project that single-family housing … Continue reading

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Colony Credit Real Estate 20Q3 Update

Shares of Colony Credit Real Estate (CLNC) have surged over the past six weeks, nearly doubling from a low of $4.37 on Oct. 29 to a high of $8.11 on Nov. 25.  Since then, CLNC’s share price has been trading … Continue reading

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Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHC): Weaker Than Anticipated 20Q3 Results

Diversified Healthcare Trust reported 2020 third quarter normalized funds from operations (FFO) (according to my definition) of $11.0 million or $0.05 per share, well below results for 19Q3 and 20Q2 and also below my projection of $27.8 million or $0.12 … Continue reading

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GE: 2020 Third Quarter Earnings Review

General Electric reported a 2020 third quarter GAAP loss of $1.16 billion or $0.13 per share on revenues on revenues of $19.4 billion, down 17%.  In the 2019 third quarter, the company reported a comparable net loss of $1.3 billion … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo: Still Under a Regulatory Cloud, Wading Through the Pandemic

Shares of Well Fargo have been under a regulatory cloud ever since the Federal Reserve placed a cap on its total assets in April 2018.  To lift the cap, the company must demonstrate that it has implemented an effective remediation … Continue reading

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GE 20Q3 Earnings Preview and Outlook

Shares of GE have underperformed both the broader market and GE’s industrial peer group since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The weak performance reflects primarily the company’s exposure to the aviation business, which prior to the pandemic was GE’s … Continue reading

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Housing Market Update

Despite continuing elevated unemployment and dampened consumer confidence, the housing market has been surprisingly strong in the months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the U.S. Commerce Dept., single-family housing starts for August were estimated at the … Continue reading

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Debt Refinancing Eliminates Risk of Default; But Diversified Healthcare Trust Will Need to Raise Equity Eventually

Diversified Healthcare Trust (DHC) reported 2020 second quarter normalized funds from operations (FFO) (according to my definition) of $52.8 million or $0.22 per share, down 33% from $81.1 million or $0.33 per share in the prior year quarter.  The decline … Continue reading

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A Weak Second Quarter Should Mark the Bottom for Colony Capital, But Future Dilution is a Key Issue

Colony Capital reported a 2020 second quarter net loss of $2.04 billion or $4.33 per share, compared with a much smaller loss in the prior year quarter.  This year’s loss was driven by $2.0 billion of impairment charges taken across … Continue reading

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Five Star’s Strong Stock Performance Could Signal Quicker Turnaround

Five Star Senior Living continues to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.  During the 2020 second quarter, it experienced a 3.8% decline in occupancy from 82.5% to 78.7% across its owned and managed senior living … Continue reading

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Colony Capital: The Big Pivot on Hold

In response to activist pressure precipitated by a deterioration in its financial performance and a steady decline in its stock price, Colony Capital announced in November 2019 a new strategy to focus on growing its Digital Realty and Investment Management … Continue reading

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After the Quick Rebound, Investors Should Approach Homebuilding Stocks with Caution

Homebuilding stocks have been on a wild ride in 2020.  They boomed from the start of the year, rising 19.1% (according to my index of 11 publicly-traded builders) to February 21, handily beating the 3.0% gain on the S&P 500 … Continue reading

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After Completing Its Corporate Transition, Change Healthcare Copes With COVID-19

Change Healthcare Inc. (CHNG, Change Inc., Change or Inc.) is a new public company formed in 2016 as a joint venture between McKesson Corporation (MCK) and an investor group led by The Blackstone Group.  Over the past four years, the … Continue reading

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DHC Cuts Distribution As It Copes with COVID-19 Fallout

DHC’s share price closed on Thursday (4/9) at $3.51, down 58.4% year-to-date, worse than the peer group average of down 24.7%, but the stock is up from its bottom of $2.00.  Most of the losses for DHC occurred during March. … Continue reading

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Deep Dive on GE: Sum-of-the-Parts Valuation

As noted in a previous post, it is most appropriate to value GE as a single, stand-alone enterprise.  Several unifying investment themes support this view:

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Deep Dive on GE: GE Capital

In April 2015, partially in response to the regulatory restrictions that accompanied GE Capital’s designation as a systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Oversight Council, GE adopted the GE Capital Exit Plan, under which it planned to reduce … Continue reading

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Deep Dive on GE: Consolidated Enterprise Valuation

In my view, the most appropriate way to look at GE’s stock valuation is to consider the company as a single enterprise.  In this analysis, I compare its current valuation to peers.  My calculations for GE’S enterprise value-to-EBITDA multiple at … Continue reading

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Deep Dive on GE: Projected 2020 Consolidated Results

Based upon management’s guidance given at General Electric’s 2020 Outlook meeting on March 4th, I project 2020 Industrial Leverage EBITDA of $11.6 billion, up roughly 3% from 2019.  Industrial Leverage EBITDA was given in the appendix to the company’s 2020 … Continue reading

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Deep Dive on GE: The 2020 Outlook for its Businesses

Given the complexity of its business mix and financial structure, valuing GE is not an easy exercise even under benign economic conditions.  The task is made even more difficult when there is considerable uncertainty about prospects for the global economy.

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Though It Might Be Delayed, GE’s BioPharma Sale is Set to Close

GE’s stock has been battered during this sell-off, falling much more than the broader market as a whole.  Since reaching an intra-day peak of $13.26 on February 12 (roughly one month ago), the stock has fallen 40.8% to its March … Continue reading

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Recent Observations on Bed Bath & Beyond

The investor optimism that followed the October 2019 appointment of Mark J. Tritton as Bed Bath & Beyond’s CEO and continued after the company gave a preliminary upbeat assessment of its performance early in the Christmas selling season gave way … Continue reading

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A Strong Start for Housing

2019 was a solid year for U.S. housing.  While still subject to modest revisions, government figures show that new residential sales increased 10.4% from an estimated 617,000 units in 2018 to 681,000 units in 2019.  Single-family housing starts advanced 1.4% … Continue reading

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A Brief Update on StoneMor

StoneMor Partners, L.P. has passed a few milestones since my previous update in late September.  These accomplishments have advanced its turnaround, but more is needed including a significant rebound in its profitability before the effort can be declared a success.

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NJR Adjusts to Meet Its Challenges and Opportunities

Under new CEO Steve Westhoven, the business portfolio of New Jersey Resources (NJR) has evolved as it typically does in response to changes in its operating environment.  Its regulated utility operations, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and its Midstream segment, … Continue reading

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Brightcove’s Prospects Look Brighter

A key change at Brightcove since my last post has been the turnover at the top.  In August 2017, after three consecutive quarters of earnings misses, Dave Mendels, who had served as CEO for more than four years, agreed with … Continue reading

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Homebuilder Stocks Fall as Optimism About Global Economic Growth Rises

Homebuilding stocks have been the best performing of the 150-odd sectors in the Dow Jones U.S. Total Market Index, up 44.4% over the past 12 months as of November 8. Last year, they declined sharply in the face of Federal … Continue reading

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Notes and Analysis from HPE’s 2019 Securities Analyst Meeting

At its 2019 Securities Analyst meeting (SAM) held in New York City on October 23, the senior management of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) said that the company was poised to enter the third phase of its evolution: pivoting to sustainable, … Continue reading

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SNH Still Seems Behind Goal on Asset Sales

SNH has set a goal of $900 million in announced or closed asset sales in 2019.  With more than nine months of the year gone, it has completed only $119.1 million in asset sales and has an estimated $125 million … Continue reading

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NYT Magazine Article on the Boeing 737 Max

The cover story in this week’s Sunday New York Times Magazine is “What Really Caused the Deadly Crashes of the Boeing 737 Max?“. While acknowledging that malfunctions caused the crashes, it also documents in detail the errors made by the … Continue reading

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A Reset for Senior Housing Properties Trust

In response to the financial difficulties of its primary tenant, Five Star Senior Living (FVE), Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) has been forced to negotiate a change in the structure of their business relationship.  Specifically, SNH has agreed to cancel … Continue reading

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The Old and New Five Star

Five Star Senior Living (FVE) and its landlord Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) have previously announced a restructuring of their commercial arrangements whereby SNH will cancel the five master leases that cover 181 senior living and skilled nursing facilities currently … Continue reading

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A Solid First Half for Housing and the Builders

A typical analysis from policy makers, like the Federal Reserve, points out that activity in the housing market has declined so far this year; but that assertion focuses primarily on housing starts.   A more complete picture from the national data … Continue reading

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An Update on Bed Bath & Beyond

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond have sold off sharply in recent weeks, but the stock is exceptionally cheap vs. its peers. If new leadership can accelerate the company’s transformation plan successfully, the shares have significant upside potential. The article explores both risks and opportunities for Bed Bath & Beyond as it enters the next phase of its transformation plan. Continue reading

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Bed Bath & Beyond’s Next Generation Lab Store

A tour (with pictures) of the Bed Bath & Beyond East Hanover store. Continue reading

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Notes and Analysis from Merck’s Investor Day

On June 20, Merck held an investor day, its first in five years, to highlight its goals and objectives and provide a broad perspective on its five-year performance outlook.  Although its blockbuster cancer treatment, KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab), has been a spectacular … Continue reading

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Bluegreen’s Share Price Plunges on Bass Pro Contract Cancellation

Shares of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (BXG) received a double whammy in May from the parent company BBX Capital’s (BBX) decision to back out of its offer to buyback BXG’s public float – equal to 10% of outstanding shares – and … Continue reading

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A Solid 2019 First Quarter for New Home Sales

As anticipated, the market for new single-family houses rebounded from a steep 2018 fourth quarter slide to post modest gains in the 2019 first quarter against fairly strong 2018 first quarter levels.  The primary driver of the housing rebound has … Continue reading

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Impairments Spark a Sell-Off, But Position BZH for an Earnings Rebound

Beazer Homes (BZH) reported a fiscal 2019 second quarter loss of $3.28 per share, compared with earnings of $0.36 per share in the comparable prior year quarter.  The loss included a large impairment charge and a much smaller gain on … Continue reading

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The Outlook Begins to Improve (Gradually) for BHGE

The net income and EPS figures for the 2019 first quarter for Baker Hughes, a GE company, are confusing as presented.  The company reported net income (before income or loss allocated to the non-controlling interest, which is GE) of $71 … Continue reading

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Peabody Energy: Maintaining Guidance Despite Disappointing in Q1

Peabody reported a sharp decline in its 2019 first quarter revenues and profitability (even though its earnings per share rose).  The declines were due to lower volumes, lower prices and higher costs in its seaborne metallurgical (SMC) and Powder River … Continue reading

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United Parcel Service (UPS) 18Q1 Results

UPS reported 19Q1 EPS of $1.28, down from $1.55 a year ago. Non-GAAP EPS, which excludes the after tax impact of transformation strategy costs – i.e. costs that “will create efficiencies across the enterprise and produce higher-quality revenue growth” – … Continue reading

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