So far my second stab - after a successful trade last year - at buying Kingfisher (KGF) stock below three quid a share has not really worked out, despite my hopes of a few months ago regarding better weather playing out. The 'BBQ summer' helped keep B&Q honest and the company's other core business in the UK (Screwfix) has remained a solid performer. With UK peers Bunnings and Wickes committing economic hari-kiri, it is still thumbs up for the company's UK business and its future prospects. I guess a mild winter would be a help at-the-margin too. However...
It is a shame you still cannot say the same for its French arm where sales remain wholly lacklustre and more marketing spend has been pumped in. That seems to have slightly nobbled first half gross margins, although the company retains its full year gross margin expansion (after clearance costs) hopes as it continues to improve/rationalise its range. If you put it all together with the shares below 280p as I write, I would still hold on here or even initiate a buy if you do not have a position. There will be a fuller update in September where investors can see more deeply into all this. Cash flow and investor returns (5%+ yield and share buybacks) remain good. The property market may be struggling but with more focus on renovation and DIY - and competitors in the UK at least on the back foot - there is a positive story here...even if the French exposure is trying hard to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.
Rank Group (RNK) shares are also down. I said in April HERE to wait for the 160p level and have a think about it and, essentially, we are getting there. The important comments in the full year numbers could be summarised as: Grosvenor casinos still struggling, Mecca bingo a bit more defensive but even with digital growth struggling net to go anywhere fast (and apparently too warm weather is not good for bingo!) and the new CEO has a big old job ahead of him. He is fortunate, however, that Rank has essentially no debt. Nevertheless it is easy to talk about more digital, tighter cost control, more focus and interaction with customers but biggest picture this is a no natural growth company.
Still, there is over £40 million of free cash flow and that covers the now near 5% yield...and a bit more. Rank is getting more interesting to me even though I would not know one end of a bingo card to another. Below 160p as a 'have another look' level still feels correct. No debt, cashflow, well-known assets...smell the private equity or industry consolidation potential. Such scenarios are very hard to predict and should not be the rationale for an investor to buy shares alone...but it does interest me. The management are to chat to analyst types and I will be listening in...investment check-list bingo card at the ready!
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