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mastermind_not 13 posts  |  Last Activity: Aug 20, 2014 7:56 PM Member since: Apr 23, 2010
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    The Why Of It?

    by tthemainman38 Aug 18, 2014 12:11 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Aug 20, 2014 7:56 PM Flag

    Barrington did what?!? Ha, that cracked me up.

    But remember, he's just a figurehead for BBAM.

  • Reply to

    The Why Of It?

    by tthemainman38 Aug 18, 2014 12:11 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Aug 18, 2014 6:19 PM Flag

    The numbers will definitely improve for the next few quarters.

    I wonder if FLY will increase the dividend in the near future. FLY has effectively marketed itself as a "return of capital through dividends" play. I would think that it would try to grow the dividend, roughly tracking the growth of the portfolio. For example, an extra penny/quarter would be 4% growth annually. Obviously, the first priority is portfolio growth; but seems like FLY should balance that with a commitment to increasing dividends.

  • Kudos to Jefferies -- advised KMP on the transaction. Nice to be involved in such a high-profile transaction in the energy space.

  • Reply to

    good earnings

    by hoopsyah Jul 31, 2014 10:00 AM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Aug 4, 2014 2:54 PM Flag

    If you are a manager, and you are stripping out management fees not proportional to your ownership -- then you are motivated to make decisions that enhance your management-fee stream, notwithstanding the negative impact on your shares.

    Put another way, the shares are like a free option. If you get rich on the management fees, you're sitting fat and happy regardless of the value of your shares.

    I completely understand your theory, but believe me, I've seen deals where the "manager" is a small minority shareholder and fleeces the majority shareholders by engaging in behavior to maximize its cash-flow as manager -- despite the negative impact on its returns as minority shareholder.

  • Reply to

    good earnings

    by hoopsyah Jul 31, 2014 10:00 AM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Aug 1, 2014 12:33 PM Flag

    Haha, good point about the fancy car.

    FLY has certainly underperformed, and will probably keep underperforming the likes of AER. However, bigger picture, I figure that the broader market is somewhat overvalued, and FLY is somewhat undervalued -- largely due to the "outsourced" management model with BBAM. FLY will probably keep creeping up towards book value over the next three to five years.

  • mastermind_not by mastermind_not Jul 31, 2014 1:57 PM Flag

    Huge announcement from Oregon LNG. Meanwhile, LUK is hovering near a 52-week low.

    Yesterday, FERC approved the Freeport LNG terminal. According to Reuters: "The next LNG export project likely to receive approval from FERC is Dominion Resources Inc's Cove Point facility in Maryland."

    Here's the announcement from LUK/Oregon LNG:

    The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it has approved Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas, as the Obama administration works through applications to export fuel from the domestic drilling boom to markets in Asia and Europe.

    Oregon LNG, which is controlled by Leucadia National Corp , has been authorized by the department to export up to 1.25 billion cubic feet per day of the fuel. The Astoria, Oregon-based project still needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • Reply to

    Salt and Pepper are missing

    by cold.morning Jul 12, 2014 2:38 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Jul 17, 2014 1:21 PM Flag

    Goldman just reported Q2 earnings:

    "Compensation, the firm's biggest expense, climbed to $3.92 billion, or 43 percent of revenue, the same percentage as a year earlier."

    Morgan Stanley:

    "Morgan Stanley reported compensation expenses of $4.3 billion in the first quarter, compared with $4.2 billion in the period a year earlier. But its comp ratio, a closely watched figure for Wall Street firms, fell to 48 percent of revenue from 51.7 percent in the first quarter of 2013."

    From the JEF 10-Q -- Q2 2014 results:

    "Compensation and benefits expenses as a percentage of Net revenues was 56.0% for the three months ended May 31, 2014."

  • Reply to

    Salt and Pepper are missing

    by cold.morning Jul 12, 2014 2:38 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Jul 14, 2014 3:50 PM Flag

    A number of valid points. However, I don't think they could have persuaded Cumming to stick around. Seems like either (i) he wanted out to do something else -- he's not getting any younger, or (ii) he didn't agree with the JEF deal on various grounds, so he wanted to get out.

    The fact that Cumming has been exiting his large LUK equity stake is pretty disturbing. That tells us he doesn't see much near-term or long-term value in LUK, despite the mediocre performance (for shareholders / not management) over the past five years.

    They clearly overpaid for NB. Maybe it's a decent business at the right price. But they clearly overpaid; would love to see a clawback for the cash bonuses related to that lousy deal.

  • Reply to

    Q1 2014 Earnings

    by mastermind_not May 9, 2014 6:14 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Jul 7, 2014 11:37 AM Flag

    NB's margins are inverse to the price of beef. Higher beef prices = lower margins, lower beef prices = higher margins.

  • Reply to

    Buy Back

    by andymoler58 Jul 2, 2014 3:42 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Jul 3, 2014 3:37 PM Flag

    The historic principals of LUK (Cumming and Steinberg) had a philosophical disagreement. One of them believed that LUK should repurchase shares from time to time; the other believed that it should not.

    As discussed in another thread, Cumming has been dumping his LUK shares over the last year. For what it's worth, he must not see huge upside in LUK; put another way, his view is that LUK isn't trading at a material discount to fair value.

    The biggest two businesses have been underperforming for the last two years: National Beef; and Jefferies. I suspect that LUK's current board may want to see improved cash generation from those two businesses before it considers a more "active" share repurchase program. (Note that the board has authorized some amount of share repurchases, but LUK treasury has never pulled the trigger.)

    In sum, the top execs and board must not view LUK as significantly undervalued at this time.

  • mastermind_not by mastermind_not Jul 2, 2014 3:56 PM Flag

    Short stint for the SVP of marketing and consumer sales.


    Crimson Wine Group (CWG) announced the appointment of Mary Jo Dale to the newly-created position of senior vice president of marketing and consumer sales. A seasoned veteran in the luxury wine and hospitality industries, Dale will report directly to president and CEO Erle Martin. Her role will encompass oversight of consumer-related programs across the portfolio. She will work closely with VP of marketing Natasha Hayes to align sales and marketing efforts across all brands.


    On June 13, 2014, Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. (the "Company") announced that Mary Joe Dale, the Company's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Consumer Sales, was no longer employed with the Company effective June 13, 2014.

  • Reply to

    Oregon LNG

    by x1kyle26 Jun 19, 2014 3:50 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Jun 24, 2014 6:00 PM Flag

    They have a website and a schedule. Just g00gle "lake charles clean energy" and filter for the past year. You'll see a link to the website/schedule.

    Financial close is schedule for mid-2014. Construction is 36 months. Substantial completion in mid- to late-2017. Obviously, that all pushes back if we don't reach financial close in mid-2014.

    My recollection is that LUK will need to raise significant equity, and they haven't announced an equity consortium yet. So not sure if that financial close projection is realistic. I'd expect that LUK may try to monetize part of the development premium embedded in the project. But time will tell (a common theme with LUK).

  • Reply to

    Putting Down My Crying Towel

    by tthemainman38 Jun 6, 2014 3:13 PM
    mastermind_not mastermind_not Jun 13, 2014 12:22 AM Flag

    Amen. Very well said, aegwal.

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