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TIME OUT: Franchise Investing (Pat Dorsey)

Thanks to www.santangelsreview.com

Slides here:pat-dorsey-talks-at-google

A franchise-type company does not often become a distressed, deep value investment. But since we will next be discussing Buffett and his development from cigar-butt investing to buying See’s Candies, I thought a review of franchises by this money manager would interest you.

One mistake investors make is confusing an average company with a franchise. Not to pick on anyone but when Monish Pabrai said Pinnacle Airlines had a moat due to the type of aircraft the airline was flying or Excide Batteries had a brand, he thought he was investing in a franchise. Yes, Excide batteries may be well-known but it doesn’t change a consumer’s behavior.

Pat Dorsey and Buffett on Moat Investing; Great Blogs


Moats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptIGzhgIE3o

  1. Customer switching costs: A customer would have to take a lot of time or money to switch like Microsoft’s Office Software.
  2. Network effect: credit cards which benefit by increasing units. Ebay.
  3. Cost advantages: A low cost producer. Process based cost advantages like Dell’s build to order are not as durable. Scale based cost advantage like UBS with a dense network of vans and shipping points.
  4. Intangible assets-brands, regulatory approvals, patents-that provide pricing power.

How management affects moats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQkcT0hSzY0&feature=relmfu

It is better to invest in a great business. Common attributes of management teams that have built or destroyed competitive advantages.  A view of businesses along the commoditization spectrum–Oil service businesses to Disney.  Management has more influence on a commoditized business. Ask whether management understands what drives the moat.

Wal-Mart’s laser-focus on low price.

Strayer Education—has a focus on educational quality. Focus on key metrics of the business.

Always widen the moat. Don’t deworsify. ADP’s bad acquisitions.

Value or Value Trap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTw7by4Z8As&feature=related

Annual report forensics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hg1MEltp58&feature=relmfu

Buffett’s Criteria for Investments

How Buffett identifies a good investment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14SK4CX_KYY

Buffett says, “Throw at my head”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a9Lx9J8uSs&feature=related  What Buffett looks for in an investment–the chewing gum market. I want to know about what the economics of the business will look like in ten years.

Great Blogs

http://brooklyninvestor.blogspot.com/2011/09/directory-of-posts-on-ideas.html  A value investor who seeks the nooks and crannies of the market. Some excellent articles found here.