Importance of ROIC: “Reinvestment” vs “Legacy” Moats

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I’ve talked a lot about the importance of the concept of return on invested capital (ROIC), and how it is a key driver of value in a business. Feel free to go back and read some of those posts here. In this particular post, the discussion is continued. This post is something new for BHI: it’s a guest post written by my good friend Connor Leonard (see his brief bio at the end of the post). Connor and I live […]

Importance of ROIC Part 5: A Glance at the Last 42 Years of Wells Fargo

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“Experience, however, indicates that the best business returns are usually achieved by companies that are doing something quite similar today to what they were doing five or ten years ago… a business that constantly encounters major change also encounters many chances for major error. Furthermore, economic terrain that is forever shifting violently is ground on which it is difficult to build a fortress-like business franchise. Such a franchise is usually the key to sustained high returns.”   –Warren Buffett, 1992 Shareholder […]

Importance of ROIC Part 4: The Math of Compounding

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I thought I’d circle back to discuss the topic of compounders and return on capital. I wrote a few posts about earlier this year, and there have been numerous comments and questions. In this post, I want to discuss the actual math behind the compounders, to try and show why return on capital is so important to long term business owners (which is what we are as stockholders). To recap what I mentioned earlier, I usually put investments in two broad […]

Importance of ROIC Part 3: Compounding and Reinvestment

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“We prefer businesses that drown in cash. An example of a different business is construction equipment. You work hard all year and there is your profit sitting in the yard. We avoid businesses like that. We prefer those that can write us a check at the end of the year.” -Charlie Munger, 2008 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting I’m patiently looking for bargains everywhere. That’s the name of this game: “figuring out what something is worth and paying a lot less […]

Importance of ROIC Part 2: Compounders and Cheap Stocks

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This is part 2 of my follow up thoughts on compounders, cheap stocks, and the importance of returns on capital. Part 1 is here. Also, some previous posts before that are relevant to this post as well: Thoughts on Return on Capital and Greenblatt’s Magic Formula Part 1 Thoughts on Return on Capital and Greenblatt’s Magic Formula Part 2 Buffett Shareholder Letter High ROE Wells Fargo vs. Small Community Banks A Few Thoughts on Buffett and Great Banks To recap last […]

Importance of ROIC Part 1: Compounders and Cheap Stocks

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A while back, I posted a couple articles on return on invested capital (ROIC) along with some comments on Joel Greenblatt’s Magic Formula. These posts attracted a lot of comments and email questions, and so I wanted to post some more thoughts on the topic of compounding generally, and maybe ROIC more specifically. Here are some links to posts that are somewhat related to this topic: Thoughts on Return on Capital and Greenblatt’s Magic Formula Part 1 Thoughts on Return […]

Connor Leonard’s 2017 IMC Letter

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Long-time readers are likely familiar with Connor Leonard, but for those who don’t know him, Connor is a good friend of mine who runs the public securities portfolio at Investors Management Corporation. IMC is a holding company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The firm focuses on long-term ownership of outstanding companies in both the public and private markets. Connor has shared some thoughts with BHI readers in the past, including a post on Reinvestment Moats, Capital Light Compounders, as well as […]

Buffett 1972 Letter to See’s Candies

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I recently came across a letter that Buffett sent to Chuck Huggins, the CEO of See’s Candies in 1972 (thanks to Marcelo Lima at Heller House for posting it). See’s is a case study that has been dissected from every angle, but this was a letter I hadn’t seen before, so I thought some notes I wrote while reading it. In the letter, Buffett attempts to give some general advice on the distribution, merchandising, and marketing of the chocolates. The […]

Thoughts on Cost of Capital and Buffett’s $1 Test – Part 1

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“I’ve never heard an intelligent discussion about ‘cost of capital’.” – Charlie Munger I read something a few weeks back that referenced some comments that Charlie Munger once made on the topic of cost of capital. Maybe these comments will be yet another unintelligent discussion of cost of capital, but I thought I’d share some notes I wrote down this past week as I gave this concept some more thought. This post will touch on Buffett’s $1 test, which is […]

Returns on Capital and an Investment Idea

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A couple years back, I wrote a series on the topic of returns on capital (ROIC) and how significant its impact is on the long-term value of a business. As a long-term shareholder of a business, your ultimate investment result will be determined by the quality of that business over time. One way to measure quality is to figure out the rate of return that the company achieves on its own internal investments (as well as what that company does […]