These write-ups demonstrate our investing approach and process. We suggest focusing on our process in these examples, as this is repeatable. The specific investment thesis and outcome were unique to that company at the time, hence not repeatable.
Our process is not perfect. We too have experienced unsuccessful investments in the past, like Fingerprint Cards or L Brands in recent years. Here is how we mitigate their impact.
Setting the bar high. We don’t buy anything that we don’t see as a likely double in 3-4 years, and without making over-optimistic assumptions. This eliminates 9 out of 10 opportunities that we investigate.
Scaling into positions. We prefer to scale into our investments as new facts demonstrate that our thesis is gathering momentum. This way our capital is weighted towards higher-conviction opportunities.
Diligent monitoring. We carefully monitor company evolution against our thesis for each position in our portfolio. If the evidence reveals a “broken thesis” we then move quickly to cut exposure, even if we take a short-term loss.
Capital management. We regularly rank our current investments against watchlist opportunities on a risk/reward basis. If a new opportunity is clearly superior to an existing investment, then we re-deploy capital accordingly.
These processes together ensure that we exit unsuccessful investments quickly, and our portfolio evolves towards higher-quality opportunities over time.
Failure Short: Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC)
By Anand Batepati | 13 May 2016
We saw the darling of the Australian stock market for what it was – a house of cards that was close to collapsing under its own weight.
After struggling to survive the short bleed in the early days, we made over 50% in 1-year on our short position.
High-Quality Long: Infosys (NYSE:INFY)
By Anand Batepati | 12 October 2017
A high-quality, cash-rich services business was available for us to buy at a multi-year bargain price because the hype around the CEO’s resignation caused a market selloff.
We are up 50% on our investment in less than 18 months and are still invested.
Event-Driven Long: Wheelock (HKG:0020)
By Anand Batepati | 16 April 2018
China’s property speculation clampdown caused a brutal sell-off of all things real estate. Like the saying goes, invest when there is blood on the streets.
We doubled our money in a year by finding a baby that was thrown out with the bathwater.
Margin of Safety: Twitter (NYQ:TWTR)
By Anand Batepati | 15 July 2020
We work hard over a long time to evaluate what a business is really worth and then pay a substantially lower price when stock market gyrations throw up such opportunities.
We think that Twitter today is both a fantastic social network and a complete mess of a business. Let me outline why Twitter offers no margin of safety at stock prices in July 2020.
Stocks That Generate Millionaires
By Anand Batepati | 19 August 2020
Everybody has heard of Apple and Amazon – stocks that have generated millionaire shareholders. What about Asian Paints, Mercado Livre, MTY Foods, Geely Auto? These then-unknown names too have generated many millionaire shareholders over the years.
Our webinar on how we invest in compounders at GFM Focus was put on Youtube by The Tactical Brief from Germany.
Dell Technologies (NYQ:DELL)
By Anand Batepati | 21 August 2020
I view Dell’s stock right now as a “heads I win the jackpot, tails I lose very little” type of investment. This is the very characterization of a margin of safety.
Our long investment thesis on Dell Technologies was published in Barron’s, the sister publication of The Wall Street Journal, in August 2020.
How To Build A Fortune Through Investing: Business Quality
By Anand Batepati | 21 Oct 2020
“Business quality” is a vague sounding term, but it is the most powerful source of wealth generation through investment.
We illustrate this concept with a simple example comparing Apple and Exxon Mobil in this article.
What is Value Investing? It is NOT About Buying Low P/E Stocks
By Anand Batepati | 30 Oct 2020
Cheap Stock ≠ Value Stock ≠ Good Investment
Expensive Stock ≠ Growth Stock ≠ Bad Investment
By Anand Batepati | 1 Feb 2021
As the GameStop chickens come home to roost, it’s worth mentioning what Investing is and what Trading (Gambling in this case) is…
Robinhood Is The Target Of Misguided Anger
By Anand Batepati | 2 Feb 2021
Robinhood stopped new opening trades because it didn’t have the cash to put up as collateral with DTCC. It allowed closing trades because those would reduce the collateral required with DTCC.
Does this sound like Greek to you? Read on…
How We Tripled Our DELL Investment In 8 Months
By Anand Batepati | 22 Apr 2021
Back in August 2020, I wrote a Barron’s article outlining our long investment case for Dell. At the time, the stock was trading around US$ 50 per share…
We beat the the market, yet again
By Anand Batepati | 26 Jun 2021
We beat the the market, yet again.
Growth of US$ 100 from November 2020 to May 2021:
– Bonds: 100 to 99
– S&P 500: 100 to 129
– Global stocks: 100 to 131
– GFM Focus Investing: 100 to 188
And yes, we have also beaten the market since inception, too. This is the power of Focused, Long-Short Investing.
Focus. We concentrate on the best investments that we know of, after repeated search and research.
Long and short positions. Our long investments usually are event-driven situations or high-quality compounders. Our shorts tend to be structural decliners or stressed companies. This positioning helps us generate returns in both rising and falling markets.
Value and growth. We seek to buy at a large discount to our estimate of the take-private value of a business, after factoring in its growth potential. We value a business as if we are buying 100% ownership of the company forever with all of our family’s money.