Greatest Company Analysis, Studying Franchises and More………….

“The average person can’t really trust anybody. They can’t trust a broker, because the broker is interested in churning commissions. They can’t trust a mutual fund, because the mutual fund is interested in gathering a lot of assets and keeping them. And now it’s even worse because even the most sophisticated people have no idea what’s going on.” –Seth Klarman

I’m passionate about wisdom. I’m passionate about accuracy and some kinds of curiosity. Perhaps I have some streak of generosity in my nature and a desire to serve values that transcend my brief life. But maybe I’m just here to show off. Who knows? –Charlie Munger

Best Company Analysis

Several experienced investors (including charlie479) have called the lecture in the link below one of the best company analysis ever done. A Charlie Munger speech about worldly wisdom in solving the problem of building a trillion-dollar business almost from scratch.

Analysis of a Franchise: Linear Technology

An analysis of Linear Technology’s franchise characteristics:

Do you agree with the above analysis? The five companies below are considered by some to be franchises. Build a database of franchise companies to eventually purchase at the right price for you. Write down what you think are the sources of competitive advantage. Can you arrive at a ball-park value?  If not now, then set aside for future reference. Note the level of ROIC, operating margins, use of excess capital, growth and investment needed for growth and the history of returns.

Linear:                      LLTC 25 Year    LLTC_VL

Balchem:                  BCPC_35 Year   BCPC_VL

Applied Materials: Charts 35 year AMAT  AMAT_VL

Analog Devices:      ADI_35 Year  ADI_VL

Intel:                         INTC_35 Yr   INTC_VL

Now is the time to dig into the Value Vault and read, Competition Demystified by Bruce Greenwald. A study guide is offered here (Thanks Sid):

Be the Best

To be the best, you will need to have character, be independent and tough like Joker:

You will need to develop your skill in understanding and recognizing franchises. Eventually you will show skill like this: or take it to the hoop like Jordan:

I have never held a ball in my hands, but even I know Jordan is practicing magic not basketball–but, then again, he almost didn’t make his high school team.

 A Good Data Source

Accounting, business studies, and data here:

Freedom vs. Tyranny

A satellite view of tyranny vs. freedom: North vs. South Korea

Answer to Economic Question Posed in previous post

The European Central Bank (“ECB”) is offering euro zone banks loans of up to 3 years on Dec. 21 at a rate of 1%. A Wall Street/City of London Whiz can buy Spanish paper at plus 2% on money borrowed from the ECB at 1%. Brilliant! This is going to deluge the Euro zone with money and become extremely bullish for the Euro zone markets and price inflationary.  How else do central bankers know how to deal with a financial crisis. Print.

A viewpoint of America’s involvment in the Euro crisis:

Have a good evening.

3 responses to “Greatest Company Analysis, Studying Franchises and More………….

  1. John, I have a question for your regarding the chart on page 44 of Competition Demystified. The chart deals with economies of scale and fixed costs. I’m not really understanding the illustration. I understand that fixed costs are “fixed,” but if a market doubles or increases 10 times, wouldn’t fixed costs increase as well for the firms? (I.e. as demand increases, the companies would need to invest more in PPE, WC, etc. to meet the higher demand) Maybe it depends on the type of business? For example, MSFT or maybe a pharma company may look something like that because they need to develop the software or drugs and it’s a fixed amount, but what about a retailer like WMT? Thanks.

    • Dear Logan:

      The Table 3.1 on page 44. The table is trying to illustrate that as a market increases in size (say in stock photographs due to digitalization) the economies of scale advantage for an incumbent diminishes relative to entrants. That is why a niche producer of oil like WD-40 that has 90% of the market has huge economies of scale compared in their niche market compared to any competitor. Yes, fixed costs will go up, but what matters is whether a firm has an edge over its competitors (lowest unit costs.)

      Good question

      You have given me an idea for a blog post for tonight. I will go into more detail

  2. It is indeed one of the most brilliant analysis we have ever come across.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Looking forward to more such interesting articles

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