You saved me about $10 per share since October 4 when RGR was @$47. Thanks! Whenever I think about placing a buy order now, I just bite my hand.
Date Shares Stock Transaction
J30-Oct-14 5,000 SWHC Automatic Purchase at $10.10 per share.
Jeff Buchanan has been selling far more shares than he has been buying:
(Cost of $50,500)
17-Sep-14 20,368 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $10.06 per share.
(Value of $204,902)
17-Sep-14 43,200 SWHC Option Exercise
2-Jul-14 1,964 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $14.47 per share.
(Value of $28,419)
2-Jun-14 1,356 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $16.30 per share.
(Value of $22,102)
2-May-14 1,356 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $15.88 per share.
(Value of $21,533)
29-Apr-14 19,500 SWHC Acquisition (Non Open Market) at $0 per share.
28-Apr-14 2,495 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $14.90 per share.
(Value of $37,175)
2-Apr-14 1,356 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $14.89 per share.
(Value of $20,190)
10-Mar-14 25,000 SWHC Automatic Sale at $13.90 per share.
(Proceeds of $347,500)
10-Mar-14 25,000 SWHC Option Exercise at $1.48 per share.
(Cost of $37,000)
3-Mar-14 1,341 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $11.62 per share.
(Value of $15,582)
3-Feb-14 1,407 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $12.61 per share.
(Value of $17,742)
2-Jan-14 1,577 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $13.58 per share.
(Value of $21,415)
2-Dec-13 1,358 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $11.43 per share.
(Value of $15,521)
4-Nov-13 1,358 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $11.23 per share.
(Value of $15,250)
2-Oct-13 1,358 SWHC Disposition (Non Open Market) at $10.97 per share.
(Value of $14,897)
Conference call transcript says California microstamping law caused a loss of about $10 million semiautomatic revenue. Ruger willing to borrow to repurchase shares, when time is right.
Reuters says the rocket was insured for $50 million, and the value of the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship was $200 million, and it is unclear how much Orbital Science's loss will be from the accident.
Press release October 28:
"The transaction is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2014 or in January 2015, and is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals and the approval of each of ATK's and Orbital's stockholders....."
Maybe an institution, such as London Co, with huge holdings of Ruger and ATK, is in a forced iiquidation scenario (margin calls). Conference call and earnings report did not contain any startling news. Remember ATK shareholders still have the opportunity to vote against the Orbital Sciences merger.
There were no share repurchases during the quarter. Inventories are rising at both the company and the distributors, compared to the already bloated levels of Q2. Orders were very low. Units sold from distributors to retailers were only 292,000, below the 388,900 units in Q2. Stockholder equity declined slightly from Q2 levels. Capital expenditure continues at robust levels, nearly the same as year-ago. Income tax rate, 36% in 2014, was lower than last year. Pension expenses of $40 million in the fourth quarter may result in a net loss in Q4. Lack of rimfire ammo, and competitors discounting prices aggressively, hindered sales.
In my opinion, fourth quarter is going to be a rough one, since inventories are still high, orders are low, competitors are discounting, and pension expense will be huge.
8K Safe Harbor statement says merger transaction subject to "risks associated with U.S. Government contracts that might expose Orbital or ATK to adverse consequences; government investigations..."
Volume 3.1 million shares today, or four times normal as of 1:00 PM CST. Perhaps Mr. Ackman's hedge fund is vomiting up shares because of margin calls. Other railroads, such as Union Pacific, are not showing this kind of volume, because they are not hedge fund playthings.
Berkshire frequently owns multiple companies in the same industry.
In credit cards, VISA, MasterCard, and Am Express.
In banking, MTB, Wells Fargo, USBancorps, Bank of NY Mellon
In insurance, GEICO, Gen RE, Berkshire Re, Homestates, MedPro, etcetera
I can't think of any regulatory hurdle to BRK owning shares in a Canadian RR. Recall that BRK owned shares in both Union Pacific and Burlington Northern in the past. Perhaps somebody here would like to explain which regulation would prohibit Berkshire from owning shares in CP?
Maybe I shouldn't be poking around here, trying to find the exact trough for Ruger shares. There are safer low P/E, high growth, high margin shares in the universe, such as Microsoft and Gilead. There are companies with better moats, such as Moody's and Google. Also, Ruger is hard to enter and exit in a hurry, because of the low market capitalization.
My theory is that Ruger has a roughly 14% market share in the U.S. firearms market, and that it has improved from 10% four years ago. I speculate that you can predict Ruger's quarterly units sold by multiplying the NSSF adj NICS by 14%. If true, one could estimate Ruger's earnings based on the quarterly adj NICS.
Here is my spreadsheet:
Quarterly NSSF adj NICS Units sold (thousands) Units sold/
(thousands) Distributor to retailer adj NICS
2010Q1 2425 254 10.5%
Q2 1961 213 10.9%
Q3 2117 198 9.4%
Q4 2933 235 8.0%
2011Q1 2739 284 10.4%
Q2 2220 264 11.9%
Q3 2374 245 10.3%
Q4 3467 292 8.4%
2012Q1 3376 461 13.7%
Q2 2619 410 15.7%
Q3 2904 397 13.7%
Q4 4882 505 10.3%
2013Q1 4926 514 10.4%
Q2 3032 560 18.5%
Q3 2907 522 18.0%
Q4 3932 495 12.6%
2014Q1 3830 565 14.8%
Q2 2672 389 14.6%
Q3 2830 ???
The military contract is for 400,000 sidearms, according to Fox News. At $300 per pistol, that would be almost exactly equal to one quarter's revenue, or $120 million, for SWHC. I wonder what the profit margin would be on such a contract? Ruger management has said that military contracts are low profit....is this true?
I believe BRK bought CP yesterday. Mr. Buffett told Becky Quick on AM business news that he bought a company in a business he was very familiar with which was beaten down yesterday. I believe CP fits the bill exactly.
I think Alibaba will shock us all, and very soon. The company will not permit audits by U.S. accounting firms, is sponsored by the PRC, insiders are permitted to sell shares from the first day, and margins improved by leaps and bounds in the last quarter before the IPO. The marketing by the NYSE was unprecedented and continues to this day. Favorable mentions in nearly all trusted news outlets.
What could go wrong?.