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Scorecard # 25 – Booking.yeah

We made our initial investment in Booking Holdings (Nasdaq:BKNG) in late 2017 and recently added to our position. While we have previously disclosed that we owned the stock, we have not discussed its business in any detail. Here is a snapshot of our investment thesis.

Apr, 23, 2019

Home Capital Group

… The unfolding Home Capital saga is both tragic and full of irony. We have owned the stock in the past, but haven’t for some time. Over the past year, Home Capital’s stock is down 84% and the company has lost over $2 billion of market value. Over a billion dollars of that decline happened in the past 7 days. The reason? A classic run on the bank.

Apr, 27, 2017

Scorecard #18 – Cruel, Cruel Irony

… Over the past year, Home Capital’s stock is down (84%) and the company has lost over $2 billion of market value. Over a billion dollars of that decline happened in the past 7 days. The reason? A classic run on the bank. From my prior investment banking experience, I know the sector and the company very well. However, it has been so long since a bank failed in Canada that I actually had to look it up (1996 it seems).

Apr, 27, 2017

Scorecard #8 – Unconventional Wisdom

… Cisco Systems is the world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of high-performance networking equipment for the Internet. Their products are ubiquitous and most often the industry standard. In an era of increasing usage of smartphones, tablets, and connected devices (the “Internet of Everything”) data transfer and consumption should continue to increase exponentially.

Aug, 10, 2013

Scorecard #7 – Anchors Aweigh

… Many (most?) investors are fascinated by the daily fluctuations of the stock market. CNBC, BNN and other business news programs fill countless hours of their programming days featuring “experts” that try and give meaning to recent market moves and predict the way forward. Investors are thus conditioned to search for meaning in Mr. Market’s every twitch. It is a Pavlovian-like process.

Jun, 10, 2013