Five Good Emperors and Installux update

Few recent updates and thoughts on Installux, a high quality French small cap and one of my core holdings that I originally wrote in 2016. First of all, no news to anybody but the stock has been hammered down with all the other French small caps: Secondly, aluminum prices are now 1875 USD/ton, down significantly … Continue reading Five Good Emperors and Installux update

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Ilkka: Throwing good money after bad (and a mega media merger blunder?)

Ilkka, a regional news paper and big owner of publicly listed multimedia and marketplace business, Alma, sold 13,5 m. shares of the Alma stake @ 7,4 EUR last Friday. Before the transaction, Alma’s share price was 6,2 EUR, so the transaction was conducted at nice premium. That was a good thing, but pretty much the … Continue reading Ilkka: Throwing good money after bad (and a mega media merger blunder?)

Style drift and some Admicom thoughts

One of my favorite bloggers Alpha Vulture is latest hardcore value investor finding value in technology growth stocks, joining the ranks of Wexboy with Google and Warren Buffett with Apple. His writeup of XPEL is short and simple, but opens his thinking in key decision factors determining why the stock is undervalued: High 37x trailing … Continue reading Style drift and some Admicom thoughts

Vente-Unique.Com: Rusty Growth Stock?

Vente-Unique is a French pure-play e-commerce furniture retailer, and seemingly a busted IPO after having been listed last spring: The company has good long-term growth and profitability track record, ~8x revenues in last 9 years: (Note: The data refers to the control shareholder CAFOM's e-commerce segment, which is mostly, but not all, Vente-Unique. I think … Continue reading Vente-Unique.Com: Rusty Growth Stock?

Apetit H1/18 Pre-Commentary: Show Me the Money

I wrote investment thesis about Apetit about one year ago, which was based on sum-of-parts valuation and expected turnaround in troublesome Food Solutions business. For a while I looked like a "genious" as soon the stock price went from about 13,50 EUR to above 15,0 EUR. Since then, however, the stock price has dropped to 12,5 … Continue reading Apetit H1/18 Pre-Commentary: Show Me the Money

Doubled down on CAFOM: Quick H1/18 update

Recently, CAFOM, a French electronic, furniture and decoration retail conglomerate that I have position and that I have written investment thesis earlier this year, published its fiscal first half results for 2018, which showed that earnings for continuous operations have improved significantly. The main source of earnings growth for continuous operations was Habitat, a loss … Continue reading Doubled down on CAFOM: Quick H1/18 update