If you have been following the Montgomery story for some years, you will know that here at Montgomery we are focused value investors. If you have been also following the Skaffold journey you will know it is the online investing platform through which anyone can adopt and implement a value investing approach.
It is encouraging then, for all value investors, to observe that the approach we have adopted, and which we try our best to share is working.
Charlie Munger is one the most influential investors in the world today. As a founding partner of Berkshire Hathaway with Warren Buffett, Munger is known for his ability to logically process a number of steps in quick succession by employing about 90 relatively simple mental ‘models’.
You may be interested in the link below – to a speech that Charlie Munger presented and in which he discusses many of these models. The speech is well worth a read if you seek to improve your ability to make logical investment decisions (indeed, many of our blog posts reference these models in some way).
I noted with interest Anton Tagliaferro’s comments in today’s AFR, lamenting the apparent lack of shareholder focus shown by boards of directors in the resources and energy sectors. Reading these comments, it struck me that the boards of these companies are no doubt plagued by the same issues that confound value investors looking at these types of businesses.
As value investors, we aim to acquire an interest in a business when we can see that the value of the business is greater than the price we need to pay to own it. At Montgomery, we are concerned also with quality and a host of other factors, but let’s focus for the moment on value.
You will have to forgive the rather startling image we have chosen for this blog post. Its really been selected for dramatic effect only.
You may not realise this but all the way back in August 2010 we were BHP bulls, writing; “If you take on blind faith a A$22b profit, BHP’s shares are worth AUD $45-$50 each.”
But then in February 2011 we became a little more circumspect. You can read about the change here.
At this time each year, we look forward to the release of Warren Buffett’s missive to his Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. Most interesting to me is this year’s discussion about Newspapers. It is interesting because there was a time, not that long ago, when Warren Buffett had said he would not buy a newspaper at any price. As you read this year’s Letter, you quickly discover Warren Buffett can quickly change his view…
It may interest you to know that during the past fifteen months, he and Charlie acquired 28 daily newspapers at a cost of $344 million.