Joel Greenblatt's special situations class at Columbia Business School featuring Rob Goldstein, partner at Gotham Capital on Moody's
Joel Greenblatt literally wrote the book on special situation investing, so it's fitting that he teaches the Value & Special Situation Investment class at Columbia Business School.
This particular lecture is interesting because it encompasses a wide spectrum of the value framework; a special situation (spin-off) and a wonderful business (Moody's). It is also caught my attention because it features Rob Goldstein, partner at Gotham Capital. Before this lecture I was familiar with just one-half of Gotham's high performing investment partnership.
Goldstein does a case study of Moody's (MCO), which went public via spin off from Dunn & Bradstreet (DNB) in September 2000. The challenge is paying up for quality. To find a comp., the Gotham team used Buffett's 1988 Coke (KO) investment as an example of paying a premium for quality.
I have a fond opinion of Moody's as when I was a credit analyst, Moody's was was the more conservative of the rating agencies, and I used the "Moody's medians" as the benchmark for much of my coverage ratios.
The second half of this 2 hour+ video is Greenblatt lecturing on "The Little Book" to his CSB class. That will be the second of two posts from this video.
As usual, if you don't want to watch an hour of video, my notes are below. All the charts I've included go to the time of the lecture November 2006, for proper perspective.
Coke as a comp:
ROE's and Growth Rates:
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