Andrew Shapiro is Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Lawndale Capital Management, an investment advisor that has managed activist hedge funds focused on small- and micro-cap companies for over 24 years, one of the longest periods of experience deploying an activist/relational investment strategy today. Mr. Shapiro’s engaged ownership approach has been effective in directly creating and unlocking shareholder value in Lawndale’s portfolio companies and has contributed to Lawndale’s activist funds often being ranked among the top event-driven and small-cap value funds in peer databases for long-term performance. In addition to leading Lawndale, Mr. Shapiro has also served as a Director or Observer on portfolio company boards and debt and equity bankruptcy committees. He is presently Chairman of the Official Equity Committee in the Premier Exhibitions/RMS Titanic bankruptcy and Board Secretary and Investment Committee Chair of the Mill Valley Library Foundation, on whose board he has served for many years. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and, via Lawndale, has been a long-time Sustaining Member of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII). Mr. Shapiro has more than two decades of portfolio management and analytically varied experience from a number of buy-side positions, employing a rare combination of credit, legal, equity and workout skills. Prior to founding the Lawndale organization in 1992, Mr. Shapiro managed the workout and restructuring of large portfolios of high-yield bonds, distressed equities and risk arbitrage securities for the Belzberg family's entity, First City Capital. Before joining First City, Mr. Shapiro was involved in numerous corporate acquisition and recapitalization transactions for both Manufacturers Hanover Trust and the Spectrum Group, a private equity firm. Mr. Shapiro received dual JD and MBA degrees from UCLA, where he was an Olin Fellow at the UCLA School of Law and a Venture Capital Fellow at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he periodically guest lectures. Mr. Shapiro was selected to the 2012 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the most influential leaders in the boardroom and corporate governance community. He is often quoted on matters of corporate governance, fiduciary duty and activist investing and has been the subject of several articles, including a Business Week article calling him “The Gary Cooper of Governance”. Mr. Shapiro has been a frequent speaker/panelist on corporate governance and activist investing issues to the Council of Institutional Investors, National Association of Corporate Directors, Society For Corporate Governance, SEC Advisory Committee on Small Public Companies and the National Investor Relations Institute. Mr. Shapiro is on the faculty of UCLA Anderson’s Corporate Governance/Director Education Program and has presented at the Director’s education programs of Stanford Law School, the Wisconsin Business School and Yale’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance, among others. Mr. Shapiro is a Contributing Author to Seeking Alpha. Mr. Shapiro started Lawndale’s funds in 1993 with only $188,000 under management and through performance and added capital has grown the firm’s managed assets substantially. Lawndale applies a private equity approach through active and relational ownership of public company securities. In most investments, Lawndale plays a constructive relational role by actively working with boards and management teams to help them achieve their strategic and operating goals. In other instances, Lawndale is a direct value-unlocking catalyst, utilizing a range of tools that include aggressively promoting improvements in a company's governance and operational structures, proxy actions, asserting shareowner’s legal rights and taking active roles in restructuring and buyout proposal negotiations.
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I am an "extreme value" investor, focusing mostly on micro and nanocap companies selling for a steep discount to price/book, price/sales, price/earnings, EV/EBITDA and other traditional measures of value. (Price-to-book is my favorite, by far.) My emphasis is on low priced stocks (especially under $5), since the marketplace is very inefficient in valuing them, as both institutional investors and brokerages increasingly shun them. I am a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian, and like to invest in the most unloved and out of favor sectors of the market, and numerically screen for the best relative values in those out of favor sectors. A key to my success is to buy companies where the insiders are buying in the open market, to confirm the underlying value proposition. I like to buy stocks trading near a multi-year low, and average down aggressively if the stock moves against me (assuming the circumstances for my purchase haven't changed). I like to look for stocks that are being "dumped" from indices (Russell 2000 or S&P 600 Small Cap, most commonly), or subject to tax-loss selling, creating arbitrary selling pressure in a tight time window. I also like special situations, including selective leveraged turnaround situations, that I can catch at their "inflection" point. I have achieved outsized annualized returns, over the last 27 years, with these strategies. I also take 5%+ positions in companies, and engage in selective shareholder activism, to hold accountable the insular and/or corrupt boards that are sadly all too common, especially in smaller, family-run public companies. I HATE, and decry, index investing, as stocks that are "over-demanded" are going to be over-PRICED, which offsets the miniscule savings of avoiding the "extra cost" of an active manager.
A native of Chicago, I have a B.S. in accounting (1990) from DePaul University, am a former federal financial institution examiner, and am currently an elected City Councilman in my adopted home town of La Porte, Indiana. I love old houses, live in one designed by architect Franklin Burnham (who also designed the Georgia State Capitol), and currently sit on the board of directors of the Parents Television Council, a nationwide non-profit, and the most consequential and compelling charitable organization known to man.
I trade my own account after a twenty year career in finance. I worked as an investment banker, senior lender and corporate planner.
I publish some of my investment ideas on Seeking Alpha because I believe the feedback and discussion can be a valuable part of the decision process.
I hold a bachelor of arts in Economics and an MBA, both from top tier east coast schools.
Seven Corners Capital Management, LLC is an investment research and advisory firm based in New York City. The firm aims to achieve investment returns by identifying (1) companies with wide competitive moats and honest and able management, trading at reasonable valuations, (2) turnaround and "asset play" opportunities (as described by Peter Lynch in his book "One Up on Wall Street") and (3) special situations (such as mergers, spinoffs and liquidations) that provide attractive returns which are non-correlated to the broader equity markets. Our hope and expectation is to achieve annual returns approximately 10% above that of the S&P 500 on a long-term basis.
2016 returns: 22.40%
2017 returns: 22.05%
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The REIT Forum focuses on risk-adjusted returns with a defensive strategy. With a strong background in accounting and finance, fundamentals are a top priority. Buying a strong company with great fundamentals at an attractive price is a good long-term strategy. The subscription platform allows me to do a few things very well. It allows me to share the research I’m doing for my own investment decision making. It allows me to communicate rapidly with investors that are willing to pay for my best work.
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What is my view on risk?
The traditional view is to see earning excess returns as compensation for taking on high levels of risk. I believe it is far better to focus on earning returns from catching market failures. These failures happen due to poor liquidity and investors (including analysts) working with incomplete information. I believe that by knowing the individual companies well, the investor can step in when the “risk” is heavily skewed in favor of “returns”.
I do not try to generate higher returns, I try to generate more consistent returns by reducing the downwards risk. Occasionally that results in exceptionally high returns when something corrects, but it also means I am willing to pass on several decent opportunities because I want the risk/return profile skewed heavily in my favor.
A long time entertainment industry professional, I have worked with a number of top Hollywood studios and networks. With over a decade in the field I use my in-depth knowledge of film and television to inform potential investors about the viability of the many upcoming projects in the industry.
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I run a small fund. I became interested in investing when I read an article about Warren Buffett and my fund and my investing style reflect his teachings and those of Charlie Munger. Unlike many value investors, I am not impressed with Ben Graham as an investor.
Every stock has a story, and that story is told each day the stock market opens.
Market DJ: Research, Enlightenment, Entertainment
Listening to the market, cutting through the noise... Finding good products & companies, crunching numbers... Looking for long-term macro trends in consumer spending habits... Learning through research and market performance...
Focusing on US Listed Companies:
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We conduct independent, boots on the ground research, as well as the numbers. Go with what you know. Every stock has a story, and that story is told each and every day in the stock market. We look at the product, the company, then the numbers. I am djkidm, and teamed with knowledgable family & friends form Market DJ– research with a goal of making money & sharing that research publicly every once in a while to measure performance & receive criticism & advice.
Market DJ is mainly interested in growth & value. Companies that make money, preferably American, but we invest around the world. We look for at least 10% or more growth per year, and want a good product, company, and market, no excuses.
I have a background in Journalism, and I hope to shed some light upon the media practices I witness each day in the Stock Market. I graduated from Portland State University in 2003 with a BA in English. I make money as a restauranteur, deejay, and writer. I joined the market in June of 2013, which presented some terrific buying opportunities. Recently I quit my night job as a bartender to concentrate on business plans, market research, and to continue making money in the market.
I am a value conscious investor looking for bargains.
1) Price is what you pay, value is what you get
2) Success in investing is limiting losses when you're wrong, and maximizing gains when you're right
3) Start with business model. Margins reflect value add a company's products bring to the market place. Does the Gross Margin and the Product match? High GMs accompany differentiated products with limited competition that do not compete on price. Low GMs accompany undifferentiated products that compete on price, CAPEX spend, cyclicality.
4) How is the business financed? Be wary of companies with a lot of debt. Great businesses do not require huge debt to generate high returns on equity. There is no achievement in generating high ROEs by levering up like banks, leasing businesses (car rental, equipment rental, aircraft rental). ROA should be telling here.
4) A company's value changes because the NPV of future profits changes. NPV of future profits is a function of changes in revenues, gross margins, OPEX, leverage, taxation. A company's value appreciates when the NPV of profits goes up due to revenue growth, GM expansion, OPEX reduction, leverage (refinancing) / tax (change of domicile) reduction.
5) Markets look forward. Bottoms coincide with maximum pessimism while tops coincide with maximum euphoria.
6) A stock is not undervalued because it is cheap and it is not overvalued because it is expensive (based on traditional valuation metrics). Similarly, a stock is not undervalued because it has gone down a lot or overvalued because it has gone up a lot.
7) Look at market cap when valuing companies. Don't be overly influenced by management projections, analyst reports, share buybacks, cash on B/S, price movements, other people in the stock.
8) Companies with significant debt can go bankrupt. Cash burn typically determines if they go bankrupt before the cycle (for their industry or the economy) turns.
9) Undervalued stocks can get cheaper, overvalued stocks can get more expensive.
10) Keep emotion out of investing. You will be wrong. Unpredictable things will happen. Stay vigilant to anger, anxiety, exuberance. Stay vigilant to thesis creep.
11) Leverage will kill you sooner or later. Companies have large operating and financial leverage.
12) Have a thesis. If the thesis plays out, stay with it. If it doesn't exit. Always have a thesis.
13) Understand the business you are invested in. It's valuation and what can go wrong. Know the business inside out.
13) Don't trade.
14) Diversify. There are many good ideas in the market. Don't put your eggs in one basket.
15) Failing businesses rarely turnaround.
Richard Zeits is an Oil & Gas industry analyst and consultant. His background includes fourteen years as Energy industry-focused investment banker, portfolio manager and senior investment analyst with bulge bracket firms in New York. Zeits Energy Analytics use elaborate proprietary analytics and data bases to provide in-depth industry research, market intelligence, and forecasting.
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Hoya Capital Real Estate is a Connecticut-based Registered Investment Advisor that focuses on research of the commercial real estate industry, and advisory of well-balanced public real estate equity portfolios. All of our research is for educational purpose only, always provided free of charge exclusively on Seeking Alpha. Recommendations and commentary are purely theoretical and not intended as investment advice. Information presented is believed to be factual and up-to-date, but we do not guarantee its accuracy and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed.
Financial markets have fascinated me since childhood. I strive to combine my education in biology, math and history with common sense to find winning trades.
To identify good investments and the right time to enter/exit them, I draw on all financial disciplines that could be helpful. The following is a non-exhaustive list that inform my decisions: Finances of a company, market condition, who owns it, what insiders are doing, analysis of trading behavior, option positions, short interest, public perception, social media, retail involvement, deep valuation of assets and patents, debts and obligations etc.
Btw, my screen name refers to the popular MODIS satellite package in polar orbit around earth. It's mission is to daily photograph the entire planet in several optical bands. This data that is then made available to researchers like biologists, which is how I know about it. It is my inspiration to try see things as they really are.
MODIS also reminds me of my favorite quote from Mr. Buffett: "It's easier to make up a lost opportunity, than to recover from a loss." The instrument moves on, seeing new things; it doesn't get stuck. Capital is a precious resource, so every trade deserves to be as perfect as you can make it.
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David is CEO of New Constructs (www.newconstructs.com). David is a distinguished investment strategist and corporate finance expert. He was a 5-yr member of FASB's Investors Advisory Committee. He is author of the Chapter “Modern Tools for Valuation” in The Valuation Handbook (Wiley Finance 2010).
I manage a $1B+ portfolio for a family office. Our investments include bonds, equities, hedge funds, and private investments with a wide geographical and asset class dispersion. I have a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and practiced for 30 years as a trial lawyer in commercial cases.
The fellow in my icon is Galileo Galilei, who famously said: Eppur si muove.
I say, less famously: Time is the only reliable solvent of idiocy.
You can follow me on Twitter where I am @MontanaSkeptic1
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.
RH Analytics specializes in deep-dive fundamental research on companies and sectors. We focus on topics where we believe there is a disconnect between current perceptions of the investment opportunity and the underlying reality. Our work dispels the myth and illuminates the reality.
I am an investment analyst in my final year of undergraduate studies. I am currently seeking a full-time position as a research analyst at a value oriented investment firm and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Activist Stocks we use hedge funds and activist investors to find actionable investing ideas. That is, stocks with catalysts to unlock and generate shareholder value. Activist Stocks also offers a catalyst and event-driven idea forum for investors looking for unique idea generation, Catalyst-Driven Small-Caps, where I share daily activist and turnaround insights and deep dives.
Ross Taylor has been an institutional or hedge fund portfolio manager for over 28 years. He was head of Institutional Equity and Balanced investing for a NYC based Trust Bank and then went to a a major New York City based hedge fund where he was a partner from 2001 to 2009. He has been at Somerset Capital Advisors since 2009.