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Geoff Gannon February 27, 2018

General Electric (GE): Step Zero – Will We Ever Be Able to Value This Thing?

I apologize in advance for the disorganized and inconclusive nature of this write-up. By this point, I’ve read a little about GE. It’s a stock many of you have said you’d like to hear about. And yet, I’m not sure I have anything worthwhile to say about it quite yet. This piece is the best I can do for now. So, this isn’t even an “initial interest” post. This isn’t step one of my analysis of GE. This is step zero. The company is that...

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Geoff Gannon February 25, 2018

j2 Global (JCOM): Half Cloud, Half Digital Media and All About Acquisitions

Guest write-up by Jayden Preston     Introduction   j2 Global brands itself as an Internet service company. At its core, the company’s goal is to participate in the monetization of the shift from analog to digital. They do so in two business segments: 1) Business Cloud Services and 2) Digital Media.   Business Cloud Services (BCS)   The main business here is providing businesses of all sizes with cloud services that meet their communication, messaging, security, data backup, hosting, customer relationship management and other...

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Geoff Gannon February 18, 2018

U.S. Lime (USLM): A High Longevity Stock in a Low Competition Industry

This is the second article in my new approach to writing for Focused Compounding each week. I will give you a look into my initial thoughts on a stock that I may then research further. At the end of this article, I will tell you my interest level (0% means there’s no chance I will follow-up with additional research on this stock; 100% means it’s already at the top of my research pipeline). This is my first article on U.S. Lime & Minerals (USLM). So,...

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Geoff Gannon February 11, 2018

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (BW): A Risky Stock Getting Activist Attention

I’m trying something different this week. In an effort to share more ideas with members, I’ve decided I’ll write about whatever stock I’m looking at – even if I don’t like what I see. This will give you some insight into my stock selection process at the earliest stages. It will also let me give you more regular, stock-specific content. The downside, of course, is that it’s risky. I’m risking getting you interested in a stock you shouldn’t be interested in. So, I’ll rate the...

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Kevin Wilde February 5, 2018

AA PLC (LSE:AA)

Opportunity: Long-time market leader in UK roadside assistance. Very little competition (RAC, Greenflag) in durable, niche industry. Incredibly predictable, high return on capital business. Strong competitive advantages: high customer retention, high switching costs, strong brand, excellent economies of scale / high barriers to entry. Normalized FCF ~315MM; EV 3.440B; FCF / EV yield of 9.1%. Risks: Highly leveraged after sale by private equity owners.   Mature, slow growing industry. Exposure to loss of insurance referral business in the future (autonomous vehicles). Recent management turnover....

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Geoff Gannon February 1, 2018

NIC (EGOV): Loses Its Biggest Customer (Texas) – Stock Drops 20% Instantly

As I write this, NIC (EGOV) stock is down 20% for the day. For potential buyers of the stock, there have been two developments in the last 24 hours. One, EGOV announced it lost the Texas dot org portal. It is still in the running for payment processing on behalf of the state. Texas, as a whole, accounted for 20% of EGOV’s revenue. It may have accounted for even more than 20% of the company’s profits. Two, shares of EGOV are now down 20% in...

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