Lots of different things can become of net current asset value stocks. These are the truly deep value stocks that only a true value investor can love. Why? Because they aren't glamorous. They usually are not as sexy as say an Apple (AAPL) or GoPro (GPRO). Net Net's often don't even turn any profit. They are sometimes entering their journey into stock market obscurity.
However, sometimes they can be tremendous opportunities. Once in awhile a net net will be a former profitable growing company that just hit a rough patch. I find that many times these will have a "brand moat" like a major retailer. This can help the turnaround. Sometimes these good or great companies that turnaround and come out of net net territory can be big gainers and even multi-baggers. Yes, multi-baggers. Sometimes we value investors look for companies we that we know probably will never be good again. Companies that are just so cheap like trading below net cash that there might be a catalyst to bring out the value of the assets. Special situations and going private transactions can unlock that deep value. Or the company just recovers into profitability. One such company we will look at today that could possibly do so.
Delcath Systems (DCTH)
This troubled stock DCTH is seeing its stock price hammered lately. This is a struggling company. The reason I am interested in this one is the cash on the balance sheet. The cash has been stable. Let us crunch some numbers on this one. There is 25.1 million in net tangible assets or 2.64 per share, 22.7 million in net current asset value or 2.40 a share and 21 million in net cash which is 2.22 per share. The stock last traded at 1.77 a share. This is 20% below net cash. Technically this stock is taking out all kinds of support and I see it continuing to decline for awhile. Maybe we can see it around 40% below cash. That looks pretty good as cash stays stable.
SORL Auto Parts (SORL)
This is one of those that almost doesn't make any sense. This company has had sales and earnings growth and yet has been a net current asset stock. The last time I posted on SORL on the blog was last year. The stock ran up a lot and has started coming down again. Other than that not much has changed with this company. I can only guess the low price pegged on it is because it is a Chinese company. It's a small company too which is fine with me. The price to earnings growth rate (PEG) is nice here again at around 1.00. Last quarters earnings got shaved a little from forecasts. There is 129 million in net current asset value or 6.65 a share. The stock last traded at 3.48 per share or about half of its net current asset value. I think once SORL is below 3.00 a share it is in the buy zone. If you've read the blog over the past couple months or so you probably pinned me as just a technical analysis chart guy. Nope. I was a value investor before I learned how to read a chart. Why do I use both approaches? Simple. I like every edge I can get. I like to buy stocks that go up and short stocks that go down.