Ideas

Research on the high-quality companies that are on our watchlist as well as actionable ideas as they develop.

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A database filled with our day-to-day notes on the investment ideas that we are currently working on.

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An expansive library of learning materials involving investment theory, case studies and a Buffett Letters series.

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A look at our watchlists including our favorite businesses as well as special situations that we track.

Fizzy Water

The story behind National Beverage is an easy one. I first wrote about National Beverage in 2016 (see here).  You can see financials below: 2016 2018 Growth Revenue 705 975 38.00% Operating Income 93 204 119.00% Margin 13.19% 20.1%   National Beverage is a simple...

2018 Buffett Letter Notes

Some notes on the letter and on his CNBC comments this morning: American Tailwind: If you didn't read the letter, I highly encourage you to read this section. I think it's so important to keep the big picture in mind. Too many people let recent events or political...

Apple Earnings Scratch Notes

Apple reported earnings yesterday. My main takeaways: 1.4 billion installed devices (continues to grow)900 million installed iPhones (up from 825 million a year ago, and this number grew in all five major geographic territories)Services business is very profitable:...

Boring Investment Ideas Can Sometimes Be Beautiful

Matt made a comment in a recent post regarding Verisign’s simplicity. Not just the simplicity with its business model (and it is one of the simplest businesses I’ve ever studied), but also the simplicity of the investment itself. In other words, owning Verisign is a...

Great Companies on Sale

Happy Holidays to all our BHI readers! I hope you are enjoying some family time this week. As I sat around my Christmas tree last night after all the presents were opened and the kids were in bed, I was jotting down a few quick thoughts I wanted to share. There are...

Facebook’s User Network and User Data

Facebook’s strengths rest in two very distinct areas: the user network and user data. If you want to determine whether Facebook is healthy, you need to ignore the headlines and focus on these two aspects. Is the user network still intact? Is the user data still...

Update on Match and Tinder

When I first wrote about Tinder’s parent company, Match, I believed there were two risks. I know I made a mistake with the first risk, and I believe there are lessons to be learned from both risks I identified. First, Tinder operates a freemium network user business...

Burgers, Fries and Shakes

Shake Shack (“Shak”) is a burger joint that is much more than a burger joint. It’s tough to describe if you haven’t eaten there. At the end of 2018, Shak will have about 123 domestic (U.S.) company-owned locations and about 85 Licensed Shacks (the majority of the...

VRSN Follow-Up

VRSN reported their quarterly results last night with a brief 30 minute conference call (you could also read the transcript in about half that time).  The remarkable thing about VRSN is really how unremarkable it is. The business is highly focused on managing the .com...

Sears and Follow Up on Buffett’s Ability to Avoid Complexity

Sears finally filed for bankruptcy earlier this week. Over the weekend, I was rereading some of the notes I’ve taken over the years on Sears. It’s been an interesting situation to watch. I sometimes wonder if Lampert has ever estimated what has become a monumental...