Collection House (OTC:CLHSF, ASX:CLH) is a small-cap $133 million revenue Australian stock with little coverage. It is trading cheap at a valuation of 6x EV/EBITDA, with excellent cash flow conversion. The stock has also posted solid and consistent growth, with a fully franked (tax-free) dividend of just under 6%.
Its closest Australian comparable, Credit Corp. Group, is trading at a 15x P/E, about 60% higher than CLHSF.
This is precisely what we look for in a company:
Consistent growth Defensive earnings Excellent free cash flow generation, at 12% of market cap A realistic chance of substantial multiple appreciation
Collection House is in the business of purchasing bad debts and collecting them. The company also lends against receivables, allowing businesses owed debt by a bust supplier to recover at least some of their losses. In addition, it offers legal advice to those in financial distress, financial education and advice for individuals requiring debt restructuring. Collection House employs about 850 people across Australia and is predominantly B2B, but has recently forayed into consumer finance with its ThinkMe Finance product. ThinkMe is a finance brokerage for those who are self-employed or credit-impaired and otherwise locked out of reasonable finance opportunities.
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