Darren Jackson, Calibre Investments BUY RECOMMENDATIONS
Thorn Group (TGA) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
This is one company that should prosper in the event of an economic downturn. It focuses on consumer product rentals, payday loans and debt collecting services. Recently released half year results revealed net profit after tax was up 30 per cent and revenue was up 20 per cent.
AWE Limited (AWE) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
This oil and gas producer appears to be a genuine turnaround story, with new senior appointments and a strategic review of operations. While oil and gas operations generate significant cash flow, it has previously been offset by even greater cash burn and asset write-downs. Moving forward, we expect this to reverse, with AWE’s overall profit shifting from negative to positive. HOLD RECOMMENDATIONS
SP AusNet (SPN) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
With investors over weight in cash, and interest rates at historically low levels, the search for yield has rarely been more crucial. SP AusNet offers a reliable and sustainable income stream generated from its electricity and gas distribution networks. The stock carries a partially franked trailing dividend yield above 8 per cent.
Perseus Mining (PRU) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
The gold rich nation of Ghana recently announced an increase in corporate tax rates, from 25 per cent to 35 per cent, on mining companies. In response to this news, Perseus Mining’s share price retreated to what appears to be entry levels. In light of this pullback, we await further news, or movement in the gold price for a more definitive buy or sell signal. SELL RECOMMENDATIONS
Little World Beverages (LWB) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
Little World Beverages has a fine tasting product range and positive year-on-year earnings growth. But, in our view, the current valuation for this boutique brewer is exceedingly generous and a bit hard to digest. When trading around $3.30, the company has an enterprise value of $195 million and a trailing price/earnings ratio above 22 times. We believe this can only be substantiated with exceedingly strong future earnings growth. On December 1, the stock was priced at $3.30.
Virgin Blue Holdings (VBA) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
VBA, like most airlines, is operating in a very difficult environment of low margins and ever increasing labour and fuel costs. Recent share price rises due to the grounding of the Qantas fleet appears to be an over-reaction in our view. We don’t expect Virgin to benefit long term from the Qantas upheaval. Expect upcoming earnings guidance to be positive, so sell into this strength. Michael Heffernan, Austock BUY RECOMMENDATIONS
Incitec Pivot (IPL) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
This explosives and fertiliser company recently produced a most satisfactory result. The company stands to benefit significantly from ongoing growth in the resources sector, particularly as earnings from explosives will continue to increase as a proportion of its total. Also its balance sheet is strong, with a relatively low debt-to-equity ratio.
Domino’s Pizza (DMP) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
A franchise pizza operation, which has been a tremendous success story since listing on the ASX in 2005. As it operates in an almost recession proof area of the economy, its future looks bright even if European debt problems persist and the US recovery is slow. HOLD RECOMMENDATIONS
Campbell Brothers (CPB) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
Involved in a range of business activities, from laboratory analytics to distribution of chemicals. Its sharemarket fundamentals are strong and its diversity in today’s volatile times leaves it in a strong position.
Bradken (BKN) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
This company, which produces consumables for the mining sector, has been impressively resilient in the past few years after an almost near death experience during the global financial crisis. With production levels in the resources sector expected to grow, the future looks promising. Also, and comforting for investors, is the company pays a fully franked dividend yield of around 5.5 per cent. SELL RECOMMENDATIONS
Goodman Fielder (GFF) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
This iconic food maker is currently facing one of its toughest tests. Specifically, branded products are being squeezed for shelf space by the increasingly pervasive major supermarket home brands. Supermarkets are concentrating on their own labels in the face of higher costs and competitive pressures.
BlueScope Steel (BSL) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO) Steel companies have experienced particularly difficult times in recent years due to the high cost of iron ore inputs, a strong Australian dollar, import competition and the recently legislated carbon tax. Although the latter does provide limited compensation for steel companies, this is unlikely to be a permanent feature of the domestic steel landscape. Paul Clarke, State One Stockbroking BUY RECOMMENDATIONS
Regional Express Holdings (REX) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
Regional Express is Australia’s largest independent regional airline. It’s the sole provider of numerous services on routes deemed by the major airlines to be too small or profitable. REX is well positioned to grow profits driven by the large Air Ambulance Victoria contract (from July 2011), and charter and freight services operated through subsidiaries Pel-Air and Airlink.
Cabcharge Australia (CAB) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
CAB operates a highly profitable taxi payment processing network via its own charge card and by processing third party cards. CAB terminals are installed in more than 18,000 taxis, representing 95 per cent of an industry made up of six companies in New South Wales and two in Victoria. Expect a recovery in corporate taxi travel and higher contributions from CAB’s CDC bus and UK joint ventures to boost earnings. HOLD RECOMMENDATIONS
Extract Resources (EXT) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
EXT holds uranium deposits mostly in Namibia. Extract’s Husab project is its main asset situated near Rio Tinto’s Rossing mine, which has been operating for more than 40 years and produces 8 per cent of the world’s uranium. Expect first production from the Husab project in 2014. Recently, as part of the feasibility study refinement process, an additional 37 per cent increase in resources to 320 million pounds was identified, extending the mine life beyond 20 years.
Technology One (TNE) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO)
Provides end-to-end software solutions to private businesses and government departments. Products offered include HR and payroll solutions and supply chain and business intelligence applications. TNE recently reported a strong full-year 2011 result, with net profit after tax increasing by 14 per cent to $20.3 million. TNE operates on healthy margins, is supported by a robust balance sheet and generates a high degree of repeat sales. SELL RECOMMENDATIONS
Goodman Fielder (GFF) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO) The food maker is currently undertaking a strategic review of operations, with a view to cut $100 million in costs by full-year 2015. Although a positive move, it’s unclear as to where it will achieve these savings. In any case, we believe cost savings are likely to be offset by continuing weak revenue.
BlueScope Steel (BSL) Chart: Share price over the year versus ASX200 (XJO) The steelmaker recently announced a capital raising. Its objective is to raise $600 million via issuing 1.5 billion new shares at 40 cents each. BSL carries more than $1.2 billion of debt on its balance sheet and the funds raised will reduce part of this debt. But will the capital raising be enough, and will it satisfy its lenders given the outlook for steel manufacturing in Australia is negative? Steel industry trading conditions remain challenging with domestic sales volumes declining.
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