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  1. THOUGHTS ON INBEV Is Inbev another Kraft Heinz??? I don't think so. Looks reasonable value at current prices.
  2. MORE THOUGHTS ON KRAFT HEINZ - PART 2 KH is basically a busted Leverage Buy Out - like toys r us. Its just that its a publicly listed busted LBO. But instead of paying down debt with the FCF (which traditional LBO's do to reduce risk and create equity value). They paid it out as dividend to the shareholders. So the company had no "Margin of safety" if the FCF went away. The brands didnt have the pricing power they expected. The "Moat" got filled in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So the FCF went away. Hence the dividend cut and asset sales. Another lesson that "Investors" shouldnt just look at the dividend. They need to look at the dividend's coverage ratio - the company's "margin of safety". But the FCF depends on how deep and resistant to being filled in the moat is. And even deep moats can disappear - moats arn't static!!!!!!!!!!!! They tend to diminish and disappear over time. KH was always a financial high wire act. Im sure Warren B can read a balance sheet. But this investment was more in the nature of an experiment for Berkshire I think. It just did'nt turn out well.
  3. MORE THOUGHTS ON KRAFT HEINZ Given the firms lack of free cash flow. And adding $3 billion in debt every year to pay the dividend. The company will have to completely eliminate its dividend. It may even need a capital raising or asset sales to stabilize its position.
  4. FINANCIAL MEDIA REFRAIN: WHAT HAPPENED TO KRAFT HEINZ Answer: nothing happened to Kraft Heinz. Once it vastly overpaid for its assets with cheap QE debt (this happened several years ago) the die was cast. Kraft Heinz had $105 billion of intangibles and goodwill on the balance sheet. It has $31 billion in debt and negative net tangible assets of $38 billion. Its balance sheet is not a pretty sight. At the same time its FCF is only $3 billion. Not enough to pay interest and the dividend at the same time. Obviously the "market" cant read a balance sheet or a cash flow statement. The market is only now realizing that Kraft Heinz has to make massive write offs of intangibles and goodwill!!!!!!!!! and eliminate the dividend to pay down debt. I said on this board in January that the company would have to cut its dividend to pay down debt and now it has done so The company is full of declining brands which were massively overpaid for when they were bought. The stock price since then has simply been a case of market "Denial". Only now is reality forcing its way into the markets conciousness in regard to Kraft Heinz.
  5. IS APPLE THE NEW NOKIA Given that unit sales of iphones are falling. Apple has a lot in common with Nokia. Which is down 80% since its peak in 2007. Yes Apple has more in common with Nokia than the market currently thinks.
  6. FALLING OFF THE CRYPTO CLIFF - THE STRANGE CASE OF NVIDIA Still valued at 90B The crypto crash went on all through out 2018 Terrible external frame all year for the company. Yet it only broke in October 2018. Was $280 now $140. Before the crypto boom it was selling for about $30 Still a long way to fall. Not a Coyote Cliff but definitely a Crypto Cliff!!!!!
  7. INTRODUCING THE COYOTE FAMILY OF ETF's The Running Coyote ETF This ETF invested in stock where management is borrowing billions to buy back large amounts of stock. The Coyote Cliff ETF This etf shorts stocks that are falling of the coyote cliff because they can't borrow any more to funds buybacks. The Recovering Coyote ETF This funds invests in stocks of companies that have gone over the coyote cliff and are in recovery mode i.e are successfully paying down their debt etc Eg GE , BHC, kinder Morgan et al
  8. THOUGHTS ON 2019 1/ Still lots of stocks that need to bleed out their Ponzi values. (the difference between the actual reality price and the market reality price) For instance Coca Cola needs to halve in value. Mondelez needs to halve in value. 2/ Bonds still bad value.
  9. MORE THOUGHTS ON INDEX FUNDS Index funds are a great idea and will beat the majority of hedge funds over the long term. However their archilles heal is value. At the end of a bull market index funds will typically be stuffed with over valued large capital stocks. Which will tend to give up a large part of their value. There needs to be some mechanism which allows index fund to hold large cash balances (or even bonds) when a fairly long term moving average technical indicator such as the 200 DMA is on a downward slope. A sort of "Get out of market free" card. But I guess a smart beta etf would have this covered already ?????
  10. THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN QE When you thing about it the Government Shut down is a form of QE Instead of increasing demand for bonds you reduce the supply. Rates go down and money flows into stocks. But when the shutdown ends the QE ends. I am sure traders are positioning themselves for a short sharp fall in prices.
  11. CREATURES FROM THE QE SWAMP When you think about it Heinz Kaft and Inbev are sort of creatures from the QE swamp Corporate vehicles - publicly listed LBO's - with lots of debt- structurally designed to benefit from QE. BUT: Drain the debt swamp and their stock prices wilt. Both have gone over the coyote cliff and lost half of their market cap. Both need to eliminate their dividends and spend every dollar of FCF on debt reduction. This should stabilize their stock prices and lead to reasonably quick debt reduction. Indeed they are both prime candidates .......along with GE For a "Coyote Recovery ETF" This would invest in companies that have gone over the cliff and are now in recovery mode.
  12. DIWORSIFICATION Peter Lynch talked well about DIWORSIFICATION Altria is a prime case right now. Overpaying massively for Juul and Chronos. Altria would have been far better off using those funds to creep up the INBEV share register. Taking advantage of the fact that INBEV's share price has cratered due to its excessive debt. Sectors currently in a bubble: 1/ Pot Stocks 2/ Fintech 3/ Bonds
  13. THOUGHTS ON THE FED PUT The Fed put used to trade like a US treasury. Now it trades like a junk bond.
  14. WHAT WE LEARNED IN 2018 Trade wars and tariffs are actually bad for stocks. Rising interest rates are bad for stocks. Overvalued markets finally correct. Tarrifs are a classic case of Bastiat's seen and unseen Yes the protected industry expands. But the increased cost of the protected industries goods causes an overall decrease in total demand for that good and overall economic activity.
  15. MORE THOUGHTS ON APPLE given 1/ The iPhone has flatlined technologically - lengthening the replacement cycle. 2/ Apple can only increase sales and profits by raising prices I cannot see the actual real reality price of this stock increasing. I can only see it going down and taking the market reality price with it.

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