Why Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI) Is A Buy When Markets Go Down

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When stocks are plummeting in price, it’s hard to start buying into all the uncertainty. But a disciplined long term investor knows there’s no better time to buy than right now. And I’m not talking about buying into speculative, high-risk stocks. I’m talking about the well-proven, robust track record Old Republic International Corporation. Why? Size. Financial health. Proven performance.

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Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the insurance underwriting and related services business primarily in the United States and Canada. Established in 1887, and run by CEO Aldo Zucaro, the company size now stands at 9.00k people and with the stock’s market cap sitting at US$6.8b, it comes under the mid-cap group. Bear market volatility can have a short-term impact on large, well-established companies, but in the long-run, these businesses are likely to prevail. This is because fundamentally, nothing has changed. A fall in share price is hardly detrimental to its financial health and business operations. So, large-cap stocks are a safe bet to buy more of when the stock market is selling off.

NYSE:ORI Historical Debt, June 13th 2019
NYSE:ORI Historical Debt, June 13th 2019

Old Republic International currently has US$975m debt on its books which requires regular servicing. This means it needs to have sufficient cash-on-hand to meet upcoming interest expenses. With an interest coverage ratio of 26.07x, Old Republic International produces sufficient earnings (EBIT) to cover its interest payments. Anything above 3x is considered safe practice. Furthermore, its cash flows from operations copiously covers it debt by 79%, which is higher than the bare minimum requirement of 20%. Not to mention, it meets the basic liquidity requirement with current assets exceeding liabilities, which further builds on its financial strength in the face of a volatile market.

NYSE:ORI Income Statement, June 13th 2019
NYSE:ORI Income Statement, June 13th 2019

ORI’s annual earnings growth rate has been positive over the last five years, with an average rate of 7.4%, outperfoming the industry growth rate of 3.4%. It has also returned an ROE of 14% recently, above the industry return of 8.6%. This consistent market outperformance illustrates a robust track record of delivering strong returns over a number of years, increasing my conviction in Old Republic International as an investment over the long run.

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Based on these three factors, ORI makes for a strong long-term investment in the face of a fickle stock market. If you’re a risk averse investor, lining your portfolio with proven companies you’re willing to buy more and more of as the price falls, is a good strategy to build your wealth over the long run. This is the beginning of your research, but before you decide to buy ORI, I highly urge you to understand more about the company, in particular, in these following areas:
  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ORI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ORI’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ORI worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether ORI is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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