The Sova Group is a private investment fund managed by Matt Brice. As principal of The Sova Group, Matt Brice has been managing investments since 2009. Prior to founding The Sova Group, from 2007 until 2009 he worked as an associate attorney in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international law firm based in New York City. Mr. Brice holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brigham Young University and received his law degree from Columbia Law School.
Managing partner of Quintessential Capital Management, an investment fund, and Zanshin Capital, an asset management company both focusing on long-only, absolute return, equity investments with a value approach.
I have started investing from an early age, but only in 2005 did I discover the wisdom and effectiveness of value investing. After reading every book I found on the subject, I studied for a short, but extremely profitable period, under the guidance of Prof. Bruce Greenwald of Colombia University, who specializes in value investing.
The core positions in my portfolio are classic Buffett-style franchises acquired at a discount and kept indefinitely. The idea is acquiring a company in a slow-changing industry with a protective moat and letting it compound for years.
Occasionally, I go for "cigar butt"-style investments, where a mediocre company is acquired at a steep discount. But, in general, I prefer the former type.
I focus on US stocks but do keep my eyes open for global opportunities as well.
Founded in 2015, by Melvin Glapion, Mithra Forensic Research is an independent investment research firm based in Los Angeles California. Mithra Forensic Research primarily focuses on identifying companies with flawed and deteriorating business fundamentals as well as those companies engaging in aggressive accounting and financial statement fraud.
Mithra Forensic Research relies upon a proprietary quantitative model which is used to identify companies showing signs of financial statement deterioration or evidence of aggressive accounting. We then conduct a more detailed analysis of only those companies highlighted as offering the greatest potential for significant price movement in the next 18 to 24 months.
After spending a dozen years making a big name for herself as a highly respected investigative reporter in the financial arena, Melissa Davis took a chance on her longtime dream in 2015 by becoming her own boss so that she could pour even more time and energy into uncovering the truth about suspicious public companies by conducting the deepest research of her award-winning career. At that point, Ms. Davis had already established herself as a fearless journalist with an impressive talent for exposing corporate fraud. Most recently, she served as the founding editor of TheStreetSweeper, a financial news website dedicated to warning investors about risky stocks that she essentially built from scratch. Under her leadership, TheStreetSweeper soon earned steady applause from some of the biggest names in the business and continued to flourish for years. Prior to launching that well-known website, Ms. Davis spent seven years on the staff of TheStreet.com -- an even more prominent financial outlet founded by "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer -- where she quickly rose to become one of the leading investigative reporters on a large and impressive editorial team. Already the recipient of numerous awards by the time that TheStreet.com hired her away from the largest newspaper in her home state, Ms. Davis went on to land a national prize for enterprise reporting from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) by the time that her tenure there came to an end. Today, she spends her days (and, when necessary, plenty of late nights) trying to do what she has always done the best even better: revealing the dirty secrets about publicly traded companies that investors desperately need -- and inherently deserve -- to know! (She also smothers her adorable granddaughter -- the other great love of her life -- with plenty of hugs and kisses at every available chance.)
Scott Williams, CFA, JD, is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of S. Williams Capital. Mr. Williams has significant investment experience, with particular expertise in the areas of event driven, risk arbitrage, and value investing. Prior to founding S. Williams Capital, Mr. Williams was the Director of US Arbitrage for Loeb King Capital Management. Before joining Loeb King Capital Management, Mr. Williams was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager/Analyst on Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.'s risk arbitrage/proprietary trading desk. Previously, Mr. Williams was an Executive Director and Portfolio Manager/Analyst on UBS AG's risk arbitrage/proprietary trading desk. Mr. Williams began his career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney, practicing law with King & Spalding in both Atlanta and New York. Mr. Williams has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of both the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts. In addition, Mr. Williams earned both a JD, cum laude, and an MBA, with Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honors, from the University of Georgia. Mr. Williams also earned a BS, cum laude, from Wake Forest University. Mr. Williams attended Wake Forest University on a full athletic scholarship. During his time at Wake Forest University he was a three time football letterman at defensive end and a member of the 1992 Independence Bowl Champions.
Long Cast Advisers (LCA) is a Brooklyn based RIA that provides concentrated small cap investing to individuals, endowments and family offices. We do this with the most differentiated approach - individual stock selection - that is apart from and indifferent to the markets.
Our goal is to maximize the long term returns on client funds by allocating an agreed upon portion to small cap stocks balanced against cash. Then we seek to buy great companies that are changing and if we are right, we hold them. If we are wrong - and that will inevitably happen - we sell them.
With +12 years institutional research experience and +20 years investing our own funds, we know that we are not smarter than the market. But we are more patient and that allows us to envision opportunities unfolding over time, beyond the immediate present or next quarter.
Because we focus on smaller companies, we consider ourselves part owners of the businesses we invest in. We tend to engage with management at least minimally (and occasionally more), we also engage with customers and competitors, and notably, we won't invest in companies that sell products or services we would be ashamed to discuss: As best we can, we avoid businesses that drop bombs on people’s heads, despoil the environment, profit on suffering or await a bigger fool.
We are not market prognosticators. We view prognostication as Marx viewed religion; it is the opiate of the investment masses. Apart from using a benchmark for comparative purposes, and unless there is a direct corollary to a company or its valuation, we are generally indifferent to the overall market.
LCA is licensed and state registered. We use Interactive Brokers as a platform and third-party custodian for separately managed accounts. We describe our business as "the food truck version of a hedge fund" in that we select stocks and manage the portfolio like a fund, but the costs are lower and the approach is completely transparent. We manage appropriateness by allowing the client to select the target allocation between cash and stocks.
LCA's CIO is Avram ("Avi") Fisher and the firm's investment philosophy is informed by his >10 years experience as a sell-side analyst covering large-cap industrials, business services and E&C's, taking only the best parts - the in-depth research - while avoiding the short-term next-quarter beat-raise insanity. He has additional experience in private equity, as a private investigator and as a former cub reporter and writer. He continues to write, here and on his blog, as a way to organize his thoughts and to share some of his ideas with other like-minded patient, small cap investors.
Disclaimer: All content written on Seeking Alpha by Long Cast Advisers is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell, or hold any specific security or class of security. LCA's opinions expressed herein address only select certain aspects of the companies mentioned and cannot be a substitute for comprehensive investment analysis. Any analysis presented herein is illustrative in nature, limited in scope, and is for discussion purposes only. The information upon which this material is based was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but has not been independently verified. Therefore, LCA cannot guarantee its accuracy. Any opinions or estimates constitute the author's best judgment as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. Equity investing is subject to various risks including the total loss of capital.
Grey Owl Capital Management, LLC is an SEC registered investment advisor whose mission is to provide superior absolute investment returns for clients. Founded in May of 2009 and located in Falls Church, VA, the firm provides a go-anywhere, opportunistic investment process that seeks out the best alternatives for capital appreciation across multiple assets classes. The firm’s principals both hold the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) designation. You can find out more about Grey Owl Capital Management, LLC at www.greyowlcapital.com or by calling 888-GREY-OWL (888-473-9695).
Jim Roumell is Founder and President of Roumell Asset Management, LLC. Mr. Roumell founded the firm in 1998 after more than a decade as a financial advisor. Mr. Roumell is highlighted in, “The Art of Value Investing: How the World’s Best Investors Beat the Market” by John Heins and Whitney Tilson. Martin J. Whitman, Founder of Third Avenue Value Funds, says, "Jim's investment philosophies and his actual investments snugly fit into my criteria for securities investment." Mr. Roumell was selected to participate in, and won, two consecutive Wall Street Journal stock picking contests (in 2001 and 2002) before the contest was discontinued. He is a graduate of Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
The goal as everyone knows, is to buy good stocks at a discount and sell-short overvalued stocks when they are at a premium. I have a background in business and deal with internal models, analysis, sales pitches and ad information daily. In my downtime, I am enthusiastic about the markets highs, lows and volatility. I believe in real lags between market and business reactions, with the former often in advance of the latter, and vice versa. I look to call manic enthusiasm with a distinct opportunity to go short. A change in sentiment is all it takes. I research fundamentals while scavenging for value.
Andrew Walker, CFA, is a portfolio manager at Rangeley Capital LLC with a focus on small cap special situations investments. Mr. Walker also contributes to Sifting the World, a value investing forum.
After graduating cum laude with a BA in economics from Harvard, I worked in hedge funds and investment banking for ~6 years before leaving to manage my own money full time. I am a CFA charterholder and focus mostly on microcaps / event-oriented trades as that is where I think the market tends to be least efficient. I also started a website to track interesting arbitrage opportunities for individual investors (link below) - check it out!
My name is Mark B. Spiegel and I'm the Managing Member of Stanphyl Capital Management LLC. I can be reached at: mark (at) stanphylcap (dot) com. My Twitter feed is @markbspiegel
Felix F. Frenzel is an MSc International Finance student at HEC Paris. He is the co-founder of Frenzel & Herzing Value Investment, established in 2013, following a sustainable value and special situation investment approach. BSc Economics degree from University of Bonn. Currently a CFA level 1 candidate, Felix has gained sell-side and buy-side experience in equity research.
I've been trying my hand at investing for a long time and I'm just looking for an outlet for my views. I mainly go long, as I've been most successful doing that, however, I will go short if I see an extremely mispriced opportunity. I am contrarian usually, and am a long term holder.
Michael Loftis is the founder of Ridgewood Capital Management LLC. His primary focus is value-oriented equity investing in the small and mid cap sectors. Michael is a former investment banker (Lehman Brothers and Barclays) and former M&A and securities law attorney (Mayer Brown and Keating Muething & Klekamp).
"If in an unknowable world, none of your bridges fall down, you are building them too strong. Similarly, if in an unknowable world none of your investment looks foolish after the fact, you are staying too far away from the unknowable."
-Richard Zeckhauser, "Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable"
Mr. Cutler's background includes 15 years of energy trading and risk management consulting to commodity trading shops, investment banks, power, natural gas and oil companies throughout North America. Former clients include JP Morgan, Shell, Bear Stearns, ExxonMobil, BP, PacifiCorp (owned by Berkshire Hathaway), Calpine and Williams. He was a partner at The Structure Group prior to Structure being acquired by Accenture, where he began his career. Mr. Cutler currently manages an investment fund, Stratesis, LLC, utilizing internally developed strategic analyses.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Digital Signal Processing and Computer emphasis, with a Mathematics minor from Brigham Young University. He attended BYU on academic and Division 1 swimming scholarships, where he was team captain 2 years.
Liron Manor runs Ovis Capital, a long-only, concentrated hedge fund built on the principles of Mr. Warren Buffett's 1950s partnerships. The fund combines investments in equities trading at a steep discount to their intrinsic value as we estimate it and Special Situations such as Merger Arbitrage, Spin off & Liquidation.
Liron is an enthusiastic value investor sharing interesting deep value investment ideas.
I am a former hedge fund portfolio manager that trades for my own personal account. I espouse Graham and Dodd/Buffett style investing, always on the lookout for value equities or bonds. A graduate of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, I lived in NYC for a decade before relocating with my family to the Charlotte, NC area in 2007.
Currently I am the Chief Analyst at sharpeequities.com.
For more information on my current endeavor, feel free to find me on LinkedIn.
As a Graham-and-Dodd value investor for many years, I aim to combine the methods of deep value investing and behavioral finance to identify mispriced securities while remaining alert to sources of macroeconomic risk. I believe periods of market instability such as today can be a great source of opportunity, setting the stage for value investors to strongly outperform through a hedged portfolio combining long positions in deeply undervalued stocks with solid balance sheets and carefully chosen short or put option positions against overvalued and overleveraged firms.
http://www.wangchukcapital.com As a value investor, I focus on businesses that I understand and trade at low valuations. If I can’t understand the business, I don’t invest. I identify potential investments by conducting my own research and due diligence on companies that investors appear to have become overly pessimistic about. My strategy is to invest in companies that trade at a discount to my estimate of fair value. I focus on deep value micro and nano-cap companies.
“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
The contributions here are DEFINITELY NOT an advice or recommendation to buy or sell. I would not act on all ideas shared here and do not expect anything different from the readers.
Have an academic and practical background in finance and investing (including hedge funds), please discount the same.
I use value investing methods of analysis to search out undervalued companies using a combination of financial analysis and a qualitative assessment of management, industry & company fundamentals and circumstances to evaluate the odds of a successful investment. Emphasis is currently on consumer non-durables with strong brands and market shares, but there is no limit to such investments only. Past investments have included oil companies, consumer retail and consumer durables.
----->Top Idea #1: Zooplus, publ. Oct. 24th 2014, return since: +116.3%
----->Top Idea #2: Coca-Cola Bottling Co., publ. May 20th 2015, return: +72%
(calculated as of Sept 30th 2015)
I try to generate a couple of high probability ideas (2-3) every year and take very concentrated positions based on those ideas. Over the past 8 years this strategy has generated a 22,87% compounded average return net of all costs and taxes on my investment portfolio, with the strongest returns mostly during the past five years.
Current sectors under coverage by me at Seeking Alpha:
-personal & household goods
Disclaimer: all investment analyses and information written and published by me, as well as all comments, should not be considered as investment advice or used as such. All readers are strongly urged to perform their own research and due diligence on the equity shares and other investment products I have written about. I have no business or any other forms of relationship with the companies featured in my analyses, unless explicitly stated so in the article disclaimer.
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