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  • WhiteHorse Finance: An Orphan BDC At A Deep Discount To Tangible Book Value
     • Wed, Dec. 24 WHF 2 Comments

    Summary

    • WhiteHorse Finance trades for 0.75x tangible book, which is steep considering its underlying asset quality.
    • WHF is an orphan stock after the Russell BDC Index deletion and low float due to high inside ownership.
    • The Company is not currently earning its dividend on a net investment income basis yet that should change in the near future.
  • Freshpet Inc.: A Fresh JOBS Act Short
     • Sat, Dec. 6 FRPT 45 Comments

    Summary

    • Freshpet operates a capital-intensive business reaching maturation.
    • It is a non-differentiated business facing increasing competition.
    • The stock faces 50%-80% downside.
  • Glentel: A Free Cash Flow Machine At An Inflection Point
       • Wed, Nov. 19 GLNIF 18 Comments

    Summary

    • Glentel trades for 7x depressed free cash flow and at a ~5% dividend yield.
    • Glentel has been overly punished by the market due to a botched high yield offering and issues within its Australia segment.
    • The market is overlooking strong results amongst its Canadian and United States operations.
  • Currency Exchange International: Compounding Cash Machine At A Deep Discount To Private Market Peers
       • Tue, Sep. 16 CURN 13 Comments

    Summary

    • A unique opportunity to own a compounding machine with organic growth in excess of 20% and high returns on capital.
    • OSFI approval to transition into a 'Banker's Bank' is a near-term hard catalyst for value creation.
    • Currency Exchange trades at a steep discount to recent private market transactions. We believe shares at minimum have upside potential of ~70%.
  • Quartet Merger Rights: 40% Upside For A Short-Term Event Driven Investment
       • Thu, Sep. 4 PANL 49 Comments

    Summary

    • Quartet Rights offer investors the opportunity to re-create Quartet common at $7.20 per share, or 40% upside if the rights trade up to the common.
    • A near-term event is in place to unlock value. On September 29th, shareholders will vote on the Company's merger with Pangaea Logistics.
    • Quartet boasts strong sponsorship through Eric Rosenfeld of Crescendo Partners and famed value investor Joel Greenblatt.
  • Marchex: Another Bubble Basket Stock
       • Sat, Jul. 12 MCHX 9 Comments

    Summary

    • Marchex is a low margin business with poor returns on capital trading for a staggering ~49x EBITDA.
    • The Company is heavily reliant on search engines such as Google and Yahoo combined with a concentrated customer base.
    • The bull thesis overlooks the Management team's poor capital allocation skills, numerous business flip-flops and finally insider sales.
  • Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc: Another Gift From The JOBS Act
       • Fri, May. 30 FRSH 25 Comments

    Summary

    • Papa Murphy's is a recent JOBS Act IPO and a compelling short at the current price.
    • The Company is priced for perfection, as the business operates in a low barriers to entry environment combined with a over-levered balance sheet.
    • Further headwinds include franchisee issues, potential upcoming exit of the Company's financial sponsor, reduction in SNAP benefits and the closure of a sales tax loophole.
  • Digital Cinema Destinations: Investing In A Middle-Market Roll-Up Without The Private Equity Fees
       • Fri, Feb. 21 DCIN 12 Comments
  • Franklin Financial: Thrift Shopping Among Community Banks
       • Oct. 23, 2013 FRNK 2 Comments
  • Charter Financial: Post-Second Step Convert Trading Below Its Tangible Book Value
       • Oct. 8, 2013 CHFN 5 Comments
  • Lumber Liquidators: Unsustainable Valuation For A No-Moat Business
       • Oct. 1, 2013 LL 15 Comments
  • Chico's FAS: A Growth Story At A Value Price
       • Sep. 26, 2013 CHS 16 Comments
  • American Eagle Outfitters Offers Investors Multiple Ways To Win
       • Sep. 24, 2013 AEO 27 Comments
  • Lexmark: Strong Free Cash Flow Generator With Catalysts In Place
       • Sep. 14, 2013 LXK 5 Comments
  • Paradise, Inc.: A Net-Net That Is Ripe For A Buy-Out
       • Sep. 11, 2013 PARF 12 Comments
  • Murphy USA: Follow The Spin-Offs
       • Sep. 7, 2013 MUSA 25 Comments
  • Ascena Retail Group: Leading Market Share And Aligned Management Below Its Private Market Value
       • Aug. 30, 2013 ASNA 9 Comments
  • Janus: Abnormally High Returns On Invested Capital At A Low Multiple Of Free Cash Flow
       • Aug. 24, 2013 JNS 18 Comments
  • Cowen Group: Trading Below Liquid Assets With An Asset Manager Thrown In For Free
       • Aug. 17, 2013 COWN 13 Comments
  • Tellabs: Discounted Assets With A Catalyst
       • Aug. 8, 2013 TLAB 9 Comments