The companies that operate exchanges for securities, commodities and other financial instruments robust institutions. These companies are extremely profitable, with operating margins usually in the high teens. Extreme market turbulence has been caused by the coronavirus. As a result, stock markets globally have taken big hits since the beginning of the year. That the damage … Continue reading How did the Exchanges do in the Financial Crisis of 2008?
Imagine the following: You get a call from an investment banker you are acquainted with. He chirpily informs you that you are in for a treat. It just so happens that due to circumstances, he is in the know of two companies that are in play. He goes on to tell you, that not only … Continue reading On Goodwill Hunting & Hidden Value
When people talk about the Quality of Earnings, what they usually mean is how well do current earnings predict future earnings. This is, literally, the textbook definition of earnings quality. The problem with this definition, however, is that it favours the stability of earnings above anything else. What if, as an example, a future stream … Continue reading Embedded Optionality | FRMO Case Study
TripAdvisor will announce its 2019 fourth quarter and full-year results in a couple of days. The company began its life as a publicly-traded company on December 21, 2011, when it was spun-off from its parent Expedia (which itself had been spun-off Barry Diller’s IAC in 2005). Under the ticker symbol TRIP, TripAdvisor shares opened trading … Continue reading Return on (re)Invested Capital | TripAdvisor Case Study
On May 15, Overstock (OSTK) filed a Form 4 with the SEC. The filing disclosed that Patrick Byrne, Overstock's CEO and Chairman, had sold 500,000 shares of common stock in the open market. That revelation sent Overstock down about 15% on the day. For me, going long Overstock has been a humbling experience. The thesis … Continue reading Overstock | Retail Value and Risk Factors
Overstock (OSTK) currently presents a Special Situation Investment Opportunity. As Overstock's founder has turned his focus on blockchain investments, the sale of the company's eCommerce operations is imminent. A review of recent M&A multiples in the eCommerce space suggests that at its current price, shares of Overstock are significantly undervalued. Overstock Decides to Sell Itself In 2014, … Continue reading Overstock | A Special Situation
Dundee Corporation (TSE: DC.A) is a Toronto based diversified holding company with investments in wealth management, resources, agriculture and real estate. Dundee Corporation is a public Canadian independent holding company, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol DC.A. Under the leadership of its founder, Ned Goodman, Dundee Corporation had enjoyed an illustrious history of … Continue reading Dundee Corporation | A Race to the Bottom