Valuation Dashboard: Financials - Update

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Summary

Four key fundamental factors across industries in the Financial sector.

A valuation status relative to history.

A reference for picking stocks in each industry.

This article series provides a dashboard of industries in each sector of the GICS classification. It starts with a visual status of valuation and quality factors relative to their historical averages. Then it gives a list of stocks among the best of their industries according to the same factors. The methodology and all the numbers are given at the end of the article. Click "Follow" at the top of this page if you want to be notified of monthly updates.

Valuation and Quality indicators in Financials on 7/8/2016

The following charts give an idea of the current status of three valuation factors (P/E, P/S, P/FCF) and a quality factor (ROE) relative to their historical average in each industry. For all factors the difference to average is calculated in the direction where positive is good. For valuation ratios lower is better, for ROE higher is better. On the charts below higher always is better. Refer to the appendix for the detailed data and methodology.

Price/Earnings relative to historical average:

Price/Sales relative to historical average:

Price/Free Cash Flow relative to historical average:

ROE relative to historical average:

Momentum

The next chart compares the price action of the SPDR Select Sector ETF (XLF) with SPY (chart from freestockcharts.com).

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Interpretation

XLF has lagged the S&P 500 ETF by about 1.6% in the last three months. The five top momentum stocks on this period in the S&P financial sector are: Crown Castle International Corp (NYSE:CCI), Cincinnati Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CINF), Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:DLR), Equinix Inc (NASDAQ:EQIX), and Iron Mountain Inc (NYSE:IRM). All have reached an all-time high in July.

Since last month:

  • P/E has improved for all industries except a moderate deterioration in REITs.
  • P/S has improved in Capital Markets, Commercial Banks and deteriorated in REITs, Real Estate Management, Diversified Financial Services.
  • P/FCF has improved in Banks, Diversified Financial Services, Consumer Finance,, Capital Markets and deteriorated in Insurance, REITs, Real Estate Management.
  • ROE has deteriorated in Diversified Financial Services, Capital Markets, Real Estate Management and is stable elsewhere.

Consumer Finance and Capital Markets are the most attractive groups regarding valuation metrics. Both are moderately below the baseline in quality. Diversified Financial Services is the less attractive group. REITs have mixed valuation factors and are close above the baseline in quality.

List of stocks to consider

(see methodology in the appendix)

AMG

Affiliated Managers Group Inc.

CAPMARKET

AMP

Ameriprise Financial Inc

CAPMARKET

CBG

CBRE Group Inc

REMGMT

ENVA

Enova International Inc

CONSUMERFIN

INN

Summit Hotel Properties Inc

REIT

JLL

Jones Lang LaSalle Inc

REMGMT

NAVI

Navient Corp

CONSUMERFIN

UVE

Universal Insurance Holdings

INSURANCE

WD

Walker & Dunlop Inc

BANKSNL

WRLD

World Acceptance Corp

CONSUMERFIN

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Appendix

Dashboard methodology:

I take four aggregate industry factors provided by portfolio123: price/earnings (P/E), price to sales (P/S), price to free cash flow (P/FCF), and return on equity (ROE). My choice has been justified here and here. Their calculation aims at limiting the influence of outliers and large caps. They are reference values for stock picking, not for capital-weighted indices.

For each factor I calculate the difference with its own historical average: to the average for valuation ratios, from the average for ROE, so that higher always is better. The difference is measured in percentage for valuation ratios, not for ROE (already in percentage).

The next table reports the four industry factors. There are three columns for each factor: the current value, the average ("Avg") between January 1999 and October 2015 taken as an arbitrary reference of fair valuation, and the difference explained above ("D-xxx").

P/E

Avg

D- P/E

P/S

Avg

D- P/S

P/FCF

Avg

D- P/FCF

ROE

Avg

D-ROE

Commercial Banks

14.68

15.24

3.67%

2.81

2.06

-36.41%

16.28

13.44

-21.13%

8.65

8.89

-0.24

Thrifts & Mortgage Fin.*

17.83

20.66

13.70%

2.82

2.03

-38.92%

16.85

14.75

-14.24%

6.15

5.02

1.13

Diversified Fin. Sces

21.53

17.85

-20.62%

3.57

2.94

-21.43%

27.53

16.13

-70.68%

6.92

6.38

0.54

Consumer Finance*

11.69

13.15

11.10%

1.17

1.47

20.41%

5.67

8.22

31.02%

9.87

11.83

-1.96

Capital Markets*

17.45

18.07

3.43%

3.23

3.06

-5.56%

10.18

19.62

48.11%

4.06

7.89

-3.83

Insurance

14.89

13.7

-8.69%

1.23

1.07

-14.95%

11.71

8.99

-30.26%

8.07

8.71

-0.64

REITs**

32.2

35.42

9.09%

5.88

4.56

-28.95%

45.85

38.74

-18.35%

5.7

4.07

1.63

Real Estate Management**

32.83

31.19

-5.26%

3.57

3.06

-16.67%

36.07

25.55

-41.17%

0.86

-1.33

2.19

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* Averages since 2003 - ** Averages since 2006

Stock list methodology:

The stocks listed above are in the S&P 1500 index, cheaper than their respective industry factor for price/earnings, price/sales and price/free cash flow. The 10 companies with the highest return on equity are kept in the final selection.

This strategy rebalanced monthly has an annualized return about 10.1% with a 72% drawdown for a 17-year backtest. The sector ETF XLF has an annualized return of only 2.24% with a 84% drawdown on the same period. Past performance, real or simulated, is not a guarantee of future return. This list may be considered an entry point for further due diligence or as a portfolio after adding a few trading rules and market timing. This is not investment advice. Do your own research before buying.

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Data provided by portfolio123.

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