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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Epoch Investment Partners: "Ratio of equity free cash flow yields to bonds near 50 year highs" = More Value in Stocks than Bonds

Below, we share key messages and several slides from Epoch Investment Partners' (EPHC) 7/20/10 Capital Markets Outlook (*captured with Webex, not our preferred Mediasite - Webcast link is on main home page).

Epoch's investment approach is fairly consistent with our own investment approach: in a nutshell, focus on franchise type companies that generate excess cash and use this cash in shareholder friendly ways. Further, the firm's key messages from the July presentation are largely inline with much of what we've discussed here on CS$:
We recommend viewing the presentation for direct commentary with more detail. We share a handful of slides here (click to enlarge) -

Ratio of equity free cash flow yields to bonds near 50 year highs:

Corporate profits and cash flow improving:


Companies are using excess cash to repurchase shares (positive sign):

Overall summary:

A well-researched presentation with sensible recommendations.

Happy investing,

Jeffrey Walkenhorst
CommonStock$ense

Disclosure: no investments in Epoch funds or EPHC shares.

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