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As the company is continuously buying back stock at the current depressed share price, the earnings accretion drives the P/E down to ~12x. This is at discount of 10%-15% to the high quality names in the tobacco sector, which is a very significant de-rating from the historic premium of ~4 multiple points. If we were to exclude that from operating earnings the discount is ~20%.— Founder/PM at $150M London-Based Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund
Off-balance sheet liabilities mostly relate to aging populations with the future holding a much greater demand for pension and welfare payments to older citizens as well as greater demands for healthcare. Under-investment in infrastructure is another way governments have been postponing expenditure. Bailouts of banks is another iceberg that can cause a shipwreck, with Ireland’s government debt to GDP ratio going from 44.5% to 121.7% in four years primarily as a result of poor lending and bank bailouts.— Founder/PM at $40M Sydney-Based Distressed Credit Hedge Fund
These changes in demand have not occured as rapidly as expected. Extensive channel checks with suppliers in a dozen different countries, done in the last week, showed that demand did not slow in the 3rd quarter, though it has begun to slow very slightly in the fourth, with suppliers in Italy expecting it to pick up with the renewal of rebates in January.— PM at $275M NY-Based Long/Short Equity Hedge Fund
42% of SAFM’s COGS are feed costs comprised of 75% corn, 25% soy meal. A $1.00/bushel decline in corn price adds $100mm of operating income for SAFM. (However, on the risk side, a $1.00/bushel rise in corn prices also detracts $100M in opinc. Keep in mind this leverage when considering this idea.)— PM at $1T+ California-Based Credit Mutual Fund
Chorus undertakes a dilutive equity issue to provide additional head room under its debt covenants. Chorus has ruled out an equity issue until the regulator's decision is given in April 2015. The market had been concerned that a distressed equity raising may be possible but that risk has now been eliminated due to the extension of debt facilities including relaxation of key covenants. It is still possible that the company may wish to raise equity if the regulatory decision is positive in April and the stock prices rallies to more attractive levels.— Senior Analyst at $80M Hong Kong-Based Event Driven Hedge Fund
In terms of a potential take-out, a larger driller like Ensco (ESV), Noble (NE), Transocean (RIG), or Seadrill (SDRL) would be attracted to VTG b/c of its newer fleet, the ability to refinance the high-cost leverage at much lower rates, and a fleet that is already working instead of waiting 3yrs for a newbuild. Further, as MLPs are formed (have SDLP and RIG likely to announce one in 2014), these new entities should trade at higher multiples and thus be able to make acquisitions accretive more easily - better buyers and new class of potential buyers.— Analyst at $4.5T NY-Based Asset Manager
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