The United States is in the middle of one of the best recovery years it has seen in decades, with a predicted GDP growth this year of up to 7%. (Click to read that blog.) That GDP growth has saved us from a credit downgrade by Fitch Ratings, although the outlook does remain negative. If we get the Debt Ceiling raised in time (hopefully before August 1 and definitely before we run out of money), it’s very likely that the U.S. will keep its AAA rating from Fitch for the rest of 2021.
However, if you think the U.S. is having a gangbuster year, China is “off the charts,” to quote Sebastian Eckardt, the World Bank’s Lead Economist for China, in his podcast interview with Fitch Ratings on July 12, 2021. It’s rare when economists use language like that. They didn’t even bother mentioning the number, which was 18.3% GDP growth in the first quarter of 2021 for China.
2Q 2021 economic growth for China should be reported next week. In a Reuters’ poll of economists, the median forecast was 8.1% GDP growth year-on-year. The full year should be around 8.6%, which would be the highest GDP in a decade for China.
Before we jump all in, it’s important to remember that this is a recovery year. Companies have taken on a lot of debt to stay alive during the pandemic. Some companies and industries are in the middle of a structural shift and are unlikely to have the revenue they need to recover without restructuring. As just one example, be sure to read my report on office buildings in San Francisco and NYC.
In many industries that are enjoying impressive revenue growth, such as technology and electric vehicles, the recovery is already priced into U.S. equities. If you look at the chart below, which came from the Federal Reserve Board, you can see that the forward PEs of the S&P 500 are as high now as they were in the Dot Com Recession. There was a wipe-out of up to 78% in the NASDAQ Composite Index between the high of March 2000 and the low of October 2002. It took 15 years to recover. So, it’s important to be mindful of price and valuation, even in an unprecedented year of GDP growth.
Share prices on many Chinese companies have dropped dramatically. Alibaba is trading at $213/share. Last October, before Jack Ma went radio silent, Alibaba was trading at $319/share. Beijing scuttled Ma’s Ant Group IPO and fined Alibaba $2.8 billion in April. According to Alibaba’s co-founder and vice-chairman Joe Tsai (speaking on CNBC on June 15, 2021), the company is looking forward under the leadership of CEO Daniel Zhang. Jack Ma is now more focused on his charities and hobbies, and is no longer on the board of Alibaba.
Even with all of the scrutiny and fines, Alibaba hit a new milestone of one billion annual active global consumers, with year-over-year revenue growth of 64% in the 1st quarter of 2021. The company swallowed the fine and reported a net loss of $836 million in the quarter, due to that one-time event. Alibaba is forecasting $144 billion in revenue in the 2022 fiscal year, representing an increase of almost 30%. Alibaba’s forward PE is 21. With 64% year-over-year sales growth, a 19% net profit margin, continued robust growth predicted in 2022 and a gangbuster GDP year for China, that’s very reasonable (unless the pandemic surges with a vengeance).
By comparison, Amazon’s forward PE is 77. Amazon is boasting a respectable 44% year-over-year sales growth. However, the company’s price-earnings ratio is dramatically higher than Alibaba’s, with lower growth in the trailing earnings quarter.
An ESG Star of the Stock Report Card
Daqo Energy, which provides high purity polysilicon for the global solar PV industry, has a forward PE of just 9. Daqo Energy saw revenue growth of 52% in the first quarter. Since then, the average selling price of their product has gone from $11.90 per kilogram in the 1st quarter to $23-$25 per kilogram. In the 2nd quarter of 2020, during the pandemic, polysilicon prices dropped to just $7.5/kg.
Even with a silicon supply chain bottleneck, Daqo is managing to stay on track for their deliveries without much increase in costs. So having their ASP double, without a meaningful escalation of expenses, should make for a pretty stunning earnings report in mid-August.
Oddly, though investors rallied after the May earnings report, the price is lower today than it was when the report came out. Since hitting a high back in February of this year of $130 a share, Daqo has mostly been on a downtrend. The company is currently trading at $68 a share.
As the author of Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is, I strongly believe in ESG investing. However, price is always something to factor in. That is why it is so exciting to find a solar company that is trading at half the price it was earlier this year, with an impressively low forward PE, right at the time that average selling price of their main product has doubled.
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