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Why I'm Recommending "Value Destroyers" Today

By Dan Ferris, editor, Extreme Value
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I call them "value destroyers."
And over the past few months, I've been recommending them in my Extreme Value newsletter. They're going to be some of the best-performing stocks of the next three years.
I know that sounds odd. But let me explain...
Value destroyers are cyclical markets that have fallen dramatically – 50% or more – over a multiyear period. And the market I see the best value in today has been a value-destroying disaster since early 2011...
I'm talking about natural resources... metals, mining, and agricultural products. Gold stocks, coal stocks, uranium, nickel, copper, potash... you name it. It has all been crushed. And that's why this area is one of the market's biggest sources of bargain stocks...
To get an idea of how out-of-favor small-cap resource stocks are, we can look at the S&P TSX Venture Index. It's a good gauge of the small-cap resource stock market. You can see in the chart below how bad this sector has had it recently. From early 2011 to mid-2013, the index dropped 66%.

But right now, there is a list of things that should make value investors bullish on natural resource stocks:
•   Investors absolutely hate this sector. Their frenzied selling has crushed it over the past three years.
•   The White House has relentlessly targeted this industry with denied approvals, threats, and cutbacks... adding to investor fears.
•   Clueless Wall Street bankers are getting out... Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley recently sold or shut down their trading units in this industry. One big bank noted in a memo that its revenue in this sector has "fallen by almost 50% from the peak years of 2007-2009."
•   Big firms in this sector are going bankrupt... One declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, the second time in 11 years. It had $819 million in liabilities and $1.1 billion in assets.
•   TSX V companies are drying up and blowing away. A year ago, there were 2,243 companies trading on the TSX V. As of March 2014, that had shrunk to 2,109. That's 134 companies that simply don't exist anymore. Some were bought. Many went out of business and delisted.

In other words... Blood is running in the streets in the natural resource sector.
The TSX V is down huge and scraping bottom. It's lighting investors' money on fire. Buying into that kind of sector feels wrong to most investors. But deep bear markets create opportunities to make big money.
And if you know which stocks to focus on, you can make many times your money without taking huge risks.
In other words, to succeed in beaten-down resource markets, do the same thing you need to do in any other market:
•   Be a value investor.
•   Buy what's hated yet still valuable.
•   Be risk-averse.
•   Invest in companies with great management and solid track records.

And of course, don't buy unless you have a good idea of what the company is worth right now and can pay substantially less than that estimate.
Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of risky companies in this sector... but if you follow these guidelines, I believe you'll set yourself up for huge gains in the years ahead.
When will things turn around for small-cap resource stocks? I'm not sure... No one is. But as a value investor, I'm not interested in timing the market. I'm interested in buying quality assets that are trading at a discount to their true value... and waiting for the market to realize this value.
Right now, with stocks trading at all-time highs, these kinds of values are hard to find. But they exist in the small-cap natural resource sector... That's why I'm focused on this sector for my Extreme Value readers... and why I'm even putting my own money into it.
Good investing,
Dan Ferris

Further Reading:

"With U.S. stocks reaching all-time highs," Brett Eversole writes, "the best opportunities are in beaten and forgotten places." And he says small-cap resources "fit that mold perfectly today." Get all the details here: Rick Rule: This Is What a Bottom Feels Like.
Editor in Chief Brian Hunt says that to enjoy a lifetime of trading success, you've got to be able to spot "extremes" in the market. Learn how to become a "connoisseur of extremes" in this classic interview with Brian.

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