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From all indications, 2020 has been the worst wildfire season in California’s history. And the state is hardly alone in its misery, as an unprecedented combination of wind gusts and dry conditions have also inflicted record damages throughout the West and Rocky Mountain states.
The top two companies that dominate this essential service industry have combined market capitalization of $440 billion and annual revenue of $300 billion plus, but still trade for an average of just 10 times expected 2020 earnings. They clearly suffer from the burden of low expectations.
Elections always have consequences. They’re just rarely what investors think they will be—and almost never what’s declared beforehand in popular investment media.
Everyone loves a bargain. But when a stock trades at a big discount to market or sector averages, there’s always a reason. And to move to a higher price, the company must face its challenges.
The numbers were never going to be pretty for North American energy midstream companies. Management teams warned this spring that Covid-19 fallout was crushing volumes on both the upstream and downstream ends of the business. But with Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) clearly managing these turbulent times, investors can afford to remain patient with this sector.
The key for investors isn't the fate of one pipeline or another. It's how well-positioned companies are to handle a setback at an asset they own or are building. We win by focusing on the handful of companies that are best-positioned to emerge from this shakeout.
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Roger's current take and vital statistics on more than 200 essential-services stocks.