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.

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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.

Fly High with Triumph Group, Over 8.5% YTM, Bonds Mature August 2025

This week, Durig Capital looks to the skies as it reviews an issuer that is focused on the design and manufacture of aircraft parts and systems. Triumph Group has spent the past few years shedding non-core business assets, consolidating locations and streamlining its operations with an eye to cost reductions. Its latest quarterly results showcase its progress on this journey. Its fiscal year 2019 first quarter results included the following:

 

  • A 6.5% increase in net sales as compared to Q1 FY 2018

  • An increase of 126% in adjusted EBITDA as compared to the prior year period.

  • Interest coverage was an outstanding 2.3x for Q1

  • Triumph Group is projecting a 5% increase in net sales in FY 2019.

  • Backlog increased by 5% over the previous year period.

Fill Up with Albertsons Bonds, Over 9.5% YTM, June 2026

Diversification is the word this week as Durig Capital takes a second look at the number two grocer in the United States. Albertsons recently posted its first quarter results for fiscal year 2018. The company showcased some impressive financials including the following:

 

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $815.8 million, an increase of 5.7% year-over-year.

  • 39% increase in net cash provided by operating activities.

  • 108% increase in e-commerce sales.

  • Interest coverage of nearly 3x.

Drive Over 8.75% Yield-to-Maturity with CSI Compressco, Bonds Mature August 2022

This week’s bond issuer is a company entrenched in production and transportation of natural gas. CSI Compressco’s (CCLP) first and second quarters have been outstanding, both recording consecutive increases in revenues. The oil and gas industry’s activity level has been steadily increasing over the past 18 months and CCLP has started to see the effects of this on all three of its business segments – Compression Services, Aftermarket Services, and Equipment Sales. Its second quarter results gives investors reason to look twice at this natural gas services company.

 

  • Q2 revenues increased 33% year-over-year, and 17% over Q1 2018.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% over Q1 and 19% year-over-year.

  • Compressions Services increased gross margin by 460 basis points.

  • At the conclusion of Q2, new equipment sales had generated a backlog of $102 million, revenue to be recognized later this year and the first half of 2019.

Pick Up Over 7.5% Yield-to-Maturity with Approach Resources, Bonds Mature June 2021

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at an oil and gas producer who has balanced its revenue streams between oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs).  Approach Resources has posted excellent results the past two quarters and has some unique advantages amongst oil and gas producers – significant, contiguous acreage, 100% owned infrastructure, improved well recovery and a balanced product portfolio. It’s most recent quarter continued the positive trend set in Q1.

 

  • A 21% increase in revenues year-over-year.

  • Production increases over Q1 by 2%, at the high end of quarterly guidance.

  • 18% increase in EBITDAX.

  • Interest coverage of 2.7x.

Collect Over 10.5% Yield-to-Maturity with Avon Products, Bonds Mature March 2023

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a 130-year old company, whose name is synonymous with direct selling. Avon Products is now a global manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of beauty products. The company’s recently posted its most recent quarterly results.  Some of the highlights include:
 

  • A 62% increase in operating profit.

  • The company’s average order was up 6%.

  • Operating margin was up 160 basis points over last year’s Q2.

Over 24.5% Yield-to-Maturity with GNC Holdings, Bonds Mature August 2020

This week’s bond focus takes a third look at a global specialty retailer of health and wellness products. Durig Capital’s last review of GNC discussed the Harbin China deal. While that deal is currently awaiting regulatory approval, GNC has since reported its second quarter results. The company continues to report successes in several areas.

 

  • Q2 international segment sales increased 11% year-over-year.

  • E-commerce sales increased by 8.3%

  • The company’s myGNC and ProRewards customer loyalty programs grew 14% and 8.8% respectively over Q1 levels.

  • Q2 interest coverage was a healthy 1.8x.

Pick Up Over 8% Yield-to-Maturity with Mallinckrodt International, Bonds Mature April 2023

This week, Durig Capital looks to the healthcare sector where a specialty pharmaceutical company has posted solid back-to-back quarters resulting in increased guidance for 2018. As a result of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals’ performance in both Q1 and Q2, company management has raised 2018 guidance citing solid performance across its product lines. Some of the highlights from Mallinckrodt’s Q2 numbers include:

 

  • Q2 cash flows from operating activities grew by 17.6% over the same period last year.

  • Net sales increased 5.3% year-over-year.

  • Adjusted Gross Profit increased by 8.4%

  • Year-to-date debt reduction of $535.2 million

  • Interest coverage over 2x for the first six months of 2018.