Scott Phillips presented his in-depth investment thesis on WH Group (HK: 288) at Asian Investing Summit 2015.

WH Group represents the combination of Shuanghui Development of China and Smithfield Foods in the U.S. WH Group is the world’s largest processor of pork meat, with operations and sales focused on China (43% sales) and the U.S. (50% sales). Despite its backdrop for secular growth opportunities in China, the firm’s valuation multiples are heavily discounted versus its global peers. WH Group is a holding company representing the 2013 combination of Shuanghui Development of China and Smithfield Foods in the U.S., rather than capitalizing potential synergies, the market implies a reduced valuation for Smithfield from its takeover (and pre-merger) value. In sum, an attractive long-term growth business with compelling value-creation opportunities on a bottom-up basis.

About the instructor:

Scott Phillips is portfolio manager and head of research at Templeton and Phillips Capital Management, LLC. Prior to working with Templeton and Phillips Capital Management, LLC, Scott Phillips founded Cumberland Capital Corp, located in Chattanooga, TN. Founded in June 2004, Cumberland Capital provided equity research services to Green Cay Asset Management, a hedge fund management company located in Nassau, Bahamas. In this capacity with Cumberland Capital, Scott was the lead research analyst on the Siebels Hard Asset Fund a long/short equity fund managed by Green Cay Asset Management. In addition to consulting on this fund Scott also provided equity recommendations for the Green Cay Emerging Markets Fund. Prior to consulting Green Cay’s funds Scott was employed as a research analyst with Green Cay beginning in January of 2004. Before joining Green Cay, Scott was an equity research associate analyst with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (including its predecessor companies) in Atlanta GA from January of 1999 to December of 2003. Scott co-authored with Lauren Templeton of the book “Investing the Templeton Way” released in 2008 by McGraw Hill. Scott is also the author of “Buying at the Point of Maximum Pessimism” a book on forward looking investment themes published by the FT Press in 2010. In addition to these books, Scott co-authored a revision of William Proctor’s 1983 biography of Sir John Templeton titled “The Templeton Touch” released in December 2012. Scott is a member of the John Templeton Foundation and a trustee with the Templeton Foundation Inc. Scott received his B.A. from the University of the South.

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