The 5 reasons we invested in platinum

Sam Amora

AMP Capital

The AMP Capital Dynamic Markets team recently identified platinum as a compelling investment opportunity - here's why. 

Valuations show platinum was undervalued

Commodities can be valued by comparing their price relative to the long-term cost of production. A commodity is profitable when the commodity is trading above the price of production. In October 2017, there was a sell-off of platinum and its price fell below it’s long-term cost of production, making it undervalued and very attractive from a valuation perspective.

Source: Bloomberg, Societe Generale, AMP Capital. As at January 2018.

Cycle reveals a supply deficit

Inventories have been declining on the back of mine closures, low capital investment, and falling production, whilst global demand has remained solid and forecast to grow, creating a supply deficit. Additionally, a softening US dollar has made it cheaper for global buyers with European and Chinese markets amongst the biggest consumers of platinum.

Sentiment makes platinum a contrarian trade

Sentiment towards platinum has been negatively impacted by the positive sentiment of electric vehicles and the strong growth forecasts that markets are pricing in (as platinum is used more in conventional vehicle manufacturing). This saw platinum sentiment approaching excessive pessimism and speculators were extremely short. However, we see this as longer-term risk as conventional vehicle sales are still growing, making platinum a contrarian trade with strong upside potential.

Source: Sentimentrader, AMP Capital. As at January 2018.

Technicals confirm platinum was oversold

From a technical perspective, platinum exhibited oversold conditions and on a relative basis compared to other precious metals like gold and silver, platinum has been a significant underperformer suggesting there was room for catch-up.

Undervalued, unloved, and oversold

These 5 reasons led us to believe platinum was an undervalued, unloved, and oversold investment opportunity and a 2%* allocation was made within ASX: DMKT. The position was closed at a profitable price after platinum rose by over 10% as the price returned above its long-term cost of production and sentiment went from excessive pessimism to excessive optimism.

Platinum is a great example of where a relatively small allocation can improve a portfolio's overall return and diversification.

Source: Bloomberg, AMP Capital. As at January 2018.

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*2% of the DMKT portfolio as at October 2017

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Sam Amora
Investment Strategist / Associate Portfolio Manager
AMP Capital

Sam was appointed to his current position in August 2012. He focuses on portfolio management and investment analysis supporting AMP Capital’s asset allocation capability and products, with a particular focus on the Dynamic Markets Fund


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