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Opinion
Expert
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 6, 2017

Has added to his holdings in the last couple of months. He understands how bad retail is because of Amazon competition. On the other hand, it is too hard for him to ignore what the potential valuation is on the real estate side. If there is $30 worth of real estate assets, they are going to find a way to surface it. The risk/reward is pretty good.

Hudson Bay Co. (HBC-T)
October 6, 2017

Has added to his holdings in the last couple of months. He understands how bad retail is because of Amazon competition. On the other hand, it is too hard for him to ignore what the potential valuation is on the real estate side. If there is $30 worth of real estate assets, they are going to find a way to surface it. The risk/reward is pretty good.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$12.210
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 6, 2017

Valuation has been excessive for a while. Same-store sales growth in the last little couple of quarters has been slowing down. Their expansion has started to get a few headwinds. Did a fantastic job of reorienting their company a couple of years ago, and the stock reflected that. Not sure he would be jumping in at this time. There is too much competition in this market.

Starbucks (SBUX-Q)
October 6, 2017

Valuation has been excessive for a while. Same-store sales growth in the last little couple of quarters has been slowing down. Their expansion has started to get a few headwinds. Did a fantastic job of reorienting their company a couple of years ago, and the stock reflected that. Not sure he would be jumping in at this time. There is too much competition in this market.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$55.170
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 6, 2017

A well diversified REIT with good assets. His problem with REITs is that they get a valuation because of their payout, which is a little excessive, relative to the rest of the market. Trading at 12 to 15 times enterprise value to operating cash flow. There is no real organic growth in most of them. They are popular with investors because they pay out up to 90% of their Operating Cash flow as a yield.

A well diversified REIT with good assets. His problem with REITs is that they get a valuation because of their payout, which is a little excessive, relative to the rest of the market. Trading at 12 to 15 times enterprise value to operating cash flow. There is no real organic growth in most of them. They are popular with investors because they pay out up to 90% of their Operating Cash flow as a yield.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$21.840
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 6, 2017

He likes this and it is one of the few financials he owns. They have a better growth profile than a lot of domestic Canadian financials because of their international holdings. They’ve done a great restructuring in the past couple of years. On top of that, rising interest rates benefit the lifecos.

He likes this and it is one of the few financials he owns. They have a better growth profile than a lot of domestic Canadian financials because of their international holdings. They’ve done a great restructuring in the past couple of years. On top of that, rising interest rates benefit the lifecos.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$25.430
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
October 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 12/16. Down 28.4%.) Pulled the plug on this just after they reported earnings. The positive is that they are still an asset story. When you look at the value of content out there, you could argue there is still $20 of valuation. The problem is, they levered up to make the Peanuts acquisition.

DHX Media (DHX.B-T)
October 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 12/16. Down 28.4%.) Pulled the plug on this just after they reported earnings. The positive is that they are still an asset story. When you look at the value of content out there, you could argue there is still $20 of valuation. The problem is, they levered up to make the Peanuts acquisition.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$4.830
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
October 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 12/16. Up 23.49%.) Still one of the great growth stories. Nobody has better data sources and the ability to get into it than this company. This is a juggernaut that is going to continue to grow good cash flow.

(A Top Pick Oct 12/16. Up 23.49%.) Still one of the great growth stories. Nobody has better data sources and the ability to get into it than this company. This is a juggernaut that is going to continue to grow good cash flow.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$978.890
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
October 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 12/16. Down 0.99%.) Had felt this had to be worth more to somebody such as Disney, Alphabet, Facebook, etc. Some of the players were looking at this, but ended up doing other things. User growth has stalled out a little. As an asset play it has value. It generates cash flow.

Twitter, Inc (TWTR-N)
October 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 12/16. Down 0.99%.) Had felt this had to be worth more to somebody such as Disney, Alphabet, Facebook, etc. Some of the players were looking at this, but ended up doing other things. User growth has stalled out a little. As an asset play it has value. It generates cash flow.

John Zechner
Chairman, J. Zechner & Assoc
Price
$17.850
Owned
No