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The Second Investment, Part II

Having recently re-examined my investment thesis for GEA following the release of Q3 results for FY14, I added to my position today, doubling my holding from 10% to approx. 20% of my overall portfolio. In building such a highly concentrated position in GEA, I clearly have a high degree of conviction about the Company’s position … Continue reading

GEA Update: A Road Less Travelled (But One Worth Taking)

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”                  Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken Since I established a 10% portfolio position in the ordinary shares of GEA in June at a price of … Continue reading

The Second Investment

Nearly two months after making my first investment, I made my second investment in the IV Portfolio on the 30th May, and it has been worth the wait. While one may be tempted to chase returns given the steady upward march of stocks prices (S&P 500 is up approx. 6% during this period), I have forced myself to … Continue reading

GEA SA – All roads lead to Grenoble and 50%+ Upside

“Specific, known catalysts are not necessary. Sheer, outrageous value is enough.” Dr. Michael J. Burry “The concept of owning a toll – whether it is a bridge, a road, a railway or some other monopoly infrastructure asset – is appealing because generally there is no other alternative, which forces people to pay the toll.” Warren … Continue reading

Weight Watchers International: Cutting Through The Fat – Q1 FY14 Update

Weight Watchers International (WTW) released their Q1 FY14 results this week, and I believe there were a number of positives for investors. While I always maintain a long-term view and do not place significant reliance on quarterly earnings announcements (their contents and interpretation by the market frequently tends to be short-term oriented, and focused on … Continue reading

The First Investment

Since the launch of the Independent Value (IV) Portfolio on 24 October 2013, common stocks have returned approximately 2% – 5% over the near-six month period to today, as measured by my preferred benchmarks of the Euro Stoxx 600 (+1.9%) and the S&P 500 (+5.0% ).  By contrast, the IV Portfolio has generated a nil … Continue reading

Weight Watchers International– Is the Fat Lady singing?

Ick investing means taking a special analytical interest in stocks that inspire a first reaction of “ick.” I tend to become interested in stocks that by their very names or circumstances inspire unwillingness – and an “ick” accompanied by a wrinkle of the nose on the part of most investors to delve any further. Dr. … Continue reading

Western Digital Corporation – Best-in-class, misunderstood and undervalued?

In my last post, I outlined at a high level an investment case for Western Digital Corporation (WDC). I continue to believe that it remains undervalued despite a 69% rally in its share price over the last 12 months, as both the business itself and the industry in which it operates is misunderstood by investors … Continue reading

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