Franchise Group: A Diversified Portfolio Will Support Finances

Nov. 05, 2022 2:28 AM ETFranchise Group, Inc. (FRG)26 Comments
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  • We expect the growth of Vitamin Shoppe, Pet Supplies Plus, and Sylvan Learning to support FRG's financial performance.
  • The management is demonstrating a masterclass in the M&As, expanding the potential toolbox for creating shareholder value.
  • Franchise Group provides shareholders with a solid dividend yield. The company authorized a $500 million buyback over the next few years.
  • According to our estimates, Franchise Group trades at a discount to fair market value.

The Vitamin Shoppe shop store sign in South Carolina selling health supplements


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Since the beginning of the year, the franchise conglomerate Franchise Group (NASDAQ:FRG) has lost about half its market capitalization, due to the macroeconomic environment and headwinds in the furniture business, which occupies a significant share of the company's

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It is generally accepted that the increase in the number of securities in the portfolio certainly leads to a decrease in the total investment risk. This statement, originated in academia, is built on two important assumptions: investment opportunities must have the same mathematical expectation (range of all possible relative outcomes including negative, taking into account the probability) and not to have cross-correlation (i.e., the movement of some securities should not repeat the movement of others).However, this does not happen in life, and we are forced to work hard to find attractive opportunities for capital investments. Let’s say we have two companies with the same expected return, but one carries a risk of capital loss of 5% (suppose that risk is measured exclusively quantitative indicators, although this is not the case), and the second - 1%. Wider range of expectations of the first company only increases the overall risk portfolio. We prefer to focus on a few companies with high potential growth and near-zero risk of loss invested capital rather than excessive diversification that only reduces profitability and increase the risk. In other words, investment is by no means solving a math exercise. Investment is a gold washing process (it is desirable that the prospector also possessed Picasso's view on everyday things). Another question is where to find gold? If you want to beat the market, you have to look where the other 99% of the market participants do not. We research undercovered stocks from around the world looking for growth, deep value, and distressed companies.

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