As riots erupted in Brazil over the last few weeks, the stocks trading on domestic exchanges have collapsed. In fact, the iShares MSCI Brazil Index (ETF) (NYSEMKT:EWZ) fell from around $54 to $40 over a few weeks during June. Even worse, the index peaked out around $75 back in early 2011. Over two years later and the index still remain in a downtrend as US stocks soar.
Some interesting stocks include Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvA), Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE:GOL), and NII Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NIHD) as stocks beaten down in the last few years even as growth potential remains intact. See chart below for the one-month returns:
The long term potential in Brazil has not changed. The country will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016. Investors now get the opportunity to buy the regions assets at much lower prices. All three of the stocks have plunged at least 11% in the last month on top of a weak few years.
Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) is one of the leading homebuilders in Brazil, but the company has spent the last few years buried under mounds of debt. The recent net sale of 50% of the Alphaville subsidiary for $630 million will reduce the net debt to equity from 94% at the end of Q1 2013 to 53% after the completion of the transaction. The deal will allow Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) to focus on the Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) and Tenda brands while allowing The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) and partners to develop the Alphaville brand.
The company has a market cap of only $530M with revenue estimated at around $1.7 billion. The deal for Alphaville and general restructuring will keep a lid on revenues for now. If investors think Brazil and Gafisa SA (ADR) (NYSE:GFA) can turnaround, the stock has huge potential, as it would double to reach the $5 levels of early 2013. In addition, the stock traded regularly around the $18 levels as recently as the end of 2010.
Top low-fare airline
A leading low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America has struggled with profits in the last couple of years. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE:GOL) has been reducing domestic service while increasing a focus on international flights. For May, domestic supply fell by 6.1% year over year primarily due to the discontinuation of Webjet’s operations. International supply grew by 39% over May 2012 as the company started daily flights to Santo Domingo, Miami, and Orlando.
The company reported a staggering loss of $2.50 in 2012 and analysts expect another loss in 2013. While analysts forecast a return to profitability in 2014, Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (ADR) (NYSE:GOL) has continuously missed earnings estimates making it difficult to trust any predictions. The stock trades at only 0.24 times the revenue base while fellow Latin America airlines Copa Holdings and LATAM Airlines trade at considerably higher multiples.