Net asset value is probably no higher than $18 right now. I think Steel people are smart and will fix this one, but they have made one heck of a mess of this company. Failed energy strategy. Failed sports strategy. now you have a company with too much debt and will be burning cash soon. They need to scrap the sports business. I'd rather own SPLP- at least you own some good businesses below NAV.
With SXCL all you own is a few poorly positioned oil service companies, a few small sports related companies as part of a failed sports strategy, some cash, some NOL's and some investments in private entities which seem to be energy related. Oh, and they have a short position in something that didn't seem to go up in value when oil dropped, so it may not be a hedge. oh yea, you also have debt that was used to fund the energy companies.
You may be right- but you also could be heading to $15 factoring in the debt and anticipated losses coming form the energy companies.
"Today's announcement reinforces our mandate to grow stockholder value," said Robert Ladd, Chief Executive Officer of MGT.
This is a Hall of Fame CEO quote.
BH sold shares in a rights offering at $250. They put those proceeds into TLF. TLF tendered for BH stock at $420.
Good capital allocation?
The stock is trading right around cash/investments now. The valuation is giving zero value to the energy services related businesses.
I believe there is very little downside at this level.
SXCL is a big holding for SPLP. They are made some mistakes on this one but I think they will figure out how to create value with the $200 million of cash plus NOL's here.
Anyone still following?
He is certainly crafty. I would guess the stock goes above $400 today. In his compensation agreement, does he get paid on the gains of BH stock within TLF?
SB is exploiting his position of power. In my opinion, if Gabelli doesn't challenge him then my view of Mario is going down fast. SB's behavior is egregious. I think Swenson will win next year if SB continues on his path.
In the last 3 years, the S&P is up over 60%. BH is down 5%.
Question: How much compensation has Sadar been paid over those 3 years?
How are you guys feeling now? Feeling Burned yet by SB? Still think he's thinking about shareholders?
He used a lot of money to fend off the proxy fight. The most wasted of which is the BH stock buybacks that seemed to push the stock up. A close second is aggressively buying about $5 - $10 million of stocks owned by Groveland. I doubt Sadar would have done that with his own money. But he had no problem doing it with shareholder money. Was that a decision made by someone who is a master of capital allocation?
The stock was trading around $360 last year when a buyer began buying in size and didn't appear to be concerned about price. It seemed like that buyer was trying to push the price up.
That was leading up to the vote and annual meeting.
That large buyer has disappeared once the stock price was pushed up and the Presentations for the annual meeting were completed.
Now the stock is moving back to levels prior to the annual meeting.
Guess who was doing that aggressive buying? Bonus questions: guess who's money was being used to fund the purchases? Guess how that money used was raised and at what price?
Final question: guess that buyer's a Agenda for doing that aggressive buying
They've made some major strategic mistakes and I think it's back to the drawing board for them. The sports idea made sense- large market and very fragmented. They thought they could consolidate. The problem is that it is fragmented because it's hard to create a sustainable competitive advantage. I doubt they can create a scalable platform there. Energy efforts were fine and doing very well until oil crashed. The oil companies have a conservative level of debt and should make it through the downturn. I wonder if they will buy more energy companies on the cheap or take the company in a different direction. The company has $200 million in cash and Warren L and company are very bright people with a good track record. SXCL makes up about half of SPLP value. My bet is that they figure out how to re-position the company and buying here will work well for good longer term returns.
I think he's buying shares to keep the stock price up in advance of the annual meeting. Think about how aggressively he bought shares when it was in the upper 300's. I believe then he was getting the stock price up as he prepared his slides in response to Groveland. Another poor capital allocation decision on his part- he had BH (the company) sell shares at 250, put the money into the fund and then had the fund pay 400 using the proceeds from the 250 offering. I also would like people to look into how he used company funds to buy up shares of Swenson's controlled companies. SB wasted several million dollars of shareholder money in order to try and intimidate Swenson.