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(B)(N) Washing Machines – The Whirlpool, LG and Samsung Story

May 4, 2017

Coming clean on Whirlpool

Drama. The Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Michigan, has successfully pressed “dumping” charges on its two of its major off-shore competitors, LG Electronics Incorporated and the Samsung Electronics Company and, as a result, the price of washing machines is likely to go up (Associated Press, January 10, 2017, Whirlpool and its Ohio workers win trade case over Samsung, LG washing machines).

Of course “up” doesn’t sound good when it comes to price but you might have noticed by now that “price has no mass” neither in stocks nor things and just about anything can be bought for 30% off today, and even more, including “free” at the curb, and that consideration doesn’t factor in to the due deliberations of the U.S. International Trade Commission or the conscience of the politicians who will call anything a “win” if it looks like one.

But we’re not impressed by on-shore companies that find some mote in the eye of their off-shore competitors which just seem to be making better products according to the consumers, like us, and there is, undoubtedly, a lot of foreign content in both Whirlpool and GE General Electric because we don’t make that kind of electronics on-shore anymore and all of these companies compete in the same international markets baring protection or sanctions (Consumer Reports, December 27, 2012, Finding appliances made entirely in America can be tricky).

And as a consequence, we’re not sure whose ox is being gored (Exodus 21:36) except by declaration.

The Dirty Laundry

Of course LG is dumping (please see below) and it’s been adjudged so but that also shows-up on its balance sheet with a recent 0.4% earnings return on the shareholders equity (the net worth) in contrast to Whirlpool (18.7%) and Samsung (10.7%) and the Whirlpool number (18.7%) is certainly high and beats what most investors (and companies) can get on their money.

On the other hand, the stock price for Whirlpool is down (-5%) so far this year (but still more than four times as much as in 2012) whereas LG is up +45% and Samsung is up +13% after a run-up of almost +60% last year.

And despite all of the noisy hand-wringing in Washington, the (B)-class portfolio in these three companies has been churning-out +20% per year for the past five years and will likely do +28% this year (the dividend yield 1.16% plus twice the normalized annual volatility 2×13.5% most of which is due to Samsung (14%) on gains of over +75% in the last two years) and we’re already good for +7.2% in the first quarter and +8% through today on a flat holding (same amount of money in each of them).

Nor is any of that considered to be unfair but it isn’t showing-up on the Federal radar and, therefore, we don’t know, and probably can’t know, whose ox is being gored by “dumping” except by the more obvious defendant who loses their case; please see the charts below for more details (and click on them and again to make them larger as required).

Exhibit 1 The Washing Machine

TGX WHR Whirlpool Corporation

Figure 1.1: WHR Whirlpool Corporation (B+)

TGX 066570 LG Electronics Incorporated

Figure 1.2: 066570 LG Electronics Incorporated (B+)

TGX 005930 Samsung Electronics Company Limited

Figure 1.3: 005930 Samsung Electronics Company Limited (B+)

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