This paper builds on our recent work highlighting that many of the market’s highest quality firms are trading at discounts to the broad market. The exhibits that follow provide potent evidence that today is one of the most compelling times in history to adopt a simple dividend investing strategy in Consumer Staples. Specifically:

  • Tech Investing: The recent mania for loss-making tech firms, speculative investments and impossibly priced “Nifty Fifty” stocks has inhaled capital and left many of the most proven and profitable firms at historic discounts
  • Staples – An Income Investing Strategy: The yield famine in markets today combined with the historical power of investing in Consumer Staples creates a compelling opportunity to buy the market’s best assets
  • Trading Places: Why today is a terrific time to start selling out of overpriced tech and buying into Staples

This newsletter has not been afraid to suggest that the market is deep in the grip of a mania similar to the one seen at the peak of the Nifty Fifty and the Internet Bubble of 2000. As the cadence of those papers has increased, so have those dedicated to exploiting an increasingly wide array of superb investment opportunities in some of the best companies. Before adding to our expanding series advocating for long-tenured, profitable, growing, and dividend-paying firms trading at reasonable prices, we think it is worth reminding readers of the severity of today’s pricing dichotomy.

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Aside from the obvious arithmetic headwinds facing today’s Nifty Fifty, the next major problem can be seen in Figure 1 below. This is the market cap of Large Cap IT firms losing money. Approaching a trillion dollars, the losers are now worth ~30% more than the same group was at the peak of the internet bubble. In a rare breach of policy, Kailash will make a forecast: we doubt the tech IPO pipeline is brimming with profitable tech and cleantech stocks. The situation will only deteriorate as Wall Street does its job filling demand for neat tech stocks lack credible and self-funding business models.

As Kailash explained in How to Build a Growth Stock, even if all these firms owned a proprietary and critical new technology like a few firms in 1999 did, paying obscene multiples for money losers is still a mugs game. While the post-2000 losses in the IT high-flyers were horrendous, that bubble built the internet and transformed society and the world. Figure 1 strikes us as fearsome evidence that speculators are chasing the “shiny objects” in tech ever higher, and participants in the frenzy would be wise in reducing exposure.

KCR would also like to highlight our research on what we believe are some of the best opportunities we have seen in GARP stocks for those looking to find mispriced growth stocks.

  1. As a reminder for our Financial Advisors: our models are available on a continuous basis, and most have been in production for over a decade.  If you are looking for simple, concentrated, low turnover, and tax efficient model portfolios we would like to talk with you.  KCR also offers a wide range of easy-to-use but sophisticated tools.  Our toolkits can help identify mispriced stocks with the best and worst risk/reward characteristics, estimate a stock’s duration and warn you when a company is engaging in low-quality accounting. Over the last 12 years, KCR has built and offers time-tested and class-leading products built by experienced and proven money managers for fixed to low prices.
  2. Kailash Capital’s sister company, L2 Asset Management, runs market neutral, long/short, large-cap, and mid-cap long-only portfolios with a value and quality bias.  L2 employs a highly disciplined investment process characterized by moderate concentration, low turnover, high tax efficiency, and low fees. While nobody can predict the future, we believe the recent resurgence in risk-adjusted returns seen across all products is the beginning of what may be a long period where speculation is punished, and prudence and patience rewarded.
The topics discussed in this article are aimed at seasoned professionals, as such, we have included some extra reading for anyone seeking out more information related to the topics above.



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January 7, 2021 |

Categories: White Papers

January 7, 2021

Categories: White Papers

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