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Value Investor Blog Has Moved!

Posted in Uncategorized by aaronstackhouse on April 2, 2011

We have moved to a new site over at

See you there!

NNWC Stocks Outperformed the S&P by 20.8%, Annually

Posted in Uncategorized by aaronstackhouse on March 9, 2011

Just a quick update…

On July 17, 2009, I ran a Yahoo Finance stock screen for stocks trading at a low P/B and relatively high cash per share. I then looked at the individual balance sheet of every stock and compiled the list below of all stocks from the screen that were trading at less than 1.1 times their net-net working capital.

I have been following their performance and below is an update (original post here):



Asta Funding – Part 3

Posted in Application by aaronstackhouse on January 5, 2010

After reviewing Asta Funding’s FY 2009 10-K I wanted to expand on the analysis and update the book value from my previous posts. So I don’t get too repetitive, I recommend reading Part 1 and Part 2 of the Asta Story first for more detail, but here is the two minute summary…


Asta Funding Update

Posted in Uncategorized by aaronstackhouse on December 17, 2009

If you haven’t read part 1 of my analysis, I strongly recommend reading that one first here.

Asta Funding reported FY 2009 and Q4 earnings after the market closed yesterday and held its quarterly conference call this morning. I participated in the call – although during the Q&A I was cut short due to technical difficulties. Fortunately I was able to speak to the CFO Bob Michel on the phone for 10 minutes later in the day – I was impressed management is so accessible!

For full disclosure, I do NOT have a position in the stock, but I am watching it closely and think it warrants further research.

After much thinking, here are my take-aways from today:


Asta Funding

Posted in Application, Uncategorized by aaronstackhouse on December 7, 2009

This will be the first of several posts on Asta Funding, Inc.

Asta Funding, Inc is in the business of acquiring, managing, servicing, and recovering portfolios of consumer receivables, including credit card, auto deficiency, and telecom receivables. The company purchases receivables at steep discounts from the face values of the underlying claims (3.4-4.0% of face value over 2004-2008). Typically the receivables have been previously written off by the originator and collections have previously been attempted by one or more parties.


NNWC Update

Posted in Application, Uncategorized by aaronstackhouse on November 11, 2009

A few months back I posted a list of stocks that were trading below their NNWC value per share (as of 7/17/09). Let’s take a quick look to see how those stocks have performed over the last several months.


Recommended Reading List

Posted in Uncategorized by aaronstackhouse on September 12, 2009

Here is a list of just a few of my favorite books:

On Valuation

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies Koller, Goedhart, and Wessels

Security Analysis Graham & Dodd

Margin of Safety Klarman. (Out of print. I found a copy in the Boston Public Library financial branch – you aren’t allowed to take it out and you have to leave your driver’s license at the front desk to read it!)

Investment Valuation Damodaran

Fooling Some of the People All of the Time Einhorn

Hedge Hunters Burton


Fooled by Randomness Taleb

The Black Swan Taleb

Influence Cialdini

A Different Perspective on Risk – Part 2

Posted in Theory by aaronstackhouse on September 1, 2009

In part 1, I made my case that the price of a stock related to value should be heavily factored into any discussion of risk in holding stocks.  In this part, I am going to present a simple model for thinking about risk which expands on a more traditional view to include price.

**Disclaimer – this is meant to be an article about a conceptual treatment of risk. Don’t be fooled by the graphs, there is nothing precise in my discussion.


A Different Perspective On Risk – Part 1

Posted in Theory by aaronstackhouse on August 27, 2009

Many fundamental analysts estimate value by projecting cash flows and then discounting at a rate determined by measuring the beta of the stock. The CAPM and many analysts who use betas to discount cash flows are assuming that risk can be summarized by one number, and that that one number can be determined by observing how the stock price historically correlated with the returns of other stocks.

But let’s do a quick thought experiment to see how ridiculous this is….


Net-Net Working Capital

Posted in Application by aaronstackhouse on August 26, 2009

Benjamin Graham famously recommended looking at stocks that trade below their net-net working capital (NNWC) value per share (current assets – all liabilities). A lot of modern value investors have talked about this metric as a classic example of buying stocks with a large margin of safety, but also as a dated technique for the simple reason that few securities in recent history have met this criteria.

However, with the precipitous decline of stock markets at the end of 2008 many of these opportunities have reemerged, and it is worth taking a look at this strategy.