International Stock in Focus: I add designer trainers, oil and pills to the folio

Tuesday, Apr 09 2019 by
International Stock in Focus I add designer trainers oil and pills to the folio

After last month’s round of sales, I’m on the hunt for new international stocks this month.

My international SIF portfolio has been a pretty poor performer so far and has not matched the success of my UK SIF. But I haven’t given up hope just yet.

Just 30 stocks in Stockopedia’s international universe qualified for my international SIF screen this week. Luckily, an unusually high proportion of these seem to fit in the folio without duplicating existing holdings.

As a result, I have five new stocks to report this month, which may be a record.

Portfolio performance

I run this virtual portfolio using Stockopedia’s Folio service. Unfortunately it’s not currently possible to share private folios, so here’s a snapshot showing how the current stocks are performing:


As you can see, the portfolio has regained some of the ground it lost last year, but is still running at an overall loss after 17 months:


New selections

I’m hoping that the improving performance trend will continue. I would like to break even by the time the folio reaches its second birthday in November. We will see.

In the meantime, this month’s additions should see the portfolio (almost) reach its full complement of 24 stocks.

Foot Locker Inc (NYQ:FL)

This £5.5bn sports and leisure wear retailer appears to cater for the same sort of athleisure market as JD Sports and perhaps Sports Direct.

Around 70% of sales come from the USA, with the remainder coming from international markets. Although the company does have a UK website, Canada, Italy, France and Germany were listed as the only significant international markets in the firm’s 2018 results.

All the main measures of quality and profitability look good for the shares:


I’m especially pleased to see such a high Magic Formula Score, as this is a system I rate highly.

With a StockRank of 99, net cash and a forecast P/E of 12, I’m happy to add these shares to the international SIF.

Domtar (NYQ:UFS)

This is a US pulp and paper group that operates in the pulp, paper and personal hygiene sectors. Example products include paper for office and specialty use, nappies and adult incontinence products, and pulp for customers such as tissue manufacturers.


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Foot Locker, Inc. is a retailer of shoes and apparel. The Company operates through two segments: Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Company is an athletic footwear and apparel retailer, which include businesses, such as include Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, Runners Point, Sidestep and SIX:02. The Direct-to-Customers segment is multi-branded and sells directly to customers through Internet and mobile sites and catalogs. The Direct-to-Customers segment operates the Websites for,, and Additionally, this segment includes the Websites, both desktop and mobile, aligned with the brand names of its store banners (,,,,,,, and more »

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Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a range of fiber-based products, including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The Company segments include Pulp and Paper and Personal Care. The Pulp and Paper segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of communication, specialty and packaging papers, as well as softwood, fluff and hardwood market pulp. The Personal Care segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of absorbent hygiene products. The Company is a marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America serving a range of customers, including merchants, retail outlets, stationers, printers, publishers, converters and end users. It is also a marketer and producer of a line of incontinence care products, as well as infant diapers. It has a network of wood fiber converting assets that produce paper grade, fluff and specialty pulp. more »

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DEUTZ AG is a Germany-based manufacturer of diesel engines. The Company operates through two segments: Compact Engines and Customized Solutions. The Compact Engines segment provides liquid-cooled engines for on-road and off-road applications, as well as various modular solutions. The Customized Solutions segment offers air-cooled and liquid-cooled engines for on-road, off-road and marine applications, as well as reconditioned (Xchange) engines for DEUTZ engine series. The Company also provides related services, including maintenance, spare parts, accessories, engineering services and repair kits. The Company operates production sites in Germany, France, the United States, Argentina and China. more »

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Stuart Bates 13th Apr 1 of 1

Thanks Roland.

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About Roland Head

Roland Head

I'm a private investor and writer on stock markets, with a particular fondness for free cash flow, dividends and value. I also have an interest in (profitable) commodity stocks.  I hold the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC). One of my investment interests is developing rules-based strategies such as my Stock in Focus portfolio. This reflects a significant part of my personal portfolio and is the subject of my weekly column here at Stockopedia. In earlier life, I worked as an engineer in telecoms and IT. The rules-based approach required for this kind of work undoubtedly influenced my investing style. I also learned a lot from seeing the tech bubble deflate in 2000-1, when I was working for a large and now defunct Canadian firm.  more »


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