What’s the “New #1 Stock in America” teased by Oxford’s “Great American Wealth Project” presentation?

by Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe | September 18, 2019 12:11 pm

Checking out the teaser ad from Alexander Green and Bill O'Reilly, hinting at a company that is "perhaps the most important linchpin to the entire 5G network...."

It seems that the plague of celebrity endorsements is washing across the newsletter world these days, with CNBC star Robert Herjavec pitching a “buy private companies” network, former House Speaker John Boehner touting a marijuana stock service, and now, political lightning rod Bill O’Reilly from Fox News being pulled in to Oxford Club’s “The Great American Wealth Project” (and throwing a copy of his Trump book into the “special offer,” which, like the last Oxford Club pitch we looked at, is $99 and an autorenew at $79/yr)

This is really not so different from having a handbag designer or weight loss product spend half a million bucks to get Kim Kardashian to post on them about Instagram, of course… newsletter publishers know that using a name brand “influencer” like O’Reilly or Herjavec will resonate with a big chunk of their target audience (dudes in their 50s and 60s who have an interest in investing or are worried about retirement).

In this case, it was a big “presentation” that O’Reilly did with Oxford Club honcho Alexander Green yesterday, staged as an interview of Green where Bill asks him “tough questions” about how to achieve a seven-figure portfolio. (To be clear, I don’t know if O’Reilly was paid to “interview” Green for this ad or they have any other relationship… he does say he’s been a longtime Oxford Club subscriber)

The ad claims that buying the Alex Green picks in the Oxford Club portfolio over the past 18 years would have given you dramatically better performance than buying the broad market. I don’t know how rigorous that comparison is or what the inputs were, and don’t know the Oxford Club’s historical performance, but it was often among the most consistently solid newsletters tracked by Hulbert[1] until he dramatically scaled down that tracking service a couple years ago, performing better than most newsletters in both up and down markets. (I’m sure, at least, that their overall performance is better than the performance of the “get rich with this one pick” ideas they’ve teased over the years — it would almost have to be… though, to be fair, The Communique has teased a few big winners along the way, in the past five years their best teased stock was Five9 (FIVN) in 2016 and their worst was Chicago Bridge & Iron (now McDermott, MDR) in 2017… you can always see the details on our tracking spreadsheets[2]).

The big picture promise is really just “you can get rich by investing, and don’t be scared off by the media” — and that’s a reasonable thing to say. Here’s a bit from the transcript:

“Bill: Why is that? What’s keeping regular folks from getting rich?

“Alex: One reason is a basic lack of financial literacy. Schools don’t teach it, and most parents don’t know enough to instruct their kids either.

“But the #1 reason is that the media is FAILING at its job to inform the public about the incredible wealth-building opportunities available right now.

“If you look at the headlines, you’d think the country is struggling economically.

“The media scares the hell out of people, to the point where they’re afraid to put their money in the markets.

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“And the average bank currently pays just 0.05% on deposits. At that rate, your savings will double in just… 144,000 years. Clearly, no one is getting rich that way.

“As a result… there are three major problems facing most Americans.


I can’t argue with that… there is a savings crisis in the US, even if it’s probably not as bad as the headlines (“more than half of Americans would go bankrupt if their car needed a repair!”), and yes, I’m sure a lot of Americans who have been able to set aside some savings have invested too cautiously because they’re fearful of the market. Many have probably missed out on this decade-long bull market, thanks both to demographic trends (most of the money in the market is owned by people near retirement or in retirement, who naturally should reduce the riskiness of their portfolios as they age), and to the scare put into them by the dot-com bust 20 years ago and the global financial crisis ten years ago. I can’t blame people for fearing the market’s ups and downs, but avoiding the market for the past decade certainly hasn’t helped anyone.

Even when saving well or trying to be exposed to the stock market over the long term, US investors are below average — one of my favorite news items each year is the release of the Dalbar Study, which follows a lot of behavioral finance trends but, on this point, tracks the average performance of US investors compared to the benchmarks. US investors are terrible at investing, on average, and have been for decades, and it’s (mostly) not because they pay fees that are too high or choose the wrong stocks — it’s because they try to time the market, pulling money out when they’re scared and throwing money in when things look good and they want to try to “catch up.” The average US investor had a loss of 9.4% last year, when just sitting in an S&P 500 index fund for the full year would have resulted in a loss of only 4.4%… and given the crazy start to this year off of those winter lows, I’ll be surprised if the gap in 2019 isn’t worse. This is a quote from their press release about the study[3], and they end up having to say something very similar pretty much every year:

“In 2018 the average investor underperformed the S&P 500 in both good times and bad, lagging behind
the S&P by more than 100 basis points in two different months. In October, a bad month for the market
(-6.84% S&P 500 return vs. -7.97% Avg. Equity Investor Return) the investor lagged by 113 basis points, while in August, a strong month for the market (+3.26% S&P 500 return vs. 1.80% Avg. Equity Investor Return) the Average Investor lagged by 146 basis points.

“‘Judging by the cash flows we saw, investors sensed danger in the markets and decreased their
exposure but not nearly enough to prevent serious losses. Unfortunately, the problem was compounded
by being out of the market during the recovery months. As a result, equity investors gained no alpha,
and in fact trailed the S&P by 504 basis points.’ said Cory Clark, Chief Marketing Officer at DALBAR, Inc.”

But anyway, back to the teaser… what’s Alexander Green’s solution to this savings crisis?

“There’s only one surefire way to retire wealthy in America.

“And that’s by owning shares in a breakout business that’s crushing sales records… creating innovative products… and rewarding investors with massive paydays.

“Sometimes, just ONE great company… ONE single stock… can pay for your entire retirement.

“And I’ve got the details on the new #1 Stock in America right now.”

Sound familiar? Yes, Alexander Green has been touting this “one stock retirement” idea for well over a year now in teaser ads for the Oxford Club, mostly hinting that he thinks Foxconn is the best stock to build your retirement around… it should sound familiar to ardent Gumshoe readers, since we dug back into that spiel just yesterday.

But this is something new. And, frankly, the reason I’m covering the Oxford Club for two days in a row is that so many folks asked me if this latest Bill O’Reilly ad is pitching the same stock again… to which the answer is, “no.”

Nope, the “#1 Stock in America” is apparently no longer Hon Hai/Foxconn like it was before 1pm yesterday… now it’s something entirely different. Whatever could it be?

For that, let’s dig through the clues that they drop in the “interview” …. more from the ad transcript:

“I recently uncovered a stock that reminds me exactly of Netflix when I first bought shares of it years ago….

“Bill: Essentially, what you’re looking for here is a “perfect stock,” right?

  1. It would be a leader in cutting-edge technology that changes the way we live… just like Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and yes, Netflix.
  2. It would have breakthrough products used by millions of customers around the world.
  3. Patents and trademarks would protect its profit margins.
  4. It would have hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars, in future sales and profits – not just expected, but contractually guaranteed.
  5. It would be relatively undiscovered and trading for a very low price.

“Bill: And the new stock you’re recommending meets all that?

“Alex: Yes, it does.”

OK, so those criteria are almost identical to what he touted as “perfect stock” characteristics when hinting at Foxconn over the past year or so… which means, at least, that he does have some consistent touchstones he looks for in stocks.

So what other clues do we get about this secret stock?

“… my new #1 Stock in America is operating in the fastest-growing and most exciting sector in the markets today.

“I’m talking about the $17 trillion 5G revolution, which is going to be one of the biggest investment opportunities of our lifetimes…”

You can pitch almost any tech or telecom stock as somehow “5G related” these days, so that’s not a huge hint… but every bit helps.

What else? Apparently it really is in the “5G business”….

“The company is perhaps the most important linchpin to the entire 5G network…

“It makes the 5G microchips necessary for the entire system to work.

“To put it bluntly… any business that wants to be involved in this coming 5G revolution needs this company’s product.

“And the big businesses are lining up.

“For example, you will find this company’s microchips in Google’s 5G Chromecast… Samsung’s Galaxy 5G smartphones… and Audi’s mobile 5G Wi-Fi hotspots.”

That’s almost never true, so we’ll start off with a bit of skepticism… ad copywriters love to try to give the impression of a “monopoly,” and most of us don’t know the semiconductor business very well so we’re prone to accept those characterizations, but for most chips there is active and aggressive competition. Being the only provider of a particular technology is very rare, though, of course there are leaders and laggards in any little niche of the business.

What else?

“The company also just did a deal with SoftBank Group, whose founder is billionaire Masayoshi Son.”

Oh, for crying out loud — has anyone NOT done a deal with Softbank in the past couple years? They seem to have their fingers in every single pie, it’s getting a little absurd. But fine, yes, it’s a clue.

“My 5G company’s founder says we’re not even in the ‘first inning yet.’

“And I’ll tell you, he’s not kidding.

“This company’s microchips will soon be found in 2.3 BILLION products worldwide.

“We’re already seeing this company’s 5G microchips used in the Internet of Things, automotive technology and big data, processing storage, networking and security…

“It’s in routers, switches, appliances, data storage and servers… It’s in circuits and adapters too.”

And, yes, they do have patents…

“… this company has 10,000 patents to protect its intellectual property….”

As I’ve noted many times, the number of patents is not necessarily indicative of the importance or value of those patents… but yes, patenting your developments is important as chip and tech companies routinely litigate and use cross-licensing just to keep their heads above water, let alone get ahead or press an advantage.

And there are a few other tidbits:

“It’s got $1.7 BILLION coming in 2020 after signing a new deal with NXP Semiconductors.

“And it’s sitting on $500 million right now that its CEO says it’s prepared to distribute to shareholders. You want to be in before that happens!”

There’s plenty more financial porn in the ad (“if you had just put $20 a month into the very best stock that ever existed starting 20 years ago, you’d have a million dollars!”), but not much else in the way of clues… except for one tidbit, that the stock trades for “about $25” a share.

So what is this stock he’s hinting at, to be revealed to subscribers in a special report called “How to Profit from the $1 5G Megastock?” Thinkolator sez this is… Marvell Technology Group (MRVL)

Yes, Marvell is working with Softbank — they have a collaboration with Softbank’s ARM Holdings in server chips[4].

And yes, Marvell’s CEO did say that they’re “not even in the first inning”[5] when talking about 5G in an appearance on Jim Cramer’s CNBC show, and has said similar things many times (as have many other tech company folks, to be fair).

They do claim “more than 10,000 patents”, so that’s also a match. As is the ~$25 share price.

And finally, earlier this year NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) did agree to buy Marvell’s WiFi and Bluetooth businesses for $1.76 billion in cash. That will likely close next year, assuming no hiccups, and it will indeed mean that Marvell is pretty flush with cash — though in a pretty big reorg for a single year they also bought Avera and Aquantia for a total of about $1.1 billion in cash (after acquiring Cavium last year in their bid to really focus on the Infrastructure market). They also have about $1.7 billion in debt, so after all the deals are closed they should have roughly matching amounts of debt and cash — a conservative and flexible balance sheet for a decent-size company (market cap around $17 billion).

Here’s how Marvell describes itself:

“Marvell first revolutionized the digital storage industry by moving information at speeds never thought possible. Today, that same breakthrough innovation remains at the heart of the company’s storage, network infrastructure, and wireless connectivity solutions. With leading intellectual property and deep system-level knowledge, Marvell’s semiconductor solutions continue to transform the enterprise, cloud, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets.”

Their recent story has been familiar to anyone following semiconductors — they guided for a “below consensus” third quarter thanks to restrictions on selling to Huawei and a “worsening macro environment” caused, one would expect, by the trade war and economic weakness in many areas (though not in the US just yet).

They are still profitable but have not really grown in the past decade, which is why they have been restructuring the company to try to take advantage of some growth markets — they have historically had a particularly strong presence in the data storage business and in networking, like those WiFi and Bluetooth products they sold to NXP, but are trying to focus more on 5G’s network infrastructure demands. You can get some idea of what their plan was from last year’s Investor Day presentation[6], and they seem to be following through with that strategy.

Will it work? I confess to never having looked at this company before today, probably in part because it has been fairly boring for the past ten years or so and hasn’t been touted by newsletters or breathlessly drooled over on CNBC very much. And this is an interesting transition they’re embarking on, one that will really hit their earnings in the near term (selling those divisions to NXPI will mean they’re losing a lot of revenue), but the hope is that it helps them to establish some new growth businesses and improve their margins again over the next few years. This year and next year will be worse than last year, analysts think, but then in FY 2022 (which is pretty much calendar year 2021) the expectation is that a new revenue growth trend will have been established and they’ll get their earnings back up over $1.20 again ($1.19 in EPS is what they posted last year, the next two years are expected to be below that before they hit $1.47 in FY2022). So if you average all of that out, the growth from (calendar year) 2018-2021 is expected to be about 8% a year… and the hope, I assume, is that it continues to accelerate beyond that.

If that works out as expected, or better, then $25 is a perfectly reasonable price to pay — that’s a pretty steep valuation on current year earnings (70 cents, so a PE of 35), but the current year is widely expected to be the trough. If you look forward 20 months or so and believe analysts will be right about the growth emerging, presumably thanks to 5G investment, then the shares are trading at about 17X the earnings that are expected the year after next. That’s arguably a rational valuation for a stock that can grow earnings at 8% a year… but you do have the uncertainty that the reorganization and shakeup of the company might not go as well as hoped.

The good thing, if you compare Marvell to some of its larger peers like NXP or Broadcom, is that their balance sheet is a lot less worrisome — so if the cycle turns and debt becomes a problem for levered chip companies, it won’t be nearly as big a problem for Marvell as it might be for others (Broadcom has been on a debt-fueled acquisition binge for years, NXP and some others have big debt burdens from the years when they were taken private in leveraged buyouts and then re-IPO’d). And yes, that does mean they have some fuel for “shareholder returns” — they pay about a 1% dividend yield at the moment and haven’t generally been focused on raising the dividend, but they did announce a $1 billion share buyback authorization last year (we’ll see what impact that has, they haven’t done much of the $1 billion yet as far as I can tell, in recent years their buybacks have been only enough to keep pace with stock-based compensation).

I haven’t looked into the company enough to have a strong opinion, but at first glance it’s neither crazy nor super attractive to me. I would be surprised if this turns out to be the best stock of the next 20 years and becomes a “one stock retirement” pick, as teased, but I’d be surprised if that was the case for pretty much any stock… the key, of course, is not buy any one stock with the expectation that it will “save your retirement” — sadly, for that we’ve still just got the long-term prescription of “save more, diversify your investments, and don’t make big bets or try to time the market.” It’s boring, but it will probably work better than the alternative.

That’s just my thinking, though, and I’m sure there are some folks out there in Gumshoeland who’ve owned Marvell or have been following the turnaround story — have you a thought to share? Let us know with a comment below. Thanks for reading!

  1. often among the most consistently solid newsletters tracked by Hulbert: https://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/Hulbert-investment-newsletters-adviser/2014/05/19/id/572092/
  2. our tracking spreadsheets: https://www.stockgumshoe.com/tracking/
  3. their press release about the study: https://www.dalbar.com/Portals/dalbar/Cache/News/PressReleases/QAIBPressRelease_2019.pdf
  4. collaboration with Softbank’s ARM Holdings in server chips: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/marvell-extends-strategic-partnership-with-arm-300862701.html
  5. did say that they’re “not even in the first inning”: https://blogs.marvell.com/2019/06/matt-murphy-talks-marvell-transformation-four-deals-and-5g-with-jim-cramer-of-cnbcs-mad-money/
  6. last year’s Investor Day presentation: https://investor.marvell.com/static-files/833a2fb8-8faa-4cb2-96d2-1dd095582667

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    Wireless USer
    Sep 18 2019, 01:51:11 pm

    oh oh! Marvell To Pay $5.5 Million To Settle Alleged Disclosure Violations
    3:35 PM ET 9/16/19 | Dow Jones
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    By Micah Maidenberg

    Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) will pay a fine to settle charges the chipmaker misled investors by working to ship products sooner so it could meet sales forecasts.

    The company neither admitted nor denied the agency’s charges but agreed to pay a $5.5 million penalty, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    A spokeswoman for Marvell, which makes semiconductors used by a range of other companies, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

    Beginning in January 2015, top executives at Marvell began working to get sales staff to “pull in” revenue slated to be recorded in future quarters in order to help the company achieve sales targets, the SEC said in a filing about the case.

    To get customers to agree to the pull-ins, Marvell offered customers a range of financial incentives to get them to accept shipments sooner than they wanted.

    For the quarter that ended Jan. 31, 2015, the company recorded $24 million in sales scheduled for future reporting periods, the agency said. It used pull-in techniques to record $64 million in its first quarter during its fiscal 2016 year and another $77 million for the second quarter of that year.

    The company didn’t disclose how it was encouraging customers to take in shipments earlier than they wanted, the SEC said.

    “Investors were left with the misleading impression that Marvell was able to meet its public guidance organically, through normal customer demand for its products,” the SEC said in an order. “Senior management was aware that its natural revenue was far below the company’s public guidance.”

    The agency said that sales managers at the company pushed back on the moves, but were ignored.

    In August, Marvell said it expected to face challenges related to what it said were worsening economic conditions around the globe and due to export restrictions the U.S. government placed on China-based Huawei Technologies Co.

    Shares of Marvell, which is incorporated in Bermuda but has a headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., were down 1.5% Monday.

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      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Sep 18 2019, 02:10:27 pm

      I saw that, it’s so small that it’s not a red flag… but perhaps worthy of being an orange one.

  2. 58 |
    Sep 18 2019, 02:01:29 pm

    Last evening I was surprised to see Bill O’Reilly talked about Oxford club. I subscribe to both in addition to Stockgumshoe. Your analysis for MRVL is on the money. I have learned a lot from your insight. Thanks.
    Oxford has provided pretty good recommendations but in my case they are about 60% right.
    And Bill O’Reilly’s discussions are always interesting. Sure beats any major network. And I am an independent voter.

  3. 29 |
    Sep 18 2019, 02:35:36 pm

    MRVL is on the Jon Markman tech buy list. You reported earlier on Markman’s recommendation of INSG Inseego. Interesting when more than one newsletter is recommending the same stock. Does this mean anything, or are they just tagging each other?

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      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Sep 18 2019, 02:54:49 pm

      I don’t know if they know each other, but it’s not that unusual for the same stock to be picked by several different letters, lots of folks out there are looking for similar things. (Inseego, for example, has been aggressively touted by two different unrelated newsletters this year as a lower-profile 5G play).

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      Sep 19 2019, 03:03:58 pm

      Jon Markman is a prince, imho. When I’ve had a question about something he’s discussed, he picks up the phone and calls me! Who does that? Especially for someone not in the 2% club.

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      Sep 21 2019, 11:10:07 am

      Matthew McCall recommends MRVL in latest issue of Investment Opportunities. Reading Travis write-up and comments, I am undecided if MRVL deserves a second look.

  4. 25 |
    Sep 18 2019, 02:40:11 pm

    A few years ago Bill O’Reilly stated emphatically that he did not invest his money in the stock market. He said this more than once on his O’Reilly Factor program (Fox News Channel) before he was tarred and feathered for serial womanizing. The record is clear on his comments regarding stocks. This can be verified. Alexander Green and the Oxford Club must be compensating him for the endorsement / services. Billy boy wouldn’t wade into the murky waters of Wall Street unless there was money to be made. If he’s as rich as reported, there would be no need to plumb these depths.

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      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
      Sep 18 2019, 03:48:24 pm

      I don’t imagine anyone ever feels like they’re “too rich” to make some more easy money, eh?

  5. 21 |
    Sep 18 2019, 03:28:40 pm

    I realize that investing analysis has nothing to do directly with being a sexual predator. However, as an older person with some experience I do realize that a person’s character has direct influence on someone’s opinion on any subject including business investment. Accordingly I would not listen to anything Mr O Reilly has to say about anything and would seriosly question the validity of someone who decided to engage in a business relationship with him. Sorry Oxford Club – Hate to be negative – BUT

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      Sep 21 2019, 11:16:28 am

      Very insightful wisdom. Agreed… And the Foxxconn tout has been been a fiasco..a bust for 2 years now..yet they keep recycling that same old tout with no updates to the foxxconn situation in Wisconsin which is now about 180 degrees different from the original tout….. Very dis-heartening..

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      Sep 18 2019, 06:16:04 pm

      The movement of the “harmful” effects of 5g on people/environment is very very small but growing. I don’t know enough about it to say yes or no but I’ll bet big time research has and will be done in that area. I’ve already read (everything you read is true – right?) that some areas are delaying the implementation of 5g until more is known about its effects, if any. Could delay growth and revenue if it is proven to be super harmful and they can’t immediately mitigate the problem.

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        Sep 21 2019, 11:26:50 am

        Yet these touts, Mampilly included, keep hammering away that you must buy NOW…typical tease jargon..I like Mampilly, but he has gone a bit over the top…conversely, I never seem to see these toutsvwhen the first come out… its usually a year down the road when the stock is up 150% yet they still run the same old ad…..so maybe I will cut Mampilly some slack…. NOT Alex Green however….the Foxxconn thing now seems fraudulent….I think Mampilly’s co-hort Matt Badiali’s (Real Wealth Strategist) may be more my style…more workhorse, less salesman…

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        Sep 19 2019, 07:32:49 pm

        As an Electrical Engineer, I know there are possible consequences to uncontrolled microwave energy. But I have confidence that the engineers actually working on this new never widely used technology will do everything possible to stop anything negative. It is the uninformed population that may run with it if negatives are proven or even if a negative is possible. Hopefully that will end up being just minor noise in the whole movement to 5G. I believe it will be.

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        Sep 19 2019, 01:26:41 am

        Microwave is absorbed by organic matter and has multiple cellular effects — all of which, deleterious — at sub-thermal intensities. Any meaningful research or publicity is suppressed due to military and industry requiring unlimited use. The biggest body of research was done by the USSR since its scientists had some say in public policy.

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    rail rider
    Sep 23 2019, 07:38:56 pm

    “So, what would your pick be for the 5g for short term earnings? Also, what company is installing the 5g repeaters (hard to believe 5g needs one every 5 or six blocks….that’s several years work for some lucky company (ies).

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    Nov 14 2019, 12:46:19 am


    PS: IN TERMS OF GOLD, BLUE CHIP AND Pink, care anyone to make a pie for us to gaze at>

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    Nov 14 2019, 12:48:37 am


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