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Thomas Russo: The Capacity To Suffer Doesn’t Mean You’re Supposed To Suffer

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Shareholder Maximization – The Dumbest Idea In The World; Is Skill Dead

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  • Our activist friend, Carl Icahn's High River LP, Icahn Partners LP and Icahn Partners Master Fund LP collectively bought 6.6 million Chesapeake shares on March 11 at $14.15 each, bringing the investor's total stake in the company to 11 percent, according to a filing on Monday.
  • Prior to the purchases, Icahn controlled about 9.9 percent of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake.
  • That compares with an 11.11 percent stake owned by Southeastern Asset Management Inc.

Weekend Reading: Horizon Kinetics Q4 commentary

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Fireside Markets: The Future Of Financial Services With Josh Brown

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Finmeccanica SpA: Valuation Update – GreenWood Investors

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Fairholme – A Special Situation: Imperial Metals Corporation

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  • Gearing Up. Imperial Metals's long-awaited C$643 million Red Chris Mine is now commissioning for start-up.
  • Powering On. A lack of sufficient power was a major impediment to British Columbia's energy-hungry mining growth, so almost C$800 million of public funds were invested in power transmission lines leading to Imperial Metals's new mine, at a cost to Imperial of only C$50 million.
  • The line provides Imperial Metals's newly constructed Red Chris Mine the electricity it needs to operate, and at a very low cost.

1982: Interview With A Much Younger Mario Gabelli [VIDEO]

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  • In 1982, Mario Gabelli's company was just five years old and he appeared for the very first time on the most popular Business news show of the day, Wall Street Week with Louis Rukesyer.
  • Mario Gabelli has appeared more than 200 times in the past 20 years on CNBC, Fox Business and all the major business news shows.

Ben Graham And Woe Betide The Value Investor

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  • What's going on? How does this recent experience jibe with decades of research on the value premium? Does the negative excess return earned by value investors arise from an unrepresentative measurement period? Perhaps fees for the average value mutual fund are so high that they more than offset the value premium.
  • The mean-reverting value premium has had a whiplash effect on the average value investor, whose philosophical commitment to value investing is belied by trend-chasing allocations.

Balyasny Discloses New Stakes in Basic Energy Services & Tetra Technologies

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  • Dmitry Balyasny's investment firm Balyasny Asset Management has filed two separate 13G's with the SEC.
  • First, Balyasny has revealed a brand new equity stake in Basic Energy Services.
  • You can view additional recent portfolio activity from Balyasny here.

Leverage and success

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  • Financial leverage can work in an investors favor, but there are other types of leverage as well.
  • The plumbing company has very little operating leverage whereas the shoe company has significant operating leverage.
  • Some have achieved success through financial leverage, others through operational leverage, but always leverage.

Corvex Management Adds To Signet Jewelers Stake

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  • Keith Meister's activist hedge fund Corvex Management has filed an amended 13D with the SEC regarding its position in Signet Jewelers.
  • Per the filing, Corvex now owns 7.2% of SIG with over 5.74 million shares.
  • Corvex's filing says they commend Signet "For its new capital allocation policy and look forward to continuing to engage in constructive and collaborative conversations."

Hedge Fund Links ~ 3/27/15

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Reformulating the Balance Sheet

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  • Most of us are familiar with the classified balance sheet where assets and liabilities are categorised based on longevity - current or non-current.
  • To deal with imperfections of the conventional balance sheet, we will be reformulating the balance sheet based on Stephen H. Penman's teaching.
  • How do we utilise this new balance sheet? We go back the issue raised in calculating ROA based on the conventional balance sheet.

Groveland Capital: Enhancing Shareholder Value At Biglari Holdings

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  • The Company's operating income has fallen from $52.5MM in fiscal 2011 to $14.3MM in fiscal 2014, a decrease of 72.8%. "Sardar Biglari is the most secretive and unapproachable executive that I have ever worked with. He has created a culture of fear and intimidation where every level of the Steak n Shake organization is inefficient and underperforming because employees are afraid to ask questions-disagreement with Sardar Biglari is not allowed." - Former BH Employee*.

2 Stocks Paying Higher Cash Dividends

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We have all heard it… Stodgy, for old people, yawn, boring! These have all been used to describe dividend growth stocks. As a dividend growth investor, I sometimes think our strategy is the most misunderstood. It seems everyone understands a traders mentality and a high-yield mentality. Periodically, it is good to remind ourselves that dividend growth stocks provides us with excellent long-term leverage and a growing income.

Below are several companies confident and secure enough in their business to increase their cash dividends...

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