Sunday, February 11, 2018

Recent Sell & Buy – January – TEVA, Ventas, Gilead Sciences

I bought a few shares of TEVA in August 2017. I thought that the market overreacted the announced goodwill impairment, and it has a good valuation. As I saw the revenue and EPS decline, and the large restructuring, I felt that I can not predict the profit of the company for the next few years and I closed my long position at $21.41. It brings me a small profit for this few months.


I bought Ventas (VTR) shares at $56.19 which means 5.52% dividend yield for me. I think that VTR is a great company, which increased it's dividend in the last 7 years and has not decreased it in 2008-2009.


As I have more money after selling my TEVA shares, I bought a few shares of Gilead Sciences (GILD) at $80.74 which gives me 2.86% dividend yield (after the recently announced dividend increase).


Full disclosure: Long VTR, GILD

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Profit of Hungarian Shares in the Last 10 Years

I calculated the profit of the largest publicly traded Hungarian companies. I used the share prices from the end of 2007 as a starting point. So, it is before the Great Recession of 2008-2009, that's why, the beginning valuation is really high, and the profits are not so good for a ten year period. (If I would start from the end of 2008, it would show us much better profits.)

Data sources: Budapest Stock Exchange, Sectors and Industries from

I found really interesting, that there are plenty of high dividend paying shares among the top of the table. The share price of Zwack, Emasz or Elmu changed only a little, but the high dividend brought good returns for the shareholders. That's why I like so much the dividend paying stocks.

Disclaimer: long ANY

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Recent Sell – V. F. Corporation

I bought a few shares of V. F. Corporation (VFC) in February 2017. I thought that it has a good valuation at $50.30. 

When I bought the shares, the P/BV was 4.21 and the P/S was 1.71, but now I calculate P/BV 7.62 and P/S 2.50. The P/E was 19.80 at the time of my purchase, and I felt, that it is a good opportunity to buy a dividend aristocrat. 

Now, (as I calculate) the P/E is 28.52, which is a really high value for a company which has only single digit long term revenue and EPS growth rate. So these ratios show me, that it is better to realize my profit. I sold my shares at $74.14, which gives me a really good capital gain. I think that I will find much better investment opportunities for my money in the next few months.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Recent Buy – November – Fresenius

November was a calm month for my investments. I got my dividends from Next Plc and CVS Health and I bought a few shares of Fresenius SE (Xetra: FRE) at 62.28 which gives me 0.99% dividend yield. Fresenius is a global healthcare group, and offers products and services for dialysis, hospitals and outpatient medical care. It focuses on the hospital operations and offers engineering and services for hospitals and other health care facilities.

Fresenius increased it's dividend in the last 24 years, which is really rare among european companies. As I look at the numbers and valuation of Fresenius, I think its a great company at a fair price. It shows great growth in the last 10 years and I believe that it can maintain this growth in the next decade.

Full disclosure: Long CVS, Next Plc, Fresenius

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Recent Buy – October – CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Express Scripts, Macy's

October was a really busy month for me. I saw some opportunities on the stock market to improve my portfolio and increase my forward dividend income.

I bought a few shares of CVS Health (CVS) at $73.09 which gives me 2.74% dividend yield. CVS Health is a dividend contender, which increased it's dividend in the last 14 years. After my purchase the price went down more, so I am thinking about to buy more shares of the company.


I bought Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) shares at $67.36 which means 2.38% dividend yield for me. WBA is a dividend aristocrat, which increased it's dividend in the last 42 years.


I like to build my portfolio from companies, that reguraly pays me dividends, but sometimes I saw great companies such as Alphabet (GOOGL) or Express Scripts (ESRX) on prices, that are good for me. I thought that the Express Scripts will be a good investment, so I bought it at $57.01.

Finally, at the end of the month, I bought the shares of Macy's at $19.02 which gives me 7.94% dividend yield.


Full disclosure: Long CVS, WBA, GOOGL, ESRX, M

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dividend Increase - V. F. Corportation (VFC)

VF Corporation (VFC) announced a quarterly dividend increase from $ 0.42 to $ 0.46 per share which is payable December 18, 2017 to holders of record December 8, 2017. This represents a 9.52% increase to quarterly dividends.

That increase rises my YOC to 3.66%.

Disclaimer: Long VFC.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Whitbread - A Quality Company from the UK

I'm following a lot of companies from the US, like Kroger and TEVA, but this time I would like to introduce a quality company from the UK. Whitbread Plc (WTB) is the UK's largest hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator serving millions of customers every week. They serve their customers through their two businesses: Premier Inn & Restaurants and Costa. Premier Inn has over 760 hotels in the UK, and also has hotels in the Middle East and Germany. Costa operates more than 3,500 coffee shops. It's brand include Premier Inn, Beefeather, Table Table, Taybarns and Costa Coffee.

(Source: Capital Market Day 2016 presentation)

The shares of Whitbread Plc are on the London Stock Exchange. The FTSE 100 and the FTSE 350 contains them.

Whitbread Plc increased it's revenue from 1.411 billion GBP to 3.106 billion GBP over the period spanning fiscal years 2006/2007 to 2016/2017. That's a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.21%.

Over the same 10-year period, the company's diluted earnings per share grew from 1.22 GBP to 2.31 GBP, which is a CAGR of 6.55%.

I think that it's really impressive from such a large company, so take a look at it's dividend.

The company increased it's dividend in the last 12 years, with a ten year CAGR 12.22%. The dividend yield is 2.59% with the yesterday's closing price. (37.02 GBP) The payout ratio is only 41.49%.

I think, that if I look at these numbers I see a good company, which worth further research.

Disclaimer: Long Kroger and TEVA