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Vestas Wind Systems A/S (OCSE:VWS)

Opportunity Summary: Vestas holds the top position among wind turbine manufacturers. The industry has attractive economics (high ROIC) and long-term growth prospects; wind as an energy source has crossed the threshold of being able to compete with fossil fuels without the aid of subsidies. Vestas (>16% market share in cumulative capacity & new builds), Siemens…...

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AutoNation (AN)

I’m creating this thread to start discussion of AutoNation (AN). The stock was written up by Dave Rottman here: https://focusedcompounding.com/autonation-an-a-cheap-cannibal-with-minimal-downside/ It’s a nearly 6,000 word article. So, I wanted to focus in on one specific point (mentioned in the title). AutoNation is a “cannibal” as Charlie Munger would say. It eats its own shares up…....

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Computer Services Inc., “CSI” (CSVI)

This is the core processor stock that was just written up by Jayden Preston: https://focusedcompounding.com/computer-services-inc-csvi-an-unlisted-but-super-predictable-company-trading-at-an-unleveraged-p-e-of-15-times-next-years-earnings/ I also spent the better part of today’s Sunday Morning Memo on CSVI. You can find that memo entitled “Fear, Greed, and Boredom” here: https://focusedcompounding.com/memos/ Since CSVI doesn’t file with the SEC, it’s not on EDGAR. For that reason, I…...

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Facebook – making implicit assumptions explicit

Obviously, Facebook has been in the news a lot recently. And Geoff has written a couple of articles that touch on the company directly and indirectly. Also, I’ve been reading up on the company recently and thought it would be interesting to post about whether Facebook could be a value investment.   This is basically…...

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National Cinemedia (NCMI)

Would very much appreciate everyone’s thoughts / comments / feedback / criticism. If there’s interest, I might follow-up with a full writeup. Notes NCMI has the #1 market share for on-screen advertising (about 50%) The industry is an oligopoly with NCMI and Screenvision having about 85% market share Basically NCMI owns the right to run…...

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Keweenaw Land Association (KEWL)

I’m creating this thread so there’s a place for members to discuss this stock and especially the April 12th board election. I wrote a full article about the stock here: https://focusedcompounding.com/keweenaw-land-association-buy-timberland-at-appraisal-value-get-a-proxy-battle-for-free/ The company sent out another letter today: https://keweenaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/KLAL-Letter-to-Shareholders-3-23-2018.pdf Check OTCMarket.com page for the ticker KEWL: https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/KEWL/news And also the company’s own site (but, remember,…...

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Fairfax Financial Holdings (OTCPK: FRFHF)

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a holding company which was founded in 1985 by  current CEO Prem Watsa. From 1985 to 2016 it achieved a compound annual growth rate on their book value of 19.4%.  While this is a tremendous achievement over the span of 3+ decades, Fairfax has continually had to answer to critical…...

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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%…....

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Young and Co’s Brewery PLC

I recently mentioned, commenting on Jayden Preston’s excellent post analysing the Cheesecake Factory, one of my holdings, Young and Co’s Brewery PLC (“Young’s”). I thought it would be interesting to do a write-up of the company as it’s a very interesting company and also one that, I suspect, most members may not have heard of…....

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