Back on Thursday 14th May 2015 I added to my existing Holding in Quintain Estates (Epic Code QED) because it still looks good value and is due to produce Final Results on Friday 22nd May. I expect the Shares could rise in the days running up to the Announcement (this often happens) and it is worth noting that the Share Price appears to have Broken Out of a Sideways Range as I will explore in the Technicals bit.
All the ScreenShots where taken at the Close of Play on Wednesday 13th May 2015 - so these are the Charts I was looking at when I made my Buy Decision that night. As regular readers will know, I try to make all my Buy and Sell Decisions outside of Market Trading hours as it removes a large element of Intraday Emotion.
Due to time limitations and my eagerness to work on another Blog, I will not go into any great detail here - to be honest, it’s a pretty straightforward Business and Readers can have a dig around in the usual places.
QED is in essence a ‘Mixed Use Development’ Property Business which also happens to run a small Asset Management arm and a small Portfolio of London Commercial Property. These 3 bits are as follows:
- Mixed Use Development - At present this is mainly focused around Wembley, but QED were responsible for the Development of stuff around the Millennium (O2) Dome at Greenwich Peninsula. ‘Mixed Use’ in this case means Residential Property (Flats), Retail, Hotels, Student Accommodation and Leisure.
- Asset Management - QED runs 2 funds - West End of London Property Unit Trust (WELPUT) and Quercus Healthcare Fund.
- Portfolio of London Property - this was initiated in February 2014 and is designed to balance the Development activities of the Company. It is aimed at producing an Income and Capital Growth from a Portfolio of Properties in London. It is worth noting that QED made a recent decision to start acting as a Retail Property Landlord and some of the Apartments they build at Wembley will be placed in the Portfolio.
The Company’s website can be viewed at:
If you look at the ShareScope ‘Details’ screenshot below, at the bottom of the big block of Numbers on the Right Hand Side, you should find a figure for NAV (£m) of 595.4. If you then look at the top sort of in the middle, just below the big number £100.¾, you should see Capital (£m) 530.1.
So, to work out the Discount, we subtract 530.1 from 595.4 which is 65.3 and we then divide that into 595.4 and express the result as a percentage as follows:
65.3 / 595.4 x 100% = 11%.
Therefore, QED Shares are trading at a 11% Discount to their Net Asset Value.
For information, Property Companies tend not to be Valued using normal Valuation Metrics like p/e, PEG, Dividend Yield etc. The standard method is to use Discount or Premium to Net Asset Value (NAV). In the case of QED, the Earnings per Share (EPS) is tiny and there is no Dividend Payment. This is not a problem, unless you are more focussed on Income.
If you look at most London Property companies now, they are trading on Premiums to NAV, although QED is higher Risk because it is primarily a Developer and should be rated lower than something which is really a Rental and Asset Improvement kind of Property Company, like British Land (BLND) or Land Securities (LAND).
However, if the Discount was to close to zero, that would be around 10% Upside from my recent Topup Buy Price at 101.5p which would be a Target around 110p.
I am informed that Broker Forecasts expect the NAV to rise such that QED is really on a 20% Discount to Forward NAV - this means a Target of around 115p might be possible.
However, I am a Long Term Investor, and I expect to hold these Shares for some time and it seems sensible to me that the NAV could rise quite fast as London Property is very hot and Residential Property is especially in demand. Throw in a tightening of the Discount to NAV and I think a sensible Target is 130p in a couple of years. That is 28.5% Upside from my Buy Price of 101.5p so it is a nice Diversifier in my Portfolio and should give a reasonable Return.
Of course, there is the outside chance of a Takeover bid.
Being a Property Developer there are many Risks to do with Project Management and suchlike, however, there are really 2 big Risks that need consideration and any Investment at this time has to be comfortable with these:
- Rising Interest Rates - Property Stocks like QED are leveraged using Debt and obviously if Interest Rates rise then they tend to get hit. My own view is that any Rate Rises are likely to be slow and therefore I can live with this Risk. A rapid rise in Rates would be very bad for QED (and most other Stocks !!).
- Recession - Property Stocks get butchered in Economic Slowdowns - you can’t dump them fast enough !! My view is that we are still emerging from an extremely Deep Recession and the Economic Cycle is on the way up - so we should be OK for a few years yet. Although of course Recessions are fairly hard to predict. But in some ways, this is an irrelevant Risk with regard to QED. If you are a Stock Investor, then anything you buy will be subject to Downside Risk if we have a Recession. Very few Stocks can protect you from such Downside - only things like Bonds and Cash can do this. So Recession is not a reason to avoid QED - it is a reason to avoid Stocks. If you think a Recession is on the way, then get out of Stocks.
Another Risk has recently gone away. A Labour government could have been bad news for QED as they intended impose all sorts of Taxes and Regulation, especially on Retail Property in London. It looks like the New Administration will be stable and here for the full term of 5 years.
As usual, I will run through the usual Charts and Indicators I always use - to get more detail on these, please see my Blogs on OPAY which you can find using the ‘Categories’ filter or by looking at the ‘Blog Index List’ under the ‘Beginners / Useful Links’ tab of this Website.
As always, I decide what Stocks I want to buy first by looking at their Fundamental aspects and then I use the Technical Chart Factors to try to time my Entry well and I also use the Charts for Exits combined with some Valuation Factors etc.
This is a slightly unusual one in that I did not really get Perfect Technical Buy Signals as I will demonstrate below, but part of my Buy was based on wanting to get in before the Final Results on Friday 22nd May - so I was prepared to accept a less than perfect Technical landscape.
If you look at the Chart below, you will see the Longer Term picture - as ever, I try to always start with a Long View as established Trends tend to dominate over the Short Term. In this case, we have a lovely clear Uptrend Channel going back to 2008, which I have marked with a Black Line at the bottom and a Red Line at the top. The Price is currently about half way up the Channel as you should see.
The Blue Arrow marks where the MI currently is - you should be able to see that it is moving up and still has some way to go before we reach the point where the Price usually turns down again.
Please note that the RSI is a ‘slower’ indicator than the MI - the latter is very Short Term (valid for days) whereas the RSI tends to be over a longer period - weeks even. The RSI is the better one to use if you want simplicity.
My Black Arrow points out where the RSI was when I made my Buy Decision on Wednesday Night - it is at about 64 and has room to move up as the Price tends to Peak when the RSI gets up quite high - as much as 76 even.
This is a classic ‘Consolidation’ phase where the Price has been in an Upmove and has then got to the point where neither the Bulls nor the Bears have the upper hand. So, for 5 months both sides have fought viciously with tooth and claw, but finally the Bulls have got their Horns out and charged through to the Upside and we got the Breakout - this tends to be a great signal that the Price is going to continue moving up quickly and such Breakouts are well worth looking for. My Blue Arrow marks the Breakout which happened on Wednesday.
I have Circled the Candle produced in Wednesday’s Trading and the Green Arrow points to the ‘Wick’ or ‘Tail’ where the Price moved up to a Peak during the Day but then fell back - this is not ideal. I would have liked it to have closed at the High of the Day.
Anyway, this is not ideal but the bottom line is that we got the Breakout and the Results are on Friday 22nd May and I was keen to get in before these. I expect the Net Asset Value to be up a lot and the Market should like this. The way my Target Price will be reached is via a combination of rising NAV and a lowering of the Discount to NAV - a lovely dose of ‘Double Whammy’ if it pays off.
That’s it, wd