Happy Halloween! Stocks can be beaten down by the market — sometimes it makes sense but other times it’s outright irrational! Which is a trick? Which is a treat?
Treat: A&W yields 5.1%
As the name suggests, A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund (TSX:AW.UN) collects royalties. Specifically, it collects 3% of sales from the 973 A&W locations across Canada. In the trailing 12 months (TTM), it had CAD$0 of capital spending.
Yes, you read that right. A&W didn’t have to pay a cent to maintain its cash flow generation of CAD$34 million. It’s such a small company that many funds ignore A&W, which makes it all the merrier for retail investors like you and me.
A&W is a franchise. Qualified franchisees pay a minimum of CAD$250,000-350,000 to start their restaurants using A&W’s proven business model and having its support. A&W wants its franchisees to succeed because their success goes straight to A&W’s bottom line.
A&W’s recent weighted average interest rate was less than 3.6%, which suggests it’s a low risk investment. The company’s TTM free cash flow payout ratio was about 90%. So, income investors can trust its monthly cash distribution.
Moreover, A&W’s recent stock price decline of almost 20% from $46 to $37 is purely multiples compression from a high valuation to a decent valuation. And I believe it’s a Halloween treat to be able to accumulate the units at the current valuation.Read More