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SouthFirst Bancshares, small, simple and cheap at 47% of tangible common equity.

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Sometimes we make investing too hard.  Value investing can be described as picking up the proverbial dollar for $.50.  That sounds simple, but if you read enough about value investing it starts to become complicated.  Investing guru's discuss investing in companies undergoing...

EDP: Two steps sideways, one step backwards

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Software company EDP is struggling to raise revenue in a competitive market. It’s profitable, though, and the shares may be cheap if it can stop shipping customers.

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Investing gap between theory and practice

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Google the phrase "gap between theory and practice" and you'll end up with dozens of links to scholarly articles attempting to explain why things in practice don't always match an academic theoretical version.  I find it somewhat ironic that academics are attempting to explain why...

Treatt’s strategy contains the ingredients for success

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Treatt broke something of a curse in its full-year results published last week. Not only did it increase profit, it increased revenue, which had been flat for three years.

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Tristel’s purple patch

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Disinfection manufacturer Tristel has experienced an eventful period in which it was driven out of one market but triumphed with a new product range in new markets.
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Titon: Clear profit

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After a decade of marginal results, tiny Titon has finally produced a definitive one, and it’s a profit!

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Investing in illiquid shares

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A wide spread and a small Exchange Market Size, doesn’t preclude long-term investment. A small free-float might.

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MS International tests resolve

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Disappointing half-year results may raise more fundamental questions about the manufacturer with an ailing defence division. It’s a question of trust.

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ITE is down but far from out

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Judging by the share price, you’d assume exhibition organiser ITE was in crisis. In fact it’s just reported a record (adjusted) profit. The company is weathering a geopolitical storm, but it’s faced challenges like this before.
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Aztec Land and Cattle revisited, still as cheap as ever

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Many of the stocks I write about make the term 'sleepy' seem exciting.  If only some of these oddball companies would become sleepy, it would be a step up.  Even with companies that appear to be dormant it's helpful to look at them every few years to keep up with developments.  I...

In search of elusive catalysts and the paradox of managing money

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It seems as if a public investment pitch isn't complete without a "catalyst".  The catalyst is some supposed future event that is predicted to unlock value.  Catalysts give many reasons to invest in specific stocks, and the lack of a catalyst is usually given as a reason to avoid a...

Dyna International, a pile of cheap assets but is there anything else?

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If it isn't apparent to readers I have a natural curiosity about life.  I just wonder about things, I don't know why, and I can't help it; I'm curious.  I have young kids who ask 'why' often in an attempt to learn about life and their surroundings.  I've come to realize I'm no...

The math of returns

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I just released the fourth issue of the Oddball Stocks Newsletter and wanted to share a short excerpt from the introduction letter.

The topic is the timing and security selection criteria necessary to achieve market beating returns:

"To demonstrate my thinking here is a simple example....

Orange County Business Bank: Undervalued with a catalyst

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Not all banks are created equal.  While all banks take in deposits and make loans the type of deposits and loans make a difference when it comes to the quality of the bank.  In the banking world the ideal customer is a business customer.  Business deposits are larger, business loans...

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