Shares to buy, hold and sell: James Henderson
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Here are the latest stocks Henderson has bought and sold and the one he's holding on to.
"The share price is relatively low for the growth on offer. It doesn't yet have a high dividend, but I believe that it will post good dividend growth as the stronger earnings come through.
"Ashtead's strong position in the US market has been an advantage. The US economy has been slightly stronger than the UK's and capital expenditure is – tentatively – starting to resume.
"In general, I am not looking for earnings outside the UK, but I do like to have diversity and overseas exposure helps with that. The unexpected will happen and for companies, diversity of underlying operations is more important than it has ever been."
HOLD: SENIOR ENGINEERING
"Senior Engineering is an aerospace company with strong earnings, dividend growth and big clients, including Airbus and Boeing. It has just secured another very large order from Boeing and is increasing the share of work it receives from the group. The company's order book now stretches out for the next seven to eight years.
"Looking at the company's profits, you would have no idea that there was an economic slowdown. There has been a lot of emphasis on emerging market growth in the aerospace industry, but developed markets need to refresh their stock as well. A number of the big US carriers are renewing their fleets at the moment and companies such as Senior Engineering are benefiting.
"The valuation is still compelling for Senior Engineering, as it is in much of the wider market. Whatever valuation method investors use, the stockmarket looks pretty cheap. In particular, the yield on the stockmarket is now higher than that on a 10-year gilt."
SELL: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO
"British American Tobacco (BAT) has been a strong performer and a key beneficiary of the climate of risk-aversion that has prevailed over the past six months. It is a cash-generative firm, which has been buying back shares and has seen strong dividend growth. The problem is that all this good news is now in the valuation, which looks relatively high, and I am keen to move some of the money into shares with a higher income.
"The company has been very well-managed in recent years and its pricing policy has been effective, but it is not a fast-growing market. Cigarette consumption will eventually plateau and then fall. All the defensive companies have done well in the latter half of this year, but BAT is perhaps the most extreme example.
"Most importantly, BAT's dividend yield is now lower than the market average. To date, it has always paid more than the market and the share price is therefore in new territory. In my funds I am looking for the future yield of a company. I value dividend growth rather than simply looking at the existing yield, but I don't see a lot of potential growth from BAT in the long term.
"That said, as a value investor, there is always a danger of selling out too early so I tend to sell out in smaller sizes and reduce a position incrementally. As such, I still have a small holding in BAT but am moving away gradually."
The general term for the rate of income from an investment expressed as an annual percentage and based on its current market value. For example, if a corporate bond or gilt originally sold at £100 par value with a coupon of 10% is bought for £100 then the coupon and the yield are the same at 10%, or £10. But if an investor buys the bond for £125, its coupon is still 10% (or £10) and the investor receives £10 but as the investor bought the bond for £125 (not £100) the yield on the investment is 8%.
A catch-all phrase that can range from assessing the price of a property or vehicle before offering it for sale or the net worth of assets in an investment portfolio to the prices of shares on a stock exchange.
If you own shares in a company, you’re entitled to a slice of the profits and these are paid as dividends on top of any capital growth in the shares’ value. The amount of the dividend is down to the board of directors (who can decide not to pay a dividend and reinvest any profits in the company) and they will be paid twice yearly (announced at the AGM and six months later as an interim). Dividends are always declared as a sum of money rather than a percentage of the share’s price. Although dividends automatically receive a 10% tax credit from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which takes the company having already paid corporation tax on its profits into account. Dividends are classed as income and, as such, are liable for personal taxation and so shareholders have to declare them to HMRC.