Google, Apple, and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, if it were a business, would be considered a cash cow. In fact, Saudi Aramco, the country’s oil company that was once a joint venture with one of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil descendants but was nationalized decades ago, is the most profitable business in...

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...

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...