Genuine Parts Company Announces Major European Move and Investors Applaud!

Dividend favorite Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) announced a near $2B move to enter the European market with a deal to acquire Alliance Automotive Group; sending GPC shares up more than $5 or nearly 6% on the day.

While not cheap, I believe today’s deal makes the company even more attractive for the long-term investor looking for a well-run business operating in an attractive sector.

Check out my original post on GPC from October 2015:

Tuning Your Car’s Engine…And Your Portfolio.




Toromont Industries Ltd. Announces 2016 Earnings and Increases Quarterly Dividend :):)

Toromont Industries Limited today announced it is increasing its quarterly dividend 6% to CAD$0.19 per share, and this represents the 28th consecutive year of dividend increases for the company.

See below link for news on 2016 financial performance and dividend announcement:

See below my rationale for investing in Toromont Industries Ltd.:

Heavy Duty Success: Toromont Industries Ltd.



When Two Isn’t Always Better Than One.

After the fallout from Reliance Jio’s entry into the Indian mobile market, investors in Indian telecom companies got excited over the weekend with the news of a potential tie-up between Vodafone Group Plc’s mobile unit in that country and Idea Cellular Limited, currently India’s third largest mobile provider.

While India has a massive population and offers significant long-term growth potential in the form of both voice traffic and data (not even considering mobile money applications like MPesa), the billions of dollars needed to build out networks and continually invest in spectrum combined with 11 mobile providers meant that profits remain far lower than had hoped for.

Cell phones in India have become a commodity, and its not uncommon to see people with two mobile phones. Consolidation in the market was long overdue and while I was expecting the likes of Telenor India and Tata DoCoMo to lead a march toward consolidation, I’m glad the possibility of it actually happening is increasing.

You can read the Bloomberg article here: