Rob Vinall (RV Capital) has released his 2018 letter with deep thoughts on subscription models. There will also be a Live Stream of his upcoming investor meeting
Marketfolly has good write ups on the London Sohn Conference
Interesting thoughts on the strength of different platform business models
GreenWood Investors explains its “12 month re-underwriting” process
Fellow blogger Wexboy with his 2018 review as does JohnKingham (UK Value Investor)
Strong versus weak technologies
Yet another value blog with write up on Radisson Hospitality and Telecom Italia
Disclaimer: This is not investment advice. Please do your own research.
April SA is an “Old friend” on this blog. I owned the stock in the past and last time I looked at them when a rumour came up that the company is for sale in late October.
This is what I said back then:
April had shown actually pretty decent growth in Q3 and I actually considered buying some shares but maybe this is not so sustainable and the founder wants to sell before it is getting worse again ? Who knows…
My fundamental assessment of April is that they have a strong core business (French Broker) but have over extended themselves internationally and the founder, Bruno Rousset, who stepped down in 2014, does not have the energy anymore to turn this around himself.
Well, things have progressed. There had been a “beauty contest” with PE bidders and it looks now that PE shop CVC is highly interested in buying the stake of the founder and majority owner. This is from a piece of news released by April SA and CVC end of December: