Dogs of Europe: A One of a Kind Income Solution

We are thrilled to introduce the latest addition to Durig’s portfolio of investment solutions, the Dogs of Europe.  Designed to capture the high quality dividends of European Blue Chips with the potential to grow income over time, this new portfolio strategy allows investors to participate in European equity trends with the help and support of a registered investment advisor in the United States.

DHX Media / Wildbrain Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding Over 9.5% YTM

This week, Durig’s weekly bond review takes another look at a Canadian company that focuses on children’s content and brands. You may not have heard of WildBrain (formerly DHX Media), but you may know some of its beloved characters, which includes the Peanuts gang, Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise. WildBrain released its first quarter results for fiscal year 2020 (three months ending September 30, 2019). The company’s wildly successful YouTube Channel, WildBrain Spark, has continued its outstanding growth from the past few quarters. Along with the great news on WildBrain Spark, there were other wins in the quarter as well (see bullets above).

Community Health Systems Bonds (CYH), 17% YTM providing High Yield, with Short Maturities

This week, Durig reviews one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the past few years paring down its portfolio of hospitals with an eye to retain those locations that are most profitable. The results of these divestitures are starting to be seen and the company has now put up two consecutive quarters of positive growth. In its most recent quarter results, one can see that same-store metrics tell a compelling story, especially in the competitive healthcare sector (see bullets above).

Income Aristocrats: Higher Income, Less Sleepless Nights

Following the success of it’s Dogs of the Dow and Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolios, we now take an in-depth look at the latest addition to our portfolio of investment solutions, the Income Aristocrats Portfolio. A remarkably well diversified portfolio, the income aristocrats effortlessly blends three different portfolio strategies (Fixed Income 2, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats) into an excellent vehicle for generating cash flow.

Dogs of the Dow Do it Again

This review explores the performance of the Dogs of the Dow Portfolio, with nearly 4% in dividend income alone, and considers the many merits of blue chip dividend stocks such as those held in the portfolio.

Performance Highlights

  • Year-to-Date Return of 13.03%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 10.31%
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 14.03%
  • Average Dividend Yield of 3.98%
  • Alpha of 4.47 (vs. Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.75 (vs. Benchmark*)

Diebold Nixdorf Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding Over 12% YTM

For this week’s bond review, Durig looks at an issuer that provides services to banks and retailers around the world. Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE:DBD) provides end-to-end services, software and hardware for the banking and retail industries. Diebold has spent all of 2019 implementing its DN Now program, designed to increase efficiencies, decrease costs, and improve margins. With the release of its third quarter results, it appears as if the company is making progress towards these goals (see bullets above).

Chemours Company Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding Over 7% YTM

For this week’s bond review, Durig looks at a chemical company created by a DuPont spinoff in 2015. Chemours Company (NYSE:CC) is a global leader in the manufacturing of fluoroproducts, chemical solutions, and titanium technologies. It is one of the leading global producers of titanium dioxide (used in paints, coatings, plastics, cosmetics and food), as well as the creator and producer of Opteon™, an award winning environmentally sustainable refrigerant. Highlights from the company’s second quarter results include: (see bullets above).

Dividend Aristocrats: Income Growth Over Time + Historical Outperformance

In this review, Durig examines the ways in which holding a diverse portfolio of dividend paying, high quality blue chip stocks can help to provide investors some much needed stability.

Performance Highlights

(all performance is reported net of fee, as of 11-15-19)
  • Lifetime Return of 14.06%
  • Average Dividend Yield of 3.34%

Quality Investments That Deliver

As trade tensions between the US and China continue to plague financial markets, investors are looking for high quality investments that can still deliver.

Durig has found the solution; blue chip dividend stocks.

Dogs of the S&P 500 Outperform Peers Across the Board

Durig benchmarks the performance of its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio and explores how holding a diverse portfolio of blue chip dividend stocks can benefit investors in today’s markets.

Performance Highlights

  • Year-to-Date Return of 32.02%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 26.07%
  • Annualized Lifetime Return of 14.29%
  • Alpha of 4.52 (vs Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.73 (vs Benchmark*)
  • Average Dividend Yield of 4.29%

Albertsons Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

This week, Durig takes another look at the number two grocer in the United States. Albertsons has made a significant turnaround in the past few years after its purchase of Safeway stores in early 2015. With its most recent quarterly results, the company has now logged seven consecutive quarters of identical store sales growth. In addition, the company’s online grocery sales grew by 40% year-over-year, a massive win for this traditional brick and mortar retailer. (Other results from its Q2 results, see bullets above)

Income and Growth Strategies That Are Working in Today’s Market

In this special review, Durig benchmarks the performance of its three unique blue chip equity portfolios, the Dogs of the Dow, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats, all of which are designed to capture high quality blue chip dividends of some of the most reputable companies on wall street.

With interest rates continuing to fall and attractive yields becoming increasingly difficult to find, many investors are turning away from conventional fixed income investments such as US Treasuries.

Dividend Aristocrats: Income Stability and Growth Over Time

A review and performance recap of Durig’s highly successful Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio that also compares the portfolio to another aristocratic dividend portfolio. The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio was also designed with income stability in mind, maintaining investment focus on only higher quality blue chip companies known as “Aristocrats.”

(all performance reported net of fee, as of 10-18-19)

October Performance Highlights

  • Average Dividend Yield of 3.51%
  • Lifetime return of 9.44%
  • Excess Return of 3.27% (vs. benchmark)*
  • Alpha of 7.95 (vs. benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.18 (vs. benchmark*)

Dogs of the S&P 500: Over 4.5% Income with Strong Historical Performance

A benchmark performance review of Durig’s unique Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio that examines the income benefit the portfolio can provide, also exploring some of the achievements the portfolio has had in lifetime performance.

October Performance Highlights

  • Average Current Dividend Yield of 4.68%
  • Year-to-Date Return of 20.38%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 17.63%
  • Annualized Lifetime Return of 10.41%
  • Alpha of 1.69 (vs Benchmark*)
  • Beta of 0.72 (vs Benchmark*)

Chesapeake Energy Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.5% YTM

This week, Durig looks at an energy company that is making the transition from its historical focus on natural gas to be more focused on oil production. Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) has been making strides this year to transition towards a more oil focused production portfolio. Chesapeake has already increased oil in its production portfolio from 17% in 2018, to 24% as of the end of the second quarter.  The company estimates it will exit 2019 with oil representing 26% of its production. Oil is a higher margin product, so Chesapeake is already seeing the fruit of its decision (see bullet points above).

Dogs of the Dow: Find Blue Chip Peace of Mind with Over 4% Income

A monthly performance review of Durig’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio that explores several benefits that income producing investments such the Dogs of the Dow can help to provide.

Performance Highlights

  • Lifetime Return of 12.87% (annualized)
  • Year-to-Date Return of 8.30%
  • Alpha of 4.89 (vs benchmark)*
  • Beta of 0.77 (vs benchmark)*
  • Average Current Yield of 4.18%

American Axle and Manufacturing Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.7% YTM

This week, Durig looks at the auto industry to focus on a manufacturer who supplies components to many of the industry’s leader auto makers. American Axle & Manufacturing (NYSE:AXL), a leading supplier of driveline technology, recently released its second quarter results.  The company registered solid free cash flow, net cash from operations and improving EBITDA and EBITDA margins (see bullets above).

Dividend Aristocrats – A Path to Growing Your Income

A monthly performance review of the Dividend Aristocrats, a diversified blue chip stock portfolio built around some of the highest yielding dividend payers listed on the S&P 500. We also examine the various benefits the strategy can offer investors in volatile markets.

 

(performance is net of fee, 9-17-19)


Performance Highlights

 

  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 8.03%

  • Average Current Yield of 3.52%

California Resources Corporation Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 33.5% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a unique oil and gas producer. Reviewed several times in the past, most recently in May of 2019 following the company’s release of their Q1 Results, California Resources Corporation (NYSE:CRC) produces oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) strictly within the state of California. And, it sells all of it oil production in the state of California, which, as a state, represents the 5th largest economy in the world. The company recently signed its third major joint venture agreement, which will allow the company to add production and revenue with no initial capital cost to CRC. In addition to this great news, CRC also posted some excellent results from its second quarter (see bullet points above).

Dogs of the S&P 500: Dividend Yield of 4.66% with Strong Historical Growth

This week, Durig takes a closer look at the various benefits that its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio may provide investors in light of today’s unpredictable financial markets. September Performance Highlights (See bullet points above).

A Multi-Benefit Income Strategy

Durig’s Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio has the dual benefit of growth and income from a variety of the highest yielding (with regard to dividends) blue chip companies listed on the S&P 500.  The portfolio is able to capture the highest quality blue chip dividends through its use of strategic weighting, achieving  an average dividend yield of 4.66%, with the growth component of this strategy helping to boost the total year-to-date portfolio return to 20.78%, and a trailing 1 year return of 13.77%, outpacing the S&P 500 itself in both year-to-date return and trailing 1 year return.  This multi benefit strategy allows investors to capture strong growth in principal, while still generating a healthy level of diversified income and realizing strong historical returns.

Dogs of the Dow – High Dividends, Historical Outperformance

This week, Durig Capital recaps the recent performance of its own unique version of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and benchmarks it to that of its closest peers. Also explored is the importance of portfolio correlation to the overall market, and how correlation can help to provide investors an idea of how a portfolio could theoretically perform under various market conditions.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow – September Performance Highlights

  • Year-to-Date Return of 9.41%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 6.73%
  • Annualized Lifetime Return of 13.85%

Dividend Aristocrats – Grow Income Over Time

The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio, Durig Capital’s newest exciting investment solution is now open for investment.  This portfolio strategy targets the “cream of the crop” among a diversity of blue-chip companies listed on the S&P 500, seeking the companies with only the highest yields and have a stable history of increasing dividends.

Income Growth Over Time

Dogs of the S&P 500 – Less Blue Chip Volatility – More Peace of Mind

Over the last few months, the ongoing trade-war between the U.S. and China has escalated into something of a volatility generating machine, with some market indices jumping up or down hundreds of points in a single day as new tariffs are added, sentiments of certain key political figures are expressed, etc.  Causality aside, the markets are boiling and have many investors looking to find a way to beat the heat without having to leave the kitchen entirely. This week, Durig Capital explains how investors can do just that with its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio.

Dogs of the Dow – Durig’s Continued Outperformance Over Time


This week,
Durig Capital recaps the recent performance of its own unique version of the Dogs of the Dow Strategy and benchmarks it to that of its closest peers. Also explored is the importance of portfolio correlation to the overall market, and how correlation can help to provide investors an idea of how a portfolio could theoretically perform under various market conditions.

Durig’s Dogs of the Dow – July Performance Highlights 

  • 12.41% Year-to-Date

  • 12.87% Trailing 1 Year Return

  • 15.98% Annualized Return Since Inception

  • Beta of 0.72 (vs. Benchmark*)

     

   (Performance shown  above is as of 7-31-19)

Dogs of the Dow: Does It Work, and Should It Have a Place in Your Portfolio?

Last month, Durig Capital explored several variations of the classic Dogs of the Dow Investment Strategy. Later in the article, we examined the historical performance of these strategy variations, benchmarked against the performance of Durig’s own unique Dogs of the Dow Portfolio Strategy. The original strategy designed by Michael O’Higgins in the book “Beating the Dow” in 1991 was designed for just that; beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI).

Dogs of the Dow: Durig’s Past Performance Runs Ahead of the Pack

This week, Durig Capital explores a popular variation of the classic Dogs of the Dow investment strategy, introduced by Michael O Higgins in the early 1990’s.  The strategy has been widely accepted by some for its simplicity and repeatability, yet denounced by others for the exact same. Durig Capital believes less complicated is better; fewer moving parts mean fewer potential points of failure, and has done well historically with it’s own unique version of this simple strategy, discussed later in the article.

New Dogs of the Dow Significantly Outperforms Major Indices

This week, Durig Capital reviews its own version of a time-proven investment strategy. The Dogs of the Dow investment strategy is a simple way for investors to design a portfolio around the “dogs” of the broader Dow Index, and rebalance it annually. Durig Capital’s Dogs of the Dow (DoD) portfolio has, since its inception in June 2017, resulted in a less volatile portfolio with excellent returns when compared the the broader Dow index.

What Does an Inverted Yield Curve Mean this Time?

Fed’s Jay Powell, Interest Rates, and Trump

Earn Over 23.5% YTM with Community Health Systems, Bonds Mature February 2022

This week’s bond review focuses on one of the nation’s largest publicly traded hospital companies. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH). CYH has spent the past few years divesting hospitals in an effort to reshape its portfolio towards urban and suburban markets. The company continues to make that shift and has now added urgent care centers in some of those markets to help drive additional patients to its hospitals. Its fourth quarter and full-year 2018 results look to be an indicator that the transformation is gaining a foothold.

Harvest Nearly 15% YTM with Pyxus International, Formerly Alliance One, Bonds Maturing July 2021

This week, Durig Capital looks at a longtime company that has adopted a new name to reflect its new direction. Pyxus International, formerly Alliance One, is well into its “One Tomorrow” transformation plan, where it has added new products to its product base of leaf tobacco. The company has entered into producing e-liquids, cannabis and cannabis related products.

Bring Home 9.0% YTM with Conn’s Inc., Bonds Maturing July 2022

This week’s bond review delves into the retail sector with a specialty retailer of durable consumer goods who also offers its customers financing on their purchases. Conn’s Inc., which is headquartered in Texas, has a market presence that stretches across the southern United States. Conn’s set some records in its most recent quarterly results (third quarter for its fiscal year 2019).

  • Record third quarter retail gross margin of 41.2%
  • Record quarterly credit segment revenues of $89.9 million.
  • For the first nine months of fiscal year 2019, the company registered its second highest nine month operating income ever
  • Excellent interest coverage of 2.4x.

Find Over 8.5% YTM with Owens & Minor, Bonds Mature September 2021

This week, Durig Capital looks to the healthcare industry, where a medical supply logistics provider has made some key acquisitions to broaden its revenue sources. Over the past 18 months, Owens & Minor has acquired Byram Healthcare, a direct to patient medical supply distributor, along with Halyard’s surgical and infection prevention (S&IP) business.  Combined, these two acquisitions are slated to add $1.45 billion in annual revenues for Owens & Minor. The company’s last reported quarterly results (third quarter 2018) show revenue growth coming through these most recent additions.

An Introduction to Durig Capital’s Dogs of the Dow Portfolio Strategy

 This week, Durig Capital reviews its own version on a time-proven investment strategy. The “Dogs of the Dow” investment strategy was introduced by Michael B. Higgins in the early 1990’s as a simple way for investors to design a portfolio around the “dogs” of the broader Dow index, and re-balance it annually. Durig Capital has created its own version on this investment strategy which has historically resulted in a less volatile portfolio and has produced excellent returns since its inception in June 2017.

  • Since its inception (June 6, 2017) Durig’s “Dogs of the DOW” Portfolio has generated a total return of 14.26% (as of January 22, 2019). Over the same time period, the greater Dow index generated a return of 11.37%. So, Durig’s “Dogs of the DOW” portfolio returned 25% more than the index.

  • Most notably, during the selloff in the fourth quarter of 2018, Durig’s portfolio was down -5.23% while the greater Dow index was down -11.30%. These figures are as of January 22, 2019.

  • Year-to-date in 2019, the Durig portfolio was up 1.56%, while the greater Dow index was up 4.71% (as of January 22, 2019). This statistic, along with the results from fourth quarter 2018 illustrate the portfolio’s reduced volatility.

Find Nearly 9% YTM with Magnachip Semiconductor, Bonds Mature July 2021

This week, Durig Capital ventures to the technology sector to review an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over 30 years and is the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company’s latest reported quarterly results (three months ending September 30, 2018) were excellent.

 

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 13% year-over-year.

  • Gross profits were up 10.8% over the prior year period.

  • Operating income increased by 17.9% over Q3 2017.

  • Revenues were up 16.6% year-over-year and were at the highest levels since Q4 2012.

  • Interest coverage over 3x for the third quarter.

Load Up On Over 9% YTM from Teekay Corporation, Bonds Mature January 2020

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a leading marine transportation company. Teekay Corporation provides marine transportation, storage, and vessel leasing for the oil and natural gas industry. The company’s third quarter saw increases in its subsidiaries revenues over second quarter. Here are some highlights from its third quarter results.

 

  • Teekay Tankers nearly doubled its quarterly revenues from the prior year period.

  • Teekay Corporation recorded adjusted cash flow from vessel operations of $19.8 million as compared to $1.2 million a year earlier.

  • Teekay LNG revenues increased to $123.3 million as compared to $104.3 million a year earlier.

Soak Up 8% YTM from SolarCity/Tesla, Bonds Mature 2020

This week, Durig Capital reviews a bond from an issuer that was snapped up a few years ago by one of the most enigmatic figures in corporate America. In late 2016, SolarCity was acquired by Elon Musk’s company, Tesla. The acquisition made sense- combine the maker of electric cars and energy storage with a company that produces solar panels that produce energy (seemingly to ultimately charge Tesla’s vehicles). Tesla has since integrated SolarCity’s products into the Tesla portfolio. Tesla’s most recent reported quarter (Q3 2018) was truly historical.

 

  • Free cash flow of $881 million.

  • Operating income of $417 million

  • Cash flow from operations of $1.4 billion.

  • Interest coverage in Q3 of 2.4x.

Drive Home Over 10% YTM from Hertz Global, Bonds Mature October 2022

This week’s bond review ventures into the auto world, specifically car rentals. Hertz is one of the leading auto rental companies in the U.S. and around the world. The company recently posted its financial results for its third quarter, presenting solid evidence that the 2017 Transformation Plan is continuing to bear fruit. Some of the company’s excellent Q3 results include the following:

 

  • A 52% increase in in global net income.

  • U.S. adjusted corporate EBITDA increased by 25% year-over-year.

  • Revenues for U.S. operations also increased 10% year-over-year.

Find Over 16% YTM with Revlon, Bonds Mature February 2021

This week, Durig Capital takes a second look at an iconic cosmetic company that is continuing to refine its market strategy. Revlon, founded in 1932, has been identified with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars over the years. The company, under the direction of a new President and CEO, has recently posted some fantastic results for the third quarter including:

 

  • Adjusted operating income increased by 82% year-over-year.

  • A 35% increase in Adjusted EBITDA.

  • An increase in e-commerce sales of 23%.

  • Significant sales increases in China as well as North America.

Finally, a Bond Strategy that Outperforms the S&P 500 with Half the Volatility of Equity

Durig Capital’s FX2: Bond Investing with Equity-like Returns

 

Stocks versus bonds – which is the better investment? This is a highly individual question and depends on the goals of the investor. For most investors, getting the best return with the least amount of risk is a goal worth striving for. But what is the best way to do this? While stocks have generally outperformed bonds, there are exceptions to the rule. Consider Durig Capital’s FX2 Managed Income Portfolio.

 

  • This portfolio’s 3-year trailing return has handily beat the S&P 500 index.

  • Not only has its returns exceeded that of the S&P 500 index, it has done so with roughly half the risk (volatility).

  • Morningstar claimed that FX2 was the top performing Fixed Income SMA among its peer group in the last significant interest rate spike of 2016.

  • Additionally, Morningstar has ranked Durig Captial’s FX2 portfolio as the top performing Fixed Income SMA for Trailing 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year returns, as well as for Q1 and Q2 of 2018,  amongst a peer group of over 800 SMA’s.

  • Informa ranked FX2 1st in performance in 1,2,3 and 5 year return categories, as well as since inception, as compared to its peers in Short-Term Fixed Income.