Whilst Aston Martin Lagonda (AML) shareholders may be pleased that their shares are up over 6% today, it still remains a comedy investment. I am sure the cars are very nice but despite all the chat about 2022 guidance maintained and a “successfully launched DBX707 ahead of Q2 deliveries”, the reality is still centred on losses and higher net debt levels. It remains a car company controlled largely by the rich for the rich. Despite the wealth of its Chairman and the 92% share price fall since its most recent IPO in 2018, it remains an avoid for me (at many levels). So if fast and flashy cars are not really my thing, what about the “premium lifestyle brand and group with an authentic heritage and values of family, fun and joy in the countryside” offering of Joules Group (JOUL)?.
Another month starts and - no doubt - more corporate share price excitement will be apparent. As a boring active investor with over five years (at least!) before I can access my pension fund, I am genuinely excited about prospects as it is clearly far from being a boring passive investment world nowadays. Here is the less good news though, I doubt if even a third of stocks are even moderately interesting. Clearly we are shifting closer to the world of Japan with ageing populations, high debt levels, boring economic growth progress…and only one in ten of the stocks that you appraise being interesting. And that brings me to today’s updates from James Halstead (JHD) and Joules Group (JOUL).