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First four presentations below.

ValueX Vail: Motiwala Capital

Motiwala Capital’s presentation on Blucora Inc (NASDAQ:BCOR) at ValueX Vail.

  • Founded in Dec 2010
  • Registered investment advisor managing separate accounts
  • AUM $4.9 million ( 6/21/2014)
  • Implements a long only, concentrated value strategy
  • Prefers to buy companies with strong balance sheets, solid FCF and high ROIC at attractive prices
  • Invests in generals and special situations
  • Performance
    • 2011: 4.9%, 2012: 20.3%, 2013: 33.2%

Blucora – 3 businesses

Blucora revenue by segment ValueX Vail

Blucora: Strong Financial Performance

Blucora presentation ValueX Vail

TaxAct

  • Acquired Jan 31, 2012 for $288 million
  • Provides online tax prep for individuals and tax preparers
  • Tax preparation market : $18b
  • Value player in the digital DIY market
  • 2013 e-file growth of 8% (6.5 million filers for 2013 tax season)
  • Basic federal tax prep is free for everyone.
  • PC Magazine award – Best Tax Software for 2014
  • Revenue from upselling state filing and upgrades
  • Growing revenues at 8-10% with 50% segment margins.
  • 2013: $91m in revenue, $40m in Operating Income
  • Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) trades at 14x EBITDA ($4.4b in Revenue, $1.5b EBITDA)

TaxAct- Attractive dynamics

  • US individual federal tax returns : 145 million, growing at 1%-1.5% annually
  • Digital DIY (DDIY) grew 3% in 2012 and expected to grow 4-6% in 2014.
  • DDIY is at 38% of total IRS returns.

Full presentation Blucora-Valuex-2014-1

via Motiwala Capital

Motiwala Capital: Blucora

ValueX Vail: Black Diamond

Van Wombwell, CFA of Western Tanager presentation on Black Diamond Inc (NASDAQ:BDE) at Value x Vail.

Black Diamond: Looking for growth, not portfolio rotation…

Black Diamond ValueX Vail

Common Problem

In Mature Industries:

  • One segment grows, one declines
  • Total = slow growth at best
  • Profit trajectory is result of change in:
    • Tax rate
    • Foreign exchange
    • Structural changes

Examples

  • Launch Simply Orange to offset decline in Minute Maid.
  • Spirits: more brown, less white.
  • Beer: one region up, one down
  • Beer: less total beer, but more craft
  • Non-alc: more still, less carbonated

Why not look for a more compelling opportunity, a high probability pure play? Growing business at a value/fair price.

Full presentation: Black-Diamond-BDE-ValueX-Vail-2014

Van Wombwell: Black Diamond BDE ValueX Vail 2014

ValueX Vail: QR Energy – Value Play Or Value Trap?

Thomas A. “Tomas” Stone of Newstone Investments, L.L.C. presentation on QR Energy LP (NYSE:QRE) at ValueX Vail.

 Why QR Energy?

  • Upstream MLP with 11% current distribution yield that is tax advantaged
  • Oil weighted production profile: 59% of production but 82% of revenue
  • Strong sponsor in Quantum Energy (36.4% owner); CoB Don Wolf has history of value creation
  • Buyout of GP (and its incentive payments) eliminates non-pro rata returns, lowers cost of capital
  • Production hedged: >90% in ’14, >75% in ’15, >70% in 16, 50% in ‘17: Cash Flow well protected
  • Assets exclusively very mature fields with low and predictable production declines (8-10% baseline)
  • Company has grown reserves at >10% CAGR and production at >7% CAGR since IPO, overcoming natural decline
  • Horizontal drilling, downspacing & waterflood opportunities offer reserve and production upside
  • Recent incremental $80 million increase in 2014 CAPEX will lead to increased production/FCF in 2015
  • Distribution has increased from $1.65/year at 2010 IPO to current $1.95, 6% CAGR
  • Distribution coverage ratio is 1.0x; increase in CAPEX likely leads to stronger coverage and increased distribution

QR Energy Qre Valuex Vail 2014

ValueX Vail: Lancashire Holdings Limited

Greg Porter of 5280 Capital presentation on Lancashire Holdings Limited (LON:LRE) at ValueX Vail.

What is Lancashire?

  • Property insurance and reinsurance company
  • Formed in 2005
  • Based in London
  • Insures risk worldwide
  • Stock trades on the London Stock Exchange
    • Symbol – LRE
    • Stock Price as of 6/17/14 – 649 pence, $11.00
  • Current market capitalization – about $2 billion

Investment Thesis

  • Lancashire is dirt cheap
    • Stock trades at a little over 9X 2013 earnings and about 8.5X my estimate of normalized earnings without considering any of the upside opportunities
  • Lancashire is a much higher quality company than the typical property and casualty insurance company
  • Several different avenues for Lancashire to meaningfully increase earnings over the next couple of years

Full presentation: Greg Porter Lancashire Holdings Limited – ValueX 2014 Presentation Final

Greg Porter Lancashire Holdings Limited – ValueX 2014 Presentation Final