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Understanding American Capital's 2014 Annual Results
- Transition toward BDC spinoff in progress; asset transitions incomplete; new senior floating loan portfolio still not fully levered.
- Fee-generating assets under management up $1.8 billion (19%) from Dec. 31, 2013, with 5 new funds launched.
- Undiluted NAV up $1.53/sh to $20.50/sh (+8%) from Dec. 31, 2013 – while price is down.
- Decoupling balance sheet of funds-management business from the balance sheets of the companies that pay it fees, will allow ACAS to reveal funds-management performance.
Berkshire Hathaway: High-Growth Stock?
- BRK.B is up 37% over the last 12 months.
- Berkshire's growth isn't limited to a single geography, but is expanding internationally.
- Berkshire uses "free" cash from sources like insurance float and not-yet-due income tax liabilities to leverage investments in high quality businesses.
After Earnings, Apple Is Aces
- Last quarter Apple earned record profit.
- The March-ending quarter's guidance represents 20% growth over the year-ago quarter.
- Despite foreign currency headwinds, gross margins projections remain 38%-plus.
Disney's Alchemists Turn Lead Into Gold On Command
- Disney's evolution into a media company has increased its addressable market.
- Disney is making significant money-makers from properties previously perceived to be practically worthless.
- Disney dominates merchandising revenues, and will continue to dominate merchandising revenues as it expands its catalog of developed properties with current content.
- As a media company, Disney enjoys margins growth that would have been difficult while focused on filling hotel rooms.
American Capital Ltd.: What A Share Is Worth
- Accounting for dilution at options exercise, assets are worth $18.22 per share pre-split.
- Impending separation into three entities will reduce confusion about value and improve pricing for the post-split asset manager.
- Changes in regulatory treatment as a non-BDC will allow more aggressive compensation terms in management agreements, improving earnings growth.
Apple's Innovation: Proof It's Over, Or Reason To Buy?
- Apple's post-news sell-off isn't unusual - but is it an opportunity?
- Far from having lost some old lead gained from early innovation, Apple continues to develop differentiated products customers love.
- Apple's competitive position in China has changed for the better.
- Apple's Q4'2014 will be driven not only by holiday demand but huge order backlogs from Q3'2014.
American Capital Ltd.: Loving The Hate
- News frequently characterizes ACAS' business-as-usual news as negative.
- Complexity in ACAS' operations and reorganization plans precludes sound-bite synopses and headlines.
- Until ACAS reorganizes to separate funds management from managed funds, marketplace confusion should persist regarding the company's outlook and valuation.
Apple's iPhone Launch: Predicting A Strong 2014 Holiday Quarter?
- Apple's record-setting iPhone launch didn't include China.
- Chinese demand for Apple's phones is high.
- Chinese launch sales atop the holiday season sales suggest a new record quarter.
- Apple Pay promises improved margins across Apple's entire product lineup from internal transaction processing.
Berkshire: Still Beating The S&P
- Berkshire's scale and diversity prevent it from acting like a nimble market participant.
- Berkshire keeps tens of billions uninvested to support its liquidity policy.
- Berkshire's productive businesses still beat the S&P.
Scale Is Opportunity At Apple
- Apple's Fall shipping reservations echoes its holiday shipping for the first iMac, which displaced competitors seeking to make holiday sales.
- Apple's volumes make possible capital investments that competitors can't easily match.
- Apple's vertical integration prevents competitors from interfering with Apple's operations.
Apple's Quality Is A Competitive Advantage
- Quality products support Apple's margins and its profit.
- Apple's consistent top marks in satisfaction surveys mean customer retention, word of mouth, trust.
- Apple's quality reputation makes iOS the priority platform even for cross-platform developers.
- Apple's reputation for quality aids entry into new market segments.
Apple's Position Supports Payment Processing Enterprise
- Apple's Passbook system grows its position as a payment intermediary, as suggested in 2011.
- Apple's top-tier customers make its payment network as attractive to sellers as to existing payments firms.
- Apple has deals underway with American Express, Visa and MasterCard.
American Capital: 2014 Mid-Year Update
- Persistent NAV discount and continued NAV growth.
- Reorganization plans clearer.
- Update to prior ACAS coverage.
- Some Math On ACAS' Capital Returns
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- Understanding Apple's Anemic Quarter
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- Apple: Cheaper Phone Means Cheaper Stock?
- American Capital: Back In The Business-Building Business
- Mobile Manufacturers Part III: Apple Makes More Money
- Mobile Manufacturers Part II: Samsung Sells More Stuff
- Mobile Manufacturers Part I: Killer Competition
- Understanding Google's Position In The Platform War (Part 2)
- Understanding Google's Position In The Platform War (Part 1)
- Apple After The Riot, Shortage, Strike, Etc.: Still A Buy?
- Research In Motion - Up, But Better?
- Normalcy Returning To American Capital
- Apple: Pricing Policy, Pricing Power, And Profit
- Has Apple Peaked?
- More Growth At American Capital Ltd.