5 Minutes, 3 Topics, Consumer Focused.
Core allocations should be highly correlated to core themes around the globe.
Global consumer spending is 60% of the world’s $100 trillion GDP or $60 trillion per year.
- Contrarian view of the Week: Apple is attractive on this pullback.
- Brand update #1: Draftkings – Robust opportunities ahead.
- Brand update #2: Apollo Global – Continued demand for Private Credit & a stock that’s still too cheap.
Important thesis: if the S&P 500 Index has generated an annualized return of roughly 8-10% over the long-term, leading companies serving important industries should, in theory, generate 300bps+ more over long periods of time. That’s what history has shown. Understanding this and investing for it offers investors a long-term edge. Importantly, underperforming years tend to be great buying opportunities so being a contrarian also offers an edge. Brands matter because consumer behavior is largely driven by brand loyalty. The higher the loyalty, the better the business. The better the business, generally the better the stock.
Contrarian View of the Week: Apple product demand remains strong, particularly iPhone15.
- Apple stock has been a stellar performer since its 1980 IPO, annualizing at 19% per year.
- Apple stock has 15 calendar years of negative returns along the way.
- To receive great long-term returns, you must be willing to endure sell-offs & buy more.
- Apple has pulled back 12% since the recent highs 6 weeks ago, offering an opportunity.
- Reasons for the selloff: China volatility, high valuation concerns, slower demand.
- Reality: Apple is the greatest consumer staple and tech utility brand ever created.
- Apple trades at a premium because of the stability and recurring revenue in its business.
- There’s roughly 1.4 billion active iPhones globally. These need to be upgraded over time.
- Current data shows iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max demand is stronger than expected.
- Strong carrier promotions should drive the next upgrade cycle.
- Stock performance may not be as correlated to iPhone sales as people think.
- iPhone sales declined between 2015 and 2019 yet the stock was +198% versus +70% for the S&P 500 Index.
- The next big upgrade cycle for Apple has likely just begun.
Some of Our Favorite Brands Now:
- Draftkings (DKNG): the leading digital sports entertainment & gaming brand.
- Continuing to take share from competitors to become the dominant brand.
- Street estimates appear too low, causing a positive estimate revision cycle.
- Revenue trajectory strong and should accelerate into 2024.
- Permanently focused on “efficiency” for revenues and cost containment.
- Customer acquisition costs continue to fall as brand dominance rises.
- Path to sustainable profitability continues to shorten.
- Expects to end 2023 with $1 billion+ in cash offering economic flexibility.
- Expect to generate meaningfully positive Adjusted EBITDA in F2024.
- AI and machine learning expected to expand revenue and efficiency benefits.
- New states “time to profitability” shrinks as efficiencies continue.
- Apollo Global (APO): Second largest Alternative Asset Manager with $617 billion AUM.
- Continuing to generate strong fee-related earnings and AUM growth.
- The largest Alternative Credit Manager in the world with >$450B in AUM.
- Have achieved some of their 5-year targets in 3 years given strong demand.
- Current demand for private credit is enormous and APO is the leader in category.
- Estimate: $40 trillion in investment grade fixed income is seeking better options.
- Private credit has historically generated much better returns with much less VOL.
- Apollo could be the next Alt Manager to join the S&P 500 after Blackstone.
- Apollo Aligned Alternatives (AAA) strategy should be their largest fund over time.
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