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Dear Blog Readers, Just wanted to share an upcoming change with you. In the past we posted on the reported quarterly results of each company in the Value by George (VBG) portfolio and how the quarterly results impacted our investment thesis. In doing so it was pretty much the same material the company or others […]

Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI), Reports Good 2Q15 Results

Last week Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI), reported second quarter 2015 (2Q15) results. Overall it was a decent report and our investment thesis remains on track. You will recall our investment thesis’ total return centers on management’s projected dividend growth and the resultant share price appreciation resulting from the consolidation of the Kinder Morgan companies last […]

Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) 1Q15: Creating Opportunity with Work

Brookfield Asset Management (BAM): reported [Source] Funds from operations (FFO) during the 1Q15 were $557 million, or $0.82/share, up 14% from the 1Q14. FFO benefitted from expansion of the asset management operations, contributing a 27% increase in fee related earnings. Additional contributions from growth initiatives were offset by reduced contributions from renewable energy when compared […]

Brookfield Infrastructure (BIP) Reports 1Q15; Solid Quarter of Progress

Financial Summary: Funds from Operations (FFO), BIP’s measure of cash flow, for the first quarter 2015 (1Q15) was $186 million or $0.89/unit unchanged when compared to 1Q14. Results were unchanged as contributions from new investments and improvements in existing businesses were largely offset by a $15 million impact foreign exchange movements resulting from the strong […]

American International Group (AIG) 1Q15: Management Focused on the Right Things

AIG reported 1Q15 earnings [Source] and it is a good report. Management is focused on improving operating performance and rightly so as this will be the source of future returns for shareholders. Most management teams, the smart ones anyway, tell shareholders that shareholder returns are important to them. However their actions demonstrate if this is […]

Brookfield Property Partners (BPY) Reports 1Q15 Results, Continued Good Progress

Brookfield Property Partners (BPY) reported [Source] Funds from Operations (FFO) of $181 million or $0.25/unit for the first quarter of 2015 compared with $157 million or $0.28/unit for the 1Q14. The increase in FFO was driven the additional interests in Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (BPO) and Canary Wharf Group plc (Canary Wharf) and same store […]

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) Reports Solid 1Q15 Results

Kinder Morgan Inc., first quarter 2015 report (1Q15) is solid [Source]. While KMI is up about 30% since our initial purchase in October 2014, at the current share price level of about $43/share it still offers a strong potential return with a healthy margin of safety. We believe the company is on track to achieve $60-70 […]

Breitburn Energy (BBEP) Risk & Reward Turns Unfavorable: Time to Exit

Breitburn Energy Partners LP (BBEP) and EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG) announced [Source] a  “definitive agreements whereby Breitburn will sell $350 million of perpetual convertible preferred units and $650 million of senior secured notes in simultaneous private offerings to investment funds managed by EIG, and other purchasers. These offerings are expected to close on April 8, […]

Breitburn Energy Partners (BBEP) 4Q14: A Good Report; Our Thesis is on Track

Breitburn Energy Partners LP (BBEP) reported [Source] financial and operating results for the fourth quarter 2014 (4Q14) and full year 2014. It was a good quarter and full year especially in light of the sharp decline in crude oil and natural gas prices since mid-year 2014. The company’s management team is experienced and has navigated […]

Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) 2014 and 4Q Results that Didn’t Miss a Beat

Brookfield Asset Management (BAM): reported [Source] Funds from Operation (FFO), their primary measure of cash flow, was $2.2 billion for 2014 or $3.17/share a decrease of 38% on a per share basis from the previous year of $3.4 billion or $5.14/share when the company recorded an all time record high. For the fourth quarter 2014 (4Q14) […]