Category: Stock analysis

Investors Title: Family-Controlled, Operates In An Oligopoly And Well-Managed

Investors Title (listed on Nasdaq with the tickercode ITIC) was for me an unknown company until about a week ago when I came across this article on Seeking Alpha written by Capital Ideas. The article is an interesting deep-dive into a highly profitable and well-managed small-cap (market cap is only 260 million). My article is mostly a recap of Capital

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Svenska Handelsbanken – The Best Nordic Bank – Has The Best Moat There Is: Culture

Svenska Handelsbanken (called Handelsbanken in the rest of the article ) was founded in 1871 and is the oldest listed company on Stockholm Stock Exchange. The Bank has a nationwide branch network in Sweden, the UK, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. I have been long this stock for some years, and I believe this is the best managed bank

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Some Thoughts On Markel (The “Mini/Baby” – Berkshire) And Its 2019 Shareholder Letter

Berkshire Hathaway needs no introduction, but what many investors might not know is the existence of several “Mini-Berkshires” or “Baby-Berkshires”, companies that are much smaller but in many ways similar both in business model and mindset of the management. One of these companies is Markel Corporation which is traded on the NYSE and has the tickercode “MKL”. Previously I have

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Alleghany Corporation: A Boring, But Compounding, “Mini/Baby-Berkshire”

Berkshire Hathaway needs no introduction, but what many investors might not know is the existence of several “Mini-Berkshires” or “Baby-Berkshires”, companies that are much smaller but in many ways similar both in business model and mindset of the management. One of these companies is Alleghany Corporation which is traded on the NYSE and has the single tickercode “Y”. In this

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Diageo: A Premium Sin-Stock

Background and summary: Diageo produces alcohol – lots of it – hence a “sin-stock”. Tobacco and alcohol stocks have produced spectacular gains over the last century, and Diageo is not different: 12% CAGR since 2000. Diageo is a result of the merger between the famous beer producer Guinness and Grand Metropolitan in 1997, which formed one of the biggest distillers

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Why It Makes More Sense For Exxon To Buy Back Shares Instead Of Paying A Dividend

Last week I wrote an article about how you can create your own “dividend” by selling shares. Many investors have an irrational dividend bias: Benjamin Graham wrote in the Intelligent Investor that a rising dividend has the potential of attracting “ignorant coupon clippers” – not business owners. I believe too many shareholders in ExxonMobil (XOM) are in the “coupon clipper”

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Chr. Hansen Holding AS: Wide Moat, But Management Has No Skin In The Game

This article contains some brief notes on Chr. Hansen Holding AS, the famous Danish enzymes, food/nutrition and natural colors company. The article is just a short presentation of the company and writing is kept to a minimum and mostly in the forms of bullet points. The business and some history: Chr. Hansen is a Danish company that supposedly touches about

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Credit Acceptance Corp: Excellent Operators And Allocators – Great Compounder

Credit Acceptance Corp has proven to be disciplined loan underwriters, a prerequisite for good long-term performance. Has a clear and rational strategy for allocating capital. Owner-operated, meaning management has the same skin in the game as outside shareholders. Their business model sets them apart, and might turn out to be countercyclical in a recession. However, the industry is competitive and

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Comcast: A Recession “Proof” Compounder

Introduction and summary: Comcast (tickercode: CMCSA) is the world’s second biggest telecom company and headquartered in Philadelphia, USA. The company was founded by Ralph Roberts in 1963 and has largely grown via M&A. I’m long Comcast since late summer 2018 and consider this a long-term holding that will compound for years to come. My main reason for buying was twofold:

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Constellation Software – Takeaways From Mark Leonard’s Shareholder Letters

This article contains a brief description of Constellation Software, some thoughts on its competitive advantages and excerpts from Mark Leonard’s excellent shareholder letters. The excerpts are quite long, about 5 000 words, and I recommend going to the source to read all letters. This article has only small samples of Leonard’s wisdom. Mark Leonard: Mark Leonard, an Englishman and former

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