[SharePad] Small-Cap Spotlight Report: COLEFAX

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13 June 2024
By Maynard Paton

The email I received was intriguing:

“The numbers speak for themselves. The company has repurchased more than 75% of shares outstanding since 1999, has a decent return on equity (last financial year approximately 18%), and is trading at an EV/EBITDA of 3-4 due to £20m net cash on the balance sheet.

The market has either overlooked the stock entirely or is pricing in profits falling off a cliff, which I don’t see happening given the maximum decline of 40% after the GFC. I’d love to know what you think.”

The company in question is Colefax (CFX), a small-cap so obscure that even I — a keen investor for 30 years — had previously never heard of.

But any business that has bought back more than 75% of its shares must be worthy of further investigation. Sure enough, Colefax’s share count has reduced from a peak of 28.5 million during 1999 to 6.2 million today:

(Source: SharePad)

What is going on? Let’s take a closer look.

Read my full COLEFAX article for SharePad >>

Maynard Paton

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