Deep-rooted cultural traditions of hard work and perseverance have contributed to Japan’s high-quality products, superior manufacturing, and technological innovations, resulting in a durable global competitive advantage.
The Hennessy Gas Utility Fund's Portfolio Managers attended the American Gas Association (AGA) Financial Forum to gain insight into trends affecting natural gas companies including natural gas’ role as a solution for clean energy sources and as a strategic economic asset to the U.S. The following highlights their takeaways from the Financial Forum.
New and innovative technology is changing just about every industry, and the Financials sector is no exception. In this Sector Highlight, we examine the digital transformation trends in the banking industry and how banks are embracing technology to adapt to consumer demands and boost growth in revenue and profitability.
With the coming energy transition where carbon emissions will be required to be significantly reduced, we believe natural gas plays a role as an essential bridge to a more sustainable and reliable energy future that will also help meet the needs of the growing global energy demand.
While the pandemic slowed deal activity, the stage is set for deal making in 2022, we examine several trends that could reshape the banking ecosystem and likely provide a tailwind to bank stocks over the years to come.
Many current catalysts drive our positive outlook on Japan: Pandemic-related restrictions have been easing, Kishidanomics is underway, and valuations look attractive.
Despite exceptional YTD performance, Financials sector stocks are trading at a historically low relative discount to the market. The banking industry is healthy, and a number of catalysts, including robust M&A activity, higher interest rates, and accelerated loan growth, could push bank stocks higher.
For more than a decade, U.S. natural gas utility and pipeline companies have significantly increased investment in their infrastructure networks. We believe higher investment is a positive catalyst driving earnings growth for many natural gas distribution companies operating under rate of return (ROR) regulation.
As factory automation systems appear in factories throughout the world, Japanese companies are slated to be major beneficiaries - both as producers and users of robotics.
Over the last decade, strong growth in production has allowed the U.S. to become a net exporter of natural gas. Both liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and pipeline exports to Mexico have been growing rapidly, and significant further growth is forecast.