Markets grind up again into year end
A strong session today for stocks with the market closing +25pts higher, however it was more than +50pts from the session lows after sellers capitulated shortly after the open with strong buying across the material stocks the main driver. Tomorrow marks the end of the financial year and June has been a particularly strong month – the ASX 200 up around 4% with the market now up +7.6% this financial year. The G20 the main focus this week with Trump-Xi set to meet on the weekend.
US Futures were well bid today as were Asian markets as the world positions for a trade war resolution on the weekend – seems a crowded trade!
Overall, the ASX 200 added +25 points or +0.39% to 6666. Dow Futures are trading up +97pts / +0.37%.
ASX 200 Chart
ASX 200 Chart
CATCHING OUR EYE;
Bingo (BIN) -2.67%: We’ll focus more on BIN today than we normally do given 1. It’s been a solid performer for us & 2. We ultimately like the company / and want to own it medium term (hence the obvious question – why sell?)
It’s also a good case study for our new subscribers into EOFY around how we look / think about positions in the portfolio.
As a recap, we bought BIN into extreme weakness at $1.20 and added to it around $1.60 – we’ve sold today above $2.20 for a ~57% profit for a few key reasons. Firstly, we like the company, believe it will do well in the medium term and we will likely own it again, however the short term picture in our view has too many ‘what if’s’ for its current valuation. (26x)
Feedback from the BIN site tour yesterday was overall positive and it was incredibly well attended – about 100pax on two coaches which shows a lot of interest in this stock (normally these tours get around 30pax), however not all are positive on the stock given an 11% short position – which has been going up. The short thesis revolves around BINs exposure to residential construction where the outlook is weak, however we don’t put too much weight into this thinking (shorts have been pushing this line since the stock was $1.50!) – to me, weakness associated with this is most likely in the price.
On the positive side, BIN now hold truly strategic assets in growth corridors of Sydney and management are doing a very good job on integrating Dial-a-Dump. The combination of businesses and the cross section of recycling / waste management facilities that tap into infrastructure spend in Australia will ultimately be a positive for earnings – but it’s more a FY21/22 and beyond story.
The near term negatives are around residential construction volumes (which everyone knows about) but more importantly BIN are about to amend their benchmark pricing across the book and it seems likely that they’ll forgo volumes to push through these increases. These increases have been a long time coming and joining the dots one could assume that margins may well have been under some pressure in the meantime which may come through at their 21st August full year result . Throw the ACCC in the mix, a reasonably young management team + significant changes in customer pricing at a time when a large acquisition is being bedded down and the risks are building– hence our decision to book profit.
Bingo (BIN) Chart
Pact Group Holdings (PGH) +11.4%; Shares rallied today despite talking earnings lower in an announcement saying they expect EBITDA “at the low end” of the $230m to $245m guidance range. Analyst consensus was already sitting at $232m and many pundits were calling this conservative so the positive spin was taken on the back of today’s release. Along with the earnings update, Pact also announced debt refinancing that has reduced the need for a capital raise. The company has secured $50m in unsecured funding for the next 6 years, while also extending $380m worth of loans by 2 years out to 2022.
These were the two big fears from a market perspective – earnings were likely to miss given both demand troubles and input price pressure, while climbing debt would force the company into a capital raise. With these risks off the table in the short term at least, it’s understandable that
The stocks popped today. We added to our position today and now have a $2.73 average price.
Pact Group (PGH) Chart
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