Clicks buys Pick n Pay pharmacies: Their Human Factor Scores

If you were a share investor, which share would you rather own?

According to this article published on Fin24, Clicks is going to buy Pick n Pay’s pharmacies.

In the article the Pick n Pay chief operating officer, Adrian Naudé said that the future key objectives of Pick n Pay do not include the development of a pharmacy division.

Clicks has the largest retail pharmacy network in South Africa and with this deal, Clicks will increase its footprint to 632 pharmacies and in contrast to Pick n Pay’s strategy Clicks claims that 50% of the country’s population live within 6 kilometres of a Clicks pharmacy and with the Pick n Pay deal, Clicks aims to improve this statistic according to the Clicks CEO Vikesh Ramsunder, as quoted in the above-mentioned article.

This deal is far from closed as the transaction is still subject to approval by the Competition Commission and the regulatory authorities.

Now, if you were a share investor, which share would you rather own, Clicks or Pick n Pay?

We at Global & Local Asset Management use the “Avoid the Human Factor” strategy to manage our portfolios. The strategy focuses on managing portfolios like an actuary and not a portfolio manager. The strategy comprises of developing probabilities that indicate the chance of a listed company NOT being able to achieve the growth implied by its current share price.

If we were to view the Clicks Human Factor Score, we would see that our New York associates New Age Alpha, who developed the Human Factor Score and publish these scores on their website for free, have indicated that Clicks has a 34% probability of NOT being able to deliver the growth implied in its share price.

Whereas Pick n Pay’s Human Factor Score reflects a 64% probability of NOT being able to deliver the growth in its share price.

Therefore, to answer the earlier question, should one own Clicks or Pick n Pay shares? The response would be that purely in accordance with the Human Factor Score provided by New Age Alpha, one should own Clicks rather than Pick n Pay, as Pick n Pay shares seem to be overvalued in comparison to Clicks.

We realise that share investing is simply NOT this easy, and so if you are a potential or current share investor, you should not take this article as advice to buy or sell either of these shares! Rather speak to a share investment professional.

One should take into consideration many other factors such as how is Clicks going to pay for this purchase of Pick n Pay’s pharmacies? What are the terms of the financing arrangements Clicks may have to enter into to complete this transaction? How will this transaction affect Pick n Pay and what are they going to do with the cash generated through the sale of their pharmacies?

Stock prices are affected by human behaviour. This creates a risk that investors are not fully aware of, that erodes alpha and that they are not compensated for taking, a risk we call the H-Factor.

Using the probability-based approach for stock selection, we help investors identify and avoid this risk.

The Human Factor Score measures the risk of human behaviour inherent in any company’s share price, the probability takes into account whether the company has provided the growth implied in its share price in the past.

If you would like to know more about how the H-Factor score tool works and how we “Avoid the Losers”, then please contact us at Global & Local Asset Management.


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