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Introducing FE Website!

My eagerness to learn in stock investing and to impart my learnings had lead me to start blogging on this site two years ago. This site had indeed help me to grow and evolve into a better stock investor.

The process of researching is tedious but organizing and presenting the information in an easy to comprehend way is the most challenging. But the readers and commenters of my articles had inspired me to improve my post through enhancing my researching and analytical skills. And as I look back, I believe that I have done pretty well. In fact my big winners were:intro1

However, just like an old saying goes, in every beginning there is an ending and in every ending there is a new beginning. I thank all of the readers that offered their support and constructive criticisms to me. After two years, you had all helped me to become a better stock investor and blogger. And as I become bolder and wiser, I am inviting all of you to walk with me in my new blog site and allow me to still be part of your stock investment journey.

This site will not only showcase unparalleled stock picking and trend analysis but I will also present the rationale on my personal stock selections and portfolio allocation. I believe that an investment process is affected by the following factors:

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  3. Investment psychology parallel

The site intends to share my stock investment process and to teach the readers the enumerated above three factors. For my journey to acquire my current stock picking skills was not easy. There are numerous bumps and hurdles along the way that I need to pass. But I was able to do things right because I have first done it not right.

I do not believe an investing acumen can be taught nor can it be emulated (if so then everybody would be Warren Buffett). One must find their own investing personality, get into the market and accumulate personal experience. But I do believe that other than personal experience, learning from other’s success and failure is one of the best way to learn. Thus, I hope that you will allow me to extend what I have learn to you through supporting me of my new endeavor.

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Century Pacific Food, Inc. (CNPF) Prospectus at a Glance

Key points:

  • CNPF’s success relies greatly on its capability to increase profit margins
  • CNPF appears to be an attractive investment to be held for 3 years

The listing vehicle of the Century Group, Century Pacific Food, Inc. (CNPF, the Company) was incorporated only on October 25, 2013. An illustration of Century Group’s restructuring is presented below:


So that CNPF will have the following corporate structure:


Businesses merged to and subsidiaries of CNPF can be grouped under the following business segments:


CNPF enjoys market dominance in all its business segment except for dairy and mixes where the Company is far number 2 from Alaska Milk Corporation which has a market share of 72%.

Brands under CNPF are as follows:


CNPF’s tuna export comprises private label processed tuna as well as branded products. Private label are those manufactured for offer under another company’s brand. The Company’s customers under the private label business are shown above as “major customers”.

Below is the contribution to revenues and earnings of each business segment:


A total of 230 million CNPF shares will be offered on April 23, 2014 to 12 noon of April 29, 2014 at P14.50. The shares are expected to be listed on May 6, 2014.

The company expects to raise P3 billion and will be distributed as follows:


The 33.8% allocation of proceed to working capital and/or potential acquisition is in anticipation of substantial increase in sales due to intensified marketing and sales initiative for the Company’s products. The allocated portion for potential acquisition is for the acquisition of strong but undervalued local brands. The Company claims to have a proven track record of turning under-promoted and neglected brands into market leading brands by applying its strategies, such as proper marketing and extensive national distribution coverage.

As at December 31, 2013 the Company leased 14 distribution depots and warehouses.


Below are the brands that the Company purchased and developed:


The Company allocated 729 million of the proceeds for capital expenditures. The Company intends to construction P457 million worth of tin can manufacturing factory. The factory will have an output capacity of at least two million tin cans a year supplying 25 – 30% of the Company’s tin can requirements. This will enable the Company to improve margins by sourcing tin cans at cost and reducing logistics costs associated with purchasing from third parties.

From the proceeds allocated for capital expenditures, P132 million is allocated for the construction of dairy and mix factory. The new facility is expected to further increase dairy production from 5,500 cases per day to 11,000 cases per day. The Company sees a strong growth opportunity for the dairy market. The Company plans to grow Angel brand through improved formulations, smaller packaging sizes, and achieve market leading position in the two-in-one product platform for canned milk and cream. For the Birch Tree brand, the Company intends to expand into adult and children’s milk segment.

The 32.9 million allocated for IT upgrade is intended for a demand planning software and IT data security. The demand planning software will improve the Company’s demand planning and forecasting and supply replenishment capabilities.



CNPF’s overall profit margin of 4% (URC has a profit margin of 11% in 2012) is a clear room for growth and the Company is definitely working on it with their plans to construct their own tin can manufacturing factory and review of product offerings to rationalize unprofitable products from its portfolio.

Below is the calculation of CNPF’s PE ratio based on their pro-forma consolidated financial statement:


However, what matters most to investors is the future prospect of a Company. Let’s attempt to forecast CNPF’s earnings based on their strategies and industry statistics and developments.

Industry statistics and developments

Below is the projected growth rate of the industries where CNPF participates:


Philippine tuna exports to the EU are estimated to increase by about 64% by 2014 once it gains duty-free access to the 28-nation trade bloc under the enhanced Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP Plus Program).

Below is the tuna export breakdown of the Company:


Assuming that all the strategies mentioned by the Company in its prospectus all went well and they happen to increase profit margin equal to that of URC, we can have the following computations:


Revenues of Canned and processed fish, Canned meat, and Dairy and Mixes are estimated to grow by 7%, 7.30%, and 4.80% respectively from 2014 to 2016.  For e2014 Tuna Export revenues, the calculations are shown below and estimated to grow at the same rate as Canned and processed fish for2015 and 2016.

e2014 Tuna export revenue figures are calculated as follows:

Breakdown per revenue source of export:


For the estimated export revenues in 2014, all else are remained constant while Europe is estimated to grow by 64%.



Assuming all went well for CNPF, we can expect EPS to grow from .33 to 1.11 by 2016. Buying at P14.50 appears to be a good investment for an investor of 3 years.

In addition, CNPF has a dividend policy of declaring 30% of prior year earnings as dividends.



Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert and nothing I say should be taken as a recommendation to buy or sell. Read more in the ABOUT page.


Globalport 900 (PORT) – Possible Oil Logistics Play (?)

Globalport 900, Inc. (PORT, the Company) has the following subsidiaries:


PORT exhibited growth for 2013 and it is not just full year recognition of earnings. See chart below:


*2012 earnings of 252 million is the consolidated earnings assuming full year consolidation in 2012[1]

PORT managed to generate earnings more than 2012 earnings as early as the third quarter of 2013 because of high revenues and improving margins.

However, things may be different for PORT when Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada announced on April 2, 2014 that the three oil firms should relocate from Pandacan. [2]

HCPTI and MNHPI are located in Manila Bay.


The Pandacan oil depot relocation debacle stretches way back 2001. [3] On November 30, 2010, Petron Corporation (PCOR) filed a manifestation informing the Supreme Court (SC) that it had decided to cease operation of its petroleum product storage facilities in Pandacan within five (5) years or not later than January 2016. [4] On January 3, 2011, PCOR entered into a share sale and purchase agreement with HCPTI for the purchase of 35% in MNHPI. [5] The reason why PCOR acquired 35% interest of MNHPI is due to the location of MNHPI relative to PCOR’s Limay, Bataan refinery.PORT4

It could be noted that Shell and Chevron are decided not to relocate from Pandacan. [6] The reason is that both companies use pipelines to transport petroleum products from their Batangas facility to Manila. [7] However, with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada demanding all the three companies to move out of Pandacan, Shell and Chevron may just be forced to relocate to a nearby facility which may be PCOR-PORT’s MNHPI.

MNHPI developments are right on schedule with new North Harbor terminal opening on October 9, 2013. [8] MNHPI has a finger-pier scheme as shown below:


MNHPI intends to consolidate the finger-piers into only three terminals: [9]PORT6

In a presentation of MNHPI in January 31, 2013, MNHPI intends to finish terminal 1 as soon as August 2014, [10] which is timely to PCOR’s relocation from Pandacan.


There are many unknown factors in forecasting PORT’s earnings assuming that the three oil companies will relocate to MNHPI. Thus, the best strategy is to wait and see should the event happen and forecast earnings from there.

Calculation of estimated 2013 earnings is shown below:


With an estimated EPS of 0.18 for 2013, PORT is trading at 45x PE ratio at last traded price of P8.15. At 45x PE and with the Manila day time truck ban [11] to pose a threat on PORT’s growth, PORT appears to be overvalued.



  1. Note 6, SEC 17-A 2012,
  2. Estrada gives 3 oil firms until January 2016 to relocate depots from Pandacan,
  3. TIMELINE: Pandacan oil depot relocation debacle,
  4. PCOR SEC 17-A 2012, Pandacan cases, p. 28,
  5. PCOR SEC 17-A 2011, note 11, p. 108
  6. Shell says oil depot to stay put in Pandacan,
  7. Industry structure,
  8. New North Harbor terminal opens,
  9. Port Development Through Public-Private Sector Partnership, slide 42,
  10. MNHPI Presentation to the 7th Philippine Ports and Shipping 2013 on Modernizing Port Facilities, Equipment & Systems to Service Domestic Shipping,
  11. Mixed reaction to a truck ban in Manila,


Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert and nothing I say should be taken as a recommendation to buy or sell. Read more in the ABOUT page.

Disclosure: I own PORT shares