Consumer Discretionary has held on to the highest-rated spot for six consecutive months. Coming in last (again) is Utilities. After rating among the lowest two positions between April 2017 and April 2018, Energy finally improved and now sits in 6th place—the middle of the pack.
But Information Technology rises to the top of the Domestic model, while the trend of Financials domination in the Global model remains intact.
Our Domestic Scores have five Financials groups rating Attractive; these same five industry groups are Attractive in our Global model. In total, seven Financials groups rank Attractive in the Global model, with insurance groups looking particularly Attractive.
Many have now come to recognize the monumental cash flow metamorphosis taking place with many utilities. For well over a decade the utility industry had been chronically short of capital, a condition requiring massive new debt financing and equity financing (often well under existing book values). Today many utilities have become impressive net cash generators, throwing off cash far in excess of projected capital investment requirements.
Herein we present statistical tables of 46 public utilities that qualify as potential cash cows with cash flow now exceeding capital expenditures. We also isolate and grade the 24 utilities that we think look the best, explain the investment rationale in more detail and review the important factors investors should consider.
The “Cash Cow” theme Is divided into two parts. “Cash Cows on the Loose” are big cash generators that are immediate takeover or buyout candidates, and “Cash Cows in Confinement” are large free cash generating regulated utilities. Both categories are added to the model this issue. The use of regulated utilities may be a surprise to most readers.