While I tend to prefer investing in businesses with a long history of rising dividends, there are some companies that I believe still make attractive investments for the long haul. I believe Merlin Entertainments PLC (LSE: MERL LN) is one of those companies that despite not having a long dividend history, would make an ideal investment. Continue reading
Major Canadian Caterpillar dealer Toromont Industries Ltd (TSE: TIH CN) recently announced a deal to acquire Hewitt Group, a large Caterpillar dealer with 45 branches across Eastern Canada and approximately 2,000 employees. The deal was very well received by investors, who sent TIH stock up nearly 5% when the deal was announced on August 28.
You can read the announcement here:
You can click the link below to see my write up on TIH and why I believe it is an attractive investment for the long-term investor:
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:
I find Bloomberg Gadfly articles quite interesting and well-written. The article on the Bayer deal for Monsanto is a good read:
Carl Icahn victorious in battle for Pep Boys:
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn today raised his offer to acquire automotive parts and services chain Pep Boys (NYSE: PBY) to $16.50 per share in cash, trumping a rival offer of $15.50/share by Japanese tire giant Bridgestone.
Both Icahn and Bridgestone have very deep pockets and while its left to be seen how this battle plays out (Bridgestone has until December 23rd to propose a higher offer), those investors who bought into Pep Boys towards the end of last year as part of a long-term plan or short-term trading strategy are looking at a sweet gain of more than 60% should Icahn’s deal go through.
The long-term attractiveness of the automotive parts and services business together with potential synergies from each bidder’s respective existing businesses business undoubtedly led them to knock on Manny, Moe and Jack’s door, and while I did not make a call to go long Pep Boys, this whole scenario makes me feel more confident on the prospects of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) as an attractive long-term investment.