Image Shown: Shares of Wayfair Inc shot up on April 6 after publishing a very favorable business update.
E-commerce firm Wayfair sells furniture and home décor online and operates several websites including Wayfair, Joss & Main, AllModern, Birch Lane, and Perigold. Shares of W surged upwards on April 6 after the e-commerce company put out a very promising business update that stated Wayfair’s sales were skyrocketing upwards. While most of the US economy (and others) is shutting down to contain and ride out the pandemic, Wayfair’s business model appears more resilient than the market was previously giving it credit for. That being said, the company remains very free cash flow negative and carries a net debt position. Its recent convertible debt issuance will provide Wayfair with much needed liquidity, but it remains to be seen if the company’s success of late will translate into positive free cash flows in the medium-term.
Image Shown: Shares of Tesla Inc are still up materially over the past year after coming in considerably since skyrocketing in late-2019 through early-2020, before the pandemic slowed the global economy to a crawl.
Tesla isn’t immune to the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic, far from it, but a well-timed capital raise combined with strong operational performance in the first quarter of 2020 (before the pandemic hit) has renewed investor confidence in the electric vehicle maker and battery producer. With that in mind, the top end of our fair value range estimate sits at $424 per share, well below where TSLA is trading at as of this writing. We maintain our view that Tesla is a speculative play only for the most risk-seeking investors.
President of Investment Research at Valuentum and award-winning author of "Value Trap: Theory of Universal Valuation" explains how the range of probable fair value outcomes of S&P 500 companies has increased as a result of COVID-19 and possible equity dilution on the downside to long-run inflationary pressures on stocks driven by runaway Fed and Treasury stimulus on the upside.
According to some reports, US beer and alcohol sales are surging during the ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic. As of early Wednesday April 1, Johns Hopkins University reported there are now over 850,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world and that includes over 42,000 fatalities. We are still months away from human trials commencing on a potential vaccine, and it likely won’t be until 2021 at the very earliest that a vaccine could enter commercial production. As we wait out this pandemic, we hope everyone and their loved ones stay safe. We continue to like Dollar General in our Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio and view the firm as well-positioned to ride out the storm and emerge on the other side as a stronger enterprise. Back on March 17, we published a piece on our website, ‘Dollar General Holding Up Relatively Well in the Face of COVID-19’, that we encourage our members to take a look if they haven’t done so already (link here).