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3 Undervalued Stocks That Will Actually Make Your Portfolio Green

undervalued stocks to buy september 2017

This September, I decided to buy 3 stocks that I think are undervalued. These stocks are Cosco Capital, Inc. (COSCO), Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI) and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPI). This post will walk you through my decision-making process including a brief discussion of their intrinsic values and why I decided to buy them at those prices.


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I'm bullish that these stocks will make my portfolio greener and brighter in the future. And if you ever decide to buy these stocks, I hope yours will too!

Intrinsic Value Assumptions

The intrinsic values of the three companies I mentioned where calculated on two different approaches.

The first is a straightforward approach using the previous year's book value and the average 5-yr. return on equity as basis to come up with a 3-yr projected book value. This book value is then multiplied by its current price to book value multiple to come up with a fair value estimate.

The second method is estimated using DCF calculations projected by 10 years. We take the average free cash flow for the last 5 years and use CROIC as our growth rate. CROIC by the way is calculated by dividing the average FCF with invested capital. Invested capital is calculated as the sum of the short and long-term debt plus the book value. The fixed variables include a discount rate of 12% and terminal growth rate of 1%.

I then compared both values and arrive with a decision of whether to buy the stock or not.

Cosco Capital, Inc.

cosco capital inc.

My Intrinsic Value Estimate

COL Fair Value Estimate



COSCO holds a diversified group of businesses with interests in grocery retailing, real estate, property leasing, liquor distribution, specialty retailing and oil & mining. Lucio Co owns 31% of the company followed by his wife, Susan Co who owns about 24%.

What interests me is in its grocery retailing business - COSCO owns Puregold (PGOLD), S&R Membership Shopping and the slowly expanding Lawson Convenience Stores.

I like PGOLD's fundamentals but the price I think is already trading at a premium. COSCO on the other hand, I think is still trading at a discount to its value. Let me show you why.

Return On Equity And Book Value Estimates

COSCO's FY2016 book value attributable to the parent company is at Php 50.329 billion. The average return on equity for the last five years is found out to be 8.0%.

If you project the book value using the average ROE for 3-years, this equates to a book value of Php 63.401 billion or Php 8.88 on a per share basis. I bought the stock last week at 17% premium to its book. If the P/B ratio stays that way for three years, the estimated potential intrinsic value would be Php 10.39 per share. an upside of 26.3%.

This means that in theory, I can grow my my capital at 8.1% a year and ultimately get a return of 26.3%.

This is a low return but the reason I invested in COSCO is because I'm bullish on it's grocery retail business and it perfectly makes sense for the company to be fairly priced at those levels.

DCF Calculations

Back checking through my DCF model shows similar values. From 2012 to 2016, the average free cash flow was calculated to be Php 1.501 billion. Using a growth rate of 2.34%, intrinsic value calculated turned out to be at Php 63.944 billion, or Php 8.96 on a per share basis.

I took the average of the values I got and arrived at an estimated intrinsic value of Php 9.68 per share.

These numbers convinced me that the stock is undervalued even though COSCO is already trading at premium to its book. It still makes sense to buy at these levels because the company is easy to predict.

Alliance Global Group, Inc.

alliance global group inc.

My Intrinsic Value Estimate

COL Fair Value Estimate



AGI which is majority controlled by the Tan Family, is a conglomerate that owns many businesses which includes Megaworld (MEG), Travellers (RWM) which owns Resorts World Manila, Emperador (EMP) and Golden Arches Dev't Corp. which is engaged in the restaurant business under the McDonald's brand.

I like MEG because the company is undervalued when it was trading at around Php 4.xx/share. But at current prices, I think MEG is now trading at a premium. But like COSCO, AGI is still undervalued.

Return On Equity And Book Value Estimates

AGI seems to have a lot of upside. I bought this stock at 4% premium to book. With a book value of Php 147.1 billion and an average ROE of 13%, this gives the company a potential intrinsic value of Php 212.3 billion or Php 20.85 on a per share basis; or if you pay an additional 4% premium, that would be Php 21.69 per share.

This gives me an upside of 44.2% or a compounded annual growth rate of 13.0% for the next three years.

DCF Calculations

This method puts the intrinsic value of the company at a much lower valuation of Php 168.3 billion or Php 16.53 on a per share basis. Average free cash flow is at Php 2.1 billion and growth rate at 0.62%.

The reason for a low growth rate is because the company is highly leveraged. Total debt turns out to be Php 186.8 billion and equity at Php 153.9 billion thus giving it a D/E ratio of 1.21.

Adding debt and equity equates to invested capital and this puts it at Php 340.8 billion. And this capital only generates Php 2.1 billion excess cash on average.

Getting the average of the two intrinsic values puts it at an estimated value of Php 19.11 per share.

Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

metro pacific investments corp.

My Intrinsic Value Estimate

COL Fair Value Estimate



I made a lot of valuations about MPI in the past but the rise of the PSE index made me think to re-evaluate MPI and come up with my latest valuation of the company.

Return On Equity And Book Value Estimates

Out of the three, I bought this stock at 36% premium to book but even though I did that, it still makes sense to me. This is because when I projected the 3-year book value on its average ROE of 8.0%, this put the potential value of the company at Php 191.5 billion or Php 6.37 per share.

But since people are willing to place a higher premium on MPI given its strong and predictable earnings growth, this puts the company at a valuation of Php 8.66 per share.

Based on my current purchase price, this gives me an upside of 25.8% or an annual compounded growth rate of 8.0%.

DCF Calculations

Using DCF, I calculated the intrinsic value to be Php 9.65 per share using an average free cash flow of Php 15.4 billion and a growth rate of 4.76%.

The average of the two values gives us a final estimated intrinsic value of Php 9.15 per share.

Final Thoughts

it's hard to find undervalued stocks nowadays considering that just recently, we saw how the PSEi rallied above 8,200 levels. I'm bullish about their potential upside and let's just see what it will do to my portfolio these coming months.

What stocks have you invested recently? Have you invested in these stocks as well? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Happy investing!

Disclaimer: I own shares of COSCO, AGI and MPI at the time of this writing and may buy more if an opportunity presents itself. The figures are sourced out and calculated using data from Morningstar.com

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  • Dimaz says:

    Very helpful articles! Keep up the good work.

      • Dimaz says:

        Yes you did, I asked a few months ago if you can conduct an update on your MPI valuations and based on your analysis and of course also doing my due diligence I started investing (averaging) with them. Now you made another review on the company and colfinancial also released today an interesting report it confirms my belief on the company’s growth potential especially if the gov’t infrastructure projects work out as planned.

        • Before I was hesitant to buy it because I ain’t putting a premium price for it. And besides, the index is rallying so that also adds to my conviction as well that the stock will rise.

          I would be happy if this reached Php 9.00+ levels. I would then re-asses to either take gains or continue holding.

  • voltaire says:

    Technical and Fundamental analysis is only 10% of a trading plan. 30% goes to risk management/money management/position sizing. Baka gusto mo mag discuss tunkol sa
    PositionSizing Calculator ko? I made this from a excel spreadsheet (meaning the calculations are automatic) but can only send it to you if I knew your email address.
    Sana interested ka. I work in the Commission on Human Rights, UP Diliman. puwede mo ankong puntahan doon.

    Sept 20, 2017 BIDU Baidu Inc D BATS

    $28.9800=ProfitTarget Mar.1,2019 70.57%=potential profit
    2-REWARD $11.99 Profit-per-Share
    Roughly 328 days from entry risk-vs-REWARD Ratio
    $16.9900=EntryPrice Apr.2,2018 7.32:11.99
    1-risk $7.32 risk-per-share 1:1.637978142

    CurrentAccountSize = $30,000.00

    Risk per Trade = 1.0%

    Number of Shares = 41

    CashPositionSize = $696.31

    OnlyActualCashValueAtRisk= $300.00

    TotCashProfitWhenProfitTargetHit= $1,187.70
    Sept 20 2017 BP BP PLC D BATS
    Sell at around Sept.29,2017 $36.46 when price is at resistance.
    As of Sept.20,2017 price is at $36.95 [Simply put….You can SELL already!]
    BP has been in DownTrend since October 1,2007 (roughly 10 years).
    I stay away from downtrending stocks because it’s price tend to go lower.
    There are other better stocks out there to choose from.
    RSI is overbought w/c means it will be headed down soon.
    At best on Apr.2,2018; $300.00 is risked in order to gain only $491.39 w/c is very lame.There are other fishes in the sea.

    Buy when the price hits & then bounces off $16.99
    which will probably be around Apr.2,2018
    ProfitTarget will probably be around Mar.1,2019 roughly328 days from entry
    ProfitTarget = $28.9800
    EntryPrice = $16.9900
    StopLoss = $9.6700
    How far is EntryPrice from StopLoss ? 76%
    risk-vs-REWARD Ratio = 1: 2 (risk:REWARD ratio of >1:2 are good odds. 1:1 are lousy odds.)
    Potential Profit = 70.57%
    [ PositonSizing/RiskManagement/MoneyManagement Advisory ]
    At a CurrentAcctSize of = $30,000.00
    and a Risk-per-Trade of = 1%
    Number-of-Shares to buy is = 41
    This will cost a total of = $696
    [-r] Total MoneyLost If StopLossIsHit = $300.00
    [+R] TOTAL CashProfitWhen ProfitTarget is Hit = $1,187.70
    CashProfitWhen ProfitTarget is Hit = $491.39

    At the Current Account Size of $30,000.00 and a Risk-per-Trade of 1%
    the Number-of-Shares to BUY is 41 This will cost a total of = $696
    If the StopLoss is hit the only money lost will be $300.00
    WhenProfitTargetReached the money earned is $491.39
    $300.00 is only risked in order to gain $491.39
    (This is not a LowRisk HighGain scenario.)

    Puwede rin natin pagusapan itong ENTRY JUSTIFICATION CheckList ko w/c is also done w/ excel.

    TradeRoutine ENTRY JUSTIFICATION CheckList [TechnicalAnalysis] Sept 20, 2017
    BP PLC D BATS UpTrend DownTrend
    (1)Moving Average(s) :
    Price> 16dayMA? Yes: No:
    Price> 32dayMA? Yes: 1 No:
    Price> 65dayMA? Yes: 1 No:
    Price>130dayMA? Yes: No:
    Price>260dayMA? Yes: No:
    (2)MACD :
    MACD>Signal Line? Yes: 1 No;
    MACD > Zero Line? Yes: 1 No:
    histogram increasing? Yes: 1 No:
    golden cross? Yes: ?deathcross?
    [ ]: ?bearish?
    (5) Volume ? High: Med: 1 Low:
    Prc(inc)+Vol(Inc)=Bullish: 1 :Bearish=Prc(dec)+Vol(Inc)
    Prc(dec)+Vol(dec)=Bullish w/in range: :turning bearish=Prc(inc)+Vol(dec)
    TOTAL YES: 5 1 :NO total
    Decision Time:>If you buy now and 1 says NO ….. Beware the UnderTow !! (It’s an imperpect buy. Tighten stops.) (n.b.: In an UpTrend the RSI may remain OB for a while.)MediumProbability of profit.

  • Ernie says:

    Sir Voltaire bakit po USD mga inputs mo, FX trader po ba kayo.tnx sa reply

  • Ralph Recto says:

    Engr, nakasama din sa nascreen ko yang AGI. Hindi ko pa masyadong naanalyze tong company na to pero ung una kong nakita is ung d/e. Any thoughts on how you analyze a company’s debt in relation with its equity? Is 1.21 d/e still a good number from a value investor’s perspective? Thank you so much. ☺️

    • Hi Ralph, dito sa AGI, I completely ignored D/E ratio. Finocus ko lang ang valuation using its cash flow and book value. A D/E of 1.21 is high. One should look for companies na may lower ratio preferably mga 0.5 below if conservative ka. Pero anything below 1 is still fine..

      For me kasi, these numbers including ROE, Current ratio, and profit margins are filters to identify a good company. But in valuations, yung tangible assets and the capability of those assets to earn cash is what gives a company its value.. Of course there are other qualitative factors na dapat iconsider like yung management. Pero on a quantitative basis, yan ang pinakasimpleng basehan.

      • Ralph Recto says:

        Noted Sir. Marami pong salamat. Third day na ako sa email subscription ko and I am really enjoying your articles. 🙂

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