The Most Profitable Industry Ever?

Allan MacDonald, Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd presented at the Ben Graham Centre's 2018 Value Investing Conference. The topic of his talk was: Finding Great Investment Opportunities in New Business Models. Companies owned by their own customers One of the opportunists that Allan covers he refers to as Demutualization. The term … Continue reading The Most Profitable Industry Ever?

Origo and the value of Tempo Software

Origo is an Icelandic IT company listed on the Nasdaq OMX Iceland stock exchange. The company employs over 500 people, offering IT solutions ranging from hardware, software, consultancy and technical services. In addition to its Icelandic operations, Sweedish-based Applicon AB and Tempo Solutions operate as fully owned subsidiaries. Origo 2017 Financials In 2017, the company … Continue reading Origo and the value of Tempo Software

Oaktree Capital: Thoughts on Valuation

Oaktree is an asset management company that specializes in the high-yield bond market and distressed debt.  Oaktree is lead by Howard Marks, who is famous for the Memos he publishes periodically. Oaktree Presentation from the Bernstein Conference At the end of last May, Jay Wintrob, CEO of Oaktree Capital presented at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions … Continue reading Oaktree Capital: Thoughts on Valuation

Nugget: PPR changes name to Keurig and starts Puma restructuring

From a Reuters article on June 18, 2013: But beyond the name change and new logo featuring an owl, Pinault gave few answers to shareholders about the future of Puma or Fnac, the group's CD and book business, which will list on the stock market on Thursday. Pinault called on shareholders to hold on to Fnac … Continue reading Nugget: PPR changes name to Keurig and starts Puma restructuring

Profile: Global Automobile Industry

The Global Automotive Industry consists of all companies and organizations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles. In 2012, more than 84 million vehicles were produced globally by the industry as a whole. The Worlds Biggest Auto Manufacturers The biggest car brands in 2011, in terms of vehicles sold, were … Continue reading Profile: Global Automobile Industry

The Pele Pact and its Dramatic Ending

The origin of the Puma brand goes back to 1948. Rudolph Dassler, the company's founder, had split from a business partnership with his elder brother, Adi Dassler. The name of the business partnership? You guessed it, Adidas. Battle of the Boots The two brothers fought a ruthless war for market share in the global sportswear … Continue reading The Pele Pact and its Dramatic Ending

2 Studies on Spin-offs

What follows are excepts from two academic studies on spin-offs. Spin-offs are special situations whereby a company spins-off an asset in a tax free distribution to its shareholders. Spin-offs are thought to have predictive attribute of outperformance due to structural factors. A spin-off study - Chris Mayer (2005) Spinoff Companies: Four Reasons Companies Spin Off … Continue reading 2 Studies on Spin-offs

Mental Model: Defined benefit pension plans

This is a dossier with resources and material regarding the valuation of defined benefit pension plans. This PDF is a selection from an out-of-print volume from the National Bureau of Economic Research Pension Plan Calculator (spreadsheet provided by aliactuary.com) Actuarial Methods and Assumptions used in the Valuation of Retirement Benefits in the EU and other … Continue reading Mental Model: Defined benefit pension plans