Friday, July 31, 2009

Stock of the Week: Metlifecare Ltd



Metlifecare Ltd [MET.NZ] has been on my watchlist for yonks. I already own Ryman Healthcare Ltd [RYM.NZ] I love this sector and it is because of its very high historical revenue and profit growth and its similar future protects as the number of older people (especially those greedy economy sucking baby boomers) increases in very large numbers

Metlifecare has been somewhat of a poor cousin to Ryman over the last few years when it comes to its profit. It has had a couple of big asset writedowns over the last 2 years and that has lead to a punishing in its stock price.

A great opportunity.

That is why it makes my Stock of the Week this week (better late than never, I know it is the end of the week) that, and it will bounce back into profit when property prices recover.

The stock has hit a 52 week low of NZ$1.38 and a high of $4.60 but that is well off its all time high of nearly 9 bucks reached not that long ago (see chart above) so you can see the potential for a good long term and medium term gain even if today's closing share price is $2.06.

Buy on weakness, there should be some more for this stock come its profit reporting in November.

Good luck!


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Market announcement delay abandonment should be just the start in NZX restructure

Further to my piece on insider trading of Sky City Entertainment Group [SKC.NZ] shares last week and a convenient waiver given by the NZX for Contact Energy Ltd's [CEN.NZ] David Baldwin to get rewarded for stuffing up, it appears that the NZX is relenting to pressure from the bearded one, Bruce Sheppard from the NZ Shareholders Association, to get market announcements, previously delayed to the poor and downtrodden like you and me, now available.

Those market participants who have had NZX terminals in their offices have been using this information to trade before it is available to us, of course this is highly illegal but as Bruce has pointed out, nobody has been prosecuted by NZX, the market regulator, let alone a case of insider trading taken before.

This delay has always confused me because the advantages this gives users of this information means millions of dollars in their pockets - am I a naive idiot?

It is one of those hangovers from a regulated market that has been held onto with great gusto but other relics of a bygone age still give the advantages to the big boys.

The granting of waivers to break NZX rules, lack of clear separation of the day to day running of the New Zealand Stockmarket and its regulation and the reluctance to piss off mates by prosecuting clear breaches of insider trading rules and other market hanky panky by brokers and insiders really needs to be scrutinized closely by Government stockmarket regulators the Securities Commission because the NZX ain't going to do it.

Sadly this is unlikely to happen in any sort of expedient manner, so it is up to people like you, me and stockmarket advocates like Bruce Sheppard to keep the pressure on Mark Weldon and his mates down there in Wellington.

Of course the thing that would keep the NZX a little more honest would be a little healthy competition, and as I pointed out some ten or so years ago, why couldn't a website be set up for stockmarket investors to directly buy and sell shares without a middleman getting involved?

I'm sure others with the tech savviness that I don't have would be able to pull off such a thing.

A great little opportunity for someone to have a go.


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List of Bruce Sheppard's top NZX listed company debt worries (UPDATE 7)

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This update adds GFF, SKT & SKC to the List

Further to rumblings made by Bruce Sheppard on behalf of the New Zealand Shareholder's Association in May that in his opinion, roughly 20 listed companies in New Zealand were breaching banking covenants and after writing to these companies 2 so far have replied to Bruce. He is naming names as each company replies to him.

So in total 9 companies on his hit list have been revealed thus far.

1. Fisher & Paykel Appliances [FPA.NZ]

2. Nuplex [NPX.NZ]

3. Tourism Holdings [THL.NZ] - Read THL's letter to Bruce

4. Vector Ltd [VCT.NZ] - Read VCT's letter to Bruce

5. Freightways Ltd [FRE.NZ] - Read Bruce's letter to FRE & the reply

6. Skellerup Holdings [SKL.NZ] - Read Bruce's letter to SKL & the reply

7. Comvita Ltd [CVT.NZ] - Read Bruce's letter to CVT & the reply

8. Ebos Ltd [EBO.NZ] - Read Bruce's letter to EBO & the reply

9. Abano Healthcare Group [ABA.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to ABA & the reply

10. Metlifecare Ltd [MET.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to MET & the reply

11. Restaurant Brands Ltd [RBD.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to RBD & the reply

12. Kirkcaldie & Stains [KRK.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to KRK & the reply

13. Sky Network TV [SKT.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to SKT *

14. Sky City Entertainment Group [SKC.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to SKC & the reply

15. Goodman Fielder [GFF.NZ] Read Bruce's letter to GFF & the reply *


I will post the rest here as and when the other 5 odd companies reply to Brucie.

The laggers need to get a wriggle on, otherwise it wont look good for them.

Bruce is going to list those that didn't reply to him next week.

Disc I own FRE, SKC & GFF shares in the Share Investor Portfolio

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2009 NBR Rich List

NBR have their rich list out today. The Herald has a preview. Graeme Hart is once again at the top of the heap, while the Fays, Richwhites, and Todds, as usual, fill in the top ten.

Still mostly old money on the list but great to see the self made man Hart continue to pull in the bucks.

Great to see acknowledgment, without the jealous sneering, of those who have worked hard and done well to enable themselves to get on such a list.

  1. Graeme Hart $2.75b
  2. Todd family $2.6b
  3. Eamon Cleary $2.1b
  4. Christopher and Richard Chandler $2.0b each
  5. Goodman family $1.8b
  6. Stephen Jennings $1.0b
  7. Erceg family $700m
  8. Douglas Myers $700m
  9. Sir Michael Fay $660m
  10. David Richwhite $660m

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Help me, I am making good short term money, it must be time to sell ?

The stockmarket has been like an 18 year old on viagra over the last few weeks, but it can present a dilemna over whether to sell on your short term gains or hold for the bigger gains to follow over the years. Lets see if this piece can help you out.

I made some share purchases last Wednesday, The Warehouse Group [WHS.NZ] and Mainfreight Ltd [MFT.NZ] and two on July 6, Auckland International Airport [AIA.NZ] and Michael Hill International [MHI.NZ]

I also participated in 3 capital raisings (1 2 3) covering off Sky City Entertainment Group[SKC.NZ], Freightways Ltd [FRE.NZ] and Fletcher Building [FBU.NZ] which gave me extra shares mid June to add to the Share Investor Portfolio.

I have done particularly well with short term gains in all of these purchases as the local sharemarket has had a lazarous type recovery over the last few weeks.

At close of market today here have been my returns for these purchases over the last 4-6 weeks.


1. The Warehouse Group $1600.00 - 6.2%

2. Mainfreight Ltd $487.50 - 6.1%

3. Auckland Airport $440.00 - 14%

4. Sky City $1200.00 - 24%

5. Freightways $310.32 - 29%

6. Fletcher Building $225.66 - 37%

7. Michael Hill $350.00 - 8.5%


By any stretch of the imagination a $4613.48 or a 17.82 % average return for the last 6 weeks is pretty good, especially the $2000 plus return in the last week for my two recent purchases.

So why don't I sell?

Well, I think I can make more in the long term by simply holding good companies and collecting the dividends and tax credits along the way. One comment to a recent post reckons my buy and hold strategy is flawed and he can make more money getting in and out of shares quickly.

That maybe right, in fact I may have done it once or twice myself in my investing career, but if you do it intentionally you open yourself up to getting your trading profits taxed and I don't want to enter that level of investing, not just now anyway.

As you will see in my 10 editions of the Long VS Short series, the long term wins in the return stakes and it might also be worth noting that the resurgence of the market has also increased the value of the long-term Share Investor Portfolio by more than $40000.00 in less than a month.

But anything can happen when Mr Market has his crazy mood swings and the portfolio could lose all that in the next few weeks or few days for that matter.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Long VS Short: Fletcher Building Ltd

http://chart.bigcharts.com/custom/fairfax-com-nz/chart.asp?rnd=0.3338466193181723&style=2242&symb=fbu&size=1&type=64&time=10yr&freq=1dy&comp=&compidx=NZ50G%7E1392984&ma=&maval=&lf=&lf2=&lf3=&uf=16384&arrowdates=&arrowlegend=&country=NZ&sid=162937


In this tenth installment of the Long vs Short series I am once again going to take look at the chart comparisons for a stock from the Share Investor Portfolio and compare the 10 year return (above chart) to the turmoil of the last year with a 1 year return chart (large chart at bottom of post).

In this series I want to show the merits of investing, using charts, for the long-term vs short term gains or losses. I will use the longest available data to me for the long-term view (10 years )and will make a comparison against the NZX50.

In this installment of Long vs Short I will look at Fletcher Building Ltd [FBU.NZ].

I currently hold 1114 Fletcher Building shares in the Share Investor Portfolio, the bulk of which I have owned since November 2006. (see small chart below for detail)

The company has been a very good performer with great returns and is still going OK under current tough economic conditions.


Symbol
Price
Value
Earned
$7.290
$8087.64
$-615.69
You own 1114 [FBU.NZ] shares
purchased at $7.81 [$8703.33]

In my 2.5 years of owning this share my return has been a loss of just over 7 %. This includes dividends and tax credits.(see small chart above)

If I had bought this share just a year ago (see large chart at bottom) my return would have been a 34% loss, with a loss of 50% as recent as March 2009.

Now for the real point of this comparison, lets look at the return for Fletcher Building shareholders who have held the stock for 10 years. (see large chart above)

From a high of a 450% return at the end of 2007, the 10 year return as of writing is still around 200%. All those dividends plus tax credits and time has given the long termers another win.

This series has yet to return a positive for short term investors.

http://chart.bigcharts.com/custom/fairfax-com-nz/chart.asp?rnd=0.3338466193181723&style=2242&symb=fbu&size=1&type=64&time=1yr&freq=1dy&comp=&compidx=NZ50G%7E1392984&ma=&maval=&lf=&lf2=&lf3=&uf=16384&arrowdates=&arrowlegend=&country=NZ&sid=162937


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Friday, July 24, 2009

Beam me up Davy

I think Contact Energy directors have been watching too much moon landing coverage over the last week because its seems that a number of them may have disappeared up their own planet of Uranus.

Clearly some live in a parallel universe when they can cost their company nearly 40000 customers in just under a year by making a public exhibition of himself by raising electricity prices, granting directors big bonuses and having an expensive boozy lunch on the company in October last year and then expected to be rewarded for it.

David Baldwin, managing director and CEO of Contact Energy Ltd [CEN.NZ] yesterday applied for a waiver from the NZSX to get "financial assistance", an interest free loan from Contact Energy shareholders, so he can participate in the company's Long Term Incentive plan (LTI).

Boy those Contact shareholders sure are generous!

Fair enough, you deserve the free shares for doing a good job, but Baldwin has cost the company 10s of millions in lost revenue over the last year and since he has become the MD this year he becomes ineligible to participate but has decided in his infinite wisdom that he will apply to his mates at the NZX to waive this rule that allows him to participate.

And guess what, the waiver was granted just 24 hrs latter.

Beam me up Scotty, I wanna be where Dave lives, 'cause it don't work that way down here on earth.


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Auckland Airport Sale: Ready to Fly

This blog was visited by a large number of Googlers yesterday. They were searching for Auckland International Airport [AIA] information.

Those searches were principally related to questions about the possibility of its sale, so I thought I would write something opinionated on just that subject.

This interest would have been sparked by the National Government's relaxing of rules and legislation surrounding the overseas ownership and purchase of New Zealand assets announced by them today.

I wrote back in February that we were likely to see just this very scenario occur:

With the new National Government in place and the current relaxing of the rules around the RMA, the major planning law that has stopped economic development of New Zealand, we could expect to see developments in other areas of business in regards to relaxing laws and legislation to allow business to flow quicker and therefore more efficiently and more profitably.

Small parts of overseas investment criteria have been relaxed immediately but there will be a review of the Overseas Investment Act with a view to relax current complications and confusion.

The 3 main points of the act that will be looked at latter in the year that are pertinent to any possible bid for Auckland Airport are:

1. the thresholds determining which land and business investments are screened are set at the right level -- so only genuinely sensitive assets are captured.

2. Providing greater certainty for investors, by removing the ability to substantially change overseas investment rules during applications.

3. Simplifying the screening of investments in sensitive land, while ensuring that overseas investors are subject to a higher standard than domestic investors.

The airport sale was stymied by the previous Labour Administration by a law that was expressly passed for the AIA bid by DAE and the Canadian Teacher's Pension fund as well as confusion brought by the 3 parts of the act noted above.

With an overhaul of this act, relaxation of other overseas investment rules and a business friendly shake-up of Auckland Council's that hold airport shares, Auckland Airport will soon be in play.

Disclosure I own AIA shares in the Share Investor Portfolio


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Aren't those banks just utter Bastards

After getting some shtick recently from my bank, the ASB Albany branch, who have decided, after much arguing by my good self, that they will waive early repayment fees for a loan I made a few years back but didn't agree to any fee charged when initially taking out that loan, I came across a story today in the Nelson Mail that just made my day:



Defiant Mapua artist Roger Griffiths today made a stand against Westpac by withdrawing his $190,000 savings in $20 notes.

The bank provided a red-and-black carry bag to take away the cash after meticulously counting it in front of Mr Griffiths at its Nelson branch.

Mr Griffiths, a loyal Westpac customer for 25 years, decided to withdraw his money after the bank rejected his application for an $80,000 mortgage. "It's about time normal people took a stand."

He said the bank turned down his application because he did not have a regular income as an artist. However, he was a successful artist, exhibiting his paintings at the World of Wearable Art complex, in Christchurch and New York, he said. (Go here for rest of story)

Roger has got it right, you have to fight these bastards because they will walk all over you if you don't.

Incidentally, most good lenders would have lent him the money, and so would I, based on the record with his bank alone. After all, we all remember that Westpac is the bank that will give away millions without any double checking your ability to pay your debts.

My loan payment dispute with ASB has not been rectified to my satisfaction because they have time limited their offer to July 31 and they were not the terms of my original loan.

The fact that they have offered to waive the fees though means I can use that offer against them when I take them to the disputes tribunal.

Fight your bank if you think they are wrong, if you don't get what you want, at least you tried and you might have some fun, like I have had, giving them a hard time.

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I'm Buying: Mainfreight Management delivers the goods



I must have had some kind of brain explosion yesterday, something in my personal life made me drop my risk/reward guard and I ended up spending just over $35,000.00.

I have wanted to have a medium sized splurge on a few stocks for the last year or so and the life changing event yesterday allowed me to finally release the financial and mental rubber band and take that risk.

I have been chugging along buying small parcels of shares over the last year April 2009 | July 2009 | July 2008 | June 2008 | June 2008 | but yesterday ended up buying 7000 more The Warehouse Group [WHS.NZ] shares and 1875 Mainfreight Ltd [MFT.NZ] shares at $4.20 per share, to take my holding to a nice round 5000 in the old Share Investor Portfolio.

I was tossing up between Mainfreight and Ryman Healthcare [RYM.NZ] and superior Mainfreight management, which I often obsess about, won me over.

I bought my original Mainfreight holding just over 2 years ago for just under 8 bucks, yes you read it right, 8 bucks. Over that holding period the stock has now cost me around $6.85 per share after dividends and tax credits are added, so that makes yesterday's purchase a bargain.

I am happy to hold at both prices.

** Photo & share purchase dedicated to my dear old Dad, who must be still driving a truck, wherever he is now, for the last 15 years!


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm buying: Time to re-visit an old Red Friend

I love good stocks when the market is ignoring them. One stock that has been put in the bottom draw by many investors, including myself, is The Warehouse Group [WHS.NZ].

But just because a stock is out of favour by the market or not in the news doesn't mean you should forget about it. In fact if you are canny you should probably be more than a little contrary as others are looking at other more "newsworthy" companies.

I have kinda forgotten the red shed myself, I have had WHS shares in the Share Investor Portfolio for a number of years and have done a little bit of reading lately on the company and I like what I have to read.

Profit has been steady during the this recession (so far) and the cash continues to roll in as shoppers look for bargains.

Add to this a couple of stories, one from a month or so back from Bloomberg and one out today covering the Woolworth's Australia profit and things start to look a little more interesting for The Warehouse.

The Bloomberg piece covers off Woolworth's capital management and alludes to either a stock buyback for its own scrip or a "major" purchase in the offing, suggesting The Warehouse as a target.

Another article by Reuters confirms a bumper profit for Woolies, so they are free flowing with lovely green stuff.

The purchase/buyback scenario will probably be confirmed by the company when it reports its profit in August.

I bought 7000 shares today at a combined value of approx NZ$26,000.00 @ an average share price of $3.72.

My incumbent shareholding in this company, 8000 shares, was bought originally at $6.05 but I hold at a cost of $5.05 after dividends and tax credits are added after holding for 1.75 years.

I am happy to buy Warehouse shares and forget about them again but there is a distinct likelihood that either Woolworths or Foodstuffs, Woollies competing bidder, will make a play for the company in the medium term.

The bid for The Warehouse has been held up in litigation between the 3 parties involved and as I wrote back in January in When will the Warehouse bidders make their move? the process has now ground to a halt after the Commerce Commission won their case in the Appeal Court almost a year ago and Woolworth's sought leave in the Supreme Court to have that decision quashed a few weeks later.

Many things have changed since then, the major stumbling block to the takeover, the Extra format stores, has been dropped and economic conditions have made the retail environment even more competitive.

Watch this space.


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Share Investor Portfolio: 22 July 2009

The Share Investor Portfolio now contains 17 stocks listed on the NZSX. The bulk of the portfolio started back in 2002 and I have added to the bulk of it by using dividends and cash.

Since the 10 July 22 update approx NZ $35000 was added due to two stock purchases made today, 1875 shares in Mainfreight Ltd [MFT.NZ] and 7000 shares in The Warehouse Group [WHS.NZ].



The Share Investor Portfolio as at 22 July 2009
  • Auckland International Airport [AIA] 5000
  • ASB Capital NO. 2 Ltd [ASBPB] 10000
  • Briscoe Group Ltd [BGR] 3000
  • Fletcher Building Ltd [FBU] 1114
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd [FPH] 5000
  • Freightways Ltd [FRE] 8631
  • Goodman Fielder Ltd [GFF] 2000
  • Halleinstein Glasson Ltd [HLG] 1000
  • Kiwi Income Property Trust [KIP] 1000
  • Mainfreight Ltd [MFT] 5000
  • Michael Hill International Ltd [MHI] 10000
  • Postie Plus Ltd [PPG] 2535
  • Pumpkin Patch Ltd [PPL] 5000
  • Ryman Healthcare Ltd [RYM] 5000
  • Sky City Entertainment [SKC] 36915
  • Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd [STU] 400
  • The Warehouse Group Ltd [WHS] 15000
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Insider Trading on Sky City shares




Most people who watch the New Zealand Stockmarket closely know that there is frequent trading of shares based on insider information, the New Zealand Stockmarket is just like a small town, everyone knows everybody else's business.

I am not a share price follower, more of a company watcher but I have been looking at movements in Sky City Entertainment Group [SKC.NZ] share price pretty closely over the last 9 years or so.

I have come to the conclusion that Sky City is one of the biggest insider traded stocks.

Every reporting period you can always get a good idea about the profit result before it comes out, based on whether the insiders have traded on good or bad company news.

Yesterday's announcement of an upgrade in Sky City profit is a case in point in insider plays.

A very large volume of almost 8 million shares valued at nearly NZ$ 24 million was traded and the share price ended up 19c or just over 6.5%.

Over the last few days Sky City share price has taken a marked rise (see chart above and data below) and big volumes have gone through over the last 3 trading days.

Date
Open
High
Low
Close
Value
Volume
21 Jul 2009
2.880
3.100
2.880
3.050
23923490.3
7798468
20 Jul 2009
2.790
2.860
2.780
2.860
6702303.15
2373190
17 Jul 2009
2.660
2.780
2.660
2.780
18663101.84
6845077
16 Jul 2009
2.730
2.730
2.670
2.680
5240196.25
1942297
15 Jul 2009
2.660
2.690
2.630
2.690
2766984.42
1041257
14 Jul 2009
2.630
2.650
2.620
2.650
3258738.82
1240619
13 Jul 2009
2.660
2.660
2.620
2.620
1262989.85
480511
10 Jul 2009
2.680
2.690
2.650
2.650
1367532.26
514690
09 Jul 2009
2.640
2.680
2.640
2.680
1810909.48
676984
08 Jul 2009
2.630
2.650
2.620
2.650
5499837.7
2087514

Data From NZX

As I mentioned in a column on Monday there was big volume going through on Friday the 17 July when over $18 million of stock was traded and the stock was up 10c. Insiders have known for a while about the profit upgrade because the stock price has risen from a recent low of $2.58 to finish nearly 30c higher at close of market Monday 20 July, before the profit upgrade was made public yesterday morning.

The bulk of insider trading was done on Friday the 17 July, bought by institutions/brokers for a quick buck and a large part of that was sold back to the mum and dad investor today.

It isn't necessarily wrong for insiders to know about profit upgrades like this one because they get briefed and updated by company management before the great unwashed, but it is illegal for them to trade shares in the company based on that knowledge.

Unfortunately nothing will be done by Mr Mark Weldon, CEO of the NZX , because it is his colleagues (the brokers) that are making money, and his NZX is clipping the ticket along the way as large volumes of shares are traded.

Who needs a monkey with a dart when you can trade on insider info?

Disclosure I own SKC shares in the Share Investor Portfolio

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sky City Profit Upgrade: Always on the Cards

If you have been reading this blog for the last two years you will know that I have a large shareholding in Sky City Entertainment Group [SKC.NZ]. You will also know that I have banged on about owning this stock until my fingers have bled, and you will then know the reasons why I like owning shares in this company.

Well, news out today that Sky City management have upgraded Fully Year profit in the 12 months to June 30 2009 from a $99-106 million range to a range of $113 - $116 million, reinforce my obsession. Just two weeks ago I gave a nod and a wink and picked the company as my Stock of the Week. That was when the stock price was at $2.58.

At the time of writing the stock is up 21 cents to $3.07 on exceptional volume.

Just yesterday I wrote that trading in Sky City shares last Friday were quite large (around NZ $18 million) and the movement in share price by 10c that same day was an indicator that insiders knew about material information, Thursday night at the latest -the share price had steadily moved upwards last week after being in the doldrums for weeks.

More insider trading? Yes but lets leave that to another day.

I have also indicated many times in the last year that this company will do well during a recession and one simply shouldn't sell because the share price is tanking, in fact you should really have been buying if this stock suits your investment profile.

The signs have been there of a turnaround in the company, Nigel Morrison has been savage at cutting costs, including paying down debt with a slightly dodgy capital raising a few months ago and his experience and history at casino turnarounds has provided a renewed revenue bounce at the company's Adelaide casino.

The Auckland casino has finally been freed of construction and revamps, with more revenue coming from gaming machines and food and beverage sales and even the lackluster cinema business is providing more income, even though I am dubious of the sustainability of that.

As I have also mentioned before the Darwin Casino continues to be a star in the Sky City crown, with good revenue increases likely to be revealed in the profit announcement to be made Wednesday August 26 and future development there will pull in more gaming income.

In recessions, casinos that Sky City operate do well. They differ from their big flashy and unprofitable Las Vegas brothers who rely much more on overseas customers for gaming income, where the vast bulk of profit for Sky City's money spinners comes from the local population, well over 70% I believe.

With more Kiwis staying home, especially at its Auckland complex, where a large number of its customers are recent immigrants from Asia, revenue there is bound to be well up.

I look forward to congradulations from my readers for indicating to them how much I have liked this stock over the years with a wink and a nod as subtle as a sledgehammer in the head.

Tell me you bought while the stock was low.


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