American International Group (AIG) Report for 1Q12

American International Group (AIG) reported earnings after the market close 5/3/12. It is an excellent report as our investment thesis remains on track complimented with strong support from a significant improvement in ongoing core insurance operations. Our thesis is AIG’s management is showing significant progress recapitalizing the company.  We estimate an intrinsic value of about […]

American Capital (ACAS) Reports 1Q12

American Capital LTD (ACAS) reported 1Q12 earnings after the market close 5/1/12 and held the conference call today at 10 CT. It was another good report from ACAS. Our investment thesis remains on track and the only disappointment from last quarter is being addressed. ACAS remains an attractive investment  in my view trading at a […]

American International Group, Inc. Thesis

American International Group, Inc. (AIG): American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading international insurance company serving customers in more than 130 countries. AIG serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through extensive worldwide property casualty networks. They are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG common stock is listed […]

American International Group (AIG) Investment Thesis Posted

AIG’s management has shown significant progress since the financial and credit crises. The path forward seems to be clear for AIG.  Events of the past few months shed additional light on overcoming the remaining hurdles including the; the ability to source significant cash to conclude restructuring; U.S. Treasury sales indicate a rationale approach to the disposition […]

Brookfield Asset Management Reports 4Q11

Brookfield Asset Management reported impressive financial and operational performance during 2011. They are well positioned to increase cash flow further and generate increase value through both organic expansion and new initiatives. Our investment thesis remains intact. Some specifics: BAM’s estimated intrinsic value of the business increased to $40.99/share year end 2011 from $37.93/ share the […]

American Capital (ACAS) Reports 4Q11

American Capital LTD (ACAS) reported earnings after the market close 2/14/12. It was a good report and our investment thesis is on track but there is one disappointment. More on that later. Our Net Asset Value (NAV) estimates of $13.48/share by yearend 2012 was exceeded yearend 2011 as the company reported $13.87 NAV per share […]

Value Investing: Don’t Make it Difficult

Value investing can be difficult for some because value investors often buy what is unpopular at the moment. After all a company’s stock usually has to be out of favor to be cheap, right? Friends and neighbors are talking about their insightful investments in Apple and the awesome leading edge products or Amazon and the […]

American Capital Ltd (ACAS)

Summary: American Capital Ltd (ACAS) offers a unique opportunity for non-institutional investors to invest in private equity at a deep discount to its intrinsic value.  It is a company going through a restructuring and appears to be a good opportunity for investors looking for value ideas. It appears in the three valuation cases an acceptable […]

Brookfield Asset Management (BAM)

The current worldwide macroeconomic malaise tends to create opportunities for the contrarian and value investment approach used by Brookfield Asset Management. The investment offers: real assets at a good value; shareholder friendly management; proven performance during challenging times; a strong balance sheet and stable cash flows; asset, geographic and currency diversification. The case can be made for downside protection […]

Buffett’s 12 Principles for Buying a Business

Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, has amassed a substantial fortune from astute investments through his company Berkshire Hathaway.  Berkshire Hathaway has outperformed the stock market for decades and investors all over the world study Buffett’s investment approach and ideas for insight.  Fortunately for all of us, Buffett generously shares his views on investing through […]