Value Focus

Adding Alpha and Omega Semiconductor to the Value Focus Portfolio

This is a company that holds $4.21 in net cash per share on its balance sheet (net cash refers to total cash minus any outstanding debt, capital leases, etc.). At a roughly $9.00 per share price, the business itself is being valued at roughly $4.80 per share. This is in spite of the fact that the company produced $1.07 in free cash flow per share over the last 12 months. In short, the pristine balance sheet and attractive valuation, combined, make for an incredibly compelling reason to take a position in the stock.

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Value Focus Update: Selling KMR Shares – Anatomy of an Investing Mistake

After everything was said and done, I booked a $77.91 profit from my latest trading in KMR. But, the purchase of KMR turned out to be a huge mistake. Why? Well, for starters, I said on August 14th that I would not buy KMR shares again unless they dropped below $87. Then, I turned around less than a month later and violated my own rule. How is that for discipline? It’s not very good. It just goes to show you how easy it is as investors to talk ourselves into things, even when we know better.

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Value Focus Update: I’m Back Into Coal Stocks

The market seems to be pricing in a very strong likelihood that coal prices will remain depressed for the next several years. That’s definitely one possible scenario. However, human beings are notoriously bad at making specific predictions about the future – especially in regard to the timing of certain events.

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When It Rains, It Pours – BBSI Accused of Accounting Problems, Said To Face Multiple Grave Risks

Normally, you wouldn’t want to sell a stock at a low price based on information that you don’t fully understand. However, the strong exception for me is when there are accusations of fraud or accounting discrepancies. As an investor, there is nothing that scares me more.

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Value Focus Update: Traded Back Into KMR, Increased Position in LF, ICPW Shares Not Attractive at Current Levels

I like to keep the Value Focus portfolio fully invested. I have no way to predict catastrophic events, or if and when the public might panic for no reason. I really don’t follow the major indices, or even track the monthly performance of my own portfolio, the indices, etc. I focus my energy instead, on finding stocks that I think are likely to rise significantly in value over the coming months and years.

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My Reaction to Ironclad Performance Wear Executives Being Accused of Fraud

Two of the current executives at Ironclad Performance Wear (ICPW) have been accused of fraud by their former employer. In this post, I discuss my reaction to reading the details, as well as offering my thoughts about Ironclad going forward.

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A Few More Thoughts On hhgregg (HGG)

I visited some hhgregg stores for the first time this past weekend to check out the Labor Day Sale. While there were several people buying and applying for credit, the stores seemed pretty dead, overall. So while I’m not convinced that the Labor Day sale is doing wonders for the retailer’s books at the moment, I’m not discouraged from owning the shares.

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A Quick Word About Prayer and hhgregg (HGG)

I don’t know if HHGregg is at the precipice of turning things around, and having investor sentiment improve tremendously. But, I know this. If that does happen, those who ignored the facts listed above will be wondering how they missed something so obvious.

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Value Focus Update: More Portfolio Changes

More portfolio changes.

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Value Focus Update: Taking LeapFrog (LF) Up To Full Position, Taking Small Position in Bebe Stores (BEBE)

I’ve continued to ask God for confidence and freedom from fear. I sure would appreciate if you would pray for me about that as well. It takes confidence… faith… a large ego that says you’re right and everyone else is wrong… I’m not sure what it takes, but it takes something that most people don’t have to buy stock in companies that everyone else hates. I’m not sure I’ve quite gotten it yet, as evidenced by my quick exit of ARO and coal stocks. But, I’m going to continue trying, and I’m going to continue asking God to give me what I am lacking.

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