We are out with Season 1 Episode 10 of This Week in Intelligent Investing, featuring Elliot Turner of RGA Investment Advisors and Chris Bloomstran of Semper Augustus. Phil Ordway of Anabatic will be back in Episode 11.
Enjoy the conversation!
In this episode, John hosts a discussion of:
Part I: Nike’s surprising success with online sales — the durability of the direct-to-consumer opportunity, and what sets apart brands like Nike and Adidas from rival brands as well as top beverage brands; led by Chris Bloomstran
Part II: Valuing white space vs. realized ambition — how the market disproportionately rewards earlier-stage companies; the way TAMs collide and growth gets harder as companies scale; illustrated by Dropbox vs. Slack; led by Elliot Turner
- Phil Knight’s memoir, Shoe Dog
- Nike’s latest earnings press release
- Nike’s latest earnings call transcript
- Maginus DTC report, including Nike case study
- Catalyst/Kantar study: The State of Ecommerce 2021
- Shopify’s Direct-to-Consumer Guide
- Dropbox investor relations
- Slack investor relations
- IAC investor relations
- Fiverr investor relations
- Upwork investor relations
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About the Participants
Christopher P. Bloomstran, CFA , is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Semper Augustus Investments Group LLC. Chris has more than 25 years of investment experience with a value-driven approach to fundamental equity and industry research. At Semper Augustus, Chris directs all aspects of the firm’s research and portfolio management effort. Prior to forming Semper Augustus in 1998 – in the midst of the stock market and technology bubble – Chris was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at UMB Investment Advisors. While at UMB Investment Advisors, Chris managed the Trust Investment offices in St. Louis and Denver. Among his investment duties at the firm, he managed the Scout Balanced Fund from the fund’s inception in 1995 until 1998, when he left to start Semper Augustus. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also played football. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1994. Chris is a member of the CFA Society of St. Louis and of the CFA Institute. He has served on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of St. Louis since 2002, where he was elected to sequential terms as Vice President from 2005 to 2006, President from 2006 to 2007 and Immediate Past President from 2007 to 2009. Chris has judged the Global Finals and the Americas Finals several times for CFA Institute’s University Global Investment Challenge. Chris served for a number of years as a member of the Bretton Woods Committee in Washington DC, an institution championing and raising awareness of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. He has also served on various not-for profit boards in St. Louis. His resides in St. Louis with his wife and two children.
Elliot Turner is a co-founder and Managing Partner, CIO at RGA Investment Advisors, LLC. RGA Investment Advisors runs a long-term, low turnover, growth at a reasonable price investment strategy seeking out global opportunities. Elliot focuses on discovering and analyzing long-term, high quality investment opportunities and strategic portfolio management. Prior to joining RGA, Elliot managed portfolios at at AustinWeston Asset Management LLC, Chimera Securities and T3 Capital. Elliot holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as well as a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University where he double majored in Political Science and Philosophy.The content of this podcast is not an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security in any jurisdiction. The content is distributed for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation to sell or buy any security or other investment, or undertake any investment strategy. There are no warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or results obtained from any information set forth on this podcast. The podcast participants and their affiliates may have positions in and may, from time to time, make purchases or sales of the securities or other investments discussed or evaluated on this podcast.