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Hedgeye's Best Consumer Ideas: Long IGT

Takeaway: IGT is set to reap the benefits of a three to five year bull market in the slots business.

Todd Jordan – Gaming, Lodging & Leisure: LONG International Game Technology (IGT)


The previous management team spent heavily on acquisitions anticipating a boom in Server-Based Gaming (SBG).  But SBG failed to take off, and by 2009 IGT stock went into a steep decline.  With new management focused on developing gaming content, we think the company is done with acquisitions.  This frees up substantial cash flow, and management has made it clear they intend to use this to benefit shareholders.  The stock now trades at the low end of its earnings multiple range (11X forward P/E) management’s stated goal of increasing leverage should make as much as $450 million available each year for share repurchases, while leaving room for multiple expansion to drive higher share prices.

 

Jordan says the company is at an inflection point as company and sector fundamentals have turned.  IGT’s market share has stabilized and is now on the upswing.  If we are right, and the company is done with acquisitions, this should lead to rapidly rising Return On Investment – faster than today’s stock price would imply.

 

IGT is seeing both profitability and cash flow increase.  As interactive gaming starts to build momentum, earlier acquisitions are finally starting to pay off.  Meanwhile the stock price is stuck on the idea that “previous management made a bunch of lousy acquisitions.”  Jordan says these acquisitions aren’t “lousy” any more, which should be reflected in 2013 earnings and ROI performance.  Jordan sees the industry moving into what should be a 3-5 year bull market as replacement demand improves and new jurisdictions look to increase tax revenues.   ON-line gaming proposals are under discussion in a number of US states, but there is also plenty of room for expansion internationally as countries such as Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea explore the potential of gaming as a revenue generator.


On Notice

Client Talking Points

Hit The Brakes

Having transitioned from #GrowthSlowing to #GrowthStabilizing in mid-November back in 2012, we’ve since enjoyed a run up in the US equity market of epic proportions. The bears have been slaughtered, with their heads proudly displayed above the mantle in the House of Bulls. As much as the global recovery is exciting, it can be stopped in its tracks right now by two things: oil and Japan. Should Brent crude oil hit $130 a barrel and high gas prices come back into play, that will affect the consumer and when consumption slows, growth slows. As for Japan, their insistence on destroying the Yen while trying to save their own economy leaves much to be desired. After all, the Yen has been “Taro Aso’d” for some time now now. Just remember that the market only goes up until it doesn’t.

Valentine's Day

I wouldn't be able to pen today's RIA Daily Playbook without mentioning the single most important holiday of the year for couples. So with that being said, here's a random tidbit for you: it is estimated that $13.19 billion will be spent on Valentine's Day between the chocolates, the flowers, the dates, the jewelry, etc. That's nothing to sneeze at and is a positive for consumption which is a driver of global growth. If you are not participating in today's festivities for whatever reason, may we suggest enjoying a nice bottle of wine and the first season of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire ?

Asset Allocation

CASH 55% US EQUITIES 10%
INTL EQUITIES 15% COMMODITIES 0%
FIXED INCOME 5% INTL CURRENCIES 15%

Top Long Ideas

Company Ticker Sector Duration
ASCA

We believe ASCA will receive a higher bid from another gaming competitor. Our valuation puts ASCA’s worth closer to $40.

FDX

With FedEx Express margins at a 30+ year low and 4-7 percentage points behind competitors, the opportunity for effective cost reductions appears significant. FedEx Ground is using its structural advantages to take market share from UPS. FDX competes in a highly consolidated industry with rational pricing. Both the Ground and Express divisions could be separately worth more than FDX’s current market value, in our view.

HOLX

HOLX remains one of our favorite longer-term fundamental growth companies given growing penetration of its 3D Tomo platform and high leverage to the 2014 Insurance Expansion from the Affordable Care Act.

Three for the Road

TWEET OF THE DAY

“Holy heck...$HNZ going away...didn't see that one coming...god speed to Warren Buffett” -@HedgeyeStaples

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.” -Vic Gold

STAT OF THE DAY

U.S. weekly jobless claims drop 27,000 to 341,000 in the week ended Feb. 9.


Call Today: "A Counterpoint To Herbalife as a Pyramid Scheme"

The Hedgeye Consumer Staples Team, led by Rob Campagnino, will be hosting an expert conference call entitled "A Counterpoint To Herbalife as a Pyramid Scheme" today, February 14th, at 1:00pm EST featuring Professor Anne Coughlan. 

 

Please dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the 1:00pm EST start time using the number provided below, if you have any further questions email .

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Conference Code: 582869#

 

 

KEY TOPICS WILL INCLUDE

  • Historical context and understanding of multi-level marketing (MLM) and how direct selling looks different than traditional retail
  • Areas in which Ackman and others misrepresent or misunderstand the MLM model
  • Assessment of HLF moving forward

 

ABOUT PROFESSOR ANNE COUGHLAN

 

Professor Coughlan is the John L. & Helen Kellogg Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She joined the faculty in 1985. Coughlan's areas of expertise are distribution channels, direct marketing, international marketing, sales force management and compensation, and pricing. She is the lead author of Marketing Channels (a textbook originally published in 1996 and now in its seventh edition from Prentice Hall). She teaches classes on distribution channel strategies at the MBA level, and quantitative models in marketing at the doctoral level.  

 

Coughlan was invited by Herbalife to explain multilevel marketing plans at the company's January 10, 2013 Analysts Day. In July 2012 she published a paper titled "Assessing an MLM Business: Herbalife as a Legitimate MLM".

 

Coughlan was the recipient of the school's Executive Master's Program Teacher of the Year Award for the best elective course in 1996 and again in 2003, as well as receiving the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award in 2000-01.  She received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. Prior to her appointment at Kellogg, she was a professor at the business school of the University of Rochester.

 

 

 


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Call Today: "A Counterpoint To Herbalife as a Pyramid Scheme"

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The Hedgeye Consumer Staples Team, led by Rob Campagnino, will be hosting an expert conference call entitled "A Counterpoint To Herbalife as a Pyramid Scheme" today, February 14th, at 1:00pm EST featuring Professor Anne Coughlan. 

 

 

KEY TOPICS WILL INCLUDE

  • Historical context and understanding of multi-level marketing (MLM) and how direct selling looks different than traditional retail
  • Areas in which Ackman and others misrepresent or misunderstand the MLM model
  • Assessment of HLF moving forward

 

ABOUT PROFESSOR ANNE COUGHLAN

 

Professor Coughlan is the John L. & Helen Kellogg Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She joined the faculty in 1985. Coughlan's areas of expertise are distribution channels, direct marketing, international marketing, sales force management and compensation, and pricing. She is the lead author of Marketing Channels (a textbook originally published in 1996 and now in its seventh edition from Prentice Hall). She teaches classes on distribution channel strategies at the MBA level, and quantitative models in marketing at the doctoral level.  

 

Coughlan was invited by Herbalife to explain multilevel marketing plans at the company's January 10, 2013 Analysts Day. In July 2012 she published a paper titled "Assessing an MLM Business: Herbalife as a Legitimate MLM".

 

Coughlan was the recipient of the school's Executive Master's Program Teacher of the Year Award for the best elective course in 1996 and again in 2003, as well as receiving the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award in 2000-01.  She received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. Prior to her appointment at Kellogg, she was a professor at the business school of the University of Rochester.

 

 

CALL DETAILS

 

Please dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the 1:00pm EST start time using the number provided below, if you have any further questions email .

  • Toll Free Number:
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  • Conference Code: 582869#


THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – February 14, 2013


As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 16 points or 0.68% downside to 1510 and 0.37% upside to 1526.

                                                                                                                               

SECTOR AND GLOBAL PERFORMANCE


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EQUITY SENTIMENT:


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CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • YIELD CURVE: 1.77 from 1.75
  • VIX  closed at 12.98 1 day percent change of 2.69%

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • G20 finance ministers, central bank governors meet in Moscow for two days
  • 5:30am: U.K. to sell GBP4b 1.25% 2018 bonds
  • 8:30am: Initial Jobless Claims, Feb. 9, est. 360k (prior 366k)
  • 9:45am: Bloomberg Consumer Comfort, Feb. 10, prior -36.3
  • 10am: Freddie Mac mortgage rates
  • 10:30am: EIA natural-gas storage change
  • 10:30am: Fed’s Tarullo testifies before Senate on regulation
  • 11am: U.S. to announce plans for sale of 10Y TIPS
  • 11am: Fed to purchase $4.75b-$5.75b in 2017-2018 sector
  • 12:50pm: Fed’s Bullard speaks in Miss. on economy
  • 1pm: U.S. to sell $16b 30Y bonds

GOVERNMENT:

    • 9am: Northrop Grumman briefings on defense programs
    • 9:30am: House Appropriations hears from Undersecretary of State on embassy security
    • 10am: Senate Appropriations Cmte hearing on sequestration
    • 10am: House Select Intelligence Cmte hearing on advanced cyber threats
    • President Obama speaks on economy in Decatur, Ga.
    • Senate Banking Cmte hearing on Dodd-Frank rules
    • Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduce legislation allowing states to collect sales tax from Internet-based retailers

WHAT TO WATCH

  • AMR, US Airways boards said to approve $11b merger
  • Dell said to plan holder meetings to assess demands for LBO
  • AB InBev to sell U.S. Corona rights to meet deal demands
  • Apple says it will fight Greenlight’s effort to block vote
  • Google sues BT Group unit over 4 patents for network services
  • Buffett’s PacifiCorp denied rehearing of Cal ISO case at FERC
  • Endeavour hires advisers, considers sale of company
  • Time Warner said to talk w/Meredith about magazine deal
  • Total in ‘advanced talks’ to sign China shale exploration accord
  • Newfield to examine alternatives for international properties
  • Bertelsmann said to work w/Lazard on RTL Group share sale
  • Pershing, other funds to report holdings as of Dec. 31

EARNINGS:

    • Precision Drilling (PD CN) 6am, C$0.08
    • Alliant Energy (LNT) 6am, $0.57
    • Cenovus Energy (CVE CN) 6am, C$0.38
    • Encana (ECA CN) 6am, $0.39
    • Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) 6:30am, $0.53
    • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) 6:30am, $1.37
    • SPX (SPW) 6:30am, $1.56
    • Barrick Gold (ABX CN) 6:46am, $1.05 - Preview
    • PPL (PPL) 6:53am, $0.46
    • General Motors (GM) 6:58am, $0.51 - Preview
    • Incyte (INCY) 7am, $(0.02)
    • Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) 7am, $(0.49)
    • Discovery Communications (DISCA) 7am, $0.76
    • Jarden (JAH) 7am, $1.26
    • PepsiCo (PEP) 7am, $1.05 - Preview
    • RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (REI-U CN) 7am, C$0.37
    • GNC Holdings (GNC) 7:30am, $0.46
    • NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF) 7:30am, $0.22
    • BorgWarner (BWA) 7:30am, $1.14
    • DIRECTV (DTV) 7:30am, $1.15
    • Molson Coors Brewing Co (TAP) 7:30am, $0.64
    • Waste Management (WM) 7:30am, $0.60
    • Apache (APA) 8am, $2.29
    • Vulcan Materials (VMC) 8am, $(0.09)
    • Realty Income (O) 9:15am, $0.54
    • CI Financial (CIX CN) 12:41pm, C$0.34
    • CBS (CBS) 4:01pm, $0.70
    • DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) 4:01pm, $1.58
    • Brocade Communications Systems (BRCD) 4:04pm, $0.16
    • QLIK Technologies (QLIK) 4:05pm, $0.23
    • Agilent Technologies (A) 4:05pm, $0.67
    • Health Management Associates (HMA) 4:05pm, $0.19
    • Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd (FFH CN) 5:01pm, $8.87
    • Goldcorp (G CN) 5:01pm, $0.55
    • Key Energy Services (KEG) Post-Mkt, $0.08

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

  • Sugar War Revived as U.S. Senators Back Cuts in Price Supports
  • Cattle Disappearing Amid Drought Signals Beef Rally: Commodities
  • Gold Demand Rose 3.8% in Fourth Quarter, Narrowing Annual Drop
  • Platinum Widens Spread Over Gold as Supply Concern Drives Rally
  • Aluminum Climbs for Third Day Before Report on Jobless Claims
  • Wheat Rebounds From Seven-Month Low as U.S. Exports May Increase
  • Barrick Gold Takes $3 Billion Writedown on Zambia Copper Mine
  • Astra Agro Targets 10% Production Growth This Year, Mahdi Says
  • Soy Spread Surging Amid Wait for Big Harvest: Technical Analysis
  • Indonesian Palm Exports to Slump to Four-Month Low; Futures Drop
  • Gold Fields’ Profit Declines 7.4% After Strikes Cuts Production
  • Desalination Seen Booming at 15% a Year as World Water Dries Up
  • Alpha Quarterly Results Exceed Estimates After Coal Exports Rise
  • ‘No Moo in Mince’ Claim Helps Horse Meat in Food Scandal Twist
  • Gold Council Sees Central Bank Bullion Buying at 48-Year High

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CURRENCIES


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ASIAN MARKETS

 

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MIDDLE EAST


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