25th June 2010
Final update on the Events Trader portfolio
This is the last issue of Events Trader and I wanted to start by thanking you for following me over the last year. I hope you have enjoyed the service and have managed to make money using my recommendations.
Today I want to sign off by giving you some guidance on each of the open positions in the Events Trader portfolio.
I won’t be updating on these positions from now on. But if you need to contact me for any further advice on these, I’ll be available to answer your questions for the next three months on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay long on Tier1 securities
We have three positions open in the tier 1 securities: Barclays 7.5% (15/12/2010), Nationwide 6.02% (6/2/2013) and Barclays 4.88% (15/12/2014)
My advice is keep them open and let them run until expiry. The reason is simple. A second banking crisis is unlikely to occur in the UK because banks have reduced the size of their books and are continuing to restructure their balance sheet. But let me explain a bit further.
We are long on two bonds issued by Barclays and one by Nationwide. These banks have proved to be the strongest part of the system during the meltdown. So even if we had a further deterioration in the economy – leading to mounting losses at banks – I think the problems will confined to the weakest banks – the likes of RBS or Lloyds.
There is also another reason why I think we should stay long – interest rates. These will stay low for a while to come so it is unlikely that if you sold these bonds you will be able to enjoy better return on your capital. Low interest rates will also allow the banking system to rebuild their capital and will allow them to withstand further losses.
The first bond issued by Barclays will expire on the 15th of December 2010 and it is very, very likely that it will be redeemed at par.
The second tier 1 issued by Nationwide will expire in 2013, but pays a 6% coupon and if you hold it until maturity your yield will be over 12% per year.
The third bond, the one issued by Barclays has a similar yield and if you hold it until its maturity in 2014 it will yield over 10%. I see no reason to exit these positions.
Stick with the British Airways – Iberia merger
This trade was our last outstanding merger arbitrage trade. And my advice is to keep the position open and wait for the completion of the deal. Here’s why.
The merger is on track to be completed in the next 6 months. No obstacles have arisen from antitrust authorities, and there is still a 5.7% profit to be made just by holding on to the stocks. When we opened the trade we had a 10% potential spread, and so far this position has only moved by 4.3% in 6 months, that’s why I think it is still worth keeping open.
Now returns on these strategies are not spectacular. But they have few risks attached and of course with interest rates low you can’t get a nearly risk free investment with that yields 5.9% in 6 months or 11.8% on an annualized basis. So it is well worth hanging on till the deal closes.
Time to close out Dragon Oil
The next stock on our open trade list is Dragon Oil (DGO LN) – which I tipped back in November. My advice here is to close the position and take the 2% loss.
There is a very simple reason for this decision – the story has gone cold. The market has hit turbulence and it is unlikely that in the short term investors will start to focus again on the long-term potential of this company.
We also have two other oil stocks in our portfolio, BP and Transocean, which offer a much better risk reward profile. So a third oil stock in our portfolio would be redundant.
There is another more fundamental reason to ditch the stock. Political uncertainties are increasing in the region Dragon Oil operates. As you know the company owns oil fields off the Caspian sea in Turkmenistan.
Recently we had an uprising in Kyrgyzstan where the president was overthrown and political violence is continuing today. There is now fear that this state of chaos might extend to some of the other weak neighbours. Time to cut our losses here I’m afraid.
Forget the news on BP and Transocean
The advice here is simple – forget about daily news, leave your long position until after the summer and once you come back from holiday you should find that the situation has resolved and the shares are worth more than you paid.
Latest developments suggest that BP is managing to catch most of the oil leaking out of the well and that a solution with the US administration will be found resulting in a compensation fund of around $20bn (about 5 quarters of profit for BP).
The shares are now trading at very low multiples and once the compensation is paid they can carry on the daily business of making an awful lot of money. As I said in my original piece the situation might take a while to develop but in the end I really think that the BP bears will be proved wrong.
Transocean has already proved my point, it is up over 14% since we first tipped it.
Readers digest could make you 50%
This was the last open position, and again my advice is to keep the position open as you could end up making over 50% return on your capital.
The company has emerged from Chapter 11 back in March and is now trading as a private company. This means that you cannot sell your investment yet, but have to hold them until the company decides to refloat on the stock market, and this might take one or more year.
Because it is a private company it is not subject to the various statements required by the SEC.
The original plan to convert the unsecured debt that we tipped into warrants has gone ahead and now the unsecured creditors are holding 1.9 million warrants on 6.5% of the new company. A warrant is basically a security which gives you the right to buy back the debt in a company at a later date for pre-agreed rate.
The recovery value of these securities is still around 3 cents (we paid 2 cents) but it will take longer to recover. Once the company refloats you should show a profit of more than 50%, possibly even more if in the meantime the company restart to make money.
The situation here is still developing and because of the timeframe involved which might be a year of more my suggestion is that if you hold these warrants. I’d recommend that you contact the company’s investor relations and ask them to be kept in abreast of the situation. You will find all the information you need here.
Don’t worry about contacting the company – it is standard procedure. Plus the number of shareholders will be very limited, and they will have to reply by law to any of your shareholders related enquiries.
Finally, we also had three stocks on our watchlist – Icap , Marine Harvest and ING. As these have not reached our entry point I think it will be best to drop them and move on.
That’s all from me, I hope you have enjoyed reading my trading ideas and found them useful. Good luck with your investing and I hope you also enjoy the 3 month trial to your new newsletter. If you have any questions regarding your new newsletter, please call one of our customer service representatives on 0207 633 3604.
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