What should we do about changes in working capital when calculating free cash flow

June 22, 2011

In my last article at seekingalpha.com on the dramatically low price of Best Buy (BBY), it was pointed out to me by a commenter that I have a nonstandard definition of operating cash flow. Specifically, when calculating a company’s operating cash flow, and consequently free cash flow, I ignore changes in working capital as a […]


Best Buy (BBY) – Too cheap to ignore

June 15, 2011
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They do say that value opportunities are usually found in small, out of the way places. I have found this to be true, but sometimes even large companies we’ve all heard of can hold significant value. Best Buy has a free cash flow yield of roughly 15.8% as of this writing, once its excess cash […]


AMCON (DIT) – An attractive convenience store supplier

June 8, 2011

AMCON Distributing Co. is a wholesale distributor of consumer products, which constitutes the bulk of its business, and also runs fourteen health food stores. The wholesale segment is the 9th largest in the country and provides mainly tobacco products, but also candy, beverages, paper products, health & beauty, frozen foods, and institutional food services. It […]


In Defense of Goldman Sachs (Yes, Really)

June 5, 2011

It may be Stockholm syndrome, but I do think some of the criticism of Goldman Sachs regarding its subprime deals is overblown. I don’t deny that there have been apparent violations of the securities laws in terms of disclosures, but the central issue that upset Senator Levin and Matt Taibbi so much has not seemed […]