Author Archives: George Pica

Dell Inc: Not So Fast Mr. Dell

There is a good live case study at csinvesting on the Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) private buyout being led by the founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. The big question is whether the consortium’s bid of $24.4 … Continue reading

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Heartland Payment Systems, Inc: The Pipes in the Fight Against Cash

The Value Guys are two veteran Wall Street analysts that produce a podcast of their candid stock picks every week.  Using screens to cull through a list of stocks, The Value Guys narrow the list to three or four stock … Continue reading

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Models are Only as Good as Their Formulas

While I was brushing my teeth last night I thought about the discounted cash flow model that I used to value the high-tech HVAC company discussed in the last post.  I had the feeling something was wrong.  I asked myself, … Continue reading

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This Business Might be Worth More than $6.2 Million but I Wouldn’t Pay Up

John Chew over at csinvesting, a fun blog focused on Intensive investing education through case studies, posted a link to The New York Times You’re the Boss blog that makes for an interesting valuation case study.   The blog post, … Continue reading

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Investigative Journalism and Investing

Basically news people and I are in same business.   I mean I go out and I try to report essentially on a company.  I try to evaluate, I try to evaluate its management, I try to evaluate its competition, its … Continue reading

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One Hour a Day for Yourself, The Other Eight for Bradlee

Its assigning yourself the right story and I said this to Woodward, why don’t you just assign yourself a story to work on between six and seven in the morning, they always want me to tell them what stocks to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein

Moonwalking with Einstein inspired Whopper at the Whopper Investments blog to develop a process of deliberate practice after he read the book.  This in turn, inspired me to develop a more deliberate practice regime for myself.  The passage that inspired Whopper … Continue reading

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The Enterprising Investor

The determining trait of the enterprising investor is his willingness to devote time and care to the selection of securities that are both sound and more attractive than the average. Over many decades, an enterprising investor of this sort could … Continue reading

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McKesson Corporation: Good Company, Fair Investment

Valuation In my previous analysis, I determined McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) to be a solid and well run company with some competitive advantage.  That is not enough to make an investment.  As a value investor, I have to see a discount … Continue reading

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McKesson Corporation: There is Money in being a Drug Dealer, I mean Drug Distributor

For the first time in their history, The Value Guys used momentum as part of their screen for their Good Fundamentals/Good Momentum Edition.  They started with the fundamental factors of sales growth greater than the industry, operating margin greater than the … Continue reading

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