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Cambria Automobiles ($CAMB:LN)

Cambria Automobiles ($CAMB:LN)

Cambria Automobiles is a retailer of new and used cars, commercial vehicles and bikes. It operates through four segments: New Car, Used Car, After Sales and Internal Sales. Through its subsidiaries, it has over 30 dealerships, representing over 40 franchises and 10 brands. Its market cap is £60m.

The market is very pessimistic about their prospects with the economic uncertainty over the UK, so it trades at a forward P/E of just 6.4. It is “debt free” (cash covers debt, but seems like it’s needed for operations) and boasts an impressive ROIC of 22% (which the board actually monitors – important for an acquisitive company).read more

Half Year Portfolio Review H2 2016

Half Year Portfolio Review H2 2016

In the second half of 2016, I spent very little time on my portfolio. It’s one of the benefits of having a value strategy buying good companies, that you can mostly forget about them. At the start of the half, I was 49% in cash, so I expected to underperform the market by quite a margin. I was pleasantly surprised that my portfolio was up 13.9% in the half, versus 15.1% for the FTSE all share tracker and 8.3% for the S&P tracker.read more

More portfolio changes – 2 positions sold

More portfolio changes – 2 positions sold

Still cleaning up my portfolio after a year of not paying much attention to it. I sold HOS:US and BXP:LN last week, and opened a new position in Cambria Automobiles ($CAMB:LN) which brings my portfolio cash up to 46%. A full post on CAMB:LN will follow later next week.read more

Portfolio change – $SAGCV sold

Portfolio change – $SAGCV sold

An update on a sold position $SAGCV as well as some additional thoughts on one of my holdings, $ESH:SP. A full portfolio update and 2016 performance report will be following in the next week or two.read more

United Carpets $UCG.L

United Carpets $UCG.L

United Carpets is a small UK based retail chain that sells carpets and beds. Usually retail is highly volatile and in this case very linked to the property market which is doing quite well at the moment (and that could change). But United Carpets is different in that it franchises, and only has a handful of its own stores. But still, margins are low and administrative expenses high. Operating margin has been improving in recent years but still sits at just 7%. The hook is, it made £1.2m net profit in 2016 and the current enterprise value is £6.8m, or 5.7x. Its profits are not declining and are in fact increasing slightly.read more

Half Year Portfolio Review H1 2016

Half Year Portfolio Review H1 2016

H1 2016 has been a strong half for my portfolio, it returned +31.7% vs the FTSE All-share tracker return of +0.7% and S&P tracker return of +1.4%. Craven House Capital ($CRV.L) was a big contributor and returned 91% in the half. But even excluding this position the portfolio returned 19.0%, driven by a 125% increaseread more

Craven House Capital $CRV.L sold

Craven House Capital $CRV.L sold

Yesterday was quite a dramatic day for Craven House Capital ($CRV.L), the company announced it would delist from AIM and join the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange, along with securing funding for $150m of new capital priced at 1.25p per share. The stock exploded from around 1p to a high of 1.8p and has now stabilised at 1.4p.read more

Half year performance report H2 2015

Half year performance report H2 2015

It’s that time of year again, doesn’t time fly. I haven’t made many trades during the second half of the year, perhaps that is why it has been a good half year for my portfolio! It returned 7.5% in H2 2015 versus -3.4% for the FTSE All share tracker and -1.0% for the S&P tracker. Performance was driven mainly by my 34% holding in Craven House Capital (LSE:CRV), which was 16% up in the half year on good news that it has signed a deal to raise £30m in equity at a price of 1.25p per share. That is significant for a £6m market cap company. Excluding CRV my portfolio was up 3.6%, so still outerperformed.read more

Logicamms Ltd ($LCM.ASX)

Logicamms Ltd ($LCM.ASX)

Logicamms is a company that provides consulting and engineering services to the mining, construction and oil & gas sectors in Australia. As you may expect, the market is very pessimistic about its prospects given the collapse in oil prices and the bear market now apparent in commodities. When I first looked at Logicamms I didn’t feel I could properly judge the level of profitability it could sustain going forward, but now there is a further year of accounts to peruse and also management have guided on 2016 performance. In short it expects to make $4m in the first half of the year, and claims its pipeline of work is stronger for H2 2016 than it was for H2 2015. Even if the company makes no profit for the rest of the year, it is trading at a P/E excluding cash of just 9 at this low point in the earnings cycle.read more

Portfolio Changes

Portfolio Changes

A lot has been happening in the markets over the last couple of months but unfortunately I haven’t found much to take advantage of. Partly I have been too busy to look for investments but also most of the carnage seems to be hitting oil companies and mining, neither of which I think are particularly attractive on aggregate at the moment. I have made some changes to my portfolio in the last week however, but these are not a reaction to macro events these are specific adjustments I have made.read more


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