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Turnaround Letter
Out-of-Favor Stocks with Real Value

December 17, 2021

This week’s Friday Update is brief, with no earnings reports. As next Friday is a Christmas holiday, we will be publishing our Friday note and podcast next Thursday, December 23.


This week’s Friday Update is brief, with no earnings reports. We moved GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) to a Sell earlier this week, as it appears that there will be no over-bid to St. Gobain’s generous $32/share all-cash agreement. The GCP investment produced a 77% profit from our June 2020 recommendation.

Despite the volatility in the broad stock market, there wasn’t much news on our recommended companies.

Brief scheduling note: as next Friday is a Christmas holiday, we will be publishing our Friday note and podcast next Thursday, December 23.

Friday, December 17, 2021 Subscribers-Only Podcast
Covering recent news and analysis for our portfolio companies and other topics relevant to value investors.

Today’s podcast is about 5 minutes and covers:

  • Brief updates on recommended stocks:
    • Kraft Heinz (KHC) – acquiring an 85% stake in German meal-kit company Just Spices.
    • TreeHouse Foods (THS) –activist investor Jana Partners’ standstill agreement with the company has expired, likely leading to more aggressive changes or a sale.

  • Elsewhere in the market:
    • Former high-flyers are suffering jaw-dropping price declines. We highlight several down 50%-75%. Are there bargains in these names and also in those that are below their pre-pandemic prices?
    • Yesterday, despite the market’s decline, 26 of our 35 recommended names had share price increases. All 13 recommended names in our sister publication, Cabot Undervalued Stocks Advisor, has positive returns. Many of our names had been previously hit hard, and now look like unusual bargains, including Organon (OGN) and Credit Suisse (CS), as well as Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY).

Market CapRecommendationSymbolRec.
Price at
Price on 12/16/2021Current
Small capGannett CompanyGCIAug 20179.224.760.0%Buy (9)
Small capDuluth HoldingsDLTHFeb 20208.6814.840.0%Buy (20)
Small capDril-QuipDRQMay 202128.2819.550.0%Buy (44)
Mid capMattelMATMay 201528.4320.730.0%Buy (38)
Mid capConduentCNDTFeb 201714.965.050.0%Buy (9)
Mid capAdient plcADNTOct 201839.7743.680.0%Buy (55)
Mid capLamb Weston HoldingsLWMay 202061.3657.221.6%Buy (85)
Mid capGCP Applied TechnologiesGCPJul 202017.9631.820.0%SELL
Mid capXerox HoldingsXRXDec 202021.9120.644.8%Buy (33)
Mid capIronwood PharmaceuticalsIRWDJan 202112.0211.170.0%Buy (19)
Mid capViatrisVTRSFeb 202117.4313.023.4%Buy (26)
Mid capVistra CorporationVSTJun 202116.6820.932.9%Buy (25)
Mid capOrganon & Co.OGNJul 202130.1930.333.7%Buy (46)
Mid capMarathon OilMROSep 202112.0115.361.6%Buy (18)
Mid capTreeHouse FoodsTHSOct 202139.4341.140.0%Buy (60)
Mid capKaman CorporationKAMNNov 202137.4141.661.9%Buy (57)
Mid capThe Western Union Co.WUDec 202116.4018.495.1%Buy (57)
Large capGeneral ElectricGEJul 2007304.9692.530.3%Buy (160)
Large capRoyal Dutch Shell plcRDS.BJan 201569.9542.824.5%Buy (53)
Large capNokia CorporationNOKMar 20158.026.060.0%Buy (12)
Large capMacy’sMJul 201633.6124.272.5%HOLD
Large capCredit Suisse Group AGCSJun 201714.489.532.7%Buy (24)
Large capToshiba CorporationTOSYYNov 201714.4920.663.1%Buy (28)
Large capHolcim Ltd.HCMLYApr 201810.929.724.5%Buy (16)
Large capNewell BrandsNWLJun 201824.7822.424.1%Buy (39)
Large capVodafone Group plcVODDec 201821.2415.066.8%Buy (32)
Large capKraft HeinzKHCJun 201928.6836.004.4%Buy (45)
Large capMolson CoorsTAPJul 201954.9645.003.0%Buy (69)
Large capBerkshire HathawayBRK.BApr 2020183.18300.170.0%HOLD
Large capWells Fargo & CompanyWFCJun 202027.2250.301.6%Buy (55)
Large capBaker Hughes CompanyBKRSep 202014.5324.273.0%Buy (26)
Large capWestern Digital CorporationWDCOct 202038.4756.710.0%Buy (78)
Large capAltria GroupMOMar 202143.8047.357.6%Buy (66)
Large capElanco Animal HealthELANApr 202127.8527.980.0%Buy (44)
Large capWalgreens Boots AllianceWBAAug 202146.5349.263.9%Buy (70)

Market cap is as-of the Initial Recommendation date.
Current status indicates the rating and Price Target in ( ).
Prices are closing prices as-of date indicated, except for those indicated by a "*", which are price as-of SELL recommendation date.

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Disclosure: The chief analyst of the Cabot Turnaround Letter personally holds shares of every Rated recommendation. The chief analyst may purchase securities discussed in the “Purchase Recommendation” section or sell securities discussed in the “Sell Recommendation” section but not before the fourth day after the recommendation has been emailed to subscribers. However, the chief analyst may purchase or sell securities mentioned in other parts of the Cabot Turnaround Letter at any time.