November 29, 2019

ESG = Excessive Share-price Growth


Two months ago, something rather monumental happened, which seems to have been lost to the news-cycle. In a world starved for yield, a company with trailing twelve month free cash flow of $527 million (cash flow from operations – maintenance cap-ex) and net debt of only $593 million could not re-finance debt due in 2022. Sure, the company’s end-markets are currently a little soft ... Read More
Categories: Comments On Events
Positions Mentioned: BTU
November 25, 2019

Tankers Keep Trending Better…


For my entire career, I have closely watched the Global Micro Trends I’m invested in (I have a new term and I intend to abuse it—sorry). I have to be honest, quite often, the trend sort of peters out. It’s often still a financial victory, just not what I had hoped for. For instance, let’s look at my investment in the Greek ETF (GREK ... Read More
Categories: Investments
Positions Mentioned: DSSI, NNA, STNG, TNK
November 22, 2019

Stage Stores Evolves…


If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, the guys leading Stage Stores (SSI – USA) would clarify as clinically insane. Why did anyone think that consolidating a bunch of struggling department store chains in rural America was a good business idea? A quick look at the stock chart over the past decade would ... Read More
Categories: Investments
Positions Mentioned: SSI
November 21, 2019

My Discovery While On Vacation…


I know, I know, you’re sick of hearing about my vacation. Don’t worry, I’m not sharing vacation pics again. Rather, I want to talk about what I “discovered” in my weeks away from the screens. I believe that most serious investors are smart enough to buy cheap stocks—it’s the harder “other stuff” that separates those who excel in this industry from everyone else. I ... Read More
Positions Mentioned: ASPS, STNG, SD
November 17, 2019

One If By Land, Two If By Sea (My Caribbean Vacation)


Friend: Kuppy, have you lost your f*ckin’ mind? You’re not the sort to sit at the beach and drink a piña colada. Me: Who says I’m at the beach? Friend: Well, you’re certainly not shopping at Duty Free… What else is there to do in the Caribbean? Me: You’ve traveled the Caribbean by cruise and missed it all. Come join me. I’ll change your ... Read More
Categories: Travels
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