The economic climate is ripe for another golden age of shareholder activism Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations is a must-read exploration of deep value investment strategy, describing the evolution of the theories of valuation and shareholder activism from Graham to Icahn and beyond. The book combines engaging anecdotes with industry research to illustrate the principles and methods of this complex strategy, and explains the reasoning behind seemingly incomprehensible activist maneuvers. Written by an active value investor, Deep Value provides an insider's perspective on shareholder activist strategies in a format accessible to both professional investors and laypeople. The Deep Value investment philosophy as described by Graham initially identified targets by their discount to liquidation value. This approach was extremely effective, but those opportunities are few and far between in the modern market, forcing activists to adapt. Current activists assess value from a much broader palate, and exploit a much wider range of tools to achieve their goals.
Deep Value enumerates and expands upon the resources and strategies available to value investors today, and describes how the economic climate is allowing value investing to re-emerge. Topics include: * Target identification, and determining the most advantageous ends * Strategies and tactics of effective activism * Unseating management and fomenting change * Eyeing conditions for the next M&A boom Activist hedge funds have been quiet since the early 2000s, but economic conditions, shareholder sentiment, and available opportunities are creating a fertile environment for another golden age of activism. Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations provides the in-depth information investors need to get up to speed before getting left behind.
TOBIAS E. CARLISLE is the founder and managing director of Eyquem Investment Management LLC and serves as portfolio manager of the firm s fund and managed accounts. He is best known as the author of the well-regarded website greenbackd.com and as co-author of Quantitative Value: A Practitioner s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors (Wiley). He has extensive experience in business valuation, portfolio management, investment research, public company corporate governance, and corporate law. Prior to founding Eyquem in 2010, Tobias was an analyst at an activist hedge fund, general counsel of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, and a corporate advisory lawyer. As a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, he has advised on transactions across a variety of industries in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Singapore, Bermuda, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Guam.
Preface ix Acknowledgments xv About the Author xvii Chapter 1 The Icahn Manifesto 1 Chapter 2 Contrarians at the Gate 19 Chapter 3 Warren Buffett: Liquidator to Operator 35 Chapter 4 The Acquirer's Multiple 53 Chapter 5 A Clockwork Market 77 Chapter 6 Trading in Glamour: The Conglomerate Era 99 Chapter 7 Catch a Falling Knife 119 Chapter 8 The Art of the Corporate Raid 151 Chapter 9 How Hannibal Profits From His Victories 169 Chapter 10 Applied Deep Value 187 Index 217