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 […]

Take-private offer for Hupsteel Limited

On Friday an offer of S$1.20 in cash was made for Hupsteel Limited (BMH.SI), a steel distributor in Singapore. The offer is made by a consortium which consists of members of the Lim family, who are the controlling shareholders of Hupsteel. I’ve owned Hupsteel since September 2017. My average cost is about $0.83 per share. […]

Aplisens SA: a growing Polish micro-cap at 8.8x earnings

Investing in Poland has proven to be a bit challenging for me. The main problems are that almost all of the small companies only report in Polish and that protection for minority investors is weak. It is a common occurrence at Polish micro-caps for insiders, sometimes with the help of a couple of large outside […]