Returns on Capital and an Investment Idea

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Investment Ideas & Company Research, Investment Philosophy, Investor Letters

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 […]

The Most Important Moat

Posted on 23 CommentsPosted in General Thoughts, Investment Philosophy, Investor Letters, Saber Capital Management

I recently wrote an investor note on some thoughts I have on customer value, and why I think it’s important when analyzing businesses. I thought I’d share that letter here: Saber Capital Investor Note: “Most Important Moat” (6/13/2017) In the note, I outline why I think that when you’re evaluating the durability of a company’s moat, it’s critically important to consider the value of a company’s product from the customer’s perspective. It’s a concept I’ve been thinking about for the last […]

Berkshire Meeting Notes – Daily Improvement, Business Evolution, and Investment Strategy

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Charlie Munger, Investment Philosophy, Saber Capital Management, Think Differently, Warren Buffett

Last week I headed to Omaha to attend Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting. Nowadays, there is less of a reason to attend the meeting in person because it is available to watch online, but I love attending the event for all of the peripheral meetings that occur. It was a great weekend, and I got to connect with a few Saber Capital clients, as well as some good friends that I don’t see very often. No matter how long you’ve been […]

Charlie Munger’s Most Important Concept (Takeaways from the DJCO Meeting)

Posted on 14 CommentsPosted in Charlie Munger, Investment Philosophy, Think Differently

A couple weeks ago, I flew to Los Angeles to listen to Charlie Munger at the Daily Journal annual meeting. These days, you can read the transcript of these events or even watch it on YouTube, so there is less of a practical reason to attend the actual event. But the main reason I enjoy these events is to meet with people. I have as much fun at the peripheral gatherings as I do at the main event. It’s nice […]

Importance of Knowing Your Investment Boundaries (Sears Mini-Case Study)

Posted on 21 CommentsPosted in Case Studies, Charlie Munger, Investment Philosophy

A few months ago we had an interesting post/discussion on the site where Matt Brice and I share some of our research and investment ideas. The topic was Munger’s ability to quickly discard an investment opportunity if it was something he didn’t understand or a business he didn’t like. The comment that Munger made regarding the business of cattle ranching was one of the key takeaways that stayed with me from the 2016 Berkshire Annual Meeting—in short, the discipline that […]

What is Your Edge?

Posted on 30 CommentsPosted in Industry-Banks, Investment Philosophy, Saber Capital Management

A couple months ago I read an investment write-up on a large-cap stock that is one of the most widely followed and largest companies in the S&P 500. There was a comment that basically asked the following question: “What is your edge with this stock?” The implication of this question is that there isn’t any edge to be had with large, well-followed stocks, but there is an edge to be gained with small, underfollowed stocks. This is a commonly held […]

Two Important Investment Principles

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Investment Philosophy, Portfolio Management

I was recently reading through some old investor interviews from the excellent Graham and Doddsville newsletter from Columbia Business School, and I came across an interview from Glenn Greenberg of Brave Warrior (formerly Chieftain Capital). A couple years ago I commented on a talk that Glenn Greenberg did at Columbia, where he discussed his investment approach. My own investment approach tends to fall in line with Greenberg’s investment philosophy as well as his portfolio management approach. Despite a few misses […]

The Competitive Advantage of an Owner-Operator

Posted on 13 CommentsPosted in Case Studies, General Thoughts, Investment Philosophy

I gave a talk at an investing conference in Philadelphia last week where I discussed my overall approach to investment along with three broad categories where I think investors could focus to gain an edge (I’ll share the slides in a later post). I don’t attend many of these industry events, but it is fun to attend them occasionally, as I got to meet with a few Saber Capital clients who live in the NYC/NJ/Philly area as well as other […]

Practicing a “Punch Card” Approach to Investing

Posted on 20 CommentsPosted in Investment Philosophy, Investment Quotes

John Hempton, who runs a hedge fund and writes the blog called Bronte Capital, wrote a really interesting post over the weekend on investment philosophy. He basically calls out the majority of the professional money management community for cloning Buffett in word, but not in deed. His main point: many Buffett followers talk about the “punch card” approach to investing, but very few people actually implement this approach. Here is Buffett explaining the Punch Card philosophy: “I always tell students […]

Two Key Checklist Items

Posted on 21 CommentsPosted in Investment Philosophy, Investment Quotes, Walter Schloss

I am not a big fan of going through specific “checklist” items one by one when evaluating an investment idea. I know this idea has gained enormous popularity in recent years, partly due to the good book The Checklist Manifesto, and partly popularized in value investing circles by Mohnish Pabrai. I respect Mohnish a lot, and I think his idea of evaluating previous investment mistakes (both his own mistakes and especially the mistakes of other great investors) is an excellent exercise. […]