Damn Right! Behind The Scenes With Charlie Munger

| About: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B)

Summary

The quotable, readable Charlie Munger.

Biggest social media IPO in years.

Tronc gets shady.

Welcome to the Sifting issue of M&A Daily

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Charlie Munger

The biography of Berkshire (BRK.A/BRK.B) Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, Damn Right!, is one of my favorite books in my library. You should buy it and read it this week. It is available here on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). If you want to read further, then please read this speech on patterned irrationality. It is closely based on Robert Cialdini's book Influence. I recommend this one along with its successors, Yes! And Pre-Suasion (which I am currently reading on my new Kindle). The earliest quote on my quotes page is by Charlie Munger,

It's not given to human beings to have such talent that they can just know everything about everything all the time. But it is given to human beings who work hard at it - who look and sift the world for a misplaced bet - that they can occasionally find one.

I have largely based my first four decades around ideas gleaned from Munger and named our value investing forum, Sifting the World, based on the above quote. He is further quoted here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here (more than anyone else).

Snapchat

Goldman (NYSE:GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) are IPOing Snapchat (Private:CHAT) with junior billing to JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Deutsche (NYSE:DB), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), and Allen & Co. This will be the largest social media IPO since Twitter (NYSE:TWTR).

eBay

eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is selling their majority stake in MercadoLibre. They are working with Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan on the offering.

tronc

tronc Chairman Michael Ferro slipped his own investment firm $400,000 of tronc's (NASDAQ:TRNC) money to lease a Bombardier jet in a move that could hurt tronc's good name.

G&K

G&K (NASDAQ:GK) and Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS) received a supplementary information request from the CCB about their deal.

SunEdison Semi

The definitive proxy has been filed for the acquisition of SunEdison Semi (NASDAQ:SEMI). The $0.47 arb spread offers an 18% IRR if the deal closes by yearend.

Intersil

The preliminary proxy has been filed for the acquisition of Intersil (NASDAQ:ISIL).

Westar

Great Plains (NYSE:GXP) reached a deal with the Missouri Public Service Commission staff over the acquisition of Westar (NYSE:WR). The agreement requires the company to keep its capital structure and credit ratings separate from Westar's. It also prevents Great Plains from seeking an increase in capital costs or in retail rates as a result of the deal. The $3.74 arb spread offers a 10% IRR if the deal closes by June. More to come in future editions of M&A Daily

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Disclosure: I am/we are long BRK.A, BRK.B, TRNC, WR.

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