Lowe’s Companies (LOW): Strong Growth And Abundant Potential

Third Avenue Management recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund posted a return of -28.83% for the quarter as compared to its benchmark, the FTSE EPRA NAREIT Developed Index which returned -28.34% (before fees) in the same quarter. You should check out Third Avenue Management’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash. There weren’t a lot of funds who could deliver these kinds of returns without shorting the market or using aggressive put options.

In the said letter, Third Avenue Management highlighted a few stocks and Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) is one of them. Lowe’s is a retail company specializing in home improvement. Year-to-date, Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) stock gained 8.5% and on June 15th it had a closing price of $127.73. Here is what Third Avenue Management said:

“Lowe’s is a multi-channel US-based home improvement retailer with approximately 2,200 stores throughout North America (more than 80% of which are owned). Held in the Fund before, the company continues to have a near duopoly position in the home improvement market (alongside Home Depot), which seems to be much-more internet resistant than other retail channels alongside significantly higher barriers-to-entry. While home improvement spending could very well pause aside higher levels of unemployment, Lowe’s is incredibly wellcapitalized with a net debt to asset ratio below 25%, a fixedcharge coverage ratio in excess of 8.0 times, and more than $10 billion of liquidity. As a result, it is not inconceivable that Lowe’s will continue to utilize its substantial free cash flow to further reduce its share count (nearly 50% of the shares have been retired over the past 10 years) while also strategically investing in its “professional customer” offering where there is a substantial opportunity to take further market share and make its existing store network more profitable (the professional customer accounts for 50% of the $900 billion market annually but only 20% of Lowe’s sales).”

In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) stock decreased by about 8% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t seem to agree with Lowe’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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