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Portfolio positions

 

  • Singapore  Company 1: a Singapore listed company trading at a low P/E multiple and a low price to free cash flow multiple. There’s also a substantial discount to book value.
    Date of publication: January 07, 2017
    Credits: 10 (lowered in price due to stock price increase since January)
  • United States  Company 2: a US-listed microcap bank that trades over the counter (OTC). An investor with some history of activism has taken a significant stake in this bank. I expect the activist to push the management of the bank for a sale of the bank to a larger entity. The bank trades below tangible book value and is probably too small to remain independent in the future. Shares are very illiquid.
    Date of publication: April 20, 2017
    Credits: 10
  • Japan  Japanese basket – April, 2017: an overview of all the Japanese companies that are currently in my portfolio. Most of these companies are cash-rich net-nets, but there are a couple of companies in the basket that I like for other reasons, such as: a large discount to book value or significant share buybacks by a company. Four new positions are disclosed since my last update in December, 2015.
    Date of publication: April 20, 2017
    Credits: 20
  • Australia  Company 3 is an Australian microcap trading at a single digit multiple of free cash flow and normalized earnings. Business conditions have been somewhat subdued and this has led to a market valuation that I see as attractive currently. Insider ownership is substantial and capital allocation by management has been intelligent.
    Date of publication: May 11, 2017
    Credits: 10
  • Company 4 is a palm oil company trading at a large discount to the land values as presented in a recently announced offer for another plantation company and to another recent comparable transaction. The company looks pretty cheap from an earnings and cash flow perspective as well. I’m not going to disclose where this stock is listed in the preview text, but it can be bought through Interactive Brokers. This list of available markets on IB gives you an idea of whether other brokers will be able to offer access to this market.
    Date of publication: June 09, 2017
    Credits: 10
  • United States  Company 5: a small, OTC-listed bank that is currently in my basket of community banks. The company is trading at less than 80% of book value, which has become pretty rare in the current market. The bank also has fairly consistent earnings and low non-performing assets.
    Date of publication: June 28, 2017
    Credits: 10 Free: Publicly accessible after acquisition offer
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  • Australia Company 6 is an Australian company with some potentially valuable assets that are in the process of being monetized by the company. There is considerable uncertainty about the ultimate value of these assets, but there are some indications that this value could be well above the implied value currently being given to the assets by the market. I think the uncertainty is a lot greater than the risk in this case, but there are certainly speculative elements to this investment.
    Date of publication: August 03, 2017
    Credits: 10

Investment ideas

 

  • No published investment ideas yet

Difference between portfolio positions and investment ideas:

Portfolio positions are public companies that I owned in my personal portfolio at the time of publication of the write-up.

Investment ideas are companies that are not in my portfolio at the time of publication, but that I still consider attractive. Reasons for not owning a stock despite considering it attractive could be:

  • A lack of cash to invest in all attractive situations that are available at a particular point in time
  • I already have a large exposure to other cheap companies in a particular country or sector
  • I don’t have access to a particular market or investment
  • I might have a limited understanding of an idea, due to the complexity of it (or a lack of intelligence on my side), that makes the idea speculative for me, but still potentially interesting and valuable for others. I will disclose the speculative nature of ideas like this in the preview text for those ideas.

Generally, it will take less credits to access write-ups in this second category. Since I don’t have “skin in the game” with these ideas, they could prove to be less attractive than my portfolio positions. I also think it’s a good idea to create an incentive for me to own the companies I write about. A higher price for portfolio positions than for other investment ideas creates an incentive for me to invest in the companies that are profiled in the premium section.

In the years that I’ve been blogging, there have generally been many more attractive investment ideas than I could invest in, given the limits of my net worth. That’s the main reason I created this second category. It creates a lot more ideas to write about than if I limited myself to writing about portfolio positions only.