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*)

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).

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%

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.

 

CEC Entertainment Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.77% YTM

This week, Durig Capital look again at the parent company of a long-time, beloved family entertainment restaurant. Chuck E. Cheese, whose parent company is CEC Entertainment, has long been a beloved rite of passage for children’s birthday celebrations. CEC has spent the past few years updating the venue’s image, mainly in an effort to appeal to the parents as well as their kids. The new image seems to be working. With the release of its second quarter and year-to-date results, CEC has now logged five consecutive quarters of same-store growth. Other highlights from CEC’s latest results (see above).

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

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).

Frontier Communications Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 27% YTM

This week, Durig Capital ventures into the telecom space to look at one of the country’s major telecommunications services providers. Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) has been working hard to transform itself as cable, voice and internet usage continues to change and evolve. The company’s most recent quarter highlights some of its progress as well as actions Frontier is taking to remain competitive.

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

(all price quotes are in Canadian Dollars, CAD)

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

Produce Over 12.5% YTM with Alliance One International, Bonds Mature July 2021

 

This week, Durig Capital takes another look at one of two publicly held global leaf tobacco merchants. The last review of Alliance One earlier this year revealed that the company had made its entrance into the e-cigarette market through its acquisition on Purilum, an e-liquids producer. Now Alliance One is taking further steps to diversify its product offerings into both the cannabis and industrial hemp markets. Additionally, the company recently released its Q4 and FY 2018 results. Fiscal year 2018 recorded improvements over the previous year, including: