DraftKings (NASDAQ: DKNG) has been on a slide of late, primarily because professional sports games have been delayed and cancelled amidst the rise of the Omicron coronavirus variant. However, the bulls’ argument in favor of DraftKings has merit. Though professional sports might not be back to normal for several months, an entire year or even longer, DraftKings has raked in revenue growth across each of the prior three years.
Add in the fact that the company’s sportsbooks and digital app are spreading into that many more states and there is even more reason to consider adding the stock to your portfolio. The icing on the cake is the fact that DraftKings’ price-to-sales ratio is nearing an all-time low, meaning it is a solid value at its current trading level.
About DraftKings’ Business
DraftKings specializes in sports gambling and fantasy sports. Sports fans can place wagers on sports events as well as fantasy sports outcomes either in-person at DraftKings’ brick-and-mortar sportsbooks or through their phones. The company is gradually expanding to more states as sports gambling becomes legal throughout the country. Plenty of states such as New York recently permitted local residents to gamble on sports on the web through phones, tablets, computers and other internet-enabled devices using the DraftKings website and app.
However, DraftKings’ stock dropped by more than 40% in ’21 alone. The stock has also slid to start the new year. Let’s take a look at why DraftKings is worthy of a position in your portfolio.
DraftKings Is A Bargain At Its Current Price
The stock market has been on the decline in recent months. Though DraftKings has fallen in unison with the rest of the market, there is hope for a better future. DraftKings can be purchased at a deep discount. The stock is down 50% from its price merely one year ago. The stock’s price-to-sales ratio is a low 9.5, meaning its current price point represents better value than at any other point in its history.
Though DraftKings is not yet in the black, it will likely transition out of the red in the years ahead or even sooner. The company’s rapidly accelerating revenue growth stemming from entry into the ever-expanding sports gambling market ultimately makesit worthy of your investing dollars.
About That Revenue…
Roth Capital has set a $23 price target for DraftKings yet the stock is currently trading at $25 and change. Though this price target represents a bearish outlook for the stock, it must be noted the company’s accelerating revenue growth is likely to cause analysts to pivot toward a more bullish stance in the financial quarters ahead. When in doubt, turn to the numbers. DraftKings’ revenue jumped from $192 million in ’17 to an impressive $615 million in ’20. On a year-over-year basis, DraftKings’ revenue growth rate soared from 18% in ’18 to 43% in ’19 and an impressive 90% in ’20.
The company’s brass anticipates 96% revenue growth for ’21. In other words, there is good reason for investors to be bullish on DraftKings. The primary reason why the company’s revenue is soaring its ongoing expansion into additional states. In the third quarter of ’21 alone, DraftKings entered mobile sports betting markets in Connecticut, Arizona and Wyoming. All in all, DraftKings provides individuals in 15 states with the opportunity to gamble on mobile web-connected devices. The company’s launch of mobile sports wagering in New York is likely to rake in more than a billion dollars of gross revenue every single year.
DraftKings’ Overhead Is Low
DraftKings has the potential to soar to new heights in the quarters ahead largely because the company has minimal overhead costs. DraftKings’ business model is light on assets as the company makes it easy to wager on sports through phones and other mobile devices. Furthermore, the company’s presence in brick-and-mortar facilities is not capital intensive as casinos and hotels pay for the construction and maintenance of those facilities.
Insider And Institutional Buying
If you are still on the fence as to whether DraftKings is worthy of your investing dollars, look no further than the fact that company insiders and institutions are scooping up shares. One of the company’s directors, Woodrow Levin, bought 7,000 shares of the stock in mid-November. BlackRock bolstered its position in the company by more than 60% of ‘21’s second quarter.nasdaq coronavirus
Taylor Wimpey share price up 3% as housebuilder promises to return more cash to investors
The Taylor Wimpey share price has risen by 3.3% today, reversing some of the…
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The Taylor Wimpey share price has risen by 3.3% today, reversing some of the losses taken over a bad start to the year that has seen the housebuilder’s valuation decline by over 10%, after the company today promised investors it would return more cash to them over coming months. The windfall comes as a result of what Taylor Wimpey described as an “excellent” 2021.
Demand for larger properties, especially houses with gardens, has leapt as a result of the pandemic. As well families spending more time at home desiring more space, buyers were further encouraged to take the leap by the stamp duty holiday that ran from 2020 until late last year, offering savings of up to £15,000. Rock bottom interest rates and fierce competition between providers also led to cheaper mortgages which helped maximise selling prices.
The combination of favourable headwinds means the homebuilder expects to now realise an operating profit of £820 million for 2021 from the sale of a little under 14,000 homes. That represents a growth of 47% in the number of new-built properties delivered compared to 2020, when construction work and administrative processes were delayed by Covid-19 disruption.
As a result, Taylor Wimpey finished last year with a bank balance of £837 million. It will now, it says, see how much cash is left once it has paid out its dividend and planned for expenses over the rest of the year. Any “excess cash” surplus will be returned to shareholders, most likely through a major share buyback. The company will confirm details alongside its full-year results, due to be reported in March.
Taylor Wimpey is worth around £6 billion and is a member of the FTSE 100. It has existed in its present format since 2007 when created out of a merger between the housebuilders George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow. The deal was legendarily struck by current chief executive Pete Redfern at a service station on the M40.
Despite sector concerns over how much it will cost to replace dangerous cladding used on buildings over the past 20 years and now banned as a result of the Grenfell Tower scandal, Taylor Wimpey has repeatedly stated it is confident the £165 million it has set aside to cover related expenses will suffice. It has been challenged on the sum but still considers it a “reasonable estimate”.
If the cladding provision does prove sufficient, that should leave plenty of cash for redistribution to investors through a major share buyback over 2022.The post Taylor Wimpey share price up 3% as housebuilder promises to return more cash to investors first appeared on Trading and Investment News. ftse pandemic covid-19 mortgages interest rates
VIDEO — Eric Nuttall: Oil in Multi-year Bull Market, Supply Crisis Coming
Eric Nuttall: Oil in Multi-year Bull Market, Supply Crisis Coming
Supply and demand fundamentals show oil is in a multi-year bull market with a supply crisis in the works.That’s according to Eric Nuttall, partner and senior portfolio manager…
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Supply and demand fundamentals show oil is in a multi-year bull market with a supply crisis in the works.
That's according to Eric Nuttall, partner and senior portfolio manager at Ninepoint Partners. He manages the firm's Ninepoint Energy Fund, which he said was the best-performing energy fund of 2021.
"The risk/reward for me in the sector is incredible," he told the Investing News Network in an interview. "My biggest challenge is everything looks good — large caps look good, small caps look good. Oil looks good, natural gas looks good. Services look good, offshore drilling looks good — everything looks good."
Nuttall said supply-side factors are key for oil right now, and explained that there are three main baskets to keep in mind: US shale, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the rest of the world.
Looking at 2022, he said US shale is no longer experiencing hypergrowth, meaning that production will grow, but will no longer exceed global demand growth. Meanwhile, OPEC is getting close to using up its spare capacity.
"By the end of this year I believe we will exhaust OPEC's spare capacity, and that will be the most bullish catalyst for oil in easily the last decade," Nuttall said during the conversation.
The "rest of the world" category includes major oil producers like Shell (NYSE:RDS.A,LSE:RDSB) and BP (NYSE:BP,LSE:BP), which Nuttall said have invested insufficiently in new production since 2014, and as a result will effectively post no growth until the end of the decade.
In terms of what that means for prices, Nuttall said it's tough to give a 2022 forecast due to variables like COVID-19, but he thinks oil will be "well in excess" of US$80 per barrel this year, with a shot at making it to US$100. Looking out further, he sees a new all-time high of US$140 to US$150 in the cards for oil.
"I feel very confident that we're in a multi-year bull market for oil. Energy stocks, despite the run, still in my opinion represent a generational opportunity due solely to energy ignorance — people frankly are clueless in terms of how oil is used and how long it's going to take to displace," he explained.
"We will all be consuming oil for the rest of our lifetimes, and yet that fear of peak demand is leading to a reality of peak supply. The writing is on the wall: We're heading towards an oil supply crisis."
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Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
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Graphite Outlook 2022: Demand from Battery Segment to Remain High
Click here to read the previous graphite outlook. Graphite is an essential raw material used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, and as sales of EVs grow, market watchers believe demand for the metal will surge. Despite discussions about battery chemistry
Click here to read the previous graphite outlook.
Graphite is an essential raw material used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, and as sales of EVs grow, market watchers believe demand for the metal will surge.
Despite discussions about battery chemistry changes, many experts think graphite will remain a dominant element in EV batteries for at least the next decade. Both synthetic graphite and natural graphite, in the form of the intermediate product spherical graphite, are used in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries.
Here the Investing News Network (INN) looks at the key trends in the graphite market in 2021 and what the graphite outlook is for 2022.
Graphite trends 2021: Shipping and power cost challenges
After a tumultuous 2020 in which supply chains were put to the test as economies shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, graphite kicked off 2021 on a bright note.
In early 2021, prices for natural flake graphite were slightly higher than expected as a result of unexpectedly strict environmental investigations and closures in China, Suzanne Shaw of Wood Mackenzie told INN back in July.
“There was also considerable shipping disruption early on in the year with containers and vessels not where they should be as routes reopened post-COVID,” she said. “Limited availability was prioritized for higher-value cargos, with lower-value raw materials flows disrupted. This situation subsided through Q2.”
Pricing was relatively flat during the first six months of 2021, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence data.
“Prices for +100 mesh flake concentrate, across all purities, have moved upward by around 5 to 10 percent year-to-date, while pricing for all other grades has moved less than 5 percent so far this year due to continued structural oversupply in the graphite market,” Miller told INN at the end of H1. “Moreover, the global shipping situation at the moment is hindering upward price pressure.”
Prices took a turn in August, jumping on the back of the energy crisis, which hit producers and disrupted output. Battery grades were particularly hit by rising power costs as both the manufacture of synthetic graphite and the processing of spherical graphite from natural flake are known for their high levels of energy consumption.
In terms of supply, Chinese production was expected to ramp up to meet rising domestic battery demand, as there is still a lot of overcapacity in China.
“However, the overall trend is that China is showing less appetite on the raw material side and investing in higher-value downstream industries rather than exploration/mining across most mineral sectors,” Shaw said at the end of H1. “It will continue to increase its own imports of flake graphite.”
Meanwhile, on the synthetic graphite front, the market could be driven into a deficit as a result of increasing demand from the lithium-ion battery and downstream EV sectors worldwide, Roskill, which was acquired by Wood Mackenzie, reported back in August.
“From a performance perspective, EV automakers prefer synthetic graphite, citing its superior fast charge turnaround and battery longevity,” a November Fastmarkets report reads. “Synthetic graphite, however, is costly, power intensive and environmentally unfriendly, with supply centered in China at odds with North American and European automakers’ desire for more localized supply.”
Graphite outlook 2022: What’s ahead
At the end of last year, analysts were expecting demand from the battery segment to continue to grow on the back of increased EV sales, with growth opportunities for both synthetic and natural graphite.
According to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence data, demand for natural graphite from the battery segment amounted to 400,000 tonnes in 2021, with that number expected to scale up to 3 million tonnes by 2030. Meanwhile, demand for synthetic graphite reached about 300,000 tonnes in 2021 and it’s expected to increase to 1.5 million tonnes by 2030.
“We do expect recycling to plug some of these gaps, but this isn't really likely to reach the necessary scale until post 2030,” Miller said in a December webinar. “So at the moment, the focus is really on synthesizing and mining this material as quickly as possible to meet the demand that we might see into the future.”
By volume, graphite is one of the most important elements in any electric vehicle battery ― there is between 50 and 100 kilograms of graphite, whether synthetic or natural, present within each vehicle.
“We can really see the sector growing progressively to around 15 times the demand we see today by 2030, outpacing moderate growth and demand from industrial applications,” Miller said.
That said, it's important to note that only certain types of natural graphite supply are relevant to and able to be qualified for the lithium-ion supply chain.
“This is really the biggest challenge in using natural graphite as a battery input,” Miller said. “This has the potential to exclude further capacity from projects in development.”
The expert explained that if all planned supply reached the market, it would have the potential to balance out demand up to 2029 to 2030, but with these limitations on which material can be qualified, the story takes a different direction.
“The primary limitation here is the mesh size inputs for the battery supply chain must be fine to medium flake,” Miller said, adding that consistency and high purity, somewhere around 94 to 95 percent carbon, is also key. “Flake graphite for the lithium ion supply chain must have low levels of impurity in order to avoid compromising the quality and longevity of the end product.”
According to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, today, synthetic graphite anodes make up the majority of market share and approximately 57 percent of the anode market.
“Going forward, we do expect this to shift in the direction of natural graphite anodes to around a 50-50 balance for a multitude of reasons,” Miller said. His reasons include tight graphitization capacity, higher costs for synthetic graphite anode material and also the environmental shortcomings of the synthetic graphite supply chain at the moment.
Graphitization is the process of producing synthetic graphite from carbon-rich, oil-derived feedstock raw materials, and this process is energy intensive.
“In China, graphitization capacity has been mainly located in Inner Mongolia, a province which has some of the lowest energy costs in the country and where other high-energy metal producers, such as ferro-chrome smelters, are based,” Fastmarket reports. “But Inner Mongolia was the first in the firing line when the 2021 energy crisis unfolded.”
This resulted in reduced production and unpredictable cost increases for synthetic graphite, and the reason why many battery manufacturers in China could turn to natural graphite instead.
Looking ahead at how overall demand for graphite will perform, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence expects the battery segment to challenge industrial applications as the leading end-market for graphite demand. Over the next decade, anode demand will grow at an average of 27 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
“Unlike some of the other critical mineral markets, there is still time for both the natural and synthetic graphite market deficits to be redressed — so long as adequate funding is provided for junior miners in the near term,” Miller said.
Commenting on price performance, Fastmarkets maintains the view that both flake and spherical graphite prices will trend stable to higher in the near term.
“The only potential reprieve we see for graphite prices would be if the power constraints diminish EV lithium-ion battery production, and in turn reduce demand for graphite anodes sufficiently to stem the upward pressure on graphite prices,” analysts said.
Another key trend for graphite investors to watch in the new year is how western automakers keep up with China, which has become the dominant player in all steps of the anode supply chain.
The ASX-listed company will process graphite from its Balama mine in Mozambique in its Louisiana plant, and will supply the EV maker with anode graphite material for an initial four year period. Tesla also has an option to offtake additional volume subject to Syrah expanding its capacity beyond 10,000 tonnes per year.
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