Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Two Valuable Lessons From Kaydon's Sale To SKF

I wrote on bearings and velocity control products company Kaydon (NYSE:KDN) in early March of this year, and I didn't see a lot of value at the time. As the year went on, that call looked worse and worse, as the stock climbed about 18% - well above the S&P 500, and well above industry peers/competitors like Timken (NYSE:TKR) and SKF (OTCPK:SKFRY). To top it all off, Kaydon announced this morning (September 5) that it had received and accepted a buyout offer from SKF valuing the company at $35.50 - some 45% higher than the price when I thought it looked only about 10% undervalued. So what did I get wrong here, and what...

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