Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Societe Generale Improving, But Still Unsettled On Several Fronts

ADRs are a very useful way of adding global exposure to a portfolio, but there can be that frustrating dichotomy between local performance and your actual results when currency moves get in the way. Such is the case with Societe Generale (OTCPK:SCGLY). While this giant French bank has put at least some of its troubles behind it and gotten some appreciation for that in the market since my last article (the local shares are up more than 25%), the ADRs have only posted a mid-single digit gain.

I continue to believe that SocGen can do better and merit a higher valuation, but there are still some significant challenges to surmount. SocGen needs to reignite growth in its French Retail operations and manage through the extreme challenges it is facing in its Russian operations, while also building the groundwork for future growth in areas like Africa. I believe the bank will fare better than the Street expects, but not all investors may see the 10% to 20% potential return as compelling enough to take on the currency risks, regulatory risks, and other assorted headaches that may accompany SocGen.

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Societe Generale Improving, But Still Unsettled On Several Fronts

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