Time was a rare commodity on Peter’s show last night. Whilst I managed to list a few A1 and A2 small cap stocks that I consider make the Value.able grade, there just wasn’t time for details. So, as promised, I have put together a quick precise of two stocks (in boring businesses) I listed last night.
Remember: DO NOT rush out and buy shares in any company I discuss with Peter or any other media outlet (or here at the blog) without conducting appropriate research and seeking personal and professional advice FIRST!
These insights are not a solicitation to trade any security. I may own shares in the companies mentioned. I cannot predict share price directions – they could all fall by 80% or more after you buy. Finally, I am under no obligation to keep you updated with any change of my view, my estimate of the Value.able value of the company or my Montgomery Quality Ratings (MQRs).
Before I begin, here are the highlights from last night.
Zicom Group (ZGL)
In 2007, the first reported results after purchasing the Zicom Group, the company earned $6 million on equity of $21.6 million (ROE 27.7%). Since then another A$8 million has been raised from owners and profits have risen to A$8 million. Return on additional capital is 25%.
In the HY11 results, the company announced a profit A$7 million. Revenue grew from $47.75 million in the previous corresponding period to $71 million. A buyback of $4 million shares occurred in the half.
Company forecasts are for a full year profit of $12.9 million, which would representing a return on equity of 18%. Growth in equity is exceeding growth in profits, however the ‘growth’ has been through retained earnings.
Zicom has four divisions; Offshore Marine Oil & Gas (43% of revenue, makes winches and ROV’s/oil rig boom to help – think winches on ships that lift ROV’s off deck and into water), Construction Equipment (39%, concrete mixers/marginally profitable & foundation equipment), Precision Engineering & Automation (14% constructs automated production lines, ink cartridges for HP, semi conductor and medical devices and associated components) and Industrial and Mobile Hydraulics (4%).
ZGL’s order book stands at $83.2 million, up from $68.9 million. Cash flow was negative $10 million, however $5 million was spent seeding two start-ups and another $5 million was spent on acquisitions ($700k of PP&E and $4 million on buying back shares).
Click here to read Roger’s latest insights on Zicom, published 6 April 2011 in Alan Kohler’s Eureka Report.
Codan Limited (CDA)
Codan Limited designs and manufactures a diversified products range for the international high-frequency radio, satellite and metal detection markets (think Minelab metal detectors).
Shares on issue are virtually unchanged from a decade ago and borrowings, which surged from $2 million in 2007 to $73 million in 2009, fell to $52 million last year and another million in the latest half year.
CDA’s 2007 profit of $11 million fell to $8 million in 2008, then rose to $24.4 million last year. The company forecasts profit of $20-$22 million in 2011 (optimistic analysts believe this figure will be higher, circa $24 million).
Since 2001, CDA’s profits have increased by 10.13 per cent per annum, from $10.268 million to $24.472 million
To generate this $14.2 million increase in profit, shareholders have put in equity of $21.859 million and left in earnings of $23.150 million (32%). The company has also borrowed $8.615 million net, in addition to the $43.483 million of debt held in 2001, resulting in current debt outstanding of $52.098 million and a net debt to equity ratio of 46.66 per cent.
Return on Equity is the best measure of economic performance, and CDA has averaged 31.02 per cent since 2001. Recently, CDA generated a return on equity of 37.94 per cent.
Finally, I also mentioned a small number of small cap stocks that are high quality and appear to be trading at a discount or close to my estimate of intrinsic value at the moment – Forger Group, ThinkSmart and Matrix Composites and Engineering. Here is my list:
Over at facebook.com/montgomeryroger Unc Dev’s list includes Thorn Group, Reckon, Iress, Nick Scali and Fleetwood. Shuo nominated PFL and Kristian proposed FSA, SWL & RQL. Which stocks make your A1/A2 small cap list?
Posted by Roger Montgomery, author and fund manager, 25 March 2011.