Fixed Income 2: Finding Attractive Income Opportunities in a Yieldless World

A monthly performance review of Durig’s high yielding Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio which also explores the many benefits that the portfolio can provide to investors.

(performance is reported net of fee, as of 2-20-20)

Performance Highlights

  • Over 6% in Cash Generation Alone
  • Year-to-Date Return of 6.20%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 7.72%
  • Trailing 3 Year Return of 9.03%
  • Trailing 5 Year Return of 9.13%
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 8.72%
  • Average Bond Maturity of 4 Years
  • Alpha of 10.58 (vs. Benchmark)*
  • Beta of -1.22 (vs. Benchmark)*
  • Excess Return of 4.32% (vs. Benchmark)*

Diebold Nixdorf Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.5% YTM

In this bond review, Durig takes a look at a company which serves banks and retailers alike around the globe. Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE:DBD) has a full service suite of back office services, including software and hardware solutions for both banking and retail industries. With the release of its fourth quarter results, it appears as if the company is making progress towards its goals. A few highlights include:

The European Dividend Aristocrats: A Global Income Solution

Announcing Durig’s latest addition to its portfolio of income solutions, the European Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio. This one of a kind portfolio targets 20 high yielding blue-chip stocks* (the actual securities held in the portfolio are American Depository Receipts and trade just like stocks) listed on various European exchanges for investment and was designed to produce high levels of dividend income and even the potential for growth of income over time. The idea is to invest only in the stocks of companies with a current high dividend and a long history of continuous annual dividend increases. Focusing investment on companies that increase their dividends annually should position the portfolio to consistently capture to the “cream of the crop” of higher dividend companies of a variety of  European exchanges.

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.

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).

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)

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).

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).

Tenneco Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 7.85% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at an industrial designer, manufacturer and marketer of aftermarket parts for light vehicles, commercial trucks and other industrial uses.  Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) is on track and getting ready to create two market leading companies after its landmark acquisition of Federal-Mogul late last year. Its second quarter results tell the story of a company working diligently to grow its business, even among some industry slowdowns (see above).

Tenneco’s 2024 bonds have a yield-to-maturity of just about 7.85%. This is a fantastic yield, especially when investors can’t even get 2% from the current 30-year U.S. Treasury bond. In light of this and the company’s solid Q2 performance, these bonds are ideal for additional weighting in Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, the aggregated performance of which is shown below.

Want More Income? Find It in Short Term Bond Portfolio

Do you want more income? If your answer is yes, we have excellent news for you! Durig’s FX2 Portfolio has a lifetime track record of historical outperformance of its peer benchmarks while generating extremely high levels of fully customizable income options, something that no mutual fund can offer, all within your own separately managed account.

(Above: FX2 Benchmark Performance, 8-27-19)

CSI Compressco Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 10.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a company that provides compression services and equipment for the oil and gas industry. With the demand increasing for takeaway capacity from oil and gas fields around the country, CSI Compressco’s services become even more valuable and essential. The company had a fantastic second quarter, with record setting utilization, increased revenues and adjusted EBITDA.

 

  • Second quarter overall utilization came in at a record setting 89.1%.

  • Revenues increased by 36% over second quarter 2018.

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 22% over first quarter and 41% year-over-year.

  • Outstanding interest coverage of 2.2x.

 

Community Health Systems Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 23% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at the healthcare sector to review one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the last few years rationalizing its portfolio of hospitals. The company is beginning to realize the effects of this strategy as evidenced by its same-store results for the second quarter (see above).

AK Steel Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 10.0% YTM

This week, Durig Capital reviews one of the leading producers of steel products in the United States. AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) produces steel for the automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. There has been much talk of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the U.S., especially in the production and manufacturing of steel. AK Steel is one of the companies trying to ensure continued heavy manufacturing capabilities within the United States. It recently reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending June 30, 2019) with the highlights (listed above).

CoreCivic Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.7% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that primarily provides private prison services for governmental agencies here in the United States. CoreCivic (NYSE:CXW) has also recently added two additional business segments to its portfolio – CoreCivic Community, which consists of residential reentry centers, and CoreCivic Properties, which is a portfolio of government-leased properties. The company recently posted a solid first quarter, registering increases in many of its financial metrics.

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

This week, Durig Capital looks to a Canadian issuer, a specialty pharmaceutical company that is successfully treating long-term HIV patients with its unique medicines so that patients have the opportunity to have a better quality of life. Theratechnologies (TSX:TH) has two landmark drugs, Trogarzo™ and EGRIFTA™ specifically developed to help HIV patients. The company has reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending May 31, 2019) and continues to see outstanding growth over its product lines.

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

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company providing private prison services for governmental agencies both domestically and abroad. Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) is one of only a handful of private prison service companies. With the election of President Trump, private prison companies have gotten a boost due to more stringent prosecutions as directed by our new attorney general, as well as Trump’s zero tolerance policies on immigration. The company’s first quarter 2019 results reflect this new political climate (above).

Geo Group is awaiting decisions from the Federal Bureau of Prisons on two procurements (CAR 18 and CAR 19) that total close to 12,000 beds. If these decisions come back in favor of Geo Group, the company would likely again increase its current guidance (as it just did with the release of its first quarter results). Geo Group’s 2023 bonds, couponed at 5.125%, are currently trading at a discount, giving them an enticing yield-to-maturity of over 9%. With the most recent increase in guidance and the possibility of more on the way, these short-term maturity bonds (maturing in only 44 months) are an ideal addition to Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, the aggregated performance of which is shown below.

99 Cents Only Stores Update – Restructuring News

This week, Durig Capital provides a brief update on 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep discount retailer whose bonds we have reviewed in the past for our Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio. 99 Cents Only Stores has recently been challenged by its outstanding debt obligations. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Deep discount retailer 99 Cents Only Stores recently completed an arrangement with creditors which would eliminate many of their short term debt obligations.

  • Debt to equity swaps are a common method  companies use to improve liquidity.

  • Under the newly agreed upon terms, 99 Cents Only Stores will issue common and preferred stock for some of its outstanding debt.

 Recent Financial Statements

Magnachip Semiconductor Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 7.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a second look at an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over three decades and is currently the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company is riding the wave of transition from LED to OLED in the smartphone world. This has paid handsomely as its full year 2018 results can attest (above). In addition, the company’s first quarter also posted continued wins for its Standard Products division.

DHX Media, Convertible Bonds Mature September 2024 – Pick Up Over 12.5% YTM

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This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that focuses on children’s content and brands. DHX Media (TSX: DHX; NASDAQ: DHXM) is the company behind such well-known names as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise. With children spending more time viewing content not only through traditional television and cable, but also on various devices with online streaming capabilities, DHX is looking to optimize its proprietary children’s content through various channels. Having acquired the rights to the Peanuts brand a few years ago, the company is now starting to realize revenues from this iconic brand through licensing agreements with retailers like Lands’ End, Baskin Robbins, Tupperware, Levi’s and Macy’s just to name a few.

Produce Over 9.5% YTM with AK Steel, Bonds Maturing October 2025

This week, Durig Capital looks at one of the leading producers of steel products in the United States. AK Steel has been working diligently over the past few years to increase its competitiveness in the marketplace. Its design of its own ultra high-strength steel (UHSS) has produced excitement amongst the company’s automotive customer base. In addition, AK Steel’s acquisition of Precision Partners a few years ago has been very lucrative as that acquisition has now resulted in approximately $50 million in additional future revenues. The company recently released its first quarter results for 2019. Amongst some of the highlights:

Find Over 6.7% YTM with Tenneco Inc., Bonds Mature December 2024

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at an industrial designer, manufacturer and marketer of aftermarket parts for light vehicles, commercial trucks and other industrial uses. Tenneco Inc. recently posted a fantastic fourth quarter and full year results in large part due to its recent acquisition of Federal-Mogul. Highlights include:

Later this year, Tenneco will create two separate, market leading companies from its acquisition of Federal-Mogul.  Federal-Mogul brings strong brands, products and capabilities that are complementary to Tenneco’s portfolio. Creating two new product focused companies with stronger product portfolios will allow each of them to move faster in executing on their specific growth priorities.

Pull Nearly 12% YTM with CSI Compressco, Bonds Mature August 2022

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at a company that provides compressions services and equipment for the oil and gas industry. CSI Compressco (CCLP) has had multiple successive quarters where the company has increased revenues and its latest quarter did not disappoint. Included with this increase were several other notable achievements.

With the continued demand for LNG and the current and planned LNG terminals in the U.S. and Canada, CSI Compressco looks to be perfectly positioned to take advantage of this demand. In light of the company’s solid performance in 2018, the company’s short-term bonds maturing 2022 are an ideal candidate for additional weighting in Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, shown below.

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.

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.

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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.

Diversify with Griffon Corporation, Over 7% YTM, Bonds Mature March 2022

This week’s bond review looks at a diversified conglomerate that has been reshaping its portfolio of companies to grow and increase synergies. Griffon Corporation has spent the past few years strengthening its business segments, particularly its Home and Building Products segment, acquiring leading brands like ClosetMaid and CornellCookson. Griffon had a fantastic third quarter. Some of the highlights include:

 

  • A 44% increase in revenues year-over-year.

  • Home and Building Products sales increased 59% over third quarter 2017.

  • Business orders for the company’s Telephonics business were up 30% year-over-year.

  • The Defense Electronics segment has accumulated Contract backlog of $346 million.

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.

Informa Ranked Durig’s FX2 Portfolio 1st for Performance in Short Term Fixed Income

Durig’s FX2 Portfolio – Third Quarter Rankings from Informa

 

 

 

Informa Investment Solutions Bench Ranked 1st in Performance Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Portfolio against its peer group of short term fixed income in it’s PSN database.

 

Here is how Durig’s FX2 Portfolio was Ranked Third Quarter of 2018:

 

Durig Capital Rank

Time Period

Number of Competitors

1st

1 Year

126

1st

2 Years

125

1st

3 Years

124

1st

5 Years

120

1st

Since Inception

110

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Parker Drilling, Over 13.25% Yield-to-Maturity, August 2020

This week, Durig Capital looks again at Parker Drilling, a company that provides contract drilling / drilling related services and rental tools to the oil industry. (Durig Capital reviewed Parker Drilling in June 2015). Having survived the unprecedented declines in oil prices over the past three years, Parker Drilling has emerged as a leaner, more competitive company. Its most recent quarterly results show a company that continues to perform.

 

  • Q2 adjusted EBITDA growth of 39% year over year.

  • Consecutive quarterly revenue growth of 8.1%.

  • Gross margin as a percentage of revenues increased to 22.8%, up from 16.5% in Q1.

  • Q2 interest coverage ratio of 2.4x.

Go Green with 8.0% YTM from Canadian Solar, Bonds Mature February 2019

This week’s bond review shines a light on the solar industry, focusing on the second largest solar company by revenues. Canadian Solar has experienced outstanding growth over the past few years, with revenues growing by nearly 19% between 2016 and 2017. In addition, the company is projecting revenue growth this year of over 35% over  last year. Growth has been driven by the large demands in China in recent years, but also increased demand in countries such as Brazil, Mexico and India. Canadian Solar’s first quarter results show the company is off to a solid start this year.

 

  • Gross profit in Q1 increased 57% over Q1 2017.

  • Net revenue in Q1 was up an impressive 110.5% from Q1 2017.

  • Operating expenses and general and administrative expenses both decreased year-over-year in Q1.

  • Interest coverage for Q1 was a solid 2.6x.

Earn 7.18% YTM with Conn’s Inc., Bonds Mature 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. It’s most recent quarterly results show a company registering wins from a multi-year planned strategic repositioning. Total operating income increased by 62.3% over the prior year period. In addition, Conn’s posted a record quarterly retail gross margin of 39.6%. The company’s credit segment had positive outcomes as well, generating its first positive operating income in four years as credit revenues grew over 8% year over year.  Conn’s continues to grow, opening two new stores in its most recent quarter, with more scheduled for this fiscal year. The company’s 2022 bonds are in demand right now, with a yield-to-maturity of about 7.18%. This competitive yield as well as the opportunity for diversification into the retail sector, makes these bonds a smart addition for Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio, the recent performance of which is shown below.