Monday, December 13, 2010

Sold Gallant Venture

We sold our 10,000 shares of Gallant Venture on 10 December 2010 at $0.37 apiece, representing a 37% gain from our investment price of $0.27 in October this year. Gallant Venture has been a "hot" stock recently, with Kim Eng citing a $0.75 target price. While the stock looks still looks cheap relative to book value, we are not terribly confident about management's ability to translate its undervalued landbank into cashflow over the next few years, that is to say, our investment in Gallant Venture was slightly speculative.

While we tend to avoid speculative purchases, our investment in Gallant Venture appeared to have sufficient downside protection, with substantial upside potential should positive newsflow trigger a re-rating. The company does not have the quality which will render it a longer-term investment prospect in our opinion, and we are also mindful that the company does not have a solid business model. The strong gains have come over just under 2 months, and we find this 37% return sufficient to justify a sell.


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