GuruFocus Interview

My mainly un-edited interview (they did cut out one swear word) with GuruFocus: 

Cover valuation, companies owned, biggest mistakes, and investing in general.

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Cool Value In Alaska: Northrim BanCorp, Inc.

  • Third largest bank in Alaska selling at a discount to book value and its peers.
  • Temporary macroeconomic headwinds primary cause for undervaluation.
  • Approximate fair value close to 30% higher than today’s market price.
  • 21-year history of uninterrupted dividend payouts carrying a present 3.20% annual yield.

As contributed to Seeking Alpha

Another Bank Below Book Value: Premier Financial Bancorp

Premier Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ: PFBI) is a relatively small and sleepy multi-state bank holding company with 47 branch offices across five states and Washington D.C. which originates residential, commercial, and consumer loans and not much else.

However, unlike some of its community banking contemporaries, Premier has a documented history of profitability as it has been profitable on a net income basis in each of the past 10 years including 2008/2009, bears a uninterrupted dividend payout harking back to 1996 amounting to just over a 4% annual yield today, and has a management team with a very well defined strategic plan in place… which they have actually executed upon to date!

As contributed to Seeking Alpha

Seritage Growth Properties: Growth At A Reasonable Price Or Already Fully Priced?

“How do you make money? Spin-offs, split-ups, liquidations, mergers and acquisitions.” – Mario Gabelli

As the name attempts to imply, Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG) is a Maryland incorporated, self-administered and managed real estate investment trust (REIT) which only recently (July 2015) spun-off from its long-time parent – Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD). Something which could not come soon enough as the public offering raised slightly over $1.6 billion for the cash-strapped big box retailer, somewhat easing its liquidity constraints at least for the time being.

As contributed to Seeking Alpha

Is There Really No Place Like HomeStreet? Pt. II

In the first of this two-part series on HomeStreet (NASDAQ: HMST) bank we took a look at some of the things impeding its path to greater efficiency and profitability.

Now, we go into depth on some of the things it has gotten right, attempt to place an approximate value on the bank holding company, and consider catalysts for its potential realization.

As contributed to Seeking Alpha

Flagstar Bancorp: Potential To Fly High

At first glance there is a whole lot to like about Flagstar (NYSE:FBC). The bank holding company is the largest headquartered in the state of Michigan, is the fifth largest savings bank in the country, and they are the official banking partner of the locally beloved and storied Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise…

Read the rest at Seeking Alpha: http://seekingalpha.com/article/3956611-flagstar-bancorp-potential-fly-high

Scandals & Super Returns – A Primer

While recently embarking on a deep dive research project/paper on solvable, one-time corporate scandals which have shaken enterprises throughout history to their very core and the long-term result of investing in said businesses during such traumatic times in their respective histories; a most relevant and timely case study surfaced, as explained below:

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