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    Apr 3, 2014 2:26 PM | about stocks: VSEC

    Just over a year ago, I started investing in VSEC with the view that it was 1) a cheap stock and 2) a takeover candidate. After over a year has gone by, it appears that we were one out of two. It has an underutilized balance sheet and has never attracted much interest from the market. But this would be a clean, easy acquisition for a larger government contractor. The opportunity probably arose because of worries about our reduced military deployments as well as budget sequestration. But those appeared to be Y2K+13 fears. Now that those issues are receding, what is next for VSEC? For VSEC owners, the best outcome could be a cost saving acquisition by a larger contractor.

    Disclosure: I am long VSEC.

    Additional disclosure: Chris DeMuth Jr is a portfolio manager at Rangeley Capital, a partnership that invests with a margin of safety by buying securities at deep discounts to their intrinsic value and unlocking that value through corporate events. In order to maximize total returns for our partners, we reserve the right to make investment decisions regarding any security without further notification except where such notification is required by law.

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    Author’s reply » (VSEC) at a new 52-week high
    25 Apr, 06:35 PM Reply Like
  • George Yannopoulos
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    Another great call
    27 Apr, 11:21 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » (VSEC) hit a new 52-week high.
    7 May, 01:31 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » (VSEC) hit a new 52-week high
    1 Jul, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • bazooooka
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    Chris, how much upside do you see left, if any? Is this a 100 stock in a take out?
    3 Jul, 01:45 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Well thank goodness that they never listened to me as I thought it was an underutilized balance sheet with takeover interest at a lower price than today's. Now? $90-100.
    3 Jul, 08:26 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » (VSEC) hit a new 52-week high...
    7 Jul, 04:03 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » VSE Announces Plan to Consolidate Two Operating Groups

     

    VSE Corporation (the "Company", NASDAQ: VSEC) announced plans to consolidate its International Group and Federal Group, and report their combined results as a single operating group beginning in 2015. The consolidation of the two operating groups into one will be managed by the Company's Chief Executive Officer, and brings much of the Company's U.S. Department of Defense work under a single umbrella. In connection with this action, the Company has eliminated several officer positions, including International Group President and Federal Group President, effective September 30, 2014.

     

    “Given our focus on improving competitiveness in our legacy markets, we have concluded that combining our Federal and International groups into one is a cost effective means to move into 2015,” said VSE CEO Maurice “Mo” Gauthier. “The International and Federal Groups have been long-time providers to our legacy markets, predominately providing Maintenance/Repair/Ove... (MRO) support to military and Government fleets.”

     

    These actions follow a strategic review of the Company’s operating model and are part of a continuing cost balancing initiative. We expect to achieve further operational efficiencies as we move forward with this consolidation.
    18 Sep, 06:54 PM Reply Like
  • bazooooka
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    Chris,

     

    Do you think they are tightening up their structure to better market themselves to suitors?
    18 Sep, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • Chris DeMuth Jr.
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    Author’s reply » I would hope so... but these guys have never really seemed like sellers to me.
    18 Sep, 08:53 PM Reply Like
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