Reinvestment Moat Follow Up: Capital Light Compounders

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This post is the second guest post by my friend Connor Leonard, in what I hope to be a somewhat regular “column” here at BHI (by regular, I mean as often as Connor decides to put the proverbial pen to paper and share his insights with us). Based on the quality of his work, he’s welcome back anytime. Connor and I live in Raleigh, NC, and get together regularly to share investment ideas. I encourage you to reach out to […]

Calculating the Return on Incremental Capital Investments

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“Leaving the question of price aside, the best business to own is one that over an extended period can employ large amounts of incremental capital at very high rates of return.” – Warren Buffett, 1992 Shareholder Letter I received a lot of feedback, comments and a few questions after Connor Leonard’s guest post last week. Connor’s write-up was very well articulated, and deservedly received much praise. There were a few questions which we tried to address in comments and email […]

Focusing on the Investment Process

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“It is the basics. It is focusing on selection, low prices, and reliable, convenient, fast delivery. It’s the cumulative effect of having this approach for 14 years. I always tell people, if we have a good quarter it’s because of the work we did three, four, and five years ago. It’s not because we did a good job this quarter.” – Jeff Bezos, 2009 The new year is always a good time to review your investment process. The other day, […]

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 […]

Memorial Day Weekend Reading

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I’ll continue the discussion on compounders and the importance of ROIC next week. I have a few thoughts I’d like to discuss on that subject in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I thought I’d share just a few links to some good reading material. Memorial Day here in the US always marks the beginning of summer for me, and I always have a long list of reading material ready for summer. This is not a comprehensive summer reading […]

1987 Berkshire Letter and Buffett’s Thoughts on High ROE

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I am in the midst of writing a few posts on the importance of Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). I wrote two posts last week discussing Greenblatt’s formula and some thoughts on the topic (Here and Here). I’ll have one or two more posts next week discussing a few brief examples of compounders (companies that exhibit unusually high returns on capital over extended periods of time, allowing them to grow–or “compound”–shareholder value over long periods of time). There always seems […]

A Lesser Known Gem by Ben Graham

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Ben Graham is known largely for writing two of the most cited books in the field of value investing. Of course, in addition to being an outstanding writer and educator, he was a proficient practitioner of the investment field as well—a dual distinction that is extremely rare. In other words, he didn’t just preach, he practiced as well. And he did both at a very high level. His investment record was excellent—he averaged gross returns around 20% per year in […]

The Best Way to Improve Investment Skills: “One Case Study After Another”

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I do a lot of case studies. I recommend that any burgeoning value investor do as many case studies as they can, sprinkled in among reading annual reports and other filings. I’ll explain what I mean by this in a moment… first I thought the best investor/teacher of all time could explain the importance of this exercise better than me: “To invest successfully, you need not understand beta, efficient markets, modern portfolio theory, option pricing or emerging markets. You may, […]