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Gabelli & Company Focus Five
In January 2006, Gabelli & Company began publishing the quarterly Focus FiveTM to highlight the most compelling investment ideas covered by our institutional research team. The 5 companies are selected based on current valuation and the potential for a near-term catalyst. For the five years that we have been publishing this report, the Focus Five has delivered a compounded return of +215.9% vs. a return of $4.7% for the S&P 500.
The Focus Five is selected on a quarterly basis by an investment committee consisting of our institutional sales and research professionals. An individual company may only remain in the Focus Five for 2 consecutive quarters, and must be the subject of a recent Gabelli & Company, Inc. research report.
Historical Performance of Focus Five
Gabelli & Company, Inc. ("we or "us") attempts to provide timely, value-added insights into companies or industry dynamics for institutional investors. Our research reports generally contain a recommendation of "buy," "hold," "sell" or "non-rated. We do not undertake to "upgrade" or "downgrade" ratings after publishing a report. We currently have reports on 708 companies, of which 42%, 40%, 3% and 15% have a recommendation of buy, hold, sell or non-rated, respectively. The percentage of companies so rated for which we provided investment-banking services within the past 12 months is 0%, 0%, 0% and 0%.
Ratings - Analysts' ratings are largely (but not always) determined by our "private market value," or PMV methodology. Our basic goal is to understand in absolute terms what a rational, strategic buyer would pay for an asset in an open, arms-length transaction. At the same time, analysts also look for underlying catalysts that could encourage those private market values to surface. A Buy rated stock is one that in our view is trading at a meaningful discount to our estimated PMV. We could expect a more modest private market value to increase at an accelerated pace, the discount of the public stock price to PMV to narrow through the emergence of a catalyst, or some combination of the two to occur. A Hold is a stock that may be trading at or near our estimated private market value. We may not anticipate a large increase in the PMV, or see some other factors at work. A Sell is a stock that may be trading at or above our estimated PMV. There may be little upside to the value, or limited opportunity to realize the value. Economic or sector risk could also be increasing.
We prepared this report as a matter of general information. We do not intend for this report to be a complete description of any security or company and it is not an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. All facts and statistics are from sources we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee their accuracy. We do not undertake to advise you of changes in our opinion or information. Unless otherwise noted, all stock prices reflect the closing price on the business day immediately prior to the date of this report. We do not use "price targets" predicting future stock performance. We do refer to "private market value" or PMV, which is the price that we believe an informed buyer would pay to acquire 100% of a company. There is no assurance that there are any willing buyers of a company at this price and we do not intend to suggest that any acquisition is likely. Additional information is available on request.
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