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Will CONE Midstream Partners LP (CNNX) Fizzle Or Continue To Sizzle



Our task today will be to comprehensively evaluate recent data for CONE Midstream Partners LP (CNNX) to determine whether or not we have something approaching a “value” in the market.

In the most basic sense, the “value investing” methodology really has its roots in the college textbook “Security Analysis”, which was published six decades ago by Graham and Dodd. But today, the term “value investing” is generally applied to any approach that focuses first and foremost on the concept of valuation, seeking out viable companies that are “cheap” based on various measures.

In this case, the company’s forward price-to-earnings ratio — perhaps the most common default measure of valuation — is currently at 9.81. That’s based on estimates looking for earnings of 0.41 coming up the pike in the company’s next financial report card.

That said, we all know that the forward data on a stock like this requires faith in those making projections: the analysts. Currently, the forward projections are driven by a group of 6 analysts. And, naturally, no one knows if those 6 folks are way off base for some reason. It’s happened before. That’s why some investing legends only trust the trailing earnings data.

In this case, that valuation ration is sitting right at 10.08.

However, to get a real sense of how this measures up, we will need to dig deeper. Benjamin Graham, the legendary value investor and one of the authors of the seminal text mentioned above, commonly relied on a simple formula for more aggressive investments: Current assets should be at least 1½ times current liabilities, debt should not be more than 110% of net current assets, there should be some level of dividend payments, and the Price-to-book-value ratio should be less than 120% of net tangible assets.

With that in mind, let’s see how CONE Midstream Partners LP (CNNX) stacks up to this challenge.

First off, the company’s current ratio (the ration of current assets to current liabilities) is sitting at 1.41. Remember, according to Graham, that should be at least 1.5. Next, we can see debt-to-equity at 22.17. In addition, if you search the company’s recent dividend rate, you will get 1.11. How about price-to-book ratio? Right now, it clocks in at 2.87.

That should speak to what Graham might say if he came across this stock at its current price. But there are certainly other factors involved in the concept of value in today’s market that should be appreciated.

For example, CONE Midstream Partners LP (CNNX) has managed to generate a return on its assets of 8.81%. That has been achieved through operating margins of 54.84%. Naturally, in the most basic sense, the concept of value is rooted in an ability to generate returns on invested capital. It is fundamentally about gaining access to the machine that has demonstrated its capability to generate those returns, and to do so for a price that is beneath what it is truly worth.

Perhaps the final measure that speaks to this idea is what investors currently have to pay for the company’s sales. In this case, the company’s price-to-sales ratio currently clocks in at 2.48.


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Atlas Cloud Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ATLEF) Could be Emerging as an Interesting Crypto Mining Pure Play



Atlas Cloud Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ATLEF) should not be overlooked by traders and investors interested in pure-play opportunities in the fascinating cryptocurrency mining market space. The company is an emerging player as, effectively, a pick-and-shovel play for entrepreneurs looking to become cryptocurrency mining professionals. The stock is beginning to pick up increasing liquidity in recent days as traders start to discover the story. The company has also been making some key moves, which has helped to foment new enthusiasm.

As a case in point, Atlas Cloud just announced the appointment of Mr. Charlie Kiser to the position of Chief Executive Officer. In addition, the company also announced that Fred Stearman, who was interim acting CEO, would be moving into the role of Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Stearman notes, “I am delighted to welcome Charlie to the team and look forward to working closely with him as we move ahead with our strategic plans for 2018 and beyond. It’s an exciting time in our industry, and today’s announcement is further evidence of our commitment towards building a sector-leading concept and company aimed at increasing shareholder value.”

Atlas Cloud Enterprises Inc (OTCMKTS:ATLEF) offers tailored Colocation and flexible Cloud Computing options for small and medium businesses in Western Canada.

Basically, the company provides co-location, back-up/redundancy IT, telecom equipment, and cloud computing services to small and medium size businesses in Western Canada. The company offers committed space to startup technology companies, such as providing desks, chairs, high-speed Internet, meeting rooms, relevant workshops, and other office infrastructure required by such companies to grow and compete in the technology sector.

Atlas Cloud Enterprises Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

According to company materials, Atlas Cloud Enterprises Inc. is a growth-oriented, CSE-listed company focusing on the business of providing co-location and backup/redundancy IT, telecom equipment and cloud computing. Atlas Cloud will provide customers with secure power access, cooling and bandwidth to ensure co-located, back-up or Cloud systems offer minimum risk of failure. Furthermore, Atlas is focused on the blockchain sector and digital currency mining. Atlas Cloud aims to become the lowest-cost producer of digital currency mining and blockchain infrastructure.

Atlas Cloud owns a facility currently undergoing preparations for use as a digital currency mining operation located in Electric City, WA. This location currently benefits from a dedicated low-cost energy source of 3.0 MW and the Company is seeking to significantly expand its operations with the development of additional facilities offering economical, high-yield energy infrastructure opportunities.

According to the release, “Mr. Kiser is a cryptocurrency and technology veteran. Along with his 20 years of technology experience, Charlie recognized and advocated for the disruptive potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain in 2014 when he helped take the first pure-play bitcoin and blockchain company public in North America. As the earliest public crypto company, they leveraged both an operational and holding company strategy, investing in 4 crypto start-ups; GoCoin, covering payment processing; Coin Outlet, a bitcoin ATM and distribution network; Gem, a multi factor authentication wallet, and Expresscoin, a retail cryptocurrency outlet. The company built out one of the largest eCommerce platforms that accepted digital currencies, and ultimately moved into the emerging industrial cryptocurrency mining space.”

On the financial side, ATLEF has about $1.9M in cash on the books, which stands against about $124K in total current liabilities. The company has pulled in about $365k in trailing twelve month revenues, with growth on the top-line on a quarterly year/year basis running along at a healthy 35% clip. The market now values the stock at a market cap of $12.1M.



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How Well Do You Know Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) ?



Stock of Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) opened at $41.05 and last traded at $41.09 x 700. More than 3,500,771 shares exchanged hands compared to an average daily volume of 9,726,262 shares. At the current pps, the market capitalization stands at 61.233B.

Let’s take a look at how the stock has performed this year so far. Mondelez International, Inc has moved 1.43% in the last 5 days or -5.53% in the last 1 month. In long-term, Mondelez International, Inc has changed -3.31% in 3 months and  -6.45% in this year itself. Below is the chart to get a feel for the recent price action.


Fundamentals you simply cannot ignore

Investors try to use stocks with high beta values to quickly recoup their investments after sharp market losses. Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) currently has a Beta value of 0.98 . Beta is a measurement of a stock’s price fluctuations, which is often called volatility and is used by investors to gauge how quickly a stock’s price will rise or fall. A stock with a beta of greater than 1.0 is riskier and has greater price fluctuations, while stocks with beta values of less than 1.0 are steadier and generally larger companies. Beta is often measured against the S&P; 500 index. An S&P; 500 stock with a beta of 2.0 produced a 20 percent increase in returns during a period of time when the S&P; 500 Index grew only 10 percent. This same measurement also means the stock would lose 20 percent when the market dropped by only 10 percent. Next, let’s take a look at Mondelez International, Inc current P/E ratio. Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) currently has a PE ratio of 21.55. PE ratio is an important parameter to look at when trading a stock mostly because it is easy to calculate. There are a couple of ways to calculate PE ratio either by dividing share price by earnings per share or dividing the market cap by net income. It is important to note that the earnings are usually taken from the trailing twelve months (TTM). Nevertheless, P/E tells us how much an investor is willing to pay for $1 of a company’s earnings. The long-term average P/E is around 15, so on average, investors are willing to pay $15 for every dollar of earnings. Another useful way to look at this: Turn the P/E ratio around to look at the E/P ratio, which when expressed as a percentage gives us the earnings yield. For instance: 1/15 gives us an earnings yield of 6.67%.

While we have already looked at Mondelez International, Inc beta and P/E ratio, the EPS cannot be ignored. Mondelez International, Inc EPS for the trailing twelve months was 1.91. Traders and investors often use earnings per share (TTM) to determine a company’s profitability for the past year. So in essence, EPS is the amount of a company’s net income per share of common stock. Earnings per share equal the company’s net income less any dividends paid on preferred stock divided by the weighted average number of common stock shares outstanding during the year. Mondelez International, Inc is estimated to release its next earnings report on 12 / 2018 (N/A-Not know at this time). It would be interesting to see how the earnings fair out considering the recent developments.

The Analyst Chirp:

Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ) has received an average target price from analysts of $51.49 amounting to a recommendation rating of Buy. That comes from 24 different analysts. Perhaps, the driver for that assessment comes from the company’s valuations. Right now, we are looking at a median price-to-earnings ratio for this calendar year of 16.91. To give a sense of trend, the same data point on the estimate for next year is currently sitting at 15.54 times earnings. Drilling down a bit further, this quarter, we are looking at an average estimate from analysts for earnings per share level of 18.00. That shift to 18.00 heading into next quarter.





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Spotlight on The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC)



In the ever-evolving process of understanding what a stock is truly worth, we are going to look at The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) today from the standpoint of its EV/Rev ratio to see just what the company’s current market valuation implies about its worth as a take-out candidate. The EV/Rev ratio is also known as the Enterprise Value-to-Revenue ratio. It’s an alternative to price-to-sales that offers advantages by accounting for cash and debt.

In fact, one might suggest that the best way to achieve this is through taking a look at the company’s price-to-sales ratio (in this case, we are talking about 2.79). However, the problem with this measure, as noted above, is that it doesn’t consider the balance sheet as a tangible item.

For example, if you were to walk into company headquarters tomorrow and negotiate a deal to outright purchase The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC), you would know you were going to own the company’s cash, and also take on its liabilities as your own. So, the balance sheet is part of the value of the company, and there’s no getting around it.

That’s why we might consider the company’s enterprise-value-to-revenue ratio as a superior means of valuing its current operational flows than price-to-sales. And in today’s innovation-driven market, operational flows seem to rule the day.

In this case, The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) is currently in possession of an enterprise value of 103.68B. That number is derived from the company’s market cap (which is currently at 73.127B) minus its cash and equivalents (which currently sit at roughly 1.63B) plus its outstanding debt (now at 31.54B). Occasionally, you will see this number include minority interest and preferreds. However, let’s keep it simple today.

That gives us one half of the equation. The other half is the trailing-year revenues. For The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC), we are talking about 26.23B. We use the trailing revenues to avoid having to consider potential inflections in the environment or flaws in company or analyst outlooks. 

When we put them together, we get an EV/Rev ratio of 3.95.

It has been suggested that this method of valuing stocks struggles with unproven names such as penny stocks because they often have a checkered history in terms of operational success, and therefore, can end up with negative enterprise value. In other words, they have such small market caps that the balance sheet becomes the principal factor in the equation. And balance sheets can be highly variable from stock to stock in ways that may be misleading when trying to chase down the concept of “intrinsic value”.

Otherwise, investors may prefer other means of attempting to nail down the value of The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC), including standard forward P/E (which comes in at 14.74), trailing P/E (which comes in at 6.70), price-to-sales, as we noted above (coming in at 2.79, price-to-book (which currently sits at 1.11), and enterprise value-to-EBITDA (12.47) — which represents the ratio of the EV to the company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.

In any case, however you choose to nail down the valuation of a company, you are probably first going to need to admit that there is no one perfect answer.

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