5 stocks that impressed ... and 1 that bombed

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A group of Australia’s leading Fund Managers have each picked one stock they believe delivered a notable result this week. Sectors covered were diverse, including energy, tourism, materials, media, services, and consumer discretionary. The common thread among the outperformers is they have all ridden industry dynamics - and executed well - to deliver surprisingly strong earnings growth. To this end, Perennial singled out one oil and gas stock as ‘Best In Class’. Regal meanwhile identifies a former market darling that has put old issues in the rearview mirror to deliver an 11% jump in EBITDA. Access the full article to see the five stocks that impressed ... and the one that bombed.

Greencross has put old issues in the rear-view mirror

JULIAN BABARCZY, Regal Funds Management

This week, Greencross announced a first-half result that topped market expectations, with commendable revenue growth of 14%, translating to EBITDA growth of 11%. (VIEW LINK)

Asian Tourism supports Mantra’s profit growth

TIM CALLAN, K2 Asset Management

Mantra, Australia’s 2nd largest operator of hotels and resorts, has delivered a first-half profit that was 15% higher than last year. This growth has been driven by acquisitions and favourable industry dynamics; 125,000 short-term Chinese and Indian visitors now arrive in Australia each month. (VIEW LINK)

Invocare: Follow the dividend growth!

HUGH DIVE, Atlas Funds Management

In our opinion, the result of the week was from integrated funeral business operator Invocare. Despite a reduction in the population mortality rate, management were able to deliver 10% earnings per share growth and 12% growth in dividends: (VIEW LINK)

Woodside is simply best in class

JOHN MURRAY, Perennial Value Management

In delivering a full-year profit of US$868 million, Woodside Petroleum reaffirmed Perennial Value’s view that it is best in class in the Australian oil and gas sector: (VIEW LINK)

Bluescope well positioned to ride industry dynamic

NIKKO ASSET MANAGEMENT AUSTRALIA

We believe BlueScope Steel is attractively placed to take advantage of favourable dynamics in the global steel sector and has a strong balance sheet which suggests that there is potential for further capital management. (VIEW LINK)

Another market darling falls from grace

DEAN FERGIE, Cyan Investment Management

Isentia, the Australian-based media monitoring company, is the latest market star to fall from grace, down 36% on the day of its results: (VIEW LINK)

Five more stocks that exceeded expectations

Last week, the same managers identified five more stocks that exceeded expectations. Access the full article to see which stocks were selected, and why their results stood out from the rest: (VIEW LINK)

Seven more stock calls

In our inaugural episode from the early stages of reporting season, our contributing managers picked seven notable results that highlighted BWX, Rio, Carsales, Suncorp and Class: (VIEW LINK)


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