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Hornbach Baumart AG First Quarter Update and potential catalyst
Since our last post some interesting things happened which we think are still not reflected in the share price of the Hornbach Baumarkt AG. Hornbach-Treppe   1. The representatives of Kingfisher, which had owned 25% of the common stocks of the holding and 5% of the Baumarkt shares have left the supervisory board and have sold the shares back to the family and the Baumarkt shares to institutional investors. Kingfisher is now entering the German market. But I think that was not the main reason why they sold their shares and here is a very good article of the FAZ over the reals reasons.   Kingfisher would like to target the “professional” market and not the retail sector. I think that Hornbach has a little stronger position in the professional market than in the retail sector, but in total we are not concerned about this development due to the fact that Kingfisher’s major markets are in UK and France. At the moment you can observe what happened to Tesco etc. when Aldi and Lidl entered the UK market due to the fact that the German retail market is one of the most brutal markets in the world; our players know how to play the game.   2. A few days ago Hornbach Baumarkt was announced to become a SDAX member, this will attract new investors for the share.   3. Hornbach announced incredibly good Q1 numbers. EBIT nearly doubled for the Baumarkt and same store sales increased by more than 15%, this development actually exceeds our own expectations and you can observe a really big “Schlecker effect”.   But a really interesting thing is the development and valuation gap between the holding and the Baumarkt shares. What you can observe is that the Holding nearly performed twice as good as the Baumarkt shares did. We think this is due to the fact that if a bigger fund would like to establish a position it prefers to buy into the more liquid Holding.   Hornbach   So what can be a potential catalyst to change this valuation gab? We heard some rumors from knowledgable persons that the midterm perspective of the Hornbach family, now after they solve the problem with Kingfisher, would like to merger the two companies back into one company with two different traded shares. This is a logical step for the family due to the fact that they can save the money and still hold the full control over the company. So in our opinion it is way better to hold the common shares of the Baumarkt like the family is doing it, because we think the bearer shares of the Holding AG will be switched to bearer shares in the Baumarkt AG. With this move the family will also increase the free float of the total company, with this Hornbach is a clear MDAX candidate and will enhance the stock price of the Baumarkt AG shares.   We think these facts, the development and the future potential show that our first target price of 41,2 € was quiet conservative and still implies an upside potential of around 25% for the Baumarkt Shares which would lead to the same performance which the Holding AG shares already showed. At the moment the operational performance of Hornbach also exceeds our best case scenario which results in a share price of around 50 €. All in all we are really happy with the outcome and we think that  the future which lies ahead of Hornbach is also bright.   Disclosure: Long Hornbach Baumarkt AG    
You can find a really good article about amazon and its business model and its long-term perspective in the latest economist, her is the link to the  “short” online version. About the, in our opinion, value trap of taxi medallions and potential value investment in the business behind it due to disruptive innovation such as uber, and the strategy behind BlaBlaCar etc. Related to this you can find an older business insider article about the death of Value Investing due to disruptive innovations. A really interesting article by Wexyboy about European Islamic Bank and the value of shareholder activism. For me even more interesting due to the fact that I have written my bachelor thesis about islamic finance in germany and the potential market size for one bank. Moatology explains you how to use stock screeners to find undervalued gems. A great post from oddballstocks over investing styles   Some thoughts about entrepreneurship and what it has to do with value investing:   The job of an entrepreneur is to figure out where opportunities lie, they do it by tinkering with the market, learning new capabilities and creating value. Normally entrepreneurs blend strategic thinking and opportunistic actions at different junctures and become more strategically focused on a small niche (a value investor would say circle of competence) throughout this process and progress in learning within age and career stage. This extensive planning helps the entrepreneur to spot gaps in the market or simpler opportunities to invest his time and money. Realizing an investment idea for both a product for an entrepreneur or an investment thesis for a value investor which is not seen by the market – usually means overcoming significant resistance by others. The more contrarian the idea is, the greater is the natural resistance and normally the payoff. Due to the fact that entrepreneurship and value investing are an iterative, messy and uncertain process, both require a lot of effort, time and hard work.   Entrepreneurship and Risk taking   Usually everyone seems to know: Higher return = higher risk. This is essentially what every economist will tell you, but is this really the truth? I don’t think so. If you talk to entrepreneurs you will hear that they are trying to reduce risk everywhere they can (this is also called risk mitigation). The main difficulty in creating value is that you have to go against the grain, by delivering something new to the market while creating a profit. This normally includes a high level of uncertainty in the process and the outcome of your venture. Often you have to kill your most loved ideas due to the fact that you cannot sell your product in sufficient quantities to make it worthwhile. For this reason the probability that an entrepreneur will succeed with one idea is by far less than 100%. If you see some outcomes by entrepreneurs and what they initially invest into the venture in terms of money and time you will observe that this is often not the case. And in my opinion it is the same with value investing, you have to overcome many hurdles with different percentages of success. So entrepreneurship and value investing are more like poker where you are faced with uncertain outcomes which are influenced by the player’s capabilities, it is an uncertain game with skill. The game depends to some extend on the luck of the draw, but how you play your hands over time is what creates the true champions. For this reason the capabilities of an entrepreneur or a value investor determine whether he or she sits down at the table and plays at all.   Have a great week  

Intro

  This blog post will take us to a continent which is not usually our investment ground. It’s a look on possibly one of the most profitable companies emerging in Africa. It is called ‘Dangote’ and founded by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian entrepreneur who, after studying Economics in Cairo, started importing rice, sugar and cement. Dangote is now the biggest cement manufacturer in Africa, but does also diversify into refining of salt, milling of flour, manufacturing of pasta, noodles and poly products, logistics and real estate. Since its establishment the company has grown rapidly by providing basic goods to the populace, a mission the management is particularly proud of. We will focus on the Dangote Cement.   dangote  

Dangote Cement

  First off, I will give you the financial highlights, values are in billion Nigerian Naira.  
2012 2013 % change
Revenue 298.4 386.2 +29.4
Cost of Sales (118.3) (142.5) +20.5
Gross Profit 180.2 243.7 +35.3
Gross margin 60.4 63.1
EBITDA 174.1 229.6 +31.9
EBITDA margin 58.3 59.5
EBIT 146.5 195.9 +33.7
EBIT margin 49.1 50.7
Net interest (10.8) (5.1) (52.8)
Profit before tax 135.6 190.7 +40.6
  Recent reports: http://dangote.com/downloads/Dangote-Cement-Q1-2014-results.pdf, http://dangote.com/downloads/Dangote-Cement-2013-Presentation.pdf   The first annotation that needs to be made is that inflation in Nigeria is momentarily 7.9 percent, down from 8.5 in 2012. While it has an average GDP growth of 6.7 percent, (developing) Sub-Saharan Africa is at about 4.3 percent growth per year in average. Still this company outruns the economy and inflation significantly. That is due to several reasons.  

Built his house on the Rock

  The keys to success for the cement giant seem to be in my mind:
  • Clear leadership position in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and most profitable market (62% market share, and going), enabling it to create immense brand value while facing increasing construction in the future
  • A government ban on cement imports in Nigeria, creating an oligopoly with strong pricing power
  • A 5 year tax exemption for each production plant due to the award of an entrepreneurial status from the government, in the chairman’s letter, he seems to thank the government personally for their great assistance
  • Immunity to macroeconomic shocks like recent flooding that might underpin demand in the long term while 65.2% equity prevent financial distress
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