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4 International Stocks at 52-Week Lows – December 2012 Edition
Posted by: Dianne Tordillo (IP Logged)
Date: December 14, 2012 01:30PM

The GuruFocus 52-Week Lows Screener is a wonderful tool to use to discover out-of-favor industries and undervalued stocks. Using the screener, and browsing its international section, the following stocks have the common criteria of international stocks that are within 2 percent of their 52-week low market value. The resulting stocks are based in locations such as China, Japan, South Africa and the Cayman Islands.

iSoftStone Holdings Ltd. (ISS)

China-based IT company, iSoftStone, has departed from its one-year high market value by 66.5 percent. While it was once $11 in the end of January, its price has reached $3.76 around December. Its stock is down 1.73 percent today.

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iSoftStone may be based in China, but its client base spans globally, mostly catering to the technology, communications, financial, healthcare, energy, transportation and public sector fields. The $513-million-market-capitalized company is in the business of providing IT services and solutions that support and expand a business’ client engagements. Its suite of IT services and solutions include application development and maintenance (ADM), R&D services, infrastructure and software services and business process outsourcing (BPO) services.

Currently, Gurus who have ongoing stake in the company are PRIMECAP Management, Steve Mandel and Jim Simons (ISS: Holding History). Its two latest Guru trades were reported in the second quarter, when PRIMECAP added to its stake by 66.14 percent, and Jim Simons reduced its stake by 52.94 percent.

Warner Chilcott Plc (WCRX)

Targeting the North American and Western European pharmaceuticals markets, Warner Chilcott is a Dublin, Ireland-based company that produces therapeutic products focused on women’s healthcare, gastroenterology, dermatology, urology and dermatology.

This year, it traded at its highest of about $23 in May. Since then, its price has collapsed from its highest by 53.3 percent down to $11.38 in December. Its stock is up for today’s trading, by 4.21 percent around noon.

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With a market cap of $2.92 billion, Warner Chilcott reported a 7 percent decrease in revenue in its third quarter results, compared to year-over-year data. The decrease was due to a decline in net sales of one of its products, Actonel, a monthly oral osteoporosis treatment.

Today marks the day the company will pay $0.25 per share to its shareholders in dividends, through its new dividend policy, which dedicates a $0.50 per share total annual cash dividend to its ordinary shareholders. Warner Chilcott has an overall dividend yield of 2.1 percent. Its price-to-cash flow ratio is 1.7.

Investing Gurus Eric Mindich and Jim Simons both sold out of their company shares in the third quarter. While Steven Cohen and Private Capital added to their existing stake of Warner Chilcott, Paul Tudor Jones presented the company as a new buy in the third quarter. (WCRX: Holding History)

Nidec Corp. (NJ)

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, electric motors and machinery manufacturer Nidec Corp. has fallen from its one-year high by 40.7 percent. In February, it traded at $24, compared to today’s price at $14.71. Nidec stock is down 0.61 percent this afternoon.

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Nidec has a market cap of $8.86 billion. Its products are comprised of motor components especially made for various motor types such as spindle motors, small brushless DC motors, mid-size brushless DC motors and fan motors (

In the beginning of this month, the company announced the status of the buyback plan which announced a repurchase of up to 5 million shares of common stock, which was estimated to total 40 billion yen. The period of the repurchase is supposedly from February of this year through February of 2013. As of Nov. 30, about 4.2 million shares have been repurchased out of the 5 million.

The company recently acquired Kinetek Group Inc., a company that occupies a leading position in the global commercial motors markets, used in products such as elevators, escalators and material handling vehicles. The acquisition was made to strengthen Nidec’s commercial motor business segment.

Nidec has a dividend yield of 1.8 percent and a payout ratio of 24.

Out of all the investors that GuruFocus follows, only Jim Simons currently has a holding of the company. His latest trade was made in the third quarter, presenting it as a new buy after he sold out of the company in the second quarter of 2011. (NJ: Holding History)

Anglogold Ashanti Limited (AU)

Global gold mining company, Anglogold Ashanti, has fallen 37.3 percent from its one-year high, according to the GuruFocus 52-week low screener. It traded its highest in February around $47, and it is now $29.94, with its stock down 1.01 percent today.

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Anglogold Ashanti is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, upholding 20 operations in four continents. It is the third largest gold producer, with land positions in Colombia, Egypt, Guinea, Australia and the Solomon Islands, among others. In 2011, it produced $6.6 billion in gold income, and its ore reserve totaled 75.6 million ounces (

Anglogold’s 10-Year Financials show a positive trending growth rates. Its annual growth rate is 13.93 percent, and has been 4.1 percent in the past 12 months.

In the third quarter, Anglogold distributed a dividend to its shareholders, which totaled 50 South African cents per share (about 6 cents in U.S. currency.) Anglogold has a dividend yield of 1.7 percent, and a payout ratio of 20.

Nine Gurus currently own stakes in Anglogold, including Mario Gabelli, Jean-Marie Eveillard and Chuck Royce (AU: Holding History). In the third quarter, Pioneer Investments sold out of its entire stake in Anglogold, while Steven Cohen and John Hussman trimmed their shares. Jim Simons added to his stake by 61.66 percent.

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