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#Financials
Added 4 months ago

Big overreaction here I think when it dived below $6

Didn't think of adding more at the time as was distracted by work

CAT Revenue was a bit volatile.

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EPS could have been the main negative as it went backward.

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S&P consensus. Everyone was expecting 10cps versus 8.5cps Actual

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Checking the call transcript, there is a bit of delay from government of dealing with CAT events but JLG expects some of the work to come in the second half

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#USA Business
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05-Feb-2024: Johns-Lyng-USA-appointed-to-Allstate-Panel.PDF

JOHNS LYNG USA APPOINTED TO ALLSTATE PANEL, ADVANCING UNITED STATES STRATEGY

Johns Lyng Group (ASX: JLG) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Allstate – one of the largest insurance companies in the United States (U.S.) – to join its Emergency Response and Mitigation Panel.

The contract will give Johns Lyng USA access to a potential 16 million Allstate policy holders throughout the U.S. and covers the provision of emergency response makesafe and water mitigation.

The arrangement represents a significant achievement for JLG and its U.S. growth strategy.

To support and accelerate its growth, Johns Lyng USA has launched its claims management platform, Customer Connect, which allows claims from Insurance Carriers to be received and managed through a single platform including allocation to operating subsidiaries and trusted affiliate partners.

JLG Group CEO, Scott Didier, said the Allstate appointment is a great win for the Group and evidence that its U.S strategy is at an inflexion point.

“We are thrilled to partner with Allstate, one of America’s largest and most-trusted insurers, to support their policy holders in their time of need. We have comprehensive experience and a proven track record in emergency response makesafe and water mitigation and are anticipating a significant amount of work to be generated through this panel arrangement.

“With the launch of Customer Connect, we will be well positioned to ensure the increasing amount of claims we’re receiving through our various U.S. businesses are managed effectively and efficiently. That will be critical as we explore arrangements with other insurers as well as other strategic avenues for growth.

“Since establishing our presence in the U.S. in 2019, we have grown and invested prudently and now have 25 Business Partners across 51 locations in five states, and a reach that spans the majority of the country. This is an exciting time for the Group and we look forward to updating the market further on our progress.”

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Good stuff! I hold JLG shares in a real money portfolio.

Positive Response from the market today.

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#Acquisition History
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·      July 2023 acquire 100% of Project Safety Holdings Pty Ltd (“Smoke Alarms Australia” or “SAA”) and 70% of Link Fire Holdings Pty Ltd (“Linkfire”) for total upfront cash consideration of A$61.8m plus an aggregate earn-out of up to A$17.25m (together, the “Acquisitions”) Both businesses have long-standing reputations in fire, electrical and gas compliance testing and maintenance for residential and commercial properties. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20230705/pdf/05rb5263m0zty3.pdf

·      November 2022 announce three bolt-on acquisitions across its catastrophe response (CAT) and strata management businesses. 

Johns Lyng Disaster Management has acquired a 60% equity interest in A1 Estimates Pty Ltd (A1). A1 is a Byron Bay-based insurance repairs estimating business that has worked as a key sub-contractor for the Group’s Flood Property Assessment Program in Northern NSW. Total potential consideration for the 60% equity interest is a maximum of $2.341m, with $1.515m cash at Completion, deferred consideration of $0.550m payable in JLG Ltd shares, and an earn-out of up to $0.276m payable in JLG Ltd shares. 

80% equity interest in North Shore Strata (NSS) based on the Sunshine Coast. NSS currently manages 1,751 lots across 250 schemes and has been in operation since 1996. North Shore was acquired by Johns Lyng’s strata management subsidiary Bright & Duggan, with a 20% equity interest retained by current Principal Cathy Pashley. Total potential consideration for the 80% equity interest in North Shore is a maximum of $2.379m, with $1.933m cash at Completion, and an earn-out of up to $0.446m payable in cash. 

Adpen Strata (Adpen) based in Brisbane. Adpen currently manages 372 lots across 40 schemes and has been in operation since 2013. Adpen was acquired by Bright & Duggan’s subsidiary Capitol Strata, with Adpen’s current strata portfolio to be managed by current Capitol Strata Managing Director Ian D’Arcy. Total consideration for Adpen was $0.322m paid in cash at Completion. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20221116/pdf/45hn50b8rmmy7f.pdf

·      August 2022 Johns Lyng Group announces retirement of Trevor Bright and acquisition of his 44.5% equity interest in Bright & Duggan. The purchase price was $25.6m for the 44.5% equity interest comprising $15.4m in cash (funded from existing cash reserves and debt facilities) and $10.2m in JLG shares (50% subject to escrow for 6 months). https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20220826/pdf/45dbgvtcz3c0j2.pdf

·      December 2021 acquires Reconstruction Experts, for US$144m, a leading providers of insurance focused venor-managed repair services to occupied properties in the US. Established in Colorado in 2001, Reconstruction Experts is a leading provider of insurance focused repair services to occupied properties in the U.S. The Company’s primary client base is Homeowner Associations (“HOAs”) - the U.S. equivalent of Strata Managers/Owners’ Corporations, i.e. large multi-family properties including apartments, condominiums and master planned communities. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20211209/pdf/453zfn3qdh5kg3.pdf

·      July 2021 acquires Steamatic Australia. Johns Lyng Group (ASX:JLG) has acquired a 60% controlling equity interest in Steamatic Australia - a leading national restoration services company, effective 1 July 2021. The deal consolidates Johns Lyng’s position as a national market leader in restoration services and represents natural progression of the Group’s global expansion strategy following the acquisition of the Steamatic Global Master Franchise in FY19. Established in 1986 under the Global Master Franchise, Steamatic Australia employs 190 staff and operates a total of 39 locations including 34 regional franchisees and five company-owned metropolitan locations. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20210729/pdf/44yrhg4zmyt35v.pdf

·      July 2021 completes acquisition of Unitech. Founded in 1995, Unitech has established a strong base of insurance industry clients, presenting clear synergies with Johns Lyng’s core business offering. The acquisition will increase Johns Lyng’s exposure to the South Australian market. At completion, Johns Lyng paid $1.9m in cash https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20210712/pdf/44y6qrs587mzjk.pdf

·      February 2020 JLG acquires 60% interest in Air Control Australia. Melbourne-based Air Control Australia Pty Ltd – a leading heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanical services business. Founded in 2004, the business has established a strong track record servicing assets such as commercial office buildings, hotels, shopping centres and large retail chains. Its client base comprises well-known blue-chip brands including Hyatt, Pullman and Miele, among others. Johns Lyng will pay $1.6 million cash, plus $0.3 million in JLG shares at Completion plus a potential earn-out over 18 months for its equity interest in the business. Residual equity will be retained by co-founders and Joint Managing Directors Luke Vandersluis and Anthony Zisis. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20200217/pdf/44f4b161w3jxql.pdf

·      February 2020 JLG subsidiary Bright & Duggan has acquired an 85% controlling equity interest in Queensland-based Capitol Strata Management (Holdings) Pty Ltd. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Brisbane, Capitol Strata is a leading strata and property management business, with a portfolio of 1,250 strata schemes, which include 16,000 properties and associated common areas. Bright & Duggan paid $7 million cash for an 85% equity interest in Capitol Strata in a debt free transaction. Residual equity will be retained by incumbent Managing Director Mr Ian D’Arcy, and other founding shareholders. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20200203/pdf/44ds8svfc6rbnm.pdf

·      August 2019 JLG acquires Sydney based Bright & Duggan Group Pty Ltd. Founded in 1978 by Ray Bright and Phil Duggan, Bright & Duggan is a leading Strata and Facilities Management business with 14 offices across four states and territories with more than 220 full time equivalent staff. The business operates well-established and widely recognised strata and facilities management brands including Bright & Duggan and Cambridge Management Services and currently has more than 55,000 strata titled units under management across more than 1,500 strata schemes. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20190813/pdf/447fllwgnkhzkf.pdf

·      April 2019 JLG acquires US Company Steamatic. Texas-based water, fire and flood restoration services company. Established in 1948, Steamatic Inc. has become a household name in the US for fire and water damage restoration services and will provide JLG with immediate access to that market, estimated to be worth US$200B. Steamatic’s network of 63 domestic franchisees and 14 international Master Franchise Agreements is expected to create a platform for international expansion of JLG’s core restoration and building services offering. JLG will pay a total of US$3.1m non-contingent consideration from cash reserves plus a potential earn-out over 18 months. The transaction is expected to have an immediate positive but immaterial impact on earnings. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20190410/pdf/44463zrffrqjh3.pdf

·      February 2019 JLG acquires 57% of Home Staging company Dressed For Sale, a pre-sale residential property staging business. The strategic ‘bolt-on’ will integrate with, and expand upon, JLG’s existing home maintenance service offering, creating a sound platform for growth. JLG will invest approximately $2 million as part of the deal which includes approximately $1.3 million in capital earmarked for growth initiatives. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20190227/pdf/4430ck9yc27wkb.pdf

·      December 2018 JLG enters into partnership with Suncorp. Exclusive Master Services Agreement with Suncorp Group, in an arrangement that will see JLG facilitate all domestic property repairs for insurance claims estimated at greater than $100,000.Agreement is for a minimum two year term with provision for a further third. https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20181204/pdf/440xwx4j20hjjl.pdf

·      July 2018 Divests stake in Club Home Response to RACV for a $4 million cash sum under a Share Sale Agreement (SSA). https://announcements.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180702/pdf/43w6m313wyz1ny.pdf

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#Capital Raise History
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Capital Raise History

·      July 2023 Raised $70m, Intuitional $65m, $5m Retail at $5.15, 

·      December 2021 Raised $230m, Intuitional $221m at $7.00, $9m Retail 

·      IPO October 2017 At $1.00 raising $95.8m

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#Management Ownership
Added 5 months ago

Inside Ownership                   Ordinary Shares    % JLG Issued          Net Value at $6.50

Peter Nash                              392,370                       0.14%                          $2.550m

Scott Dider                              49,555,507                  17.83%                        $322.11m

Nick Carnell                             2,391986                     0.86%                          $15.55m

Adrian Gleeson                       1,819,318                    0.65%                          $11.82m

Robert Kelly                            6,011,940                    2.16%                          $39.1m

Curt Mudd                              728,344                       0.26%                          $4.7m

Larisa Moran                           5,366                           0%                               $34K

Peter Dixon                             79,714                         0%                               $518K

Total                                        60,984,545                  21.95%                        $396.4m

Note: Robert Kelly shares are owned by Steadyfast group, Robert Kelly is the Managing Director and CEO of Steadyfast. 

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Valuation of $7.08
Added 5 months ago

Intrinsic Value $7.08

Assumed 3 different scenarios 30% growth next 5 years, 15% and 10%. Assumed share count will grow to 350.6m by FY28 and Net Margin of 5%. Blended 3 different outcomes and discounted back to give $7.08. Consider buying in $5 range for margin of safety.

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Valuation of $6.93
Added 5 months ago

06-Jan-2024: Not a valuation, but a target price. I think they'll get up towards $7 on the back of increased work, so increased revenue and profits, but they might not push through $7 immediately, it might take a few goes and a couple of good reports for that to happen, so for now I'm happy with 7 cents below $7. Longer term, I think they're going to at least $8/share.

I recently added JLG to my largest real money portfolio based on increased work from the flooding and storms we've seen along Australia's east coast in recent weeks.

I also noted during last year (2023) that they had work along some of the worst flood-affected sections of the River Murray in SA, and I shared photos here of their signage around what little there was left of the Blanchetown Caravan Park, including this one:

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So I believe they are managing to pick up natural disaster work all over Australia now.

One of the concerns that analysts had 18 months ago was that JLG might have some trouble penetrating the US market based on the significant moats they enjoy here in Australia, i.e. their relationships with insurers and their positive reputation, attributes that the incumbant players in the US would likely already enjoy. The argument was that the very things that they enjoy here in Australia that make it difficult for people to take significant market share off them here are likely to be the same roadblocks or hurdles they are likely to face over there as new entrants into an established market.

Well, they seem to be making solid progress over in the USA, as the following two slides from their JLG-FY23-FY-Results-August-2023.pdf (FY23 Full Year Results Presentation in August 2023) show:

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While I'm looking at that presentation, here are their FY23 highlights, and their FY24 guidance:

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Note there that they have Zero Net Debt, $72m in Net cash, plus an undrawn $80m loan facility. They have also made some bolt-on acquisitions, so they are growing both organically and via acquisitions.

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JLG refer a lot to CAT events, meaning catastrophe events, generally weather-related catastophic events. They don't forecast revenue from events that have not yet occurred, only from ones that have already occurred, with examples given above, so there is always revenue upside from ones that will occur in the future, as shown at the bottom right of their FY24 Forecast slide, 4 slides below.

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If you can't read the bottom right corner of that slide - here it is blown up:

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And here is a snapshot of some of their clients:

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And here's what their share price has done over the past three years:

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Apologies for that amateurish attempt at TA - it's not my area of expertise.

So, yeah, I hold JLG now, having bought some a few weeks ago (in December 2023) and I'm more bullish on them, at least in the short to medium term, than I was previously.

07-Jan-2024: Small Edit - I had put 2023 instead of 2024 at the very top of this one - have changed it now to the correct year - 2024.

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#Pros and Cons
Last edited 5 months ago

10-July-2022: Johns Lyng Group (JLG) were one of the 10 stocks covered on Ausbiz's "The Call" last Monday (4th July) with Mathan and Gaurav - Here's the link to that episode: the call: Monday 4 July on ausbiz

Plain text link: https://www.ausbiz.com.au/media/the-call-monday-4-july?videoId=22509

The JLG coverage starts at the 35 minute mark. Mathan seemed to like JLG, saying it is a quality company with quality management and that it is on his shopping list, but more of a Hold than a Buy at current levels. His main initial concern (last Monday) was rising input costs, such as the tradies charging more for their services and building materials becoming more expensive.

Gaurav thinks JLG is a sell because they are expensive (60 times earnings by his calculations) and every fund manager and his dog are already in it so the boys suggested that there might not be (m)any fundies left to drive up the price from here unless the ones who are already there decide to up their own stake further. More on that in a minute (they're wrong about that).

Gaurav also mentioned that JLG's margins are around 4%, so he rates them as a good business, but not a great business. However, they both rate JLG's management highly and think they've done an excellent job to date. However neither rate the company as a "buy" here and I get the feeling it's just not the type of company that interests Gaurav, so he would be unlikely to consider them a buy at any time - regardless of the prevailing share price (IMO).

I prepared my first investment thesis (or IT) for JLG back in late December 2017 when they hadn't quite been listed for 2 months, and decided not to buy them based on the risks being too high and there being too many unknowns with such a young company (in terms of being publicly listed). Geoff Wilson's WAM Microcap fund (WMI) already held 5.06% at that very early point (they got an allocation in the IPO and then added to it on-market) and WMI itself was only 6 months old (from their own IPO in June 2017) and their (WMI's) share price during that initial period was all bottom left to top right, so I was interested in anything they took a substantial holding in; Interested enough to prepare an IT, but not always interested enough to buy shares. It depended on how compelling the IT was, and I didn't think that JLG (based on the IT that I had prepared back then) was one of my best investment ideas at that time. I did hold WMI shares during that period, having participated in the WMI IPO due to already holding shares in WAM and WAX and liking the whole WAM Funds LIC set-up quite a bit.


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I don't hold any WAM Funds managed LICs right now, but I've held 7 of their current 8 at various times and mostly done quite well out of them. The only LIC of theirs I have never owned is their most recent one, WAR (WAM Strategic Value) which has been all top left to bottom right, the exact opposite of what you want to see on a share price graph of a company that you hold, so I'm glad to not be holding it. WAM Funds as a funds management company have now gotten to the stage where they are simply trying to milk too much money out of their once-very-loyal shareholder base, and managing 8 LICs is probably about 3 or 4 too many. Plenty of fees being generated for the management company (WAM Funds), but the consistent outperformance their individual funds (all structured as LICs - Listed Investment Companies) enjoyed in their earlier years is often lacking now.


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Anyway, I digress. Back to JLG. There were other fundies also talking up JLG right at the start (just after they IPO'd/floated on the ASX) - like Perpetual - see here: https://www.livewiremarkets.com/wires/a-small-company-with-a-wide-moat

Here is how the substantial shareholder list for JLG looks now:

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Source: Commsec, edited by me.

So WAM Funds (WMI) and Perpetual are out, QVG and SOL (Washington H Soul Pattinson and Company Ltd) have sold down or out, but we have "The Capital Group Companies, Inc." with 6.5%, plus JLG's MD & CEO, Scott Didier (JLRX Investments) with 21.01% of the company and JLG's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and executive director, Lindsay Barber (Abilas Holdings) with 5.93%.

So Gaurav and Mathan were somewhat concerned that there were "too many" fundies in JLG but it actually looks like there is now just one - US-based "The Capital Group" whose registered address is in Los Angeles, California. When they lodged their Becoming-a-substantial-holder.PDF notice in August 2021, they said:

The Capital Group Companies, Inc. (“CGC”) is the parent company of Capital Research and Management Company (“CRMC”) and Capital Bank & Trust Company (“CB&T”). CRMC is a U.S.-based investment management company that serves as investment manager to the American Funds family of mutual funds, other pooled investment vehicles, as well as individual and institutional clients. CRMC and its investment manager affiliates manage equity assets for various investment companies through three divisions, Capital Research Global Investors, Capital International Investors and Capital World Investors. CRMC is the parent company of Capital Group International, Inc. (“CGII”), which in turn is the parent company of five investment management companies (“CGII management companies”): Capital International, Inc., Capital International Limited, Capital International Sàrl, Capital International K.K, and Capital Group Private Client Services, Inc. CGII management companies and CB&T primarily serve as investment managers to institutional and high net worth clients. CB&T is a U.S.-based investment management company that is a registered investment adviser and an affiliated federally chartered bank.

Neither CGC nor any of its affiliates own shares of your company for its own account. Rather, the shares reported on this Notification are owned by accounts under the discretionary investment management of one or more of the investment management companies described above.

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I guess I should quickly point out what JLG do., for those who don't know. Their main revenue is earned from providing repairs to properties for insurance companies here in Australia, as explained on their home page of their website: Johns Lyng Group - Johns Lyng Group - Building Australia - Plain Text: https://www.johnslyng.com.au/

Also - see here: https://www.johnslyng.com.au/history.html

They have been very successful here in Australia and have very good relationships with a number of insurers, however they are now looking to take that success and try to replicate it in the USA, something that might be a bit trickier to achieve in Gaurav's opinion.

Back in 2017, JLG's client list included:

AAMI. AIG. Allianz. ANSVAR. APIA. AustBrokers. Aveo. BJS Insurance Brokers. Cerno. CGU. Chubb. CommInsure. Crawford and Company. Cunningham Lindsey. Dan Murphys. Department of Education. DTZ. Fitness First. IAG. Innovation Group. Insurance Adviser Net. Kathmandu. Kmart. LMI Group. Macedon Ranges Shire Council. Nike. Peter Stevens Motorcycles. PSC Insurance Brokers. QBE. RACV. RACQ. Spotlight. Steadfast. St Ives Retirement. Stockland. Suncorp. Vero. Victoria Police. Woolworths. Zurich.

They have obviously added more clients since then (they'd only been listed a couple of months then). Remember however that JLG WERE operating as a private company before they listed, so they had built up that client list over a number of years.

JLG do remediation and repair work for all types of damage, from a burst water pipe in a bathroom or in the wall cavity of a house, to flood damage of the sort we have been getting in Queensland and NSW recently. Obviously they are very busy at the moment, so that's a tailwind, but the shortage of tradepeople and rapidly rising costs in the building industry are probably headwinds.

They provide services across residential and business premises. Basically anything that can be insured in terms of structures where an insurance claim for damage can be lodged and repairs need to be made. JLG do emergency repairs as well as full remediation. They have their own team of assessors which are used by some of their clients. Other clients like to use their own assessors to inspect and report on damage and likely causes, but then will get JLG to do the repairs.

My concerns back in late 2017 was more around lack of history (as a listed company with the reporting/data that is available with listed companies) and that over half of their shares on issue (54%) were subject to escrow with the majority of those coming out of escrow in either August/September 2018 or August/September 2019. My thoughts were to wait and see how much selling pressure there was from those shareholders once they were able to sell those shares.

I revisited my IT (investment thesis) in September 2018 and updated it, and then did the same in April 2020.

My concerns had shifted by then. They'd handled the escrowed shares thing quite well. One of my new concerns was that JLG's CEO and MD, Scott Didier, appeared to me to be a bit of an "empire builder" in terms of creating and nurturing a number of companies for his children to run. I did note that at that point this side focus did not appear to have hampered the growth of JLG or the TSRs [total shareholder returns] for their shareholders, but that it was still worth keeping in mind and it made me question whether Mr. Didier was truly aligned with ordinary retail shareholders (he was the company's largest shareholder, owning over 20% of the company) or more interested in looking after his own family and their futures. I just wasn't sure where the majority of Scott's focus was at the time.

I also noted that he was often photographed with high profile sports stars and seemed to enjoy that association, but that he certainly wasn't Robinson Crusoe there; Many successful businesspeople also take active roles in sport, either as fans, financial supporters (sponsors) or in an administrative role, such as becoming the President or Chairman of a football club or the owner of a soccer club (for example).

So what mostly held me back was some minor questions over management focus and the share price being too high for the upside potential (IMO). Poor risk/reward trade-off, IMO, at the time. It's interesting that Gaurav and Mathan said last Monday that their high quality management is probably one of the JLG's best asset. However they still feel the price is too high, particularly Gaurav, who thinks they look VERY expensive for what they are.

Gaurav also raised an interesting point about positive relationships with insurers and a track record of competent repairs done on time and on budget being things that make it harder for would-be-competitors and gives JLG a competitive advantage, however those are the very things that JLG are up against with their plans to break into the US market. The incumbents over there already have those established relationships and track records and that will likely make it hard for JLG to break into that market in a meaningful way. Gaurav further suggested that IF JLG were able to overcome those obstacles and break into the US market and be successful there, building significant market share within a reasonable timeframe (profitably), then he would be worried about their Australian business in that what is there to stop another company doing to JLG here what JLG would have done to the incumbents in the US?

So it's a double edged sword in a way. Either it's a hard market to break into in a meaningful way, which protects them here but should make their US expansion plans problematic, or it's NOT such a hard market to break into which would mean their "moat" here is (or competitive advantages are) probably NOT as compelling and effective as we have previously assumed. One or the other.

There was one aspect where Mathan seemed to be contradicted by Gaurav and it seems Gaurav is right, and that's on M&A. Mathan (near the start of the discussion) was suggesting that JLG management were loathe to buy growth via acquisitions and preferred slower organic growth, with that being a positive thing, however Gaurav said that a lot of their growth HAD been due to acquisitions, and a quick look back through JLG's announcements backs Gaurav up, with a number of acquisitions being made by JLG across their short listed history, from when they were listed in 2017. There's been organic growth as well, but also growth via acquisition. I don't think it's a problem as long as they remain debt free and continue to grow their EPS, which is what they've been doing.

So - Pros and Cons:

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Source: Commsec (all graphs in this straw were sourced from Commsec tonight and edited by me)

Pros - Tailwinds:

  1. The company is very busy doing repairs for insurance companies, asset owners and asset managers; Natural disasters such as floods and other severe weather events are tailwinds for them because they provide JLG with more work.
  2. After declining from $9 to $5 in about 6 weeks during May and June, the JLG share price is now back in a strong uptrend once again by the looks of it (see graph above), yet is still well below their December to April highs.
  3. The company has a negative net debt to equity (ND/E) ratio meaning that they are in a net cash position with no net debt.
  4. The company is well positioned within their sector with an impressive client list and a strong track record. JLG have built strong relationships with their major clients which provides them with a competitive advantage ("moat") which makes it harder for would-be-competitors to establish a significant presence in the industry and effectively compete against JLG.
  5. JLG appear to have very competent and highly incentivised management who have plenty of skin in the game, especially their COO (who owns 5.93% of the company) and their CEO/MD (who owns 21% of the company).
  6. JLG have upgraded guidance twice in the past 12 months - see here: Johns-Lyng-Group-Limited-provides-earnings-upgrade-for-FY22.PDF ...so they appear to tick the "underpromise and overdeliver" box.
  7. Commsec lists JLG's ROE as being over 30% (31.6% in FY21, see graph below) and ROC (Return on Capital) as being 30%, 20%, 21% and 25% in FY18, FY19, FY20 and FY21 respectively. That is VERY respectable if it's correct, even though their profit (earnings) margin on revenue is only 3% to 4% according to those Sales (revenue) and Earnings numbers listed below.
  8. JLG's earnings per share (EPS) have been growing since 2019, as shown below:


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Source: Commsec.


Cons - Headwinds or "reasons to be wary":

  1. On a PER (share Price to Earnings per share Ratio) basis JLG are expensive, even though the share price is still well below recent highs.
  2. All of the fund managers who were previously substantial shareholder of JLG - including WAM Funds' WMI (WAM Microcap Fund), Perpetual Investment Management's "Perpetual Pure Microcap Fund", QVG Capital and Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. - are now NOT substantial shareholders so have either sold out or sold down to below 5%. The only fund manager on the JLG register now as a "sub" (>5%) is US-based The Capital Group Companies with 6.5%, and those shares are held in discretionary investment management accounts on behalf of (presumably US) insto's and high net worth clients according to them. This suggests that those Australian fund managers no longer see the same upside in JLG that they once did. In the case of WAM Microcap and the Perpetual Pure Microcap Fund it's worth noting that JLG is now a $1.767 billion (market capitalisation) company, so they're not a Microcap anymore by Australian standards, so would no longer be suitable for Microcap funds, however both WAM Funds and Perpetual manage other funds that hold much larger companies, and neither WAM Funds or Perpetual show up as current substantial holders of JLG for ANY of the funds that they manage.
  3. JLG's profit margins on revenue is low, having been between 3% and 4% for the last couple of years, so any cost blow-outs could mean the differences between making profits and making losses.
  4. Their input costs have risen rapidly in recent months and will likely rise further due to high demand for tradespeople and building materials. If JLG are able to pass those costs through to their clients that might not be a big problem, but if they have any issues passing those cost increases through, that could be problematic for them considering their low margins.
  5. Their biggest growth should now come from the US if they are successful there, however they could face obstacles from incumbents there who already have those same competitive advantages in the US that JLG have here - such as strong relationships with insurance companies and other clients plus a solid track record of being reliable and getting work done on time and within budget.


In summary, while I admire the management and what they have achieved to date, and there was certainly money to be made in JLG looking back, I'm going to continue to remain on the sidelines with this one, mostly because they are far from cheap on a PER (P/E Ratio) basis and I believe the upside (pros) don't significantly outweigh the downside risks (the cons), IMO. As Geoff Wilson used to say (according to Matthew Kidman in his book, "Bulls, Bears and a Croupier: The insiders guide to profiting from the Australian stockmarket"), back before it was considered politically incorrect, "You can't kiss all the pretty girls". Claude Walker has a more PC version nowadays: "You can't pat all the fluffy dogs".

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06-Jan-2024: Update: That lot above was written back in mid-2022, so looking at the company now, 18 months on, JLG have grown but their market cap is still much the same, and I did recently add JLG to my largest real money portfolio. And I'm thinking about adding them to my Strawman virtual portfolio on a pullback. I bought them recently due to the flooding and storm damage along the east coast in the second half of December, which is still an issue now as I type this. I believe they're going to have a heap of work out of that, and I don't see much respite from severe weather events in the coming years - these floods and storms only seem to be happening more often as the years roll by.

In short, they didn't look particularly cheap in mid-2022, and their share price has only declined since then, in a downward sloping channel as shown below (my amateurish attempt at basic TA - something I'm NOT good at - and don't generally pay much attention to), but they look posied to break out to the upside IMO, particularly with the amount of work they have coming in at this point. So I think they currently look like a good short-term play at the very least - and I'm in now - not in a big way - I haven't bet the farm on them, but they are now in my largest real money portfolio since a couple of weeks ago.

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Added 6 months ago

Seems the share price is taking a while to respond to the situation unfolding from Cyclone Jasper in Qld

Held

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Added 8 months ago

Can't help but think Hurricane Otis might be driving the price last few days from a recent low of 5.70 back to 6. But this happened in Mexico not USA?

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Added 10 months ago

A bit expensive at 7xEBITDA but the overall margin of the combined group increases

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This is because LinkFire and SAA are higher margin businesses. So maybe the 7xEBITDA price tag is justified.

Seems like a logical bolt-on.

Unfortunately was not able to catch this early enough before the share price took off this week.

The SPP was also oversubscribed

Beginning to see a trend here with oversubscribed raisings.


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09-July-2023: We are in Sydney tonight, but we were driving through the SA Riverland yesterday and came across this JLG signage around what's left of the Blanchetown Caravan Park.

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The park was very badly hit with only the tops of some cabin roofs visible during the worst of the flooding at the beginning of the year. Basically, everything has to be removed and the whole caravan park rebuilt from scratch.

I hadn't previously seen any evidence of JLG operating over here in SA, but they're here, and there is certainly plenty of work!!

The River is back to normal levels now. I snapped the following image yesterday near Moorook, which is on the Kingston Road between Kingston on-Murray and Loxton.

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La Nina difficult to forecast this period. So possibly could be another busy period for JLG

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-10/el-nino-forecasting-difficult-unpredictable-autumn-climate/102189516

Have noticed price targets from brokers still north of $9. Valuation might still be justified despite all the inside selling. If I put growth at 40% we could see prices north of $9

DCF workings below at discount rate of 6.8%. The numbers are very rough as it was quite an effort to balance the income, cashflow and balance sheet at the same time so it made sense.

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Updated to include better screenshot of workings.

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Valuation of $6.04
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Added one year ago

See straw 24/4/23

Bear case will be 3.55 if any of the comps on the list decide to make a move into the disaster biz and compete with JLG.

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Added one year ago

Went through previous straws with a bit of "amusement" with the story on director selling etc...

So I decided to do a multiples comparison and valuation using the median. However this is very difficult as it stands as it is hard to find a comparable firm as you can see below

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On a multiples basis, got a share price of 3.55. But this is a bit unfair considering that the above firms don't really do disaster recovery although to some extent Downer EDI will be asked to repair infrastructure.

On a DCF basis I get 6.04 if we assume growth will moderate back to around 20% then gradually tail off to 5% over 10 years.

Maybe if the share price pulls back to 6.00 I'll be interested.

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