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

Cosan's Value Is Worth The Hassle

I would imagine that those investors tending towards the OCD side of the spectrum who look into Cosan Ltd. (NYSE:CZZ) will eventually have wisps of smoke coming out of their ears. Not only does Cosan Ltd. have a convoluted ownership structure (Cosan Ltd. technically owns about 62% of Cosan SA (CSAN3), and Chairman Ometto owns more than 40% of Cosan Ltd.), but the basic business of Cosan is confusing as well with its mix of JVs and wholly-owned operations.

What I believe is a lot simpler to understand is the value proposition. Although Cosan Ltd. routinely trades at a discount of 15% to 20% of the implied value of its Cosan SA position, Cosan Ltd. is the one...

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