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Highlights from Best Ideas 2020

We are delighted to bring you the following investment idea highlights from Best Ideas 2020, held LIVE online from January 8-11.

Booking Holdings: Wide-Moat OTA in Healthy Coopetition with Google

Sean Stannard-Stockton of Ensemble Capital Management presented his in-depth thesis on Booking Holdings (US: BKNG) at Best Ideas 2020.

Two Canadian Small-Caps: Indigo Books and Music, Hamilton Thorne

David Barr and Don Walker of Pender presented their in-depth investment theses on Indigo (Canada: IDG) and Hamilton Thorne (Canada: HTL) at Best Ideas 2020.

Domino’s Pizza Group: Operational Improvement to Drive Rerating

Josh Shores of Southeastern Asset Management presented his in-depth investment thesis on Domino’s Pizza (UK: DOM) at Best Ideas 2020.

Alimentation Couche-Tard: Compounder with Favorable Growth Outlook

Jean Pierre Verster of Protea Capital Management presented his in-depth thesis on Alimentation Couche-Tard (Canada: ATD.A/B) at Best Ideas 2020.

Restoration Hardware: Pivoting Toward Luxury Brand Status

William Brewster of Sullimar Capital Group presented his in-depth thesis on Restoration Hardware (US: RH) at Best Ideas 2020.

Avid: Leading Audio/Video Editing Software Supplier to Professionals

Edward Chang of Pledge Capital presented his in-depth investment thesis on Avid Technology (US: AVID) at Best Ideas 2020.

Megacable: Strategic Assets, Attractive Growth, Strong Balance Sheet

Patrick Brennan of Brennan Asset Management presented his in-depth thesis on Megacable (Mexico: MEGACPO) at Best Ideas 2020.

Info Edge: Online Platform with Startup Investment Optionality

Ashish Kila of Perfect Group presented his in-depth investment thesis on Info Edge (India: NAUKRI) at Best Ideas 2020.

Borusan: Turkey-Based Investment Holding at Steep Discount to NAV

Mesut Ellialtioglu of Talas Turkey Value Fund presented his in-depth thesis on Borusan Investment (Turkey: BRYAT) at Best Ideas 2020.

Concrete Pumping: Owner-Operated Firm With Strong Unit Economics

Rimmy Malhotra of Nicoya Capital presented his in-depth investment thesis on Concrete Pumping Holdings (US: BBCP) at Best Ideas 2020.

GigaMedia, Trilogiq, Charle: Three Net Current Asset Value Bargains

Juan Matienzo of Mercor presented his theses on GigaMedia (US: GIGM), Trilogiq (France: ALTRI) and Charle (Japan: 9885) at Best Ideas 2020.

Macro Enterprises: Owner-Operated Pipeline Construction Firm

Michael Melby of Gate City Capital Management presented his in-depth investment thesis on Macro Enterprises (Canada: MCR) at Best Ideas 2020.

Rosetta Stone: Value Realization Possible Due to Potential Sale

Travis Cocke of Voss Capital presented his in-depth investment thesis on Rosetta Stone (US: RST) at Best Ideas 2020.

Contingent Value Rights: Investment Tutorial, and Celgene Thesis

Jacob Ma-Weaver of Cable Car Capital presented his in-depth thesis on Celgene contingent value rights (US: BMY-R) at Best Ideas 2020.

Terravest Industries: Rollup Done the Right Way, Aligned Management

Mike Kruger of MPK Partners presented his in-depth investment thesis on Terravest Industries (Canada: TVK) at Best Ideas 2020.

Stelco, Clarke: Two Canadian Small-Caps at Discount

Curtis Jensen of Robotti & Company presented his in-depth investment theses on Stelco (Canada: STLC) and Clarke (Canada: CKI) at Best Ideas 2020.

Diamond S Shipping: Recently Formed, With Highly Capable CEO

Brian Hennessey of Alpine Woods Capital presented his in-depth investment thesis on Diamond S Shipping (US: DSSI) at Best Ideas 2020.

Grupo Jereissati: At Discount to Stake in Brazil’s Shopping Mall Leader

Mathias Wagner of LIS Capital presented his in-depth investment thesis on Grupo Jereissati (Brazil: JPSA3) at Best Ideas 2020.

Mohawk Industries: Low-Cost Flooring Producer with Incentivized CEO

John Heldman and David Hutchison of Triad Investment Management presented their thesis on Mohawk Industries (US: MHK) at Best Ideas 2020.

Gestamp: Owner-Operated Tier 1 Auto Supplier at Low Valuation

Javier Echevarria of Invexcel Patrimonio presented his in-depth thesis on Gestamp AutomociĆ³n (Spain: GEST) at Best Ideas 2020.

Gruma: Well-Managed, World-Leading Tortilla and Corn Flour Producer

Francisco Carrillo of Mexico Value Partners presented his in-depth investment thesis on Gruma (Mexico: GRUMAB) at Best Ideas 2020.

Time Technoplast: Dominant Position in Plastic Industrial Packaging in India

Gaurav Aggarwal of Metis Capital Management presented his in-depth thesis on Time Technoplast (India: TIME) at Best Ideas 2020.

Formula Systems: Software-Focused Holding Company at Discount to NAV

Omri Velvart of Legacy Value Partners presented his in-depth investment thesis on Formula Systems (Israel: FORTY) at Best Ideas 2020.

KVH: Transitioning to Subscription Model, with Growth Ahead

John Barr of Needham Funds presented his in-depth investment thesis on KVH Industries (US: KVHI) at Best Ideas 2020.

Cashmere Valley Bank: Attractively Valued, with Growth Prospects

Daniel Baldini of Oberon Asset Management presented his in-depth investment thesis on Cashmere Valley Bank (US: CSHX) at Best Ideas 2020.

OL Groupe, AFC Ajax: European Football Ideas with Real Asset Backing

Michael Morosi of MAPFRE AM presented his in-depth investment thesis on OL Groupe (France: OLG) and AFC Ajax (Netherlands: AJAX) at Best Ideas 2020.

IPL Plastics: Post-IPO Setbacks Create Inflection Opportunity

Kyle Mowery of GrizzlyRock Capital presented his in-depth investment thesis on IPL Plastics (Canada: IPLP) at Best Ideas 2020.