Which Stock To Buy In 2017
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When procuring rolling stock, which includes train control, communication, traction power equipment, and rolling stock prototypes, the cost of the components and subcomponents produced in the U.S. must be:
Final assembly for rolling stock also must occur in the U.S. Additionally, rolling stock procurements are subject to the pre-award and post-delivery Buy America audit provisions set forth in 49 U.S.C. § 5323(m) and 49 CFR part 663.
Unlike rolling stock, manufactured goods must be 100-percent produced in the U.S. A manufactured good is considered produced in the United States if: (1) All of the manufacturing processes for the product take place in the United States; and (2) All of the components of the product are of U.S. origin. A component is considered of U.S. origin if it is manufactured in the United States, regardless of the origin of its subcomponents. 49 CFR 661.5(d). FTA has issued a number of Buy America guidance letters discussing manufactured goods.
FTA's Buy America Handbook, which provides grantees, manufacturers, and subcontractors and suppliers with the steps necessary to meet pre-award audit and post-delivery Buy America audit requirements, brings greater uniformity to the way the industry conducts and documents pre-award and post-delivery audits of rolling stock purchases. The handbook applies to the procurement of rolling stock used in revenue service, which includes new buses, vans, cars, railcars, locomotives, trolley cars, trolley buses, ferry boats, and vehicles used for guideways and incline planes, and intended for public transportation of passengers. It describes approaches and recommends processes for grantees as they prepare to conduct pre-award and post-delivery vehicle audits from the solicitation phase through the final acceptance of vehicles. It also includes examples of how to calculate domestic content, and verify and document compliance for all participating parties as well as sample forms and templates. The effective date of the Buy America Handbook was March 21, 2017.
Railroad stocks have been chugging along at full speed this year, making the most of strong freight fundamentals, robust manufacturing activity, and a reviving coal market. Railroads' importance to the economy can't be understated: They haul nearly one-third of all exports, supporting economic activity worth at least $250 billion each year by moving goods across the nation. The Association of American Railroads doesn't call freight rail the "engine that moves America" for nothing.
For investors, the time is ripe to invest in railroad stocks, and there are plenty of good railroad stocks to choose from. Based on revenue, seven major railroads have been classified as U.S. "Class 1." Among these, Grand Trunk Corporation and Soo Line Corporation are the U.S. subsidiaries of Canadian National Railway (CNI 1.44%) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP 1.33%), respectively, and since both Canadian railroads by themselves are big enough to qualify as Class 1 railroads, I've listed them instead of their subsidiaries:
Canadian National is going great guns, having recently delivered a 9% jump in car loadings, 12% growth in net income, and a 45% surge in free cash flow for its first quarter. Its cash-generating capabilities and strong financials have always been a strong point, as the railroad has rewarded shareholders with annual dividend increases every year since it started paying a dividend in 1996, even doubling its dividends since 2000. That's no easy feat for a cyclical stock, which is one of the reasons Canadian National stock belongs in Bill Gates' portfolio.
With management boosting its fiscal 2017 earnings-per-share growth guidance to a range of 8%-11% from its earlier mid-single-digit projections, investors can't go wrong making room for Canadian National in their portfolios.
It's been quite a ride for CSX so far this year, with the stock's astounding year-to-date performance coming largely on the back of a major management shake-up when Hunter Harrison abruptly stepped down as the CEO of Canadian Pacific to set his sights on CSX. As Harrison is also an activist investor, investors knew to watch his moves. He's had a knack for turning railroads around, including Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. Within a couple of months, Harrison took over as the new CEO at CSX, sending the stock soaring.
CSX delivered strong Q1 numbers and projects a mid-60s operating ratio, with adjusted EPS growth of 25% for fiscal 2017. Both of those figures indicate substantial improvements over last year. And that's not all: CSX also increased its dividend by 11% and announced a share-repurchase program worth $1 billion in April, reaffirming its commitment to shareholders.
Neha Chamaria has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Canadian National Railway. The Motley Fool recommends CSX. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
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New Mountain is a capable private equity investor and lender. While one can argue that New Mountain Finance has, at times, been aggressively managed -- it frequently raises new capital by selling stock at negligible premiums to book value -- it's notable that management has repeatedly waived fees as necessary so that it earns its dividend from net operating income.
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