Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (US$66.15) - Riding the EU equity bull

If you are interested to have some exposure to the European equity market, this is a suitable ETF to go into. 

Short Summary:
  • A dividend weighted index designed to provide exposure to European equity securities, particularly shares of European exporters, while at the same time neutralizing exposure to fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and the euro.
  • Selection criteria: At least $1 billion in market capitalization and derive at least 50% of their revenue from countries outside of Europe. Countries historically represented in the Index include: Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Ireland.
  • Currency hedge: The Index applies an applicable published WM/Reuters one-month currency forward rate to the total equity exposure of each country in the Index to adjust the value of the euro against the U.S. dollar. Forward currency contracts or futures contracts are used to offset the Fund’s exposure to the euro. The amount of forward contracts and futures contracts in the Fund is based on the aggregate exposure of the Fund and Index to the euro.
  • Closely tracking Stoxx 600 index: Based on historical 5-year data, the Fund’s market price and NAV closely tracked Stoxx 600 index with correlation of 0.984 and 0.991 respectively.
  • Premium/Discount of market price to NAV: Over the past 5 years, the gap between the Fund’s market price and NAV narrowed from around ±3% in 2010 to around ±1% currently. This implied that the Fund’s market price is tracking its NAV more closely.

  • Recommendation: Around US$65 level (slightly below 20MA line) could be a good price to enter (if any correction) as price was trading at US$64.50 before 4 Mar 2015 ECB meeting.

For more info on this fund, visit here.
Bloomberg ticker, click here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Insas (RM0.87): Still stuck while Inari flies to the sky?

Just a short note. 

Inari uptrend continues, leaving Insas behind 
Just look at the chart above. Inari was bashed down from RM3.10 level (adjusted) to below RM2.10++ in last Oct and December. At the same time, Insas was down to 80 sen from RM1.25 level. Nonetheless, since then, Inari climbed to all-time high of above RM3.30 while Insas was hardly up by comparison. At the same time, Insas' NAV continued to go up to RM1.82 now. Why the dichotomy? 

Reasons for Insas' sluggishness? 
Holding company discount? Insas not doing anything for shareholders (No dividend policy, meager dividends)? Value trap (It acts like Thong's own sole-proprietorship)? Unstable earnings (A lot of liquid investments such as bonds and equities which have changing market values all the time)? 

Insas' share of Inari is more than its own market cap: 
Insas' 27.7% share in Inari mother share is worth RM650mil already and we have not included Inari warrants which could be at least RM20-30mil. Both of these holdings are already 10% more than Insas' own current market cap. This means the rest of Insas' assets are totally free, including Insas' financial investments (Bonds, equities etc) and net cash total about RM500mil, associate companies worth RM160mil  and RM160mil worth of investment properties. 

Unlocking value? 
The immediate catalyst I see is probably disposal of Inari to realize gains from its Inari holdings. Recently Insas disposed 3.2mil++ shares in Inari. Hopefully more to come. Koon Yew Yin also blogged about it last year. 
Will Insas do more going forward? We'll just have to ask Dato' Thong.

Final comments: 
Enter if you have patience to wait for Insas' price to catch up. For now, I see tremendous value that can be unlocked from Insas. However, its price will remain depressed as long as the major shareholder has no intention to unlock value at all. Will Dato' Thong do it? Why should he? When? 

I've no answer. Invest at your own risk :p 

All the best!

Market Data: 
Market Cap: RM600mil
NAV: RM1.82