Michael Sprung’s Outlook & Top Picks on BNNBloomberg’s Market Call – October 22, 2019

MARKET OUTLOOK

I write this outlook on the day of the federal election. While the immediate aftermath may cause some investors concern, in the long term it’s fundamentals that drive markets. Hopefully, politicians will take some concrete action to make our country a desirable destination for capital and investment.

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Michael Sprung’s Outlook & Top Picks on BNNBloomberg’s Market Call: Scotiabank, Canadian Natural Resources & Enbridge

Global economic growth has been anaemic in the expansion since the 2008 financial crisis. U.S. real per capita GDP has advanced by 1.5 per cent during this period, the slowest rate of expansion over a decade since the 1950s. The U.S. economy has done better since Trump took office, but the latest estimates are for slower growth going forward.

The OECD is forecasting slower global growth in GDP over the next few years. This outlook is consistent with global trends in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, all of which have been impacted by trade disputes. Low interest rates have resulted in a huge increase in global debt. Investors have been pushed into higher risk assets, which has in turn pushed valuation levels up. Volatility in the global markets, particularly the bond markets, in the third quarter of 2019 would suggest that investors are losing confidence in the market’s ability to maintain a positive direction.

In this environment, we recommend caution in stock selection. Look for companies with strong balance sheets supported by positive cash flow. 

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TOP PICKS

Michael Sprung, president of Sprung Investment Management, discusses his top picks: Scotiabank, Canadian Natural Resources and Enbridge.

SCOTIABANK (BNS:CT)

Last purchased in August 2019 at $68.40.

The Bank of Nova Scotia is Canada’s third-largest bank and the most internationally diverse in its operations, with branches in the Caribbean, Central and South America. International earnings momentum has been improving, especially with the recent expansion in Chile. Canadian banking has benefited from recent acquisitions in wealth management. Overall, management has been very attentive to managing costs and expenses. The yield is 4.8 per cent following a recent dividend increase. The stock is trading at a reasonable valuation at current levels.

CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES (CNQ:CT)

Last purchased in August 2019 at $30.33.

Canadian Natural Resources is one of Canada’s leading senior producers of oil and gas. It’s one of the best managed and best capitalized companies in the energy sector, with a diversified base of long-life, low-decline assets. This status affords the company a degree of resilience to underlying commodity prices that few companies in the oil patch can match. In addition, it has flexibility in its capital expenditure programs for mining, exploration and production and thermal projects. Canadian Natural is achieving synergies on the recent Devon assets ahead of schedule. Free cash flow is building, enabling an increase in share buybacks. The problems of the energy sector are well-known, but we believe that it will weather the storm and emerge in a strong competitive position. At current prices, the stock yields 4.5 per cent.

ENBRIDGE (ENB:CT)

Last purchased in August 2019 at $43.70.

Enbridge is a leading energy generation, distribution and transportation company in the U.S. and Canada. Its pipeline network includes the Canadian Mainline system, regional oil sands pipelines and natural gas pipelines. The company also owns and operates a regulated natural gas utility and Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company. Additionally, Enbridge generates renewable and alternative energy, with 2,000 megawatts of capacity. Export pipe capacity is tight and Enbridge has the ability to supply some incremental relief through Mainline at modest capital cost. The company’s stepped up asset monetization program has reduced leverage ahead of schedule. Enbridge has a highly contracted cash flow profile, financial flexibility and a secured $22-billion growth program. The current valuation is over-discounting issues with the Line 3 replacement and the possible Line 5 shutdown. A decision on Mainline contracting favoured Enbridge’s customers. At current prices, the stock yields 6.2 per cent.

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Michael Sprung’s Outlook & Top Stock Picks on BNN Bloomberg Market Call, December 10, 2018

Outlook:

Investors have been extremely skittish as indicated by the bipolar market reactions day to day. These reactions to current stimuli are typical of late cycle behaviour. After nine years of recovery since the financial crisis, the market is being challenged by some underlying inequities that have been building over this extended period. Evidence is building that global economic growth is slowing. The synchronized global recovery is faltering as as trade slows in response to tariffs and capital investment slackens in response to higher interest rates. Some emerging markets are seeing capital outflows as their currencies depreciate in response to the rising debt burden exacerbated by higher rates. In the developed markets, the central banks have been reducing stimulus.

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Investors have been extremely skittish as indicated by the capricious market reactions day to day.

The US economy continues to benefit from the tailwinds of last year’s tax cuts and stock buybacks. However, higher rates will soften the end demand for housing, consumer spending and business investment. Confidence is being shaken by the announcements of factory closings. Rising trade tentions between the US and China are a major concern.

Canada has been particularly impacted by low energy prices and government interventions that have not been conducive to promoting investment. Consumer spending has been slowing and there has been a pronounced decline in capital spending.

It is possible that a soft landing still may be in the offing barring an all-out trade war, but the risks of a hard landing are building. This is not a market for short term investors. Over the past few months, higher multiple growth stocks have exhibited greater vulnerability to negative market sentiment. Valuation is going to become a more important factor in security selection. As such, investors should have sufficient cash on hand to take advantage of opportunities as the arise.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, CM-T, Owned personally and by clients, 

CM is Canada’s fifth largest bank by market capitalization. Over the better part of the past decade, management has concentrated on de-risking and shoring up the balance sheet largely by retrenching and focusing on core competencies. The bank is consistently among the most profitable as measured by return on equity and has one of the strongest capital bases. Recently, the banks have pulled back from their highs. Cm is selling at an attractive valuation and has a 5.0% yield.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited, CNQ-T, Owned personally and by clients

Canadian Natural resources is one of Canada’s leading senior producers of oil and gas. CNQ is one of the best managed and best capitalized companies in the energy sector with a diversified base of long life, low decline, assets. This status affords the company a degree of resilience to the underlying commodity prices that few companies in the oil patch can match. In addition, CNQ has flexibility in its capital expenditure programs for mining, exploration and production and thermal projects. The problems of the energy sector are well known but we believe that CNQ will weather the storm and emerge in a strong competitive position. At current prices, the stock yields 3.8%.

Enbridge Inc., ENB-T, Owned by clients

Enbridge Inc. is a leading energy generation, distribution and transportation company in the US and Canada. Its pipeline network includes the Canadian Mainline system, regional oil sands pipelines and natural gas pipelines. The company also owns and operates a regulated natural gas utility and Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company. Additionally, Enbridge generates renewable and alternative energy with 2,000 megawatts of capacity. Export pipe capacity is tight and ENB has the ability to supply some incremental relief through Mainline at modest capital cost. The company’s stepped up asset monetization program has reduced leverage ahead of schedule. ENB has a highly contracted cash flow profile, financial flexibility and a secured $22 billion growth program. At current prices, the stock yields 6.3%.

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Michael Sprung’s Top Stock Picks on BNN Bloomberg Market Call, August 22, 2018

Outlook:

Market participants are becoming more cognizant of the possible negative economic outcomes surrounding many of the political and geopolitical issues facing the world today. As a result market volatility is increasing as speculators bounce between risk-on and risk-off stances. Investors’ concerns are very much centered around the ongoing international trade negotiations and the impact that they may have on future economic growth prospects.

The uncertainty regarding the positive and negative consequences of changes to trading patterns will cause investors to focus more on the fundamental drivers of the companies in which they invest in order to minimized downside risk. Investors should continue to seek well financed, well managed companies that are selling at attractive price levels.

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Michael Sprung on BNN Bloomberg’s Market Call

Top Picks:

Bank of Nova Scotia, BNS-T, Owned personally and by clients, Last purchase September 2016 $69.85
The Bank of Nova Scotia is the most international of the Canadian banks with branches in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Loan growth in the Latin American markets has been robust. While exposed to Mexico (6% of profits), the future of NAFTA could be of some concern but to date there has not been any apparent deterioration in credit quality. Given BNS’s geographic footprint, operations are in areas sensitive to commodity prices that have recently exhibited higher levels of volatility. The current yield of 4.2% is attractive as are the relative valuation parameters to its peers.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., CNQ-T, Owned personally and by clients, Last purchase August 2015 $25.54
Canadian Natural resources is one of Canada’s leading senior producers of oil and gas. CNQ is one of the best managed and best capitalized companies in the energy sector with a diversified base of long life assets. As such, CNQ has weathered the seismic swings in energy prices and has a strong balance sheet that enables management to take advantage of opportunities. The dividend yield is 2.7%.

George Weston Ltd., Owned by clients, Last purchase January 9, 2015 $96.88
Weston’s operates fresh and frozen bakery operations in the US and Canada and food distribution through Loblaws; Canada’s leading food retailer. Bakery volumes have been depressed as management is in the process of rationalizing product offerings and optimizing production processes. Weston’s ownership of Loblaws has been creeping up to the 50% level as share buybacks in the market have reduced the float. Weston has a strong balance sheet. The current dividend yield is 1.8%. From time to time, Weston has been known to pay a special dividend.

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Michael Sprung Top Stock Picks Canada on BNN’s Market Call, June 7, 2017

Contrary to the negative views expressed by the media, US investors have continued to embrace the policies of the Trump administration as evidenced by the markets advance. This enthusiasm has been most evident in the larger capitalized companies that would stand to benefit the most from lesser regulation and lower taxes. The Canadian markets have been less robust despite some positive economic indications that the Canadian economy has exhibited some positive growth of late in GDP that has been greater than that of the US. A lot of the Canadian media has caused concerns over the housing situation in Vancouver and Toronto as well as speculating on the uncertainties in renegotiating the NAFTA agreement. The European economies have also exhibited some positive trends despite some political disruptions, as have a number of the Asian economies.

Michael Sprung, Top Picks, Scotiabank, Canadian Natural, Hudbay Minerals

Michael Sprung's Top Picks: Scotiabank, Canadian Natural, Hudbay Minerals

The markets have generally been in an uptrend since the financial crisis ten years ago. Valuations are stretched but positive earnings surprises have kept the trend intact for the time being. It has been a slow, tepid cyclical recovery that is often typical following a financial crisis. A wane in investors' confidence over the Trump administration's ability to deliver its agenda could have a negative impact on current valuations.

Politics and economic cycles are often out of sync. The politics of populism are not as accommodating to the concepts of free trade and globalization that have sown the seeds of the current recovery, yet those very politicians may point to the recovery and take credit where none is due. In fact, they may sow the seeds of the next downturn. However, economic forces tend to prevail over the longer term and investors should be prepared to take advantage of dislocations in the interim.


Top Stock Picks Canada.


Bank of Nova Scotia, BNS-T, Owned personally and by clients. Last purchase Sept. 16, 2016 $69.85

The Bank of Nova Scotia is the most international of the Canadian banks with branches in the Caribbean, Central and South America. In the most recent quarter, record Global Banking and Capital Markets earnings reflected the benefits of management's investments in operational efficiencies and technology over the last few years. BNS has one of the strongest capital bases of the large banks. The stock currently yields 4.0%.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., CNQ-T, Owned by clients, Last   Purchase August 26,2015 $25.54

Canadian Natural resources is one of Canada's leading senior producers of oil and gas. CNQ is one of the best managed and best capitalized companies in the energy sector. As such, CNQ has weathered the seismic swings in energy prices and has been in a position to take advantage of opportunities. The recent purchase of a large working interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project will decrease the overall production decline rate and add to earnings. The dividend yield is 2.8%.

HudBay Minerals Inc., HBM-T, Owned personally and by clients, Last purchase April 7, 2016 $4.24

HudBay Minerals is one of Canada's leading producers of zinc, copper and precious metals with operations in Canada, Peru and the US. Constancia has made progress addressing some equipment issues. The expected ramp up of base metal production at Lalor with a mine plan for the gold zone resources and permitting later in the year for Rosemont will provide positive catalysts going forward.

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSE:CNQ) reports strong growth in Q4 profit

Crude oil and natural gas producer Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSE:CNQ, Mkt cap 47.84B, Div/yield 0.28/2.64, EPS -0.19, Shares 1.11B) has reported encouraging results for the final quarter of 2016, with net earnings rising to $566m compared with $131m a year earlier.

Net income per share was 51 cents, up from 12 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.

For the full year, the company made a net loss of $204m, a considerable improvement from the previous year's net loss of $637m.

Canadian Natural Resources TSE:CNQ strong growth Q4 profitCanadian Natural also announced an increase in its quarterly dividend from 25 cents to 27.5 cents per share, which is payable on April 1.

Steve Laut, president of Canadian Natural, said in a statement: "2016 was a milestone year for Canadian Natural with the continued transition to a long life low-decline asset base with the strong execution and operational results of Horizon Phase 2B. In the fourth quarter of 2016 the company achieved record SCO production of 178,000 bbl/d and record low operating costs of $22.53 were realized as cost efficiencies continue to be a focus.

"Production levels at Horizon continue to be in excess of our 182,000 bbl/d nameplate capacity with December, January and February production averaging approximately 184,000 bbl/d, 195,000 bbl/d and 202,600 bbl/d respectively. Strong production combined with record low operating costs is delivering substantial cash flow generation and as a result our balance sheet is strengthening quickly. This will allow for greater returns to shareholders, as demonstrated by today's 10% dividend increase, economic development of our asset base and potential for opportunistic acquisitions."

In the coming year, Canadian Natural is looking to deliver 6% production growth with a $3.9bn capital program, Laut said.

"With approximately $1.05bn of Horizon Phase 3 expansion capital remaining to be spent in 2017 as a part of this capital program, an additional 80,000 bbl/d of SCO will be added at Horizon," he explained.

Phase 3 of the Horizon oil sands project is expected to start operating in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSE:CNQ) is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, marketing and sale of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Its exploration and production operations are focused in North America, largely in Western Canada; the United Kingdom (UK) portion of the North Sea and Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, and South Africa in Offshore Africa. The Horizon Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading segment (Horizon) produces synthetic crude oil through bitumen mining and upgrading operations. Within Western Canada, the Company maintains certain midstream activities that include pipeline operations, an electricity co-generation system and an investment in the North West Redwater Partnership (Redwater Partnership), a general partnership formed in the Province of Alberta. More from Reuters »

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TSE-CNQ – Acquisitions make Canadian Natural Resources Canada’s top natural gas producer

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSE-CNQ, Mkt cap 45.18B, P/E – , Div/yield 0.23/2.23, EPS -0.45, Shares 1.10B) has become the largest natural gas producer in Canada following its acquisition of about 12,000 natural gas wells in Alberta over the last two years, Reuters reported on Monday.

According to the news agency’s analysis of regulatory data, the counter-cyclical purchases have allowed CNRL to expand its business while rival operators sold assets or maintained a steady well count.

Thanks to the recently acquired wells, the company’s North American natural gas production increased by 9% in 2015, following a 35% rise the prior year. The expanded well count also gives the company a strategic advantage that will pay off in future years if the natural gas market improves, Reuters pointed out.

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TSE-CNQ – Acquisitions make Canadian Natural Resources Canada’s top natural gas producer

“All these new wells have low production, but they were bought for pennies for the dollar,” commented Chris Cox, analyst with financial services firm Ramond James. He went on to note that the wells are located in adjacent properties, offering cost synergies, and “if you are expecting pricing to improve then you get an additional uplift.”

CNRL president Steve Laut told Reuters that the company had pursued a strategy of purchasing wells across Alberta and British Columbia as they came up for sale in areas where it already operates.

“Western Canada over time has become a very high cost basin and so it’s difficult to compete especially when commodity prices go down,” Laut explained. “All industry … have to find ways to become more effective and more efficient.”

CNRL had an ownership stake in 27,968 producing natural gas wells in Alberta at the end of 2015, up 27% from a year earlier. In 2014 its well count increased by 69%. These gains resulted from acquisitions, not exploration, Reuters found.

Data filed with the Alberta Energy Regulator shows that in the 12 months from June 2015 to May 2016, CNRL became the license holder for about 3,960 producing natural gas wells. In the previous 12 months it took over around 8,290 wells — compared to only about 620 wells between June 2013 and May 2014.

In total, CNRL had a stake in 53,868 oil or gas wells in Alberta at the end of 2015, a 60% increase from two years earlier.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, marketing and sale of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Its exploration and production operations are focused in North America, largely in Western Canada; the United Kingdom (UK) portion of the North Sea and Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, and South Africa in Offshore Africa. The Horizon Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading segment (Horizon) produces synthetic crude oil through bitumen mining and upgrading operations. Within Western Canada, the Company maintains certain midstream activities that include pipeline operations, an electricity co-generation system and an investment in the North West Redwater Partnership (Redwater Partnership), a general partnership formed in the Province of Alberta. More from Reuters » 

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BNN Market Call Interview: Market Outlook and Top Picks

Market Call Outlook

Investors’ concerns have been evident as the volatility of the global markets has increased over the recent past. Those concerns have been exacerbated by intense coverage by the media of the many global calamities that are ongoing. New shocks to the market have appeared as investors’ attention is shifted between the ongoing debt problems in the European Union, mass emigration from unstable regimes in the Middle East across the Mediterranean, the sudden decline in the Chinese market with implications of a slowing domestic economy, ongoing fears of Russian hegemony in the Ukraine, territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, etc. Nearer to home, the Canadian economy continues to adjust to the impact of fallen commodity prices, particularly energy, and the subsequent ripple effects throughout the economy. Investors have also been captivated by trepidation and uncertainty as to the effect that a raise in interest rates may have on the currently more robust US economy, when and if such a rate hike occurs.

Given that until recently, the markets have exhibited little sign a correction since the financial crisis of 2008, we believe that the current volatility is a natural outcome of wavering economic conditions in conjunction with the unsettling geopolitical issues. Arguably, valuations had become a little rich and we are now going through an adjustment that is a natural phenominom of market cycles. These adjustments are rarely smooth or quick.

It is during these periods that investors should be seeking opportunities in companies that ultimately benefit from the calamity caused by current conditions and in fact prosper from their ability to take advantage of their weakened competitors.

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Market Call Top Picks

Bank of Nova Scotia

The Bank of Nova Scotia (TSE:BNS, Mkt cap 71.13B, P/E 11.07, Div/yield 0.70/4.75, EPS 5.32, Shares1.21B) is the most international of the Canadian banks with branches in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The Canadian banks have been impacted by the recent volatility in the markets. BNS is now selling at levels that long term investors should find attractive as the premium valuation has fallen. The dividend yield is now 4.7%.

Canadian Natural Resources

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSE:CNQ, Mkt cap 31.26B, P/E 19.85, Div/yield 0.23/3.22, EPS 1.44, Shares 1.09B) is one of Canada’s leading senior producers of oil and gas. In the current environment, investors should be positioning their exposure in the energy sector to the stronger, better managed firms that have the wherewithal to survive through the downturn and take advantage as weaker companies are forced to dispose of assets or sell at bargain prices. CNQ has an enviable balance sheet and extremely well regarded management. The recent falloff of the stock price presents a good place to establish an initial position in this company.

HudBay Minerals Inc.

HudBay Minerals Inc.(TSE:HBM, Mkt cap 1.49B, P/E 52.67, Div/yield 0.01/0.32, EPS 0.12, Shares 235.23M) is one of Canada’s leading producers of zinc, copper and precious metals with operations in Canada, Peru and the US. Constancia, a major copper-molybdenum-silver mine in Peru, will be is currently ramping up production. HudBay has a number of projects coming on stream over the next few years, we anticipate that valuation levels will increase.

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Michael Sprung on BNN Market Call, Jan. 7, 2015

Top Picks:

Manulife Financial Corp, Owned Personally and by Clients, Last Purchase December 18, 2014, $21.95

Manulife Financial Corp. (TSE:MFC, Mkt cap 40.04B, P/E 10.01, Div/yield 0.16/2.89, EPS 2.15, Shares 1.86B) is a leading Canadian-based financial services group with operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.  Over the past five years, the company has made tremendous strides in de-risking the balance sheet and improving profitability through increasing wealth management operations as well as redirecting the mix of products sold.  The insurance companies will be amongst the beneficiaries should interest rates start to rise.  MFC has one of the strongest capital bases in the industry.  The recent purchase of New York Life's Retirement Plan Services business while exchanging a part of a portfolio of John Hancock's  life insurance is positive and reinforces the shift into ongoing service areas.

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Owned by Clients, Last Purchase December 18 2014 $35.03

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSE:CNQ, Mkt cap 36.01B, P/E 11.53, Div/yield 0.22/2.73, EPS 2.86, Shares 1.09B) is one of Canada's leading senior producers of oil and gas.  In the current environment, investors should be positioning their exposure in the energy sector to the stronger, better managed firms that have the wherewithal to survive through the downturn and take advantage as weaker companies are forced to dispose of assets or sell at bargain prices.  CNQ has an enviable balance sheet and extremely well regarded management.  The recent falloff of the stock price presents a good place to establish an initial position in this company.


New Flyer Industries, Owned by Clients, Last Purchase December 18, 2014, $12.80

New Flyer Industries Inc (TSE:NFI, Mkt cap 729.35M, P/E 20.02, Div/yield 0.049/4.43, EPS 0.66, Shares 55.51B) manufactures and assembles transit buses in Canada and the US as well as providing after market services.  Third quarter results were effected by fewer deliveries as a result of delays in  inspections.  The company has been a consolidator in North America and is well positioned to participate in fleet renewals.  New Flyer will be a beneficiary of the improving economy in the US and the strong US dollar as about 80% of their revenues stem from the US

Outlook


Investors in Canada have been focused on the turbulence in the energy sector since November and continues in the new year.  Canadian markets are not alone in experiencing pressure in stocks and commodity prices while markets in the US have gone in the opposite direction as that economy continues to exhibit healthier expansion characteristics.  We anticipate that volatility will increase as the geopolitical and economic concerns in Europe and Asia continue to weigh on market sentiment.  In 2015, global trade and environmental negotiations will also factor into market sentiment.  This environment should provide value investors with good opportunities to identify reasonably priced securities and re-balance their portfolios to grow over the next business cycle.

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