The Intelligent Investing Podcast

Eric Schleien

Eric Schleien discusses value investing, rational investment analysis, and vital mental models.

All Episodes

It's Eric Schleien with episode #167 of The Intelligent Investing Podcast. Today I discuss one of my current positions LAACO with a quick update. Summary I originally invested in LAACO when the stock was trading at roughly $2000/unit. The thesis was that you could buy the entire company at a significant discount to the private market value of the assets. You can read my original thesis, here. Recently, there has been news reports that the company may be in the process of selling their self-storage business which would be huge for shareholders. You can see a link to an article, here. More About Eric Schleien To learn more about me, Eric Schleien, check out my personal website and business website. You can also reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you'd like to read my book, you can find it on Amazon. Reviews are appreciated. New Podcast Hey All! I’ve started a second show completely devoted to the field of Ontology which is another huge passion of mine. Please check out The Eric Schleien Podcast which is an ontological podcast where I break down distinctions of human consciousness as an access to enhancing performance. To learn more about Eric's work, check out his ontological coaching firm, Transformational Leadership Associates. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Oct 14

8 min 11 sec

It's Eric Schleien back atcha with Episode #166 of The Intelligent Investing Podcast. Today I bring on Jason Rivera to discuss BE Semiconductor Industries NV (BESIY). Summary Jason found the company when they were a $640 million dollar market cap company. Since then, the stock is up ~10x. Not a bad return! When Jason  found them, they were a pick and shovel play in the semiconductor industry. The company builds testing kits. They also build plastic casings for the actual semiconductor pieces. They're a necessary business for the semiconductor industry. Jason believes you can expect that trend rapidly grow because of the internet of things and 5G. Jason  found the stock by going one by one through the OTC markets database. There's around 20,000 companies listed there. More About Eric Schleien To learn more about me, Eric Schleien, check out my personal website and business website. You can also reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you'd like to read my book, you can find it on Amazon. Reviews are appreciated! Get In Touch With Jason Rivera To learn more about Jason Rivera, check out his website: Value Investing Journey   New Podcast Hey All! I’ve started a second show completely devoted to the field of Ontology which is another huge passion of mine. Please check out The Eric Schleien Podcast which is an ontological podcast where I break down distinctions of human consciousness as an access to enhancing performance. To learn more about Eric's work, check out his ontological coaching firm, Transformational Leadership Associates.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Sep 29

14 min 31 sec

Join Eric Schleien as he discusses Altria Group Inc (NYSE: MO) with Jason Rivera from Value Investing Journey. Eric Schleien has been following Altria for many years and brought Jason on after he saw that he’s talked about it on his website. For those who don’t know, Altria is the maker of Marlboro cigarettes and is considered the ultimate sin stock. You can make the argument that the stock has often been cheap due to the fact it is a sin stock leading to high rates of returns over many decades. About Eric Schleien To learn more about Eric Schleien, check out his personal website and business website. You can also reach out to him on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Microcap Shareholder Activism If you are an executive of a microcap public company or a large shareholder of a microcap company where the executives are not doing right by shareholders, I'd be happy to see if me and my team can help with our novel approach to shareholder activism. For more information, see our offering at Transformational Leadership Associates and would be happy to do a free consult. If you'd like to read Eric Schleien’s book, you can find it on Amazon. What Are Sin Stocks? Sin stocks are public companies involved in activities that are considered unethical by society, such as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, adult entertainment or weapons. ESG investors tend to exclude sin stocks, as the companies involved are thought to be making money from exploiting human weaknesses and vices. Why Do People Avoid Sin Stocks? A common question people ask is why do people avoid sin stocks? In reality, a stock doesn’t know you own it. As long as you aren’t participating in a secondary offering, you buying stock in Altria in no way contributes to the tobacco industry. However, even though that is the reality, there are many reasons why people avoid sin stocks. For example, there is an entire investment industry around what is coined ESG. ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Companies are given a score based on a variety of metrics. This has led to a whole new money making scheme in the name of “feeling good” about what you’re investing in despite the fact it makes no actual impact to the planet. However, this ESG fad has led to opportunities for prudent investors. Altria Stock Valuation Jason discusses how he values Altria. Jason assumes the company is worth 11x EBIT which he considers high for most companies but appropriate for Altria. That would get you to a value of about $129.5 billion. Then, if you add cash of just under $2 billion and subtract the company’s $28.2 billion in debt, that gets you to a value of about $101 Most companies, I wouldn't value it. An 11 X EBIT, multiple them. I would, again, for the competitive advantage we already talked about, so that gets us to a value of about 129.5 billion. Plus cash they had about just under $2 billion cash minus all of their debt at $28.2 billion. That gets us to a value of about $101.3 billion. This contrasts to a current market cap of about $93 billion. What’s The IRR For Altria Stock? Jason assumes that the future returns for Altria will essentially be their dividend of just over 7%. In addition, Jason believes the company will be a good hedge for inflation. This IRR is much higher than a US Treasury Bond and he believes it is a good fit for a long-term portfolio with someone who is extremely risk averse. About Jason Rivera To learn more about Jason Rivera, check out his website: Value Investing Journey

Sep 27

7 min 33 sec

Hi, it's Eric Schleien, and welcome back to another episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast! In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the wonderful Jason Rivera who runs Value Investing Journey. I've always liked government contractors due to the sticky nature of their business, high margins, and lots of recurring revenue. I also love them when they are tiny and undiscovered and filling some interesting niche or segment of their market. A company that seems to possibly fit that bill is WidePoint Corporation (WYY). What Is WidePoint Corporation? WidePoint Corporation (WYY) is the leading provider of Trusted Mobility Management (TM2) solutions. TM2 converges at the intersection of WidePoint’s pioneering Telecom Lifecycle Management (TLM), Telecom Bill Presentment & Analytics, Mobile and Identity (IdM) Management solutions. Market demand for secure mobile management such as WidePoint TM2 solutions is increasing due to security risks and vulnerabilities that could result from allowing mobile devices and cloud-based applications access to an organization’s technology infrastructure. In today’s connected world with high-profile data breaches, it is important for an enterprise to have a TM2 solution in place to protect valuable mobile assets and infrastructure while complying with changes in privacy and data protection laws and regulations. WidePoint TM2 solutions provide security, manageability, and visibility of an enterprise’s mobile assets and services through a single platform supported by our secure TM2 framework. WidePoint is the leading provider of customized telecom and mobile management solutions to the U.S. public sector. WidePoint has a diverse portfolio of government and commercial clients, serving global and international enterprises and the Fortune 100 across a multitude of industries. More About Eric Schleien To learn more about me, Eric Schleien, check out my personal website and business website. You can also reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you'd like to read my book, you can find it on Amazon. Reviews are appreciated! Get In Touch With Jason Rivera To learn more about Jason Rivera, check out his website: Value Investing Journey  

Sep 24

8 min 40 sec

Eric Schleien hosts the September Roundtable for Finance Podcast Week. Join Eric Schleien, host of the Intelligent Investing Podcast, with Andrew Sather and Jason Rivera for a jam packed hour long finance roundtable.  Eric Schleien Discusses Real Estate Stocks In this episode, Eric Schleien sits down with Andrew Sather and Jason Rivera to discuss two real estate stocks. Laaco Ltd (LAACZ), which owns the Los Angeles Athletic Club and has a Self-Storage Business. Cedar Realty Trust (CDR), which owns grocery anchored retail outlets across the United States. Eric Schleien believes that both of these are cheap real estate stocks that would be some of the best picks for 2021. Both of these stocks are special situations as it is likely that both of these will be selling core assets for a higher price than the current market value. In Cedar’s case, they may sell the entire company. With Laaco, they may sell their self-storage business at what would almost certainly be a higher price than the current market price if they were to get a fair valuation on the assets.   Eric Schleien Discusses Modern Value Investing One of the things that Eric points out during the roundtable is that modern GAAP accounting isn’t always appropriate for companies such as Amazon (AMZN) or Trupanion (TRUP) to show true value of the business. For example, Amazon’s R&D expense he believes is an asset even though it gets run through the income statement as an expense.  To learn more about Eric Schleien, check out his personal website and business website. You can also reach out to him on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you'd like to read his book, you can find it on Amazon.   Jason Rivera Discusses Altria Stock During the episode Jason Rivera discusses Altria (MO) as a potential value investment due to the stability of the business mixed with a high dividend yield. Jason believes that Altria is a better inflation hedge than buying TIPS. To learn more about Jason Rivera, check out his website: Value Investing Journey   Andrew Sather Discusses Defense Contractors Andrew believes that defense contractors offer good value in this market. As a value investor, he is always looking for sectors and companies that are being mispriced by the market for various reasons. To learn more about Andrew Sather, check out his website: Investing For Beginners

Sep 22

1 hr 3 min

Principles Of Power My book Principles Of Power: The Art & Wisdom of Badassery is now available on Amazon. I would be extremely grateful if you could pick up a copy and write an honest review. Would mean the world! New Podcast Hey All! I’ve started a second show completely devoted to the field of Ontology which is another huge passion of mine. Please check out The Eric Scheien Podcast which is an ontological podcast where I break down distinctions of human consciousness as an access to enhancing performance. To learn more about Eric's work, check out his ontological coaching firm, Transformational Leadership Associates. Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, Eric Schleien sits down with Evan Bleker of Net-Net Hunter to discuss a tiny little company, McCoy Global Inc. (MCB.TO) with a current market cap of $21 million. Show Notes [00:48] Tiny little company traded on Canadian Venture Exchange [2:14] A study on net-nets that buying at a huge discount to net current asset value doesn't enhance performance that much [4:21] The company is cash flow positive [5:26] Modeling out different scenarios (classic Dhandho!) [6:09] Could be a $2/stock if drilling takes off About Evan Bleker Evan Bleker is a professional investor who has built his track record by buying high quality net net stocks. When not researching stocks, he focuses his time on helping small investors learn the strategy so they can earn great returns. Evan manages two investing websites: Net Net Hunter and Broken Leg Investing. Net Net Hunter Complete guide to net net stocks Broken Leg Investing Deep Value Guide Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Aug 3

10 min 10 sec

I had a blast chatting with Evan Bleker who runs Net-Net Hunter. We discussed an interesting little company that many of you may be familiar with called ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. (AEY). Show Notes [00:35] Overview of ADDvantage [1:23] The 5G Rollout [2:05] How 5G Cell Towers Work [4:13] The Impact of COVID on ADDvantage [5:15] What it will take for the company to breakeven [6:18] The Delta COVID strain & Telecom Companies [7:52] The company may go bankrupt [9:53] Large upside in stock if they don't go to 0 [11:41] Brief discussion on American Tower (AMT)    

Jul 29

13 min 59 sec

NEW PODCAST Hey All! I’ve started a second show completely devoted to the field of Ontology which is another huge passion of mine. Please check out The Eric Scheien Podcast which is an ontological podcast where I break down distinctions of human consciousness as an access to enhancing performance. Podbean This podcast is sponsored by Podbean.  Podbean is probably the easiest way to create your own podcast. We use Podbean to host the Intelligent Investing Podcast and my new podcast, The Eric Schleien Podcast.  Download the free Podbean Podcast App, to start, record, and publish your very own podcast in minutes.  Podbean provides everything you need to run your podcast and you can record and publish episodes directly from the app on your phone. Check it out! TIKR.COM This episode is brought to you by TIKR.com. This is a product I personally use for researching stocks at my firm. TIKR.com is focused on bringing institutional-quality investment research tools to individual investors. TIKR.com is powered by S&P Global CapitalIQ and has coverage of 50k+ stocks globally with financials, estimates, valuation metrics, ownership, transcripts, news, filings, and more. Join TIKR.com‘s free beta today with tikr.com/intelligent NET NET HUNTER This episode is sponsored by Net Net Hunter. If you’re interested in finding high-quality stocks trading at fractions of liquidation value – this research service is for you. I personally use this service at my firm to help me research tiny and obscure net-net stocks all around the world. Using Net Net Hunter comes out to way less money than hiring an analyst to do the exact same thing manually. It’s a service I love and I am proud to be able to offer this service to my listeners. If this is something you’re interested in, please click here. Summary Today’s interview guest is Trey Henninger where we discuss the multi-bagger potential in Solitron Devices as well as do a recap on Entercom (now known as Audacy), and Northfield Precision. You can listen to the former Northfield Precision podcast here, and the Entercom podcast episode, here. Trey Henninger runs the blog and podcast, DIY Investing. Trey is a private value investor focused on microcap and dark stocks in the United States. His focus is on high-quality companies with predictable durable earnings where management has skin-in-the-game. Trey runs a concentrated portfolio. By focusing on small companies, Trey hopes to find overlooked compounders at value prices. His favorite opportunities have a market cap below $50 million. Show Notes [00:02:50] What is Solitron? [00:03:42] "I interviewed the CEO on my podcast"  [00:04:29] This was at the time a $5 million market cap company. And they looked like they were going to earn something like half a million dollars to a million dollars ... [00:05:58]  "I think the best way to  value the company is using an earnings analysis" [00:09:27] Consistently profitable with strong moat [00:12:52] Bought a new facility [00:14:18] Company hitting an inflection point [00:15:09] Recap on Entercom (ETM) [00:17:29] Recap on Northfield Precision (NFPC) RESOURCES My Book on Amazon Alex Bossert's VIC writeup on $SODI Trey Henninger's Stock Thesis on $SODI  Connect With Trey Henninger Twitter Blog Spotify Apple Podcasts YouTube HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube GET IN TOUCH WITH ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com Disclosure: Eric Schleien and some SMA clients of Eric Schleien through GSCM own shares of SODI & NFPC. Nothing here is investment advice. Do your own due diligence.  

Jun 3

21 min 2 sec

New Podcast Hey All! I've started a second show completely devoted to the field of Ontology which is another huge passion of mine. Please check out The Eric Scheien Podcast which is an ontological podcast where I break down distinctions of human consciousness as an access to enhancing performance. TIKR.com This episode is brought to you by TIKR.com. This is a product I personally use for researching stocks at my firm. TIKR.com is focused on bringing institutional-quality investment research tools to individual investors. TIKR.com is powered by S&P Global CapitalIQ and has coverage of 50k+ stocks globally with financials, estimates, valuation metrics, ownership, transcripts, news, filings, and more. Join TIKR.com's free beta today with tikr.com/intelligent Net Net Hunter This episode is sponsored by Net Net Hunter. If you're interested in finding high-quality stocks trading at fractions of liquidation value - this research service is for you. I personally use this service at my firm to help me research tiny and obscure net-net stocks all around the world. Using Net Net Hunter comes out to way less money than hiring an analyst to do the exact same thing manually. It's a service I love and I am proud to be able to offer this service to my listeners. If this is something you're interested in, please click here. Summary Today I'm discussing the merger between Discovery Communications & WarnerMedia. I believe this situation provides an asymmetric risk profile. In the episode I outline the situation, valuation, and how I'm thinking about the investment opportunity.  Show Notes [1:55] Overview [2:11] Market doesn't like the deal [3:01] Makeup of the deal [3:53] Will be spending more on content than Netflix [4:34] Why is the stock down? [8:15] John Malone [9:18] Intrinsic value of Discovery Communications Resources John Malone Interview on CNBC My Book on Amazon About Eric Schleien Eric Schleien is the Founder/CEO of Granite State Capital Management, LLC. In addition to being a value investor, over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com

May 27

15 min 54 sec

This episode is also brought to you by TIKR.com. This is a product I personally use for researching stocks at my firm. TIKR.com is focused on bringing institutional-quality investment research tools to individual investors. TIKR.com is powered by S&P Global CapitalIQ and has coverage of 50k+ stocks globally with financials, estimates, valuation metrics, ownership, transcripts, news, filings, and more. Join TIKR.com's free beta today with tikr.com/intelligent This episode sponsored by Net Net Hunter. If you're interested in finding high-quality stocks trading at fractions of liquidation value - this research service is for you. I personally use this service at my firm to help me research tiny and obscure net-net stocks all around the world. Using Net Net Hunter comes out to way less money than hiring an analyst to do the exact same thing manually. It's a service I love and I am proud to be able to offer this service to my listeners. If this is something you're interested in, please click here. Summary Today I'm discussing some very brief thoughts on Liberated Syndication (LSYN). They filed an 8k which led some investors to be alarmed. I think the fears are overblown and briefly discuss my views on the company and the recent development.  Show Notes [01:15] About Liberated Syndication [01:55] The Concern Over The 8k Filing [02:27] Paying Low Multiple For Growth [03:39] Free Call Option On Litigation Outcome Resources VIC Writeup on LSYN About Eric Schleien Eric Schleien is the Founder/CEO of Granite State Capital Management, LLC. In addition to being a value investor, over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com

May 26

6 min 44 sec

This episode is also brought to you by TIKR.com. This is a product I personally use for researching stocks at my firm. TIKR.com is focused on bringing institutional-quality investment research tools to individual investors. TIKR.com is powered by S&P Global CapitalIQ and has coverage of 50k+ stocks globally with financials, estimates, valuation metrics, ownership, transcripts, news, filings, and more. Join TIKR.com's free beta today with tikr.com/intelligent This episode sponsored by Net Net Hunter. If you're interested in finding high-quality stocks trading at fractions of liquidation value - this research service is for you. I personally use this service at my firm to help me research tiny and obscure net-net stocks all around the world. Using Net Net Hunter comes out to way less money than hiring an analyst to do the exact same thing manually. It's a service I love and I am proud to be able to offer this service to my listeners. If this is something you're interested in, please click here. Summary Join Eric Schleien with today's interview guest, Robert Jacobson, as they talk everything about entrepreneurship, technology advancements, and how you can invest in outer space. Robert admits he is no rocket scientist, but as you join us in this discussion, listen as he tells us the many non-hyperbolic real things that are developing right above us. In this episode, Robert shares the different business models on space and technology exploration emerging in the industry today. From businesses leveraging the advantages of multiple small satellites, providing internet to remote areas, ultramodern telescopic devices, advanced GPS tracking, and even the fusion of VR technology and floatation tanks. As you remain tuned in, find out more as Robert, later on, speaks of his book that gives us a great introduction to how the industry that will help change humanity is affecting us economically, socially, and more. About Robert Jacobson Robert is a hyper-connector, advisor, entrepreneur specializing in the emerging New Space economy.  Robert Jacobson is an entrepreneur and investor driven by a life-long passion for space. A born improviser, team builder, and dealmaker, Robert approaches business challenges with a flexible and creative mindset. With a talent for developing nuanced, boundary-defying solutions, he creates effective bridges between various enterprises and worlds of experience—from merging interests and subject matter to propelling humanity forward via space's myriad offerings. Robert authored the book Space Is Open for Business on democratizing the New Space economy. Robert's Website Space Advisors Twitter Robert's Book; Space Is Open For Business: The Industry That Can Transform Humanity Show Notes [00:25] What outer space is doing for us. [03:14] The XPRIZE – Getting a human to space. [07:55] "It wasn't going to be through NASA." [10:18] The space advancements by 2020. [15:10] -An audacious goal of backing up Earth's civilization. [17:07] On Astrabotic and the project – Great Pause. [18:39] Floatation tanks – The closing thing to walking on outer space. [21:15] The opportunities for space ventures today. [26:34] New business models through satellite advancements, etc. [35:17] A book on the industry that can help transform humanity. Resources Space Is Open For Business Book by Robert C. Jacobson: Propel X – Alternative investments Space Angels – Your access to smart space investing Syndicate 708 - Propelling the next generation of Deep Tech entrepreneurs Starburst - The #1 Aerospace Accelerator About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

May 24

35 min 44 sec

This episode sponsored by Net Net Hunter. If you're interested in finding high-quality stocks trading at fractions of liquidation value - this research service is for you. I personally use this service at my firm to help me research tiny and obscure net-net stocks all around the world. Using Net Net Hunter comes out to way less money than hiring an analyst to do the exact same thing manually. It's a service I love and I am proud to be able to offer this service to my listeners. If this is something you're interested in, please click here. This episode is also brought to you by TIKR.com. This is a product I personally use for researching stocks at my firm. TIKR.com is focused on bringing institutional-quality investment research tools to individual investors. TIKR.com is powered by S&P Global CapitalIQ and has coverage of 50k+ stocks globally with financials, estimates, valuation metrics, ownership, transcripts, news, filings, and more. Join TIKR.com's free beta today with tikr.com/intelligent Summary In this episode I sit down with Evan Bleker to discuss what he's currently doing in the net-net world for 2021. It was a pleasure to have him back on the show. We discussed the big winners from 2020 and biggest losers. One of the big winners we discussed was a net-net stock called Polar Power. We also discussed how tanker stocks were the biggest losers for 2020 as well. We then discuss Evan's general net-net strategy, and a few stocks such as Kaspien, Playmate Toys, and TLV Holdings. If you're interested in investing in net-net stocks you won't want to miss this. Show Notes [00:21] Discussing the net-net portfolio for 2020 [00:44] Big winners and losers of 2020 [00:48] Polar Power [01:59] Tankers [02:49] Kaspien [10:18] Playmates Toys [15:05] TLV Holdings [26:15] ADDvantage Technologies Resources Evan Bleker's Book on Amazon Eric Schleien's Book on Amazon About Evan Bleker Evan Bleker is a professional investor who has built his track record by buying high quality net net stocks. When not researching stocks, he focuses his time on helping small investors learn the strategy so they can earn great returns. Evan manages two investing websites: Net Net Hunter and Broken Leg Investing. Net Net Hunter Complete guide to net net stocks Broken Leg Investing Deep Value Guide Evan discussed Warren Buffett’s net net investing practice during his partnership. Further resources available here: You can follow Evan’s portfolio performance here: You can sign up for his free newsletter on the Net Net Hunter home page. About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page! You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com

May 21

32 min 37 sec

This episode is sponsored by Net Net Hunter. If you're interested in finding high-quality stocks trading at fractions of liquidation value - this research service is for you. I personally use this service at my firm to help me research tiny and obscure net net stocks all around the world. Using Net Net Hunter comes out to way less money than hiring an analyst to do the exact same thing manually. It's a service I love and I am proud to be able to offer this service to my listeners. If this is something you're interested in, please click here. Summary Join Eric Schleien with today's interview guest, Mikkel Thorup, as they talk real about the many possibilities of living life as an expat in foreign countries. Due to dyslexia and being made to study in special classes, Mikkel was poorly treated by many peers during his younger years – an experience with discrimination he did not feel when he got to live life outside the country. Mikkel shares in this episode the key points he gets clear with, on tax and obligations to the government, with clients who are interested in living an expat's life. From his experience in living in other countries, he also discusses the cost of living, lifestyle, and luxuries that foreign countries experience that the average life in North America no longer caters to nowadays for many. As an expat, Mikkel keeps things in perspective. For him, a country's government should always be viewed separately from its people and culture, and that people shouldn't go to other countries and try making it like their own. Instead, Mikkel believes it's crucial to learn how to embrace the experience, culture, food, language, and everything else about a place that people can make friends and stories with. About Mikkel Thorup Mikkel Thorup is the host of The Expat Money Show podcast. He is also the author of the #1 Best-Selling book Expat Secrets on Amazon. Mikkel has spent over 20 years in continual travel around the world, visiting more than 100 countries, including Colombia, North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Iran. His goal is to help people just like you to generate additional streams of income, legally eliminate your tax bill, and take advantage of offshore structures so you can travel the world freely and never have to worry about money again. Website: https://expatmoneyshow.com/ Podcast: https://expatmoneyshow.com/episodes/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThorupMikkel Show Notes [01:35] Getting into special class and dropping out of school. [09:15] What is an expat? [12:36] The school system in the pandemic. [15:03] Want the expat life? What to ask? [23:40] Healthcare in Panama. [27:09] On residency-based and territorial-based tax systems. [29:32] What to look into - The FEIE. [34:15] Belize is an excellent place for certain reasons… [37:35] The cost of living and the quality of life in South East Asia. [39:19] What can expats get life access to that North America can no longer offer? [47:08] Experiencing North Korea and Iran. [50:16] On Amazing Switzerland and Estonia's VISA Program. [59:44] What people who want to be an expat need to learn… Resources The Expat Money Show - Is E-Residency in Estonia Right for You with Ott Vatter: Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas & Make Giant Piles of Money Book by Mikkel Thorup About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN: Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

May 5

1 hr 2 min

Join Eric Schleien in this Q&A format as he answers questions on short positions, investment strategies, destroying your own conclusions on business and investments, and so much more. When asked about the mistakes he's made with investments and what can be learned from them, Eric expounds on what he thinks is a rear-view mirror thinking and on how he managed to lose more money to areas of omission than commission.  Summary While it's common for others to work on becoming large firms, Eric's unique gameplay is to stay boutique and manageable. For Eric, it's not necessarily rejecting growth. Instead, it's more about being able to hold control and balance on different elements. When you're running multiple large funds, it will reach a point where you start losing the competitive advantage by becoming too large, he explains. In this episode, the group also brings up the relevance of Environmental and Social Trends in determining the long-term value of companies. Quoting from Brookfield Asset Management CEO Bruce Flatt, "It's not a good business to not be a good steward of the environment.", for Eric, if a business is taking steps to have an adaptable and inclusive culture – value is quickly elevated. Even though it's not the end-all-be-all, for Eric, when a business does good in proving its CSR, it helps contribute to building a competitive advantage and value in the long run. Show Notes [01:20] Podcasting is going to be bigger than radio; On Liberated Syndication/Libsyn (LSYN). [06:26] How do you size your investments and know what to trim? [10:38] The art form to portfolio management. [14:00] On the threat inflation poses. [19:50] The advantages of being a boutique firm. [21:53] On not taking short positions. [26:26] Has the pandemic changed investment strategies? [28:22] Rear-view mirror thinking. [34:05] How do you factor in ESTs on a business's long-term value? [36:39] There's only so much you can control when you run large funds. [42:06] When an investor insists on dividends… Resources Principles of Power - The Art & Wisdom of Badassery Book by Eric Schleien About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Apr 27

46 min 36 sec

Join Eric Schleien with today's interview guest, Julian Lin, as they discuss the different names in the country's cannabis industry and the stocks he entered and exited in light of the pandemic. For some of these companies, leaving the pandemic with so much debt and having to spend so much for redevelopment isn't going to be an excellent spot to have. Summary In this episode, Julian also talks about the presence of Canadian cannabis brands in American markets. Despite them being 'okay,' because they're the only names people can invest in when in America, the evaluations of these brands coming from across the border remain to sore insanely. Nonetheless, cannabis brands have challenges unique to them in general. Julian acknowledges that when you look at these companies, they scream expensive. In reality, if cannabis is decriminalized and is not to pay a particular type of tax in the future anymore, their shares will trade at multiple folds in earnings. For Julian, the macro picture for cannabis is all promising in the next 2-4 years.   About Julian Lin Julian Lin runs Best Of Breed, a research service uncovering high conviction ideas in the winners of tomorrow. He is ranked in the top 1% of all bloggers on Tipranks. Website Show Notes [01:04] "A terrible time to own those stocks." [02:52] How did Simon Property Group enter the pandemic? [04:14] It's a problem with the cost of capital. [07:27] The cannabis industry in the Biden administration. [09:07] Cannabis in Canada. [11:30] The business models of different cannabis brands. [13:03] What cannabis companies are not allowed to do. [15:54] GTI is a multi-state presence. [17:11] The future for Cannabis. [17:48] The primary catalyst for American cannabis stocks.   About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

Apr 19

18 min 2 sec

Join Eric Schleien with his guest Andrew Sather as they talk about Warren Buffett's Cash Cows, Hedging the US Dollar, Residential Real Estate, Griffon, and Electronic Arts. In this episode, Andrew also sheds light on stock buybacks and turning over rocks in order to unearth value even from beat-up ventures and potential investments. He emphasizes the strategy of having enough key players in a business or investment that's enough to stabilize everything. Stay tuned to this discussion and find out what else Andrew has to say about the current financial industry.   About Andrew Sather Andrew is a self-taught investor since 2012. He specializes in identifying value traps and avoiding stock market bankruptcies. "I didn't see a resource to walk beginners through investing, step by step. So I went out and made it.", Andrew said. Website Linkedin Twitter YouTube Apple Podcast   Show Notes [03:31] Warren Buffett's Cash Cows [04:55] Companies need to do it smartly with Buybacks. [06:45] The parallels of EA Games and DairyQueen. [09:10] What makes EA Games a Cash Cow? [12:10] On turning over rocks; books by Peter Lynch. [13:13] An observation I disagree with… [14:34] What needs to be understood in flipping rocks in beat-up industries. [18:23] Having a hedge for the US dollar. [19:00] What I found out about the Top Companies in the S&P 500? [19:58] Companies whose revenue did well even if the US dollar didn't. [26:35] The likes of Paypal; the likes of Mastercard.   Resources Beating the Street by Peter Lynch One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch Seeking Alpha Articles by Andrew Sather E-Investing for Beginners     About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Apr 12

29 min 49 sec

Join Eric Schleien with today's interview guest, Trey Henninger, as they talk about Entercom, Northfield Precision, and the new SEC rule that impacts dark companies and small businesses. By taking a close look at the outcomes and probabilities close to ETC and the merger made with CBS Radio, he explains what Entercom holds for the next 12-18 months and tells us the technicalities on why he thinks owning shares from the company can still end up positively. Summary In this episode, Trey will also be getting into all the old news, the expected, and the good with Northfield Precision Instrument Corp. Listen as he discusses the company's performance during the pandemic, their ROI report, and how NFPC will seemingly be affected by the new SEC rule that targets dark companies. For Trey, once the new regulation comes into effect in the following months or years, going expert or grey may become an option to be considered for Northfield. Going in further on the upcoming SEC rule, tune in as Trey explains what the regulation aims to do, what it requires from business entities, how it can backfire, and what it means to trade without a quoted price –a scenario that may just mean good deals for experts. For him, there are always as many opportunities in matters like these as there are risks in every leverage.   About Trey Henninger: Trey Henninger runs the blog and podcast DIY Investing. Trey is a private value investor focused on microcap and dark stocks in the United States. His focus is on high-quality companies with predictable, durable earnings where management has skin-in-the-game. Trey runs a concentrated portfolio of 5 stocks with a 20% weighting each. By focusing on small companies, Trey hopes to find overlooked compounders at value prices. His favorite opportunities have a market cap below $50 million. Website Twitter Email             The DIY Investing Podcast (on all major platforms)   Outline of the episode: [00:42] Entercom Communications – America's #2 Radio Broadcasting Company. [02:18] ETC as a radio company and as a growing digital audio presence. [02:49] The crashing merger of ETC and CBS Radio. [03:46] Binary outcomes and the probabilities for the company now. [06:55] What the debt market is telling about it. [08:03] Covid as an excuse...; The company's ownership. [09:49] A business with no assets, basically. [13:09] Bad as expected – Northfield Precision [15:54] What SEC Rule is, not retail investor-friendly. [16:40] How the new regulation can backfire – a theory! [18:25] What it means to not get quoted a price… [19:45] Anytime you have leverage, there's risk and also lots of opportunities.   Resources: CBS Radio and Entercom merger Follow and subscribe to the new, The Eric Schleien Podcast:   About Eric Schleien: Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast: If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN: Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: intelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Mar 25

21 min 15 sec

Join Eric Schleien with his guest Peter McCormack as they talk about podcasting, the unique characteristics of Bitcoin, and what the future holds for it. Because of the oppositions and baseless accusations against it, for Peter, Bitcoin should've already failed. Today, it is still operating and growing even higher.   In this episode, Peter gets into discussing decentralization, Bitcoin mining, his piece of advice to anyone looking into investing in Bitcoin, and so much more. To interested investors, Peter believes there should be a profound investment strategy before throwing money onto Bitcoins. He believes cryptocurrency can be a very punishing investment if done wrong.   Stay tuned to this casual exchange and find out more of what Peter has to say about Bitcoins and investments.   About Peter McCormack:   Peter McCormack is a full-time journalist/podcaster covering topics such as Freedom, Human Rights, Censorship, and Bitcoin. He is the host of the What Bitcoin Did Podcast.   The What Bitcoin Did Podcast, is a twice-weekly Bitcoin podcast where host Peter McCormack interviews experts in the world of Bitcoin development, privacy, investment, and adoption. Launched in November of 2017, the podcast has grown to nearly 200 episodes with a guest list that is a testament to the diversity of knowledge and opinions that represent the broader Bitcoin community.   Individual podcast episodes have focused on engaging and accessible conversations with some of the industry's most influential minds. Established veterans such as Adam Back, Charlie Shrem, and Andreas M. Antonopoulos have shared the WBD mic along with rising stars. No areas of discussion are off-limits, and differences of opinion are encouraged. Past topics have ranged from Cannabis to Censorship, Libertarianism to the Lightning Network, and Sex Workers to Segwit2x.   You can find Peter McCormack on: Website Linkedin Twitter Instagram Apple          Spotify              Outline of the episode:   [01:59] Stumbling upon Podcasts in a vegan retreat in Italy… [03:29] Podcasters – just get out and do it! [04:50] Are cryptocurrencies worth investing in? [06:20] What is decentralization? [08:04] The resistance of Bitcoin. [11:24] On Bitcoin's stability. [13:40] What does Blockchain do? [17:15] Bitcoin Mining. [20:00] A bit of advice to anyone wanting to invest their money in Bitcoins. [21:51] Is Satoshi Nakamoto fame-driven, rich, alive? [24:39] What could break Bitcoin? [27:53] Privacy in Bitcoin. [30:30] The first thing to do when getting into Bitcoins.   Resources: How to Start a Podcast in 2020 Pat Flynn   Understanding DigiCash   How to Download Kraken Pro: Advanced Bitcoin & Crypto Trading on PC:   Kraken's Official Mobile Apps   About Eric Schleien:    Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry.   Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less.   Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast:   If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!         You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms:   Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube     CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN: Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com    

Mar 15

31 min 48 sec

Join Eric Schleien with his guest Norma Belenky, the Head of Events of Podbean, as they talk about the evolution of media, Podbean’s exciting podcast features, and most especially the upcoming Finance Podcast Week.   In this episode, Norma shares her story on getting into podcasting and the facet that sets apart a podcast. She also gives us a brief of the stimulating discussions, guests, and perks we can expect from Podbean’s event that every entrepreneur, investor, and alike will gain from.   Stay tuned to their talk to catch a glimpse of Finance Podcast Week’s exciting lineup for everyone.   About Podbean:  Podbean is a podcast publishing and monetization service, providing free and premium hosting packages for individuals and businesses. Podbean offers a user-friendly interface that integrates publishing, management, syndication, and analysis tools into an easy-to-use podcasting package.   Facebook:       https://www.facebook.com/NormaJeanBali/ Instagram:       https://www.instagram.com/normajeanlovesdoodles/   Outline of the episode:   [01:12] What is Podbean, and what does it bring? [02:32] The upcoming Finance Podcast Week: Guests, Topics, and Program. [05:26] Elements of media changed by today’s podcasts. [08:54] The freedom in Podcasts. [09:41] Live features on Podbean’s Finance Podcast Week and what to expect. [13:08] The technology, integrations, platforms, and accessibility of today. [15:39] Ask the hosts, join in the conversation – Podbean Finance Week. [18:23] Live podcasts + Pre-released episodes of participating podcasters. [19:23] The dates to save… [22:03] On getting into podcasts and becoming a part of Podbean. [25:20] The community, collaborativeness, and openness that is in podcasting. [26:37] What needs to be a part of podcasting? [27:32] In the age of information overload, to stand out, you need to have…   Resources: For tickets, got to Finance Podcast Week  More info about the Finance Podcast Week  Podbean Live   About Eric Schleien:   Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals, including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry.   Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

Feb 26

29 min 10 sec

Join Eric Schleien with his guests, Chelsea Dietsch and Tara Songster of Alluring Oddities, as they share stories about their income-generating passion for thrift shopping and what it took to make this side-project grow and continue growing. More than just a business, Chelsea and Tara treat their passion as a venture wherein they can cultivate experiences for their friends, loved ones, and Buffalo's whole community. Community over competition is a general outlook that they endorse. Learn more from their experiences as you tune in further to what Chelsea and Tara have to share.   About Alluring Oddities: Alluring Oddities is a curated and cultivated gallery of mostly 60s or 70s offbeat thrifted treasures in Buffalo, NY. The brand is owned by Chelsea Dietsch and Tara Songster.   Outline of the episode: [07:45] The fascination towards everything timeless in condition. [09:53] Make money out of it, not: get rid of it. [11:03] More than just a business, it's a lifestyle. [13:22] Alluring Oddities: a thrift store's gross margin. [14:37] Set your brand different from others. [15:30] The resurgence in Buffalo's market. [17:03] Why interact with your audience? Why research? Why benchmark? [19:44] Connecting to peoples' stories through their belongings. [25:43] On price tagging. [26:34] "Community over competition." [29:22] What your venture will mostly need from you. [30:06] Putting everyone's strengths at work.   Resources:   Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector Value Investing 2nd Edition Principles Of Power   Thrift at or Donate to Goodwill   Thrift at or Donate to Salvation Army     About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

Feb 15

34 min 25 sec

Join Eric Schleien & Rafael Resendes discuss how to value and measure the intrinsic value of Tesla (TSLA) and GameStop (GME).   Rafael Resendes is the portfolio manager & co-founder of Applied Finance Capital Management.   To watch this on YouTube (which for this one, I would recommend) - you can click, here.   Resources For listeners interested in some of the research presented on the show today, you can sign up for the monthly newsletter, The Valuation Edge. For listeners interested in actually modeling companies they can join the waiting list for the Intrinsic Value Tool. Value Investing 2nd Edition, on Amazon. Eric Schleien's Book: Principles Of Power: The Art & Wisdom of Badassery, on Amazon   About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Feb 11

24 min 56 sec

Summary In this episode, I sit down with Brian Balbirnie who is the Founder & CEO of one of my favorite microcap companies, Issuer Direct. For those interested, a few years ago, I sat down with Travis Wiedower where we discussed the company.  This episode is also available on YouTube. About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Jan 21

41 min

Summary In this episode, I bring Jeremy Raper of Raper Capital back on the show to discuss his 2021 Investment Playbook. We also do a recap of some of the investments from 2020. You can also watch this episode on YouTube.   Show Notes 0:37 - Corona Update 1:34 - The easy money has been made, so now what? 2:46 - Market crises 4:51 - Short-term pain 5:59 - 2021 Investing Playbook 10:47 - Stonex Group (SNEX) 12:14 - Junior Canadian Copper Miners 14:27 - SPAC Warrant Arbitrage 15:57 - Hyliion Holdings Corp (HYLN) 16:06 - Nikola (NKLA) Warrant Spread 18:01 - Robinhood Punters 18:46 - TikTok Investors 24:32 - The Oil & Gas Industry 28:46 - Peabody Energy (BTU) Bonds 29:57 - Canadian Smallcaps 30:19 - Looking outside the United States 31:10 - Betterware de Mexico SAB de CV (BWMX) 43:52 - Martin Werner   About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com    

Jan 14

53 min 50 sec

Summary In this episode of the Intelligent Investing Podcast, I sit down with the Founder & CEO of Shift (SFT) which went public recently via a SPAC.   Show Notes 1:29: Background On George Arison 3:50: Getting into the automotive space 4:39: The Auto Financing Market 10:16: Starting Shift 13:49: Company Growth 15:16: Disruption in Cars 16:20: The Traditional Dealer 16:26: Carvana vs Shift 18:49: Older cars are a huge part of the used car market 19:10: "How do you look at internal rate of returns?" 19:26: "it's a kind of a land grab situation" 20:31: "what the business looks like at scale" 27:02: "select dealers that we want to work with that have really high-quality inventory, high-quality service." 27:15: "a win for the dealership." 30:21: "how do you fund the growth right now?" 31:44: SPAC investing 33:16: "SPAC investors might actually get really burned if they're just buying a bunch of things that seem very sexy." 33:51: "There's been many, many, like over a hundred SPACs. I don't know how they're going to find deals." 34:53: "what investors should be looking for when they look at SPACs"   About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Jan 12

40 min 29 sec

Summary In this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rafael Resendes who is the portfolio manager & co-founder of Applied Finance Capital Management. It was pretty exciting to have the co-founder of Applied Finance on the Intelligent Investing Podcast due to the fact they have become a thought leader in valuation and portfolio construction in the value investing community. You could say they are the real deal.  Unlike the majority of firms today that focus on low multiples to define “value”, they define value as identifying companies trading below their intrinsic value. Their Valuation Driven™ approach forms the foundation of their investment decisions. Applied Finance is 100% employee-owned, with the average tenure of our 10 partners being over 18 years. History of Innovation Research has always been a critical part of Applied Finance’s culture.  In 1995, they humbly began in a Chicago basement, with the idea to create a better approach to measuring corporate performance and value companies than existed at the time. Their roots were and remain dedicated to answering two questions critical to any investment decision: What is a firm’s economic performance? What is a firm worth? They developed the Economic Margin® framework to measure a firm’s economic, rather than as-reported accounting performance, leading the industry with primary research into: Capitalizing R&D Estimating size and leverage risk premium Modeling competitive advantage through Economic Profit Horizon™ Ultimately, creating a direct link from corporate performance to valuation. Shortly thereafter, they began assembling a technical team that today includes a unique mix of professionals with diverse functional, educational, and cultural backgrounds.  The result is a special workplace that values: accomplishment, stability, and ethics in the pursuit of excellence for our clients. Since 1995, they have calculated over 20 million out of sample, point-in-time, company valuations.  Each week they add approximately 20,000 additional intrinsic value estimates to continually expand their knowledge and improve their strategies. Their proprietary research analytics provide the foundation for our repeatable and sustainable investment process. Philosophy His firm aims to buy stocks trading below their intrinsic value which forms the foundation of their strategies. As obvious as that phrase seems, he believes there is much to appreciate in its meaning and implementation that is too often is either ignored and/or misunderstood in the value investment community. First, he focuses his efforts on understanding a firm’s intrinsic value, not its cheapness. Cheapness investing, encompassing the Fama/French value factor among other low price to something metrics, has become extraordinarily popular over the past 30 years.  While there has been an abundance of academic research and marketing expenditures promoting such styles, the research and messaging behind this approach is fundamentally flawed. After controlling for whether a stock is over or undervalued as measured by Applied Finance’s Intrinsic Value Factor, cheapness provides little to no achievable excess returns. The “low price to something” investment managers know such metrics do not represent intrinsic value, instead, they hope the stocks they buy are correlated to companies trading below their intrinsic value. Each week, Applied Finance calculates the intrinsic value of every stock in the investable universe of each strategy they support to determine the stocks providing the most attractive future expected returns at any point in time to identify candidates for inclusion into our strategies. Second, his company actively cultivates a vibrant valuation culture within their investment group through an ongoing commitment to: Develop and maintain a deep professional expertise Perform ongoing theoretical and applied valuation research Continually review our valuation efficacy. Lastly, while it is easy for an investment manager to claim they perform valuations as part of their research process, it is important to understand that performing a valuation is actually very easy, it is only simple algebra. In contrast, it is extraordinarily difficult to consistently perform valuations that identify companies trading above and below their intrinsic value, which can be purchased or sold short to generate alpha at the portfolio level. Unlike any other firm, Applied Finance over the past 25 years has developed and maintained original, proprietary research to properly model equity risk premiums and Economic Margin® sustainability, which they call Economic Profit Horizon™. This enables them to avoid the unrealistic assumptions common to most valuation approaches practiced today. In addition, they archive 20,000 valuations weekly, over 20 million since 1995, that allow them to understand how well they value the stocks they own in their portfolios and just as importantly those they do not so they continually learn and grow our knowledge base from our mistakes. This enables them to avoid the unrealistic assumptions common to most valuation approaches practiced today.   About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Dec 2020

34 min 58 sec

Summary Jason DeBono, corporate Vice President of NuView Trust Company. Jason shares the ins and outs of alternative investing and also offers current investors a deep dive into their world and share with them how they can use their current retirement plans and turn them into funds for alternative investments. With over 15 years of experience in the self-directed IRA industry, and his role as Vice President of NuView Trust Company – Jason & his team are on a mission to empower people by providing them with valuable information on how to move away from ever-unpredictable wall street stocks and bonds and into more sustainable, “main street” investments. A self-directed custodian with over $1.4 billion of assets under custody, NuView specializes in enabling individual investors and financial professionals to diversify their investment portfolios, using alternative asset classes such as real estate, tax liens and deeds, notes, private equity, cryptocurrency, and precious metals in IRAs. Outside of his role at NuView, Jason is the loving father of 2 children and serves as Co-founder and Chairman of Chair the Love, a 501(c)(3) organization, which provides wheelchairs and other mobility-related services to those in need. A recording of this podcast on YouTube can be found, here. About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Dec 2020

28 min 3 sec

Viktor is the co-founder of Freetrade, the main commission-free trading app, or neobroker, in the UK, soon launching in Europe. Viktor grew up in Eastern Europe and joined Google's early European team in 2005, where he spent seven years based in Dublin, Ireland. After a year-long gig in Hong Kong, where he headed up search engine optimization Asia-wide at an agency, he began his startup journey both as an operator and investor. When he moved to London, there were no commission-free neobrokers, so he joined forces with founder Adam Dodds to build Freetrade. As an investor, Viktor prefers investing in startups through equity crowdfunding and he's on a personal mission to convince more companies to crowdfund. He is a public equity investor focused on tech companies as well. Viktor holds an MBA from the Central European University and lives in London with his wife.   Company Website Viktor's Twitter If you're in the UK, check this out, Freetrade is launching pensions (SIPPs)   ABOUT ERIC SCHLEIEN Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Nov 2020

27 min 40 sec

Had the pleasure of bringing back on Don Chambers who is currently involved in an activist campaign against SVVC. To see the first episode where he discusses his ongoing battle with SVVC, you can click here.   You watch this as a video on YouTube, click here.   Show Links BDC Info Don's Proposal to SVVC (see page 16) Election Results     Don's Proposal   PROPOSAL THREE (Non-Binding Stockholder Proposal) THAT THE BOARD SEEK AND PURSUE ANY AND ALL MEASURES TO ENHANCE SHAREHOLDER VALUE   A stockholder, Donald Chambers, submitted the following proposal for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials. If the stockholder, or a representative of the stockholder who is qualified under state law, is present and properly submits the proposal for a vote, then the proposal will be voted on at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors unanimously recommends that you vote AGAINST the proposal. The proposal and the stockholder’s supporting statement, exactly as received from the stockholder, are set forth below and are followed by the Board’s explanation of its reasons for opposing the proposal. As an advisory vote, if approved, the stockholder’s proposal would be a non-binding recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Company will provide Mr. Chambers’s address and number of shares held promptly upon oral or written request.   STOCKHOLDER PROPOSAL   RESOLVED: That the shareholders of SVVC assembled at the 2020 annual meeting in person and by proxy, hereby request that the Board of Directors of SVVC seek and pursue any and all measures to enhance shareholder value including: (1) orderly termination of the fund, (2) orderly liquidation of SVVC assets with distribution of available cash to shareholders, (3) tender offers for SVVC shares using available cash from any and all investment exits, (4) merger of the fund into an entity offering shareholder exits near NAV (net asset value), or (5) other measures likely to allow shareholders to exit SVVC near its NAV.   REPRINTED SUPPORTING STATEMENT FROM STOCKHOLDER   I urge shareholders to vote “Yes” to this proposal for the following reasons (based on information, belief and personal computations): The performance of SVVC’s stock has been catastrophic relative to relevant benchmarks. The total annualized compounded market returns of SVVC and three relevant benchmarks over the life of SVVC are:   Ticker Description Annual Return 4/28/2001 -10/24/2019 VT1 Total stock market ETF 9.5% VB Small stocks ETF 8.0% SPBDCUP S&P BDC Index 6.3% SVVC   -8.9%   Basing SVVC’s return on its recent NAV generates a positive return (4.8%). But that highlights the crux of the problem: SVVC’s NAV overstates its value under current management because it does not fully account for prospective fees and expenses. SVVC’s market price does reflect the massive fees and indicates a loss of -8.8% per year. SVVC’s 2% annual management fee (on gross assets) is roughly a 7% annual fee based on the market value of the equity. SVVC’s most recent statement reports $908,003 as the quarterly management fee (which is over 50 cents per share annualized). There are additional expenses and a 20% incentive fee on realized net profits. Accordingly, the discount of SVVC’s market price to its NAV has been very large - recently well over 50%.   The annual rate of compensation to each of the four independent directors of SVVC is $50,000 per year yet, reportedly, only one director held SVVC stock and that director held only 700 shares (see SVVC Proxy Statement 5/30/19). Assuming that SVVC’s valuations of its private investments are reasonable, the Directors should be able to locate private equity investors enabling SVVC to be liquidated at a value near to its NAV.   Disclosure: Mr. Chambers is a part-time employee (CIO-Model Portfolios) of Biltmore Capital Advisors (BCA) which manages approximately 292,254 shares of SVVC on behalf of its clients. Mr. Chambers has recused himself from all decisions at BCA regarding SVVC transactions or voting while this proposal is under consideration. SVVC is a restricted security for BCA employees so Mr. Chambers is restricted from transacting in SVVC while this proposal is under consideration.    About Don Chambers Donald R Chambers currently runs the website, SaveFirstHandTechnology. He is also a recently-retired (June 2017) professor of finance with 36 years of teaching experience. Dr. Chambers has written several books regarding investments and personal finance that are distinguished by their clear writing and ability to make difficult concepts accessible to his audience. He is the lead author of the 600+ page Modern Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice which is in its eighth edition (forthcoming with FlatWorld), the 1,000-page Alternative Investments which is in its third edition with Wiley, and several other books on finance. Dr. Chambers has published over 50 scholarly articles. ​Dr. Chambers has had numerous appearances in media including national television, national public radio, regional television, and regional radio. Dr. Chambers co-starred in a nationally-televised cable television series regarding finance in 1988 (45 Fortune) and frequently serves as a public speaker. In more recent years, he has written numerous blogs and spoken frequently regarding investments in his role as Chief Investment Officer of Biltmore Capital Advisors.   About Eric Schleien Over the past decade, Eric has trained thousands of individuals including board members of public companies as well as several Fortune 500 CEOs. Eric specializes in organizational culture and has become a leading authority on organizational culture in the investment industry. Eric has been investing for 15 years and has been using breakthrough coaching methodologies for over a decade. Eric had the insight to combine proven coaching methodologies with shareholder activism techniques to create an entirely new model for shareholder activism that was more reliable and created greater sustainable results in a rapid period of time. On average, Tribal Leadership produces a 3-5x increase in profits of culturally troubled companies within an average of 24 months or less. Eric currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.   HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

Nov 2020

19 min 38 sec

In this episode, Eric Schleien sits down with Ann Hambly, the Founder/CEO of 1st Service Solutions. I'm a huge fan of Ann, as she transformed the CMBS industry and has also been impacted by the Tribal Leadership technology which I've shared about many times here, here, and here. As one of the managers of Brookfield Asset Management shared with me, "Transforming Culture is the last bastion of alpha due to the low competitive nature of the endeavor." To watch this episode on YouTube, see below or click here. Ann has been involved in literally every aspect of the CMBS industry throughout her 35+ year career. She created from scratch and ran many large servicing shops before creating 1st Service Solutions in 2005. She has been an intentionally integral part in shaping the CMBS industry since its inception. Ann founded 1st Service Solutions in 2005 to address what she saw to be a gaping hole in CMBS.  Unlike ‘on book’ commercial real estate loans, there is no ‘banker’ for the borrower to speak to after securitization.  In creating what was to become the first borrower advocacy space in commercial real estate, Ann has grown 1st Service Solutions into what is now known as the preeminent CMBS Borrower Advocate practice. The company has been featured on William Shatner’s ‘Moving America Forward’ show as a company changing the business landscape in America. Ann has been and continues to be highly involved in industry leadership as a featured keynote speaker at conferences across the country speaking on CMBS structure, CMBS workouts, assumptions, and hot topics in the general CRE industry. With the release of her book, ‘CMBS 911,’ Ann once again set out to meet an unmet need: explaining, in simplistic and straightforward terms, the roles, responsibilities, and motives of every individual or entity involved in the CMBS process. “The whole process can be overwhelming and confusing for the borrower and there’s always a lot on the line,” she explains. The book has gone on to become an industry bestseller and is being adopted into the Purdue College of Business Real Estate curriculum as well as other colleges and universities. In addition to her own book, Ann’s expertise has been featured in ‘True Leaders: How Exceptional CEOs and Presidents Make a Difference by Building,’ ‘Trends in Commercial-Mortgage Backed Securities,’ and ‘The Law of Distressed Real Estate.’ Ann is also a prolific contributor to many, many real-estate and business-related publications having published 50+ articles, commentaries, and columns in such publications as the Commercial Real Estate Show, the Commercial Observer, Scotsman Guide, GlobeSt.com, Mortgage Bankers Magazine, National Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Business, Real Estate Forum, and Reuters among others. Jurists frequently request Ann’s involvement in high-profile cases regarding commercial real estate because of her vast and varied experience. She has been called upon to provide expert reports, depositions, testimonies, and professional consulting services on many high profile cases. Ann is a member of the Board of Directors of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) and has been an active member of C12, a Christian CEO group, for the past several years. In addition, she has previously served on or as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the Commercial Mortgage Securitization Association (CMSA), the Multifamily Housing Institute, and the Real Estate Capital Recovery Association (RECRA). Throughout her lengthy career, Ann has received many, many professional awards and citations. Among them are the induction in the Commercial Real Estate’s Hall of Fame, numerous times designation as a ‘Legend and Woman of Influence in Commercial Real Estate’ by Real Estate Forum, named a ‘Top 10 Most Distinguished Women in Real Estate’ by the Mortgage Bankers Association, selected as a member of the prestigious Real Estate Roundtable, and named as one of six ‘Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate’ by National Real Estate Investor to name a few. Ann lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and enjoys time spent with her family, especially her six grandkids.   HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com   Contact Ann Hambly 1st Service Solutions | Email: ahambly@1stsss.com

Oct 2020

28 min 52 sec

Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, I sit down with Luis Carlos Sánchez. Mr. Sánchez is has a background in commercial law and is an avid net-net investor.  If you are interested in Net Net Investing, I would also recommend listening to a previous episode with the Founder of Net Net Hunter, Evan Bleker. You can also watch Episode #122 of The Intelligent Investing Podcast on YouTube.   Net Net Stocks Mentioned In this episode, we discuss three different net net stocks. Two of the companies either via myself or my clients are also shareholders in. One of the companies is a stock that Luis recently sold but it makes an interesting net net stock case study.   Trilogiq SA (Paris: ALTRI) Trilogiq SA is a company based in France that specializes in the production and design of tubular structures for production lines. The company’s products and services are used to reduce non-productive areas, decrease operator movements, and optimize ergonomics, costs, and production times. It's a relatively simple and straightforward business. This makes an interesting net net case study due to the fact that a few years ago the now CEO (who is also the founder) brought in a new CEO to help grow the company. The business, in turn, took on debt to start new projects and they didn't exactly work out too well. During this attempted transition, some value funds that like "strong-moat" businesses started buying the stock. The Founder eventually took back the role of the CEO position in which he pretty much has absolute authority on the direction of the company being the largest shareholder at over 75% ownership in the business. During the past year, the Founder/CEO, Eric Courtin, started shutting down the money-losing projects and bringing the company back closer to its roots once again. They are also paying down debt and sticking to what they do best.   Support.com We also highlighted Support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT) as it is another interesting situation. However, the company is much less compelling of an investment as it was back a few months ago pre-COVID. The company mainly focuses on online tech support which has been helped by COVID lockdowns.   Ref Holdings We also discussed REF Holdings Limited (HKSE: 1631). The company provides ancillary services such as the provision of conference room facilities and financial printing services for the financial sector in Hong Kong. Ref offers a wide range of financial printing services, from typesetting, proofreading, translation, design, printing, web submitting, newspaper placement to distribution. Luis bought the stock below net cash and recently sold out.   HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Oct 2020

45 min 55 sec

Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, I sit down with Harris Kupperman (also known as Kuppy). Kupperman is the Chairman and CEO of publicly-traded Mongolia Growth Group (YAK: Canada and MNGGF: USA). Kupperman is also the founder of Praetorian Capital and writer of one of my favorite investment blogs, Adventures In Capitalism. You can also watch this episode on YouTube. On this episode we discuss St. Joe Company (JOE) and Cornerstone Building Brands (CNR) See Blog Posts Below: It's Joe Time Playing The Housing Recovery We also discuss Inflection Investing and the Tortoise Acquisition Arb deal in which Hyliion is getting acquired by Tortoise Acquisition (SHLL – USA) Get In Touch With Kuppy Blog Twitter Praetorian Capital   HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Oct 2020

53 min 6 sec

SUMMARY In this episode, Eric Schleien and Brian Langis discuss TikTok, social media, Facebook, and more. This episode was recorded before Oracle announced an intention to buy TikTok. This was more of a free for all and great discussion as always with Brian. Hope you enjoy! You can also watch this episode on YouTube. HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

To watch this episode on YouTube, click here. Summary The music industry is growing for the fourth consecutive year, driven by the rise in online streaming. Platforms like Spotify, Youtube, Amazon Music, Pandora, and others are revitalized the industry which presents an opportunity to acquire intellectual property rights that pay royalties each time a song is streamed. Companies like Facebook, TikTok, and SnapChat have also recently announced that they will start paying royalties for music that is being used on their platforms which will only further increase the value of royalties are new users are starting to upload videos. The ICM Crescendo Music Royalty Fund (the “Fund”) is positioned to acquire songs in the $100,000 to $5 million range based on analyzing data such as historical royalty revenue and factors like artists tour schedule, number of playlists a song is on if the artists are releasing songs in the future, amongst other variables.      Data Analytics To efficiently and objectively evaluate acquisition opportunities, the ICM Investment Management Inc. (the “Manager”) has developed an algorithm that will offer support in the acquisition process of material catalogs. Currently, 18 different input variables are analyzed to help predict the number of future streams of a particular asset. While machine learning mechanisms come to a conclusion without human intervention, a live tech expert will determine which input variable is useful and will place weights on each. While the model generates a certain prediction, the way we weight the variable will influence the anticipated future income streams.   Partnership A Canadian music royalty fund was launched under the partnership between the Manager and Crescendo Royalty Corporation as an advisor to the Fund. Investors now have an opportunity to own music royalties and benefit from the rise in music and video streaming, generate incremental income, and have fun while doing it. ICM Asset Management was founded in 2003 and currently has over $1 billion in assets under management in real estate and venture capital investments. Crescendo Royalty Corporation has been acquiring royalties since 2017 with interest in hits like LaLaLa by International pop star Shakira who performed at Super Bowl LIV and Blame it on the Alcohol by legend Jamie Foxx.     Additionally, Devo Harris was brought on as an Advisor and he is a Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter who discovered, signed, and produced EGOT winner John Legend and has written for Kanye West, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin & more.   Own Your Favorite Song On the ICM Crescendo Music Royalty Fund website, you can submit a song you would like to own. The team will track down the rights holders and will attempt to acquire an interest in the song you submit. By investing in the fund, you can therefore potentially own a piece of your favorite songs.    Make Money While Listening to Music The Fund also has a Spotify playlist so you can track all the songs they have acquired. If you listen to the playlist, the Fund will also make money every time you listen to a song on the playlist. To follow the playlist click this link.   How to Invest Canadians are able to invest into the Fund directly through the Manager or through their own investment advisor.  US residents who are accredited investors can invest into a Delaware based Limited Partnership.    Show Links ICM Crescendo Website Funds Spotify Playlist LinkedIn Page   Help Out The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com      

Sep 2020

38 min 2 sec

Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts YouTube Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio   Summary After global merchandise trade dropped ~20% in the wake of the Covid-19 policy response, shares of shipping companies collapsed, underperforming even the airline ETF. The industry now trades cheaper than at any time on this side of the millennium - less than 25% of liquidation value for some companies. Braxton believes this is unwarranted. Even during the seasonally weakest month of year, tanker earnings are still covering operating costs. In spite of analyst downgrades and widespread panic, tanker companies have used hefty profits from storing excess oil to rapidly deleverage.   Structural Balance Although ULCV containerships are currently garnering far better rates than tankers, Braxton feels that this masks a precarious structural balance between supply and demand. Containership demand has actually plummeted, and rates are only being propped up by an ad hoc cartel of dubious legality. Whereas ample tanker demolition candidates provide a cushion, a young fleet severely limits scrapping potential for ULCVs. Worse, new capacity to the tune of 24% of the existing ULCV fleet is set to hit the water over the coming years.   International Seaways Braxton discusses corporate governance in the industry and shares a favorite current tanker pick - International Seaways. INSW trades at half of liquidation value, with its strong balance sheet further fortified by an FSO joint venture with Euronav that generates consistent contracted cash flow. The company is repurchasing shares.   Distressed Mortgage Notes Braxton outlines his investment in the Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation First Priority Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021. The bonds trade at a highly distressed valuation, despite solid covenants and a short time to maturity. Braxton says that the value of the underlying fleet and NWC fully covers the bonds and implies a positive value for the equity.   NMAC is now aggressively repurchasing bonds out of cash flow (most of which is contracted). While the embezzlement ratio is on the high side even for the shipping industry, Braxton feels that management incentives are likely to favor noteholders.   Show Links Never Navios (blog post) Navios Bonds (SEC Filing)   Staying In Touch With Braxton Gann Twitter Blog   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM

Aug 2020

19 min 44 sec

To watch this episode on YouTube, click here. Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts YouTube Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio   Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, Eric Schleien sits down with Mariusz Skonieczny. We discuss the shipping industry, COVID recovery stocks, value investing in general, Oroco Resources, and Mitcham Industries. We also discuss his new website, Microcap Explosions.   About Mariusz Skonieczny Mariusz Skonieczny is the founder of Microcap Explosions and Classic Value Investors and the creator of Value Investing University. He is also the author of several books on the subject of investing. He is a professional investor meaning and has written books and videos. He also, teach ballroom dancing. Mariusz graduated from Indiana University in 2003 with a Finance degree. From 2003 to 2008, he was in the commercial real estate industry as an appraiser and broker. During the 2008/2009 financial crisis, he left the industry to start Classic Value Investors.   Staying In Touch With Mariusz Skonieczny Classic Value Investors  Twitter Author Page YouTube   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM

Aug 2020

42 min 31 sec

Summary In this episode of the Intelligent Investing Podcast, I sit down with Robert Leonard who is the VP of Growth & Innovation at The Investor's Podcast Network. He is also the host of the Millennial Investing Podcast and the Real Estate Investing Podcast. To watch the video of this podcast on YouTube, click here.   Robert is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) who graduated Cum Laude with a BSBA degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Massachusetts, where he also earned his MBA degree in Accounting and Finance. He is an accounting and finance professional with an immense passion for stock and real estate investing, business, entrepreneurship, traveling, and spending time with his friends and family. Show Links JL Collins (The Simple Path to Wealth) on Millennial Investing Pomp (Bitcoin, COVID-10, and Macro) on Millennial Investing Simon Erickson (Growth Investing) on Millennial Investing Gary Mishuris (Warren Buffett Value Investing) on Millennial Investing TIP's Real Estate Deal Analysis 101 Chad Carson (Get Start in Real Estate) on Real Estate Investing Neal Bawa (COVID-19 and Finding Great Markets) on Real Estate Investing Real AF Podcast with Andy Frisella 1st Phorm 75Hard 75Hard book Support The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT ROBERT LEONARD LinkedIn Twitter   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Aug 2020

1 hr 22 min

OVERVIEW In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, Shana Sissel sits down with Eric Schleien to discuss the world of Alternative Investments. Shana is a seasoned investment professional with almost two decades of industry experience. She currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer at Spotlight Asset Group. She also serves as one of the most prominent public faces of the firm. Shana is a frequent contributor on Bloomberg, Fox Business Network, the TD Ameritrade Network, Yahoo Finance and CNBC and travels the globe as a sought-after investment conference speaker.   Mrs. Illinois International 2020 In November 2019 Shana was crowned Mrs. Illinois International 2020 at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois.   Financial Literacy For Girls As Mrs. Illinois International she is a prominent advocate for improving financial literacy rates for women and for gender diversity within the finance industry through her platform Investing in Girls. Through her work with organizations like Invest in Girls and Rock the Street Wall Street, Shana seeks to introduce financial concepts to high school girls and serves as a mentor for young women entering the field of finance. Shana also serves as a spokesperson for Women in ETFs (WE), an organization dedicated to improving gender diversity in the investment industry, where she is a member of the WE Speakers Bureau and Press Corp.   Women In Finance In 2019, Shana was recognized for her talent as an investor and contributions as an advocate for women in finance when she was named a finalist for Index Portfolio Manager of the Year at the Women in Asset Management Awards. In March of 2020 she was named the winner of Citywire USA’s Women Driving Change in Manager Research & Investment Due Diligence award.   SHOW LINKS Rocking Wall Street Invest In Girls All About Alpha Blog   SUPPORT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   CONTACT SHANA LinkedIn Twitter   CONTACT ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com

Aug 2020

57 min 42 sec

Summary Most investment portfolios look the same, comprised of 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds, and each portfolio moves with the rollercoaster of the stock market.     Vince Annable, best-selling author of The Household Endowment Model is here to show an alternative investment method that doesn't leave you whiplashed.    Modeled after the Yale Endowment Model, The Household Endowment Model is a similarly diversified, non-correlated investment strategy for individuals and families, enabling them to make private, institutional-style investments with minimums in the $50-$100k range, rather than in the millions.    By putting your money into alternative investments such as private equity, venture capital, real estate, natural resources, and more, The Household Endowment Model provides an illiquidity premium that prevents emotionally driven bad investment decisions and may contribute to greater overall yields in the future.      About Vince Annable Vince Annable, CRPC®, is the creator of The Household Endowment Model® and founder and CEO of Wealth Strategies Advisory Group. Vince has been involved in the financial services industry since 1981. Vince prides himself in bringing new investment methods to high net worth families. He’s had families approach him after learning his method to tell him that they didn’t understand why their own advisors hadn’t told them about it. He’s also taken his message to the public on The Michael Wall Show, ABC15 Sonoran Living, and as the host of the podcast, Your Money Manual. Vince lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and enjoys fine food and wine, traveling, and reading. Support The Podcast If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!       You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube Contact Vince Wealth Strategies Advisory Group Contact Eric Schleien Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com  

Aug 2020

32 min

Summary   Today's interview guest is Trey Henninger.    Trey Henninger runs the blog and podcast, DIY Investing. Trey is a private value investor focused on microcap and dark stocks in the United States. His focus is on high-quality companies with predictable durable earnings where management has skin-in-the-game. Trey runs a concentrated portfolio of 5 stocks with a 20% weighting each. By focusing on small companies, Trey hopes to find overlooked compounders at value prices. His favorite opportunities have a market cap below $50 million.      Focus Stock: Northfield Precision Instruments Corporation   Basic Company Information:   Name: Northfield Precision Instruments Corporation Stock Ticker: $NFPC Location: New York, United States Industry: Industrial Manufacturing Market Cap: $5.3 million TTM Earnings: $668k   Shares Outstanding: 234,237 (constant, no change in the last 5 years) Stock Price: $23.00 TTM EPS: $2.85 (based on 2019 FY results)   P/B: 1.09 P/E: 8.07 Earnings Yield: 12% Dividend Yield: 2.6% (based on 2019 dividends) 3-year Earnings CAGR from 2015 to 2018: 100.4% (EPS was $0.53 per share in 2015) - dropped a bit in 2019.    Investment Thesis   Northfield Precision Instruments Corporation is a niche manufacturer of precision air chucks. Precision is a keyword because very careful machining is required in the manufacturing process to meet the required specifications. Northfield is a leading manufacturer in the air chuck industry although the market is quite small. Northfield manufacturers for a worldwide customer base out of a single manufacturing location in New York State, United States. This single manufacturing facility has room for production expansion without adding additional space. The combination of being a small manufacturing concern with room to grow is that Northfield is a huge current and future beneficiary of expanding operating leverage. They have a fixed cost base and are able to sell their goods at a consistent and sustainably competitive gross margin. Gross profit margins are consistently in the 45-50% range over the last 6 years.    Northfield is undervalued significantly as they trade for a single-digit P/E while in the process of rapidly growing their earnings. They have been able to sustain a high growth rate because incremental returns on capital clearly exceed 50%. It is my view that Northfield has remained undervalued for two key reasons: They are a small nano-cap company with a market cap below $5 million and they are dark. Northfield doesn't report to the SEC and the only way to receive financial statements is to email their accountant and request physical copies sent by mail.    Earnings History 2015 = $0.53 per share 2016 = $1.05 per share 2017 = $2.46 per share 2018 = $4.27 per share 2019 = $2.85 per share 3-yr avg = $3.19 per share   As Northfield grows earnings above $1m per year over the next few years and starts to earn multiple millions of dollars per year, they will be able to justify spending money to include their financial reports on OTC Markets. This will grow their potential investing audience and likely broaden their appeal.    Potential Risks Northfield is an industrial manufacturer which means it is not immune to cyclicality in the economy. With the current recession, we should expect earnings in 2020 to be lower than in 2018 and 2019. They are likely considered an essential business, so I doubt they would be drastically affected. However, a dip in earnings is both foreseeable and expected. Yet, I expect that earnings will grow again after this recession ends to exceed the 2018 high in earnings.  They are highly illiquid. It is difficult to buy shares in the market. It took several months for me to acquire my full position. I think liquidity is largely constrained because current large shareholders are unwilling to sell at such a low price while the profitability of the company continues to improve.    In summary, Northfield Precision is a dark company with a low single-digit P/E and a high earnings growth rate. They are able to profitability reinvest their earnings into growth at a high ROIC. While a 2020 recession will slow their progress, Northfield is on the way to becoming a much larger and more profitable company. Simply trading from the current P/E of 8 to a market multiple of 16 would double the stock price. The earnings growth and ROIIC should justify an even higher multiple though. The biggest downside is simply that the company is small and overlooked. It is hard to predict which a company of this size will begin to get a bid in the market. Yet, the low liquidity in shares should ensure that once interest grows the stock price will jump quickly.    Connect With Trey Henninger Twitter: @TreyHenninger  Blog Podcast:Spotify Apple Podcasts YouTube HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!         You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   GET IN TOUCH WITH ERIC SCHLEIEN Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com   Disclosure: Eric Schleien and some SMA clients of Eric Schleien through GSCM own shares of NFPC. Nothing here is investment advice. Do your own due diligence. 

Aug 2020

27 min 2 sec

SUMMARY In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, I sit down with Jim White to discuss his book Opportunity Investing.   As the famed value investor, Joel Greenblatt, had to say about the book:   "Jim White's marvelous book Opportunity Investing is conclusive evidence of my belief that the secret to investing is to figure out the value of something - and then pay less. Dr. White offers magical advice on how to make big money while saving on capital gains. At the same time, he vividly illuminates the dire situations in Opportunity Zones and presents a wide range of innovative ideas for Opportunity Funds, including directing them toward education and non-profits."   QUALIFIED OPPORTUNITY ZONES For those interested in learning more about qualified opportunity zones and opportunity funds, check out Jim's presentation on YouTube.   ABOUT JIM WHITE Jim White, PhD is Chairman and CEO of Post Harvest Technologies, Inc. and Growers Ice Company, Inc., Founder and CEO of PHT Opportunity Fund, LLC, and Founder and President of JL White International, LLC. Jim is the best-selling author of What's My Purpose? A Journey of Personal and Professional Growth. The book, which has been lauded by such industry leaders as Steven M.R. Covey and Jack Canfield, seeks to change readers by helping them to identify key truths while breaking down the main barriers (the Five Masks) to fulfillment. Jim is also the founder of the customized yearlong leadership and management transformation process, The Circle of Success; Jim White's Classic Movie Series; and The Red Carpet Tour. These innovative events have attracted more than 100,000 participants worldwide, including Fortune 500 CEOs, management teams, entrepreneurs, governments, and trade associations. Dr. White first found his entrepreneurial spirit at age five when he created his first business-collecting and selling Coke bottles to help support his family. From these humble beginnings, Jim went on to serve his country in Vietnam before entering the corporate world upon his return. Along the way, he would go from high school dropout to academic triumph, eventually earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Dr. White achieved international recognition as CEO of Blount World Trade Corporation; owner and Managing Director of ACEC Centrifugal Pumps NV, Belgium; and as Vice-President and Division Manager of Ingersoll Rand Equipment Corporation. Throughout his career, he has bought, expanded, and sold 23 companies, operating in 44 countries. Jim acquires struggling businesses to revive and develop them into profitable enterprises using his business turnaround strategy. To date, Jim has generated more than $1.8 billion in revenue.     RESOURCES PHT Opportunity Fund Jim’s Author Site Economic Innovation Group   HELP OUT THE PODCAST If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. It takes less than 30 seconds to do and makes a huge difference! You can also join the Facebook page!         You can subscribe to the podcast on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube     GET IN TOUCH WITH ERIC SCHLEIEN   Facebook  |  LinkedIn  | Twitter  | YouTube | GSCM | Instagram Email: IntelligentInvesting@gmail.com    

Jul 2020

30 min 39 sec

In this episode, I sit down with Malcolm Ingalsbe and Ladislao Zichy Thyssen, co-author Quantrarian Research, a research blog covering microcap equities. We discuss a long position of theirs, XLMedia PLC   Summary XLMedia PLC (LSE: XLM) is a leading digital publishing and affiliate marketing company that owns 2000+ informational websites across several high-growth verticals. The company generates sales primarily through revenue-sharing agreements; they publish editorials and other informational content (i.e. product reviews, rankings, ongoing deals, etc.) on their websites which drive visitors to their clients’ services.   History and Problems XLMedia has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade, increasing revenues by over 750%. However, XLMedia’s top-line growth has retracted in recent years as it faces a combination of regulatory headwinds, search engine demotions, and the cancellation of sporting events. Worries over these complications have driven the share price down over 80% in the last two years, yet the company produced over 50% free cash flow TTM.    New strategy The hindrances currently being faced have precipitated the company’s plan to employ a “quality over quantity” consolidation strategy. This entails a shift of focus towards selling non-core assets and establishing a meaningful presence in mature and regulated markets that are less prone to volatility. This includes infiltrating the U.S. sports-betting market, which should experience very high growth via regulatory tailwinds over the next several years. The company’s new management team is well incentivized and brings more experience to the table than the prior team.    Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM Staying In Touch With Malcolm and Ladislao LinkedIn Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube    

Jul 2020

16 min 47 sec

Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Background David found this stock by screening for the smallest listed companies in the United States. He doesn't bother screening on any value metrics, just lowest market cap company he can find. No mining, financials, crypto or cannabis.  Summary Founded back in 1952. HQ in Duluth, MN. Make emulsions and films in printing. Make different types of glass and etching equipment. Sound deadening equipment. Chemicals and materials. 7m market cap. 1m shares floated. Management owns 30%. 17m Revenue. Loss of 800k. A few bad years, then good thing happens. Sell off legacy business, start a new business. Ebbs and flows over time. Insiders Buying CEO, COO, and Directors have all been buying   Valuation Trades at half of book value. At some point there could be good news and a stock pop. Part of David Flood's basket of these low market cap stocks that have been left for dead.   About David Flood David runs the blog, Elementary Value, and is a private value investor based in the UK. His investing approach is grounded in the fundamental precepts of value investing based upon Ben Graham’s core concepts of ‘Intrinsic Value’ and ‘Margin of Safety’. His investment strategy involves looking at both ‘Deep Value and ‘Franchise Value’ situations and using the value investing framework to analyze the financial and corporate facets of a given prospective investment.   Staying In Touch With David Flood Twitter Blog   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM

Jul 2020

9 min 41 sec

Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Video Display (VIDE) The company does video simulation products and video displays. Simulations for military and aerospace. They’ll also do huge video display units that can be installed in huge rooms like NASA. 5.9m Market Cap Lots of hair on this company. Lots of liabilities. Made 67,000 last year. And loss-making previous 3 years. Why does David like it?   2 reasons: Price chart hit support and volume dropped off. Accumulation period. People picking up shares in the stock. CEO owns 49% of the company. He doesn't want to see the company go under. VIDEO has been around since 1975 which indicates that it has managed to struggle along for all these years. They have divested a lot of their old legacy businesses in 2014. Had expanded over the decades and "diworsified."   Potential Catalysts Started to move into a new sector - cybersecurity for defense industry. VIDE has a unit that can test computer systems with homeland security - this could potentially be a lucrative business in the future. just finally turned a profit. the future could be better than in the past.   History VIDE has gone on and off doing well to poor again. The stock goes up a lot when things are good. nobody is paying attention to the company, left for dead. nobody talking about the company on stock boards. Those are the kinds of businesses David likes the most: No sign of life and nobody cares about the company.   Stock Buybacks VIDE was buying back stock last year in mid-2019.   Other Catalysts Potential for some kind of change due to a very old board of directors.   About David Flood David runs the blog, Elementary Value, and is a private value investor based in the UK. His investing approach is grounded in the fundamental precepts of value investing based upon Ben Graham’s core concepts of ‘Intrinsic Value’ and ‘Margin of Safety’. His investment strategy involves looking at both ‘Deep Value and ‘Franchise Value’ situations and using the value investing framework to analyze the financial and corporate facets of a given prospective investment.   Staying In Touch With David Flood Twitter Blog   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM  

Jul 2020

14 min 1 sec

Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Summary https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/MICR/overview   Micron (MICR) is a medical device company founded in 1978.    MICR has a heavy debt load and negative working capital. It is sat at an all-time low and has recently announced it is going to de-list. Upon the announcement, the share price got cut in half. >10% owner has been buying more.   http://www.openinsider.com/search?q=micr   Insiders own 26% of the common.   About David Flood David runs the blog, Elementary Value, and is a private value investor based in the UK. His investing approach is grounded in the fundamental precepts of value investing based upon Ben Graham’s core concepts of ‘Intrinsic Value’ and ‘Margin of Safety’. His investment strategy involves looking at both ‘Deep Value and ‘Franchise Value’ situations and using the value investing framework to analyze the financial and corporate facets of a given prospective investment.   Staying In Touch With David Flood Twitter Blog   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM  

Jul 2020

9 min 20 sec

OTC Stock Manual   If you’d like to purchase Jan Svenda’s Manual Of Stock (like an updated online Walker’s Manual)…click, here.   You can see samples to Jan’s manual, here.   Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts YouTube Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio   Summary Calloway's Nursery was first discussed in Episode #22. In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, Eric Schleien sits down with Jan Svenda to discuss Calloway's Nursery, Inc. (CLWY). This may possibly be the least obscure stock that Jan has ever discussed on the show. The company runs a small chain of garden centers in Texas. There is an activist investor in the management who has been a good steward of capital. The original pitch was that the company was trading below liquidation while business was solid. New management came in and realized value. There’s been about an extra 10% return with special dividends. The company currently spits out $3,000,000 a year in free cash flow which is backed up by real estate and a healthy balance sheet. The company is opening up new stores. There’s also the possibility of future improvements in free cash flow. The company is currently valued at about a 10% free cash flow yield. The coronavirus should not hurt them too badly.   About Jan Svenda Jan is a “deep value” investor/analyst mainly focused on the US small-cap and micro-cap universe. He started out with a long-only bias (stocks trading close to NCAV etc.) which led to his interest in the OTC world. Jan now covers this space through his exclusive newsletter service where he shares his latest long ideas and a watchlist of OTC stocks which should help subscribers generate material returns and allow them to “monitor” the OTC space more efficiently. The service also acts as a community of engaged members who share the same focus. On top of this, he is interested in short-focused research especially in the thesis revolving around accountancy or earnings manipulation. From time to time he also contributes to Safety in Value’s marketplace ‘Microcap Review’.   STAYING IN TOUCH WITH JAN SVENDA To learn more about Jan and his manual of OTC stocks, you can visit his website. He can also be reached via LinkedIn.   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM  

Jun 2020

8 min 23 sec

For the full video interview on YouTube, click here.   Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Overview Endor AG is a Munich-listed holding company whose sole asset is Fanatec, the premium provider of racing wheels and other accessories for sim racing games played on consoles and PCs Despite being a German-listed small-cap, the company has ~80% market share in the premium wheel/accessories segment and has essentially locked up exclusive branding rights for all the major OEMs and racing organizations (F1/Nascar/WRC) to produce branded replica racing wheels.   Growth   Endor AG grew 70-80% last year and has compounded revenues at 40% over the last 10yrs, as iRacing/simulated racing has grown organically in popularity at very high rates COVID-19 Impact Current growth is exploding due to COVID-19 and the mainstream recognition sim racing has garnered with normal sports closed for the last three months.   The current business is growing 100-200% per annum, so much so that the company can barely keep up with demand.     The company has already leaked they are targeting 150-200mm in revenues at 25-30% EBIT margins in the next couple of years (versus 40mm revenues last year and 80mm this year).   Going Forward The stock currently trades at ~11x 2021 earnings, and ~2x 2021E sales, despite a multi-year runway where the business could grow 30% for a very long time.   Fair value on a 'normal' exchange with English disclosures/investor relations would probably be 4-5x the current price. Jeremy believes that even on the minor German exchange, it's hard to see how the stock doesn't double or triple again.     Staying In Touch With Jeremy Raper Blog Twitter   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM

Jun 2020

36 min 23 sec

OTC Stock Manual   If you’d like to purchase Jan Svenda’s Manual Of Stock (like an updated online Walker’s Manual)…click, here.   You can see samples to Jan’s manual, here.   Other Episodes Featuring Jan Svenda Altair Vulcan International Millennium Investment & Acquisition Company Conair Corp Mills Music Trust OTC Investing Primer   Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio     IF YOU’D LIKE TO WATCH THE INTELLIGENT INVESTING PODCAST ON YOUTUBE, CLICK HERE.   Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, Eric Schleien sits down with Jan Svenda to discuss Pinelawn Cemetery (PLWN), a dark OTC stock.   Articles A Dark OTC Stock with a 9% Dividend Yield (Elementary Value)   About Jan Svenda Jan is a “deep value” investor/analyst mainly focused on the US small-cap and micro-cap universe. He started out with a long-only bias (stocks trading close to NCAV etc.) which led to his interest in the OTC world. Jan now covers this space through his exclusive newsletter service where he shares his latest long ideas and a watchlist of OTC stocks which should help subscribers generate material returns and allow them to “monitor” the OTC space more efficiently. The service also acts as a community of engaged members who share the same focus. On top of this, he is interested in short-focused research especially in the thesis revolving around accountancy or earnings manipulation. From time to time he also contributes to Safety in Value’s marketplace ‘Microcap Review’.   STAYING IN TOUCH WITH JAN SVENDA To learn more about Jan and his manual of OTC stocks, you can visit his website. He can also be reached via LinkedIn.   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM   Disclosure Eric Schleien and clients of his company Granite State Capital Management have no position in Pinelawn Cemetery. I, Eric Schleien, recorded this podcast myself, and it expresses my own opinions. This episode should not be considered investment advice. Please do your own due diligence.

May 2020

9 min 2 sec

Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Summary In this episode, Eric sits down with Jason Osborne who is the CEO of Credit Adjustments, Inc. We discuss everything from what Jason sees as a bubble in the auto loan market to being agile as a company during COVID-19. Jason has been with his family business for over 20 years. He holds a BS in economics and mathematics from Hillsdale College.   Resources From The Show Punished By Rewards by Alfie Kohn insideARM   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM

May 2020

49 min 42 sec

OTC Stock Manual   If you’d like to purchase Jan Svenda’s Manual Of Stock (like an updated online Walker’s Manual)…click, here.   You can see samples to Jan’s manual, here.   Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio     IF YOU’D LIKE TO WATCH THE INTELLIGENT INVESTING PODCAST ON YOUTUBE, CLICK HERE.   Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, Eric Schleien sits down with Jan Svenda to discuss Altair (ATCD), a dark OTC stock.   Articles Altair Corp Update (SeekingAlpha) Obscure, But Likely Attractive (SeekingAlpha)   About Jan Svenda Jan is a “deep value” investor/analyst mainly focused on the US small-cap and micro-cap universe. He started out with a long-only bias (stocks trading close to NCAV etc.) which led to his interest in the OTC world. Jan now covers this space through his exclusive newsletter service where he shares his latest long ideas and a watchlist of OTC stocks which should help subscribers generate material returns and allow them to “monitor” the OTC space more efficiently. The service also acts as a community of engaged members who share the same focus. On top of this, he is interested in short-focused research especially in the thesis revolving around accountancy or earnings manipulation. From time to time he also contributes to Safety in Value’s marketplace ‘Microcap Review’.   STAYING IN TOUCH WITH JAN SVENDA To learn more about Jan and his manual of OTC stocks, you can visit his website. He can also be reached via LinkedIn.   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM   Disclosure Eric Schleien and clients of his company Granite State Capital Management have no position in Altair. I, Eric Schleien, recorded this podcast myself, and it expresses my own opinions. This episode should not be considered investment advice. Please do your own due diligence.  

May 2020

12 min 12 sec

Subscribe If you like The Intelligent Investing Podcast, please consider subscribing on: Apple Podcasts Stitcher TuneIn Spotify Podbean iHeart Radio YouTube   Summary In this episode of The Intelligent Investing Podcast, I sit down with David J Flood to discuss TSR, Inc (TSRI).     About David Flood David runs the blog, Elementary Value, and is a private value investor based in the UK. His investing approach is grounded in the fundamental precepts of value investing based upon Ben Graham’s core concepts of ‘Intrinsic Value’ and ‘Margin of Safety’. His investment strategy involves looking at both ‘Deep Value and ‘Franchise Value’ situations and using the value investing framework to analyze the financial and corporate facets of a given prospective investment.   Staying In Touch With David Flood Twitter Blog   Staying In Touch With Eric Schleien Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Twitter Instagram GSCM

May 2020

7 min 27 sec