Finding Value In Evercore Inc.: The Investment Bank Trading at a Heavy Discount

It’s not easy finding companies that generate high returns on capital and produce free cash flow in excess. Even if you screen for companies that do exactly that, you can’t be sure you’re looking at a bunch of quality investments. Last week I ran a screen of companies that produced free cash flow every year for five years and an average return on invested capital of 25% or higher. What […]

Finding Value in Moody’s Corp, Can they Continue to Compound?

If you had to sum up a great company, what would it be? One that produces a lot more capital than it takes? One that has a competitive advantage over its competitors? Essentially you’re looking for a Warren Buffett stock – a wonderful business. Now, if that is what you’re looking for, surely the best hunting grounds to find a Warren Buffett stock is to look at the stocks Warren […]

Low Risk, High Uncertainty: From Richard Branson To Mohnish Pabrai

There are many famed drop outs: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Dell. Surely one of the most famed serial entrepreneur and drop out is Richard Branson. At 16, Branson gave up studies to start his own magazine business. The magazine was called ‘Student’. It was a mail order business, which created a revenue from advertising. With a steady readership, Branson thought he could also sell other product […]

All Earnings Aren’t Created Equal: Judging Earnings Quality

Garbage in, garbage out. It’s a phrase typically used when talking about forecasting. Because it’s such a subjective art, your forecasts are highly dependent upon the assumptions you make. Lowering or increasing growth assumptions, discount rates and margins can drastically change what a financial model spits out. Hence, if your assumptions are garbage you’ll get a garbage valuation. Like I’ve mentioned before, there’s nothing wrong with creating financial models and […]

Portfolio Screen August 2017

Compounders…they’re a rare breed. Even rarer is a compounder at a cheap price. Below I’ve created the following screen to make things a little easier for you. It’s a simple screen. All I’ve done is compile companies which have grown free cash flow by a minimum of eight periods out of an 11-year stretch.  I also made sure each business had an average return on invested capital of 20% or […]