Graham & Doddsville Fall 2018 Issue: Tweedy Browne, Greenhaven Road & More ~ market folly

Monday, October 22, 2018

Graham & Doddsville Fall 2018 Issue: Tweedy Browne, Greenhaven Road & More

Columbia Business School has just released the Fall 2018 issue of its Graham & Doddsville newsletter.  In it, they interview members of Tweedy, Browne Company such as Roger De Bree, Andrew Ewert, Frank Hawrylak, Jay Hill, Amelia Koh, Tom Shrager, John Spears, and Bob Wyckoff.  They also interview Scott Miller of Greenhaven Road Capital.

Additionally, the issue also includes student investment pitches such as long (JD) and long Qorvo (QRVO)

Tweedy Browne Buys Baidu, Sina, AutoZone

Tweedy recently bought some Chinese equities: search engine giant Baidu (BIDU) and Sina (SINA), which owns Weibo, a popular social media business.  They like the profitable advertising business models but have smaller position sizes due to various risks.

Domestically, Tweedy also purchased shares of AutoZone (AZO):  "If you lookover the previous 11-yearperiod, its intrinsic value grew by 16% per annum, with a significant percentage of that growth driven by share buybacks. The historical record also revealed a stable and defensive business. Same store sales at AutoZone have grown in 19 out of the last 20 years, including in 2008 and 2009.AutoZone has also historically produced high returns, with a 14% ROA (return on assets) and a roughly 30% lease adjusted ROIC (return on invested capital)."

Greenhaven Road Long Etsy, Fiat, Yelp

Greenhaven Road's founder talks about his positions in Etsy, (ETSY), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) and Yelp (YELP). 

On Fiat, he notes: "Fiat Chrysler is reducing the low margin fleet business by getting out of sedans and focusing on SUVs, aligning themselves with customer preferences and higher margins.They are also going to either spin off or sell their parts division. If you backout the parts business, you're getting the core business for less than 3x earnings excluding net industrial cash and the parts business. That’s an attractive multiple for a growing earnings stream and a business that should remain profitable even if US new car sales decline by 30%."

Graham & Doddsville New Fall 2018 Issue

Embedded below is the new issue:

You can download a pdf copy here.

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