Kid- Get rid of that law firm. The best law firm out there is Dewey, Screwem and Howe. They guarantee results.
This one is loving it. I was happy with an 85% gain in 1 year. 120% will really make me uncontrollably ecstatic. Mickey, Donald and Goofy here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I own them both. TA is up for me about 80% in a year or so. Sorry I sold a couple of hundred shares when I was up 50-70% but my age has me becoming more conservative. My guess is that TA will hit 20 this year.
While everyone is debating TA's performance and future, the stock just hit another 52 week high. Keep debating. 21 by December.
I have been buying gold and platinum now for about 45 -46 years. I have not made any money off of it and I do not expect to. I probably will continue to buy more if I want to continue my wonderful life. My wife loves wearing all the G & P I buy for her.
I kick myself in the #$%$ for selling some after I gained 40% in less than a year. My age makes me nervous. Too old to not lock in some great gains. I will not be selling anymore TA until at least 19.
Timeless Secrets Of Warren Buffett's Mentor
Mar. 20, 2015 7:09 AM ET | About: TravelCenters of America LLC (TA)
As the "father of value investing," Benjamin Graham made his reputation on the back of consistent outperformance.
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From 1936 to 1956, Graham's investment firm posted annualized returns of about 20%. That significantly outperformed the 12% return of the broader market.
There's no question that the system works. Graham was Warren Buffett's mentor, after all.
But you don't have to be a financial genius to understand this philosophy. In fact, the basics of the "Benjamin Method" are easy enough for a five-year-old to master…
Graham simply invested in undervalued companies with sound business plans and sound financials. And this is still the most successful long-term method for creating wealth in the stock market.
The Challenge in Valuing a Stock
Now, admittedly, the most difficult task for any value investor is finding "undervalued" stocks in which to invest - especially in today's zero interest rate environment and central bank fueled financial markets.
But undervalued stocks still abound…
Just look at TravelCenters of America (NYSE:TA). Its shares have risen more than 18.2% in the two-day trading session beginning on Friday.
TA shares closed higher again on Monday, ending the day at $17.71, an increase of 6.6%.
Now, you might be inclined to believe that this unglamorous stock would no longer be undervalued after such a run-up in a very short time.
But you'd be making a mistake.
TravelCenters of America is a company with a solid business plan and impeccable financials. And shares remain significantly undervalued, according to a major shareholder, RDG Capital Fund Management.
RDG recently announced that it delivered a letter to TA's Board of Directors indicating that the fair market value of TravelCenters of America is between $24 and $27 per share. In other words, the company has a potential upside of 53% to 72% compared to Monday's closing price.
Now, RDG made a clear pathway to unlocking TravelCenters' full value:
1.Conduct a sale-leaseback of the company's significant real estate assets.
2.Spin off the company's growing truck-repair services segment.
Here's the kicker: RDG estimates the true value of TA's real estate and truck-repair segments to be worth more than the company's entire market cap, which is currently north of $600 million.
Now, most investors mistakenly assume TravelCenters to be a slow growth, low-margin company. But that's not the case.
The company sports a growing chain of 359 quick-service restaurants, 218 full-service restaurants, 34 convenience stores, and 240 truck-repair facilities that contribute a significant portion of the company's total revenue and profits.
Fundamentals That Graham Would Love
Granted, there's no guarantee that TravelCenters' Board will assimilate the changes RDG has requested.
That shouldn't dissuade investors from including TA shares on a short list of investment contenders, however.
Whether or not the Board inculcates the requested changes, TA possesses attractive valuation characteristics, which gives investors a margin of safety.
The stock currently trades at a trailing P/E ratio of 9.7, a significant discount to the S&P 500 average P/E of 19.6.
But as my colleague, Alan Gula, writes, a more valuable ratio is the enterprise ratio (EV/EBITDA), which provides investors a better valuation of a going concern. That's because it takes a company's level of debt into consideration.
And with an EV/EBITDA ratio of just 3.66, TravelCenters of America is well off the average S&P 500 ratio of around 11.
Furthermore, the company boasts strong liquidity, with a current ratio of 2.1.
If Ben Graham were alive today, TA would definitely be on his short list. It should be on yours, too!
I am up 73% overall in about a year or so and I see 19 by Dec (unless it hits 19 today! LOL!)
Yep! And layoffs are from the bottom up. They are killing off the worker bees. As a result...........no honey.
MSLD- feel free. I have thick skin. I hate to see so many people cut loose in a welfare state like CT where the work is disappearing thanks to great corporate and state leadership. No need for it. It is coming back to bite us.
I had initially hoped for $15 / share and then I had hoped for $17 by end of 2015. My new hope.......$19 by December. I honestly believe it is doable in this market environment.
After Mr. Buckley left as president they put clowns Finger, Borgman, Pino and now Mauer. These people all brought in a bunch of , in my opinion, incompetents. They were mismatches to their positions. That is when things started going downhill. The problems and $$$$ losses mounted. They sent stuff out to be done all over the world and it was coming back screwed up. Different sections of A/C did not even match up. Schedules slipped and budgets were blown. This was all after Buckley. And here comes why I am so down on Sickorsky................The solution to all these problems...............lay off people from the bottom up and keep giving the head-shed morons more money for under performance. I lost my job there but was in decent financial shape. Some of my friends were not as lucky and they were excellent workers. So now you know why I am so down on Sikorsky. Buckley did not ever tolerate underperformance. He was BLACK HAWK VP, he was Operations VP, he was Exec VP before he ever became president. These "superstars" came in and in my opinion, destroyed a great franchise. I want Hayes to cut the losses and salvage what he can from a failing entity.
I love these articles
WASHINGTON — United Technologies will spend the next several months weighing whether to divest its Sikorsky unit, in what analysts say is a reflection of shrinking profit margins across the defense sector.
The review, which will be complete by the end of the year, is looking at setting up Sikorsky as a stand-alone company, and the official line out of UTC is that nothing has been decided.
But during a March 12 analyst event, UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes indicated that Sikorsky is no longer a good fit for UTC.
Sikorsky is "just not quite as attractive as the rest of the businesses," Hayes said, noting the subsidiary's role "as a platform provider, as opposed to a system provider, differentiates Sikorsky from the rest of the portfolio."
Hayes called the decision "not an easy one," but said it was "the right one for Sikorsky's customers, for Sikorsky's employees, and for our shareholders."
A divestment would not be altogether surprising. Defense News reported 13 months ago that the company was considering such a move, and analysts contacted for this article agreed it made sense, as UTC's other businesses are primarily service based. And while Sikorsky is still a profitable, $7 billion company, its profit margins are not near those of the other UTC branches.
Byron Callan, an analyst with Capital Alpha Partners, said this may be part of a larger trend of companies looking at the defense sector and deciding their weaker military-based units may be ripe for pruning.
Last time I looked, BP has been paying the dividend right along. Go look at BP company events or a chart with the dividends noted. 6% is a decent yield.
I hope all goes well for you there. I used to until they pulled the rug out from under me. No love lost on my part. My only concern now is the stock price. Sounds rather self-serving but, at my age, I worry only about my family's well being.
I had hoped for 17 by end of 2015. Now with the market losses and TA going up, I am hoping for 19. IMO, it is doable especially because of the latest earnings. We need a few analysts to get on board with "Buys" and higher target prices.