This has been a year of rolling crises, some originating in developed markets and some in emerging markets, and the market has been remarkably resilient through all of them. It is now Turkey's turn to be in the limelight, though not in a way it hoped to be, as the Turkish Lira enters what seems […]
After my last two posts in Tesla, I was planning to take a break from the company, since I had said everything that I had to say about the company. In short, I argued that Tesla, notwithstanding its growth potential, was over valued and that to deliver on this potential, it would need to raise […]
While political and trade wars are brewing around the world, centered on globalization, the enduring truth is that the globalization genie is out of the bottle, and no political force can put it back. Encouraged to spread their bets around the world, investors have shed some of the home bias in their investing and added […]
In my last post, just about four weeks ago, I valued Tesla, and as with all of my Tesla valuations, I got feedback, much of it heated. My valuation of Tesla was $186, in what I termed my base case, and there were many who disputed that value, from both directions. There were some who […]
There are lots of complaints that you can have about Tesla, but being boring is not one of them. It helps to have a CEO who seems to find new ways to make himself newsworthy, in good and bad ways. In fact, if Tesla were a reality show, the twists and turns in its fate […]
In a series of posts over the course of the last year, I argued that you can value users and subscribers at businesses, using first principles in valuation, and have used the approach to value Uber riders, Amazon Prime members and Spotify & Netflix subscribers. With each iteration, I have learned a few things about user value and ways of distinguishing […]
On May 9, 2018, Walmart confirmed officially what had been rumored for weeks, and announced that it would pay $16 billion to acquire a 77% stake in Flipkart, an Indian online retail firm, translating into a valuation of more than $21 billion for a firm founded just over ten years ago, with about $10,000 in […]
It was just over two weeks ago that I started my posts on the FANG stocks, starting with Facebook, which I decided to buy, because I felt that notwithstanding its current pariah status, its user base was too valuable to pass by, at the prevailing market price. I then looked at Netflix, a company that […]
In my last two posts, I looked first at the turn in the market against the FANG stocks, largely precipitated by the Facebook user data fiasco and then at the effect of the blowback on Facebook's value. I concluded that notwithstanding the likely negative consequences for the company, which include more muted revenue growth, higher […]
In an SEC 13F filing after the market closed today, Berkshire Hathaway revealed major changes to its portfolio as of June 30, 2018. The largest additions to its current holdings in its portfolio were: (1) Apple (AAPL): + $2.5 billion (14 million shares or 5.2%) (2) Delta Airlines (DAL) : + $500 million (10 million […]
Warren Buffett, who will observe his 88th birthday on August 30, will no longer meet with college students in Omaha. On behalf of the University of Maryland, I wish to express my gratitude for having the opportunity to accompany our undergraduate and graduate students on trips to Omaha for private meetings with Warren Buffett on […]
The six largest companies by market capitalization represent 20% of the total market capitalization of the S&P 500 of $23 trillion. The six largest are: Apple ($1.005 Trillion), Amazon ($926 Billion), Alphabet ($880 Billion), Microsoft ($843 Billion), Facebook ($529 Billion), and Berkshire Hathaway ($518 Billion). Apple ($208.15) and Berkshire Hathaway Class B ($209.10) closed at […]
In Berkshire Hathaway’s Form 10-Q filing for the second quarter of 2018 released on August 4, Berkshire revealed a $47.2 billion stake in Apple as of June 30. This filing implies that Berkshire added 15.4 million shares ($2.5 -$2.8 billion) of Apple during the second quarter. Berkshire held a 5.2% stake in Apple as of […]
I am quoted in this Bloomberg article: “Berkshire Loans $2 Billion to Real Estate Firm Backed by Buffett” “I think he’s expressing confidence in their future profitability and growth,” said David Kass, a professor of finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Seritage gets “the Warren Buffett seal of approval.”
After the market closed today, Berkshire Hathaway announced a major liberalization in its policy for buying back its shares. After release of its second quarter results on August 3, Berkshire may buy back its shares at any time when both Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger agree that the price per share of Berkshire is below […]
I am quoted in this Smith Brain Trust (Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland) article on Kraft Heinz and Campbell Soup. Finance Professor Predicted a Merger Months Ago Jun 28, 2018 Finance SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Bragging rights go to David Kass. The clinical professor of finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School […]
Barron’s published my letter on Warren Buffett: To the Editor: As someone who has closely followed Warren Buffett since 1980, and who regularly brings students halfway across the country to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual meetings, I would like to answer a question that Andrew Bary raised in “Beyond Buffett” (Cover Story, June 18): “Why is Berkshire’s cash […]
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting May 5, 2018 (Notes taken by Professor David Kass, Department of Finance, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland) A humorous film was shown in which Hindsight Advisors, a wealth management firm, shows potential clients all the money they could have made and the things they could […]
The business of sports is more than just sneakers and beer. A fund focusing on companies that have relationships with baseball, football, basketball and hockey owns a hair salon stock, a trucking firm -- and Amazon.
CHINA Sunsine Chemical Holdings shares gained 5.2 per cent on Wednesday after it moved to assure investors that it was not aware of any undisclosed information that might have caused the wide fluctuation in its share price over the last week.
BITMAIN Technologies Ltd, the world's biggest producer of cryptocurrency mining chips, is planning a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise as much as US$3 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.
UNLIKE Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx), Singapore Exchange (SGX) does not have China as its hinterland, but has managed to punch above its weight in niche sectors, thanks to its diversified fund-raising options, says Chew Sutat, SGX's head of equities and fixed income.