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Experience Co: Returns on capital

I received a couple of comments on yesterday’s post on Experience Co (ASX:EXP) regarding my estimate of an 8-10% ROIC. I thought I would provide justification as to why I selected the measure I did and also provide some alternative measures of returns on capital employed. How I calculated ROIC and why I selected that …

Purchase #13: Experience Co

I am not a professional investor and this is not a recommendation to buy or sell EXP or other securities. This post reflects my opinion only. Please always do your own research and read the full disclaimer at the bottom.  I’ve recently purchased shares in Experience Co Ltd (ASX: EXP), formerly Skydive The Beach.  Experience Co …

An Update on the Henry Morgan saga

Following the surprise appearance of an article in AFR this morning about the results of a lawsuit against my web host, Dreamscape, and the law firm that represented me, BTLawyers Brisbane, I thought readers might be interested in a brief timeline of events. Mid-last year I began writing a series of posts about Henry Morgan (ASX:HML), Benjamin Hornigold …

Updater Inc: Saved by the bell?

Disclaimer: This post reflects my personal opinion only. I am not a licensed investment adviser. I am not a professional investor. All readers should always do their own research and seek appropriate professional advice before making any investment decision. This post is not a recommendation to buy or sell any mentioned securities. My research into …

Quarterly Review: Q4 (June) FY2018

What a quarter that was. The 10foot portfolio was flat until May, when it gained 6% in a week due to moves in Tower, NGE Capital, and a recovery in Just Group. For a while I was up 12% since inception, double the index return – enjoying the warm glow that comes from being a …

Do currency exchange rates impact inbound tourism?

I recently read an article about tourism stocks that said something like “the lower Australian dollar is great for tourism demand.” It was implied that this is a tailwind for tourism companies. That’s the consensus view and intuitively it makes sense. If 10,000 Chinese Yuan buys you A$2000, that’s not cool as if it buys …

Solvency II and Just Group’s discount to NTA

The 10foot portfolio holds shares in Just Group plc (LON: JUST), a UK-based insurer that provides defined benefit de-risking programs, and ‘lifetime mortgages’, which are equity release mortgages (ERMs) with no negative equity guarantee, for retirees. Just has persistently traded at a discount to NTA that has puzzled me for some time and I wrote …

Ethical Investing: Some thoughts on ESG funds

I am suspicious of much modern ESG investing. It’s great that investors want to invest in bona fide ESG funds for the purposes of conscious capitalism, saving the planet and all that. From a “positive use of your wealth” as well as a “making more $$ by not holding miners” perspective, this is sensible. However, …

The Oliver’s Turnaround Story

DMX Capital Partners recently held a stock picking competition where you could enter your best stock idea for the next 12 (?) months and win $2000 worth of units in their fund if you made the best pick.  A tip of the hat to DMX for coming up with such a cost effective way of …

A Presentation to the Management of Oliver’s Real Foods

Last Friday I sent this presentation to Investor Relations at Oliver’s Real Foods with a request that it be brought to the attention of senior management. I wanted to give Oliver’s some advance warning and give them the opportunity to comment or correct me, if they chose. I did not receive a response from Oliver’s, …