Greenbackd is dedicated to unearthing undervalued asset situations where a catalyst exists likely to unlock the value. Greenbackd focuses on assets for three reasons: 1. Assets are simpler to value than earnings: Earnings are often difficult to forecast with any degree of accuracy and we can't value a security based on unknown future earnings. Assets, on the other hand, are known quantities at filing. This is not to say that the value of the assets recorded in the filing is the value we ascribe to them. We disregard intangible assets, heavily discount long-term and fixed assets, and apply a modest discount to current assets. We take only cash at face value. For these reasons, we prefer that each security is predominantly backed by cash, hence our name: Greenbackd. 2. Assets anticipate the downside, the liquidation value, first: This forces us to be conservative in our assessment of value. 3. Assets are a contrarian measure of value: To the extent that Wall Street makes any assessment of value, it is obsessed with earnings. It pays little attention to assets. This creates an opportunity where a valuation based on a company's earnings underestimates the company's asset value. Our favorite stocks are those trading at a substantial discount to liquidation value with an activist investor pushing the company to undertake some corporate action (for example, return capital, pay a special dividend, buy back stock, sell a key asset or the entire company). Greenbackd is penned by a former securities lawyer now working in value-oriented activist funds management Visit his website: Greenbackd (http://greenbackd.com/)
Master in Applied Maths & Computer Science from Moscow State University. MA in Economics from New Economic School, Moscow, Russia. CFA Charterholder.
First 3 years - sell side research (first equity, then fixed income).
Next 3 years - buy side, equity & HFs (first analyst, then fund manager).
Ever since - Private Banking, all asset classes, fund selection, FoF manager, ETF strategies; some single stock mandates and M&A advisory (biotech/pharma, IT, resource juniors).
Renaissance Investment Management, HSBC, Raiffeisenbank Austria. Currently PM at Leon Multi-Family Office (Russia/Cyprus).
I am a partner in Hong Kong based GFM Group that provides investment research to professional investors and capital markets training to finance professionals.
I also manage a private investment firm called Lexington Wall Partners that invests in value and special situation opportunities globally.
I have nearly 20 years of experience in finance, having held capital markets and corporate finance positions in New York, London and Hong Kong. I hold two masters degrees in finance from London Business School and Asian Institute of Management / McGill University.
I am a believer in value and special situations investing. I am a bottom up investor, and tend to look for "low risk, high optionality" type of opportunities. For me, risk is permanent loss of capital, not volatility or temporary drawdowns. I also tend to gravitate towards moderate concentration with 15-20 positions. I avoid margin leverage, try to keep my turnover below 15%, and express my positions through stocks, bonds or listed options.
My edge comes from three sources.
a) Having an investment holding horizon of around 5 years, which gives me the benefit of lower investor competition.
b) Deploying unleveraged sticky capital which gives me enormous staying power and an edge over mutual and hedge funds who manage shorter term capital in general.
c) My ability to deploy both my corporate finance and trading experience in evaluating an opportunity, which sometimes enables me to find obvious mispricing.
I believe that investing successfully is like running a marathon. Its a result of hard work, Charlie Munger's "worldly wisdom" and luck. Its a discipline where experience is cumulative - I make better decisions than I used to, my learnings from the past strengthens my current research.
My heros are investors like Joel Greenblatt, Mohnish Pabrai, Marty Whitman, Charlie Munger and of course, Warren Buffett. I admire not just their investment acumen but also their generosity in educating the world in the craft of prudent investing.
My LinkedIn profile is hk.linkedin.com/pub/anand-batepati/0/558/736/
My investment decisions are based on the deep understanding of my own limitations in predicting the future. I pursue opportunities that present the highest risk-adjusted return. My focus is on companies with healthy economics: flexible companies that can survive the unpredictable future and still provide value to its shareholders in the long-term.
Long-term value investor.