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September 18, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Standard Diversified (SDI / SDOIB): Get a Solid Tobacco Brand and a Solid Marijuana Brand at a 33% Discount to Their Market Value

Member Write-up by André Kostolany Geoff’s Note: Standard Diversified also has extremely illiquid super voting shares that trade under the ticker SDOIB. SDOIB shares are sometimes available at a discount to SDI shares (for example: last week, 400 SDOIB shares changed hands at something like 30% less than the then current price of SDI). SDOIB shares have 10 times the votes of SDI shares and can be converted into SDI shares. Buying Turning Point Brands (TPB) directly is usually the most expensive way to get exposure to Turning Point Brands stock, buying SDI is often the…...

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August 24, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

BUKS follow-up: A catalyst could emerge within a month

Member write-up by VETLE FORSLAND I wrote up BUKS on the website earlier this month. After discussions with Geoff, we agreed that a follow-up article was relevant, as there were important parts of the thesis that I left out in the original write-up (which you can read here if you missed it). https://focusedcompounding.com/butler-national-corp-buks-an-illiquid-ben-graham-style-mini-conglomerate-in-aerospace-and-casinos/ This article will focus on a real estate deal that could act as a drastic catalyst for the stock, which is desperately needed. BUKS’ real estate deal, and why it’s a bargain…...

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August 7, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Northfield Precision Instruments Corporation (NFPC) – A Dark, Illiquid Nanocap at an Unlevered P/E of 6

Member write-up by LUKE ELLIOTT Northfield Precision Instruments (OTC: NFPC) Quote: $15.00 Let’s go ahead and get one thing out of the way. When I say nanocap and illiquid, I really mean it. Northfield has a market cap of 3.6 Million USD (234,237 shares x $15/share) and its 10/90 day volumes are 0 and 102 respectively. This is a tiny company and the largest daily volume (by far) of shares trading over the last year was 6,400 (around $95,000 USD). For some of you it…...

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August 6, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Butler National Corp. (BUKS) : An Illiquid Ben Graham Style Mini-Conglomerate in Aerospace and Casinos

Member write-up by VETLE FORSLAND   Butler National Corp (BUKS) is a $14 million OTC stock that operates in the Aerospace Products industry and manages two casinos. The two unrelated businesses split revenues 40/60, respectively. It trades at an EV/EBITDA of 2.30 (while peers trade at around 10 times) and the company has net cash. While all this sounds attractive, it only gets better; a simple sum-of-the-parts calculation shows that the stock is trading at 29% of its intrinsic value.   The stock trades around…...

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July 26, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Kaanapali Land (KANP): A Super Illiquid Speculation on Hawaiian Land

Member write-up by DAVE ROTTMAN   Overview Kaanapali Land LLC (KANP) is a business that owns land on Maui, one of the major Hawaiian Islands. Because Kaanapali is the name of the region of Maui that Kaanapali Land LLC owns land in, this report will refer to the business as KANP. The island of Maui was formed by two volcanos that grew next to and eventually into each other. This is referred to as a volcanic doublet. The western part of the doublet is mostly…...

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June 27, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Maui Land & Pineapple (MLP): 900 Acres of Hawaiian Resort Land for $250,000 an Acre

Maui Land & Pineapple (MLP) owns real estate on the island of Maui (which is in Hawaii). The company has 22,800 acres of land carried on its books at prices dating back to the 1911 to 1932 period. So, book value is meaningless here. The total size of the land holdings is also meaningless here. Of the 22,800 acres, 9,000 acres are conservation land. That leaves only 13,800 acres of potentially productive land. Almost all of that (12,900 acres) is zoned for agriculture. That leaves…...

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June 13, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Monro (MNRO): A Durable Automotive Service Chain Executing a Roll-Up

Article by DAVE ROTTMAN   Introduction and Overview Monro (MNRO) is a large chain of auto shops providing a wide range of automotive service and repair work in the United States with company-operated stores servicing 6.2 million cars in the fiscal 2018 year ending 03/31/2018. While originally based out of the Northeast, Monro has been executing a roll-up strategy for decades, slowly widening their coverage as they expand both south and west. As of the end of fiscal year 2018, Monro had 1,150 company-operated stores,…...

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June 9, 2018 Recent Memos

Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co: HBB

Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co should not be a completely new stock to Focused Compounding members – but, for those who may be new I will provide a bit of a background. Hamilton Beach Brands Holding is the stock that was spun off from NACCO Industries (NC) last year, which of course NC is the stock that Geoff put 50% of his portfolio in. Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co opened up post spin at $32.86 and quickly ran to $41.00 per share, only to…...

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Value Trading – Does It Ever Make Sense?

Article by DAVE ROTTMAN I would like to discuss and elicit feedback from our community on the topic of value trading. What I mean by value trading is the purchase and sale of stocks in a shorter time frame than traditional long-term investing, where the buy and sell decisions are driven by the exact same fundamental analysis, margin of safety standards, and owner’s mentality that traditional long-term value investors utilize. In other words, I would like to discuss the idea of a business-oriented investment strategy…...

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May 25, 2018 Recent Memos, Stock Ideas

Pandora A/S (CPH: PNDORA)

Member Write-up by Luke Elliot   Note: Sponsored ¼ share ADRs also trade under “PANDY” in U.S. Dollars           Pandora A/S is the largest jewelry maker in the world  Overview Pandora is a vertically integrated jewelry maker that has rapidly grown from a local Danish Jeweler’s shop to the world’s largest jewelry manufacturer, producing more than 100 million pieces of jewelry in 2017. The original jeweler’s shop in Copenhagen, Denmark, was opened by goldsmith Per Enevoldsen and his wife Winnie in…...

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