Liquidation: Harvard Illinois Bancorp (OTC:HARI)

I’ve picked up a few shares of Harvard Illinois Bancorp (OTC:HARI). This is a liquidation that could offer a reasonable return depending on the final liquidating distribution(s). I think it is pretty unusual for a bank to liquidate. The reason for the liquidation is that the company ran into big problems in 2014 when it […]

Sold Nansin Co. (TYO:7399)

Nansin (TYO:7399) has been part of my Japanese basket of stocks for a few years. I’ve sold my shares recently. Unfortunately this wasn’t due to a rising market valuation. Nansin is as cheap as ever and looks like a nice bargain at first glance: Share price: ¥543 Shares outstanding: 6.77m Market cap: ¥3.7bn Cash & […]

Sugar Creek Financial Corp. (OTC:SUGR)

Last week I bought a few shares of a very small community bank called Sugar Creek Financial Corp. (OTC:SUGR). This position is part of a basket of micro-cap community banks with similar characteristics. I hope that some of these small banks will be acquired at some point. So the basket is mostly a bet on […]

HAL offers to buy out TABS Holland minority shareholders

Another day, another buy-out offer for a company in my portfolio. This one, especially, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. HAL Investments has offered to buy-out the remaining minority shareholders, together holding ~4.9% of NPEX listed TABS Holland, at €34,24 in cash per share. I originally wrote about TABS Holland in October 2017. Since […]