The Motley Fool

Why I think this mid-cap LIC is undervalued

You probably know someone who has a large amount of their share portfolio comprised of our big banks, like Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX:CBA) and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC).

But with the banks struggling lately, many investors are now looking to diversify their portfolio to benefit from smaller and mid-sized companies which have better growth prospects.

There’s a few ways to get exposure to a group of businesses outside the top 20. Here’s one of my favourites…

QV Equities Ltd (ASX:QVE)

This is a listed investment company which holds a group of close to 50 stocks, outside the top 20.

It’s managed by Investors Mutual (IML), who have successfully run several market-beating managed funds for the last 20 years, with lower volatility than the index. The manager focuses on good quality industrial companies from a group of sectors, meaning it avoids unpredictable resource shares.

So why is it undervalued?

Well, you’ve probably noticed the mining sector has been running red hot over the last couple of years. This has resulted in QVE underperforming the benchmark, as most resource companies (many of them speculative) have been bid up by the market.

Given the manager also has a value focus, they ignore the market-darling high PE stocks, and instead focus on finding more reliable growth at a reasonable price.

Since listing 4 years ago, QVE has returned 9.8% per annum after fees, before franking. While the ex-20 benchmark has returned 11.9% per annum, before fees and franking. The management expense ratio for this LIC is 0.99% which scales down as it grows, which is pretty reasonable compared to many other managers in the mid/small-cap space.

As with IML’s managed funds, they tend to underperform when resources are booming, but hold up much better in a downturn and have outperformed over more meaningful time periods. I think it’s likely this also happens with QVE, though if it doesn’t beat the market, I’m still happier with this exposure and dividend growth focus.

Recent results

QVE announced its results last week and it was a pleasing report. The company declared a 5% increase in the dividend, along with a fully franked special dividend to be paid in addition.

The dividend has increased every year since listing and is a key focus for the manager.

Currently QVE trades at a discount to NTA of around 5%, likely due to the recent underperformance.

Foolish takeaway

I’m happy to continue scooping up shares at this price to take advantage of other investor’s lack of conviction or short-sightedness.

The company’s investing philosophy fits exactly with my own –  a strong focus on companies with growing dividends and the QVE portfolio also holds many stocks with global operations.

I believe the focus on quality names purchased at reasonable multiples will translate into solid long term returns, while providing an increasing stream of fully franked dividends.

Top 3 ASX Blue Chips To Buy In 2018

For many, blue chip stocks mean stability, profitability and regular dividends, often fully franked..

But knowing which blue chips to buy, and when, can be fraught with danger.

The Motley Fool’s in-house analyst team has poured over thousands of hours worth of proprietary research to bring you the names of "The Motley Fool’s Top 3 Blue Chip Stocks for 2018."

Each one pays a fully franked dividend. Each one has not only grown its profits, but has also grown its dividend. One increased it by a whopping 33%, while another trades on a grossed up (fully franked) dividend yield of almost 7%.

The names of these Top 3 ASX Blue Chips are included in this specially prepared free report. But you will have to hurry. Depending on demand – and how quickly the share prices of these companies moves – we may be forced to remove this report.

Click here to claim your free report.

Motley Fool contributor Dave Gow owns shares of QV Equities Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

NEW. Five Cheap and Good Stocks to Buy in 2019…

Our Motley Fool experts have just released a brand new FREE report, detailing 5 dirt cheap shares that you can buy today.

One stock is an Australian internet darling with a rock solid reputation and an exciting new business line that promises years (or even decades) of growth… while trading at an ultra-low price…

Another is a diversified conglomerate trading near a 52-week low all while offering a 2.8% fully franked yield…

Plus 3 more cheap bets that could position you to profit over the next 12 months!

See for yourself now. Simply click the link below to scoop up your FREE copy and discover all 5 shares. But you will want to hurry – this free report is available for a brief time only.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE REPORT!