Wednesday, September 4, 2019

What We're Reading ~ 9/4/19

Certain to Win: The strategy of John Boyd, applied to business [Chet Richards]

The commoditization of information [Geoff Yamane]

Position sizing: why conviction matters [Intrinsic Investing]

The problem with believing what we're told [WSJ]

How a Canadian firm has taken on Wall Street's private equity titans [Economist]

Research on the financial performance of collectibles [Alpha Architect]

Peloton is a phenomenon: can it last? [NYTimes]

A skeptical look at Peloton churn [Inquisitive Investor]

Peloton bikes are the real deal [The Margins]

How Amazon's shipping empire is challenging UPS & FedEx [WSJ]

Amazon's next-day delivery has brought chaos and carnage to streets [BuzzfeedNews]

The man behind the biggest beauty brands in the world [Coveteur]

Aston Martin tried to replicate Ferrari's IPO success but shares are down 75% [Fortune]

On the importance of broadcasting income to European football clubs [Swiss Ramble]

5 lessons from Microsoft's antitrust woes by people who lived it [NYTimes]

Tiger Global Continues To Buy Sunrun

Chase Coleman's hedge fund firm Tiger Global has filed yet another Form 4 with the SEC regarding their ownership of Sunrun (RUN).  We previously detailed last week how they were out buying RUN shares

Per the latest filing, Tiger Global was out acquiring more shares on August 29th, 30th, as well as September 3rd.  In total, they purchased 627,439 shares at weighted average prices of between $14.705 and $15.365.  After these buys, they now own over 24.55 million shares.

Per Yahoo Finance, Sunrun "engages in the design, development, installation, sale, ownership, and maintenance of residential solar energy systems in the United States. It also sells solar energy systems and products, such as panels and racking, as well as solar leads generated to customers. The company markets and sells its products through direct-to-consumer approach across online, retail, mass media, digital media, canvassing, field marketing, and referral channels, as well as its partner network. Sunrun Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California."

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

TCI Fund Boosts Canadian Pacific Railway Stake

Sir Chris Hohn's TCI Fund management has filed an amended 13G with the SEC regarding its position in Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).  Per the filing, TCI Fund now owns 7.62% of the company with over 10.56 million shares as of August 23rd. 

This is up from the previous 10.15 million shares they owned at the end of June.  TCI has bought CP shares for seven consecutive quarters and their stake is now worth almost $2.5 billion.  They originally initiated the position in the first quarter of 2018.

It should also be noted that Hohn's firm also owns stakes in other railroads, such as Canadian National (CNI ~ $1.75 billion worth) and Union Pacific (UNP ~ $800 million worth), but their stake in CP is the most sizable.

Per Yahoo Finance, Canadian Pacific Railway "owns and operates a transcontinental freight railway in Canada and the United States. The company transports bulk commodities, including grain, coal, potash, fertilizers, and sulphur; and merchandise freight, such as energy, chemicals and plastics, metals, minerals and consumer, automotive, and forest products. It also transports intermodal traffic comprising retail goods in overseas containers. The company offers rail and intermodal transportation services through a network of approximately 12,500 miles serving business centers in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada; and the United States Northeast and Midwest regions. Canadian Pacific Railway Limited was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada."