Constellation Software Inc.

CSU-T

TSE:CSU

1,292.15
28.97 (2.29%)
Constellation Software is a diversified software company. It is based in Toronto, Canada, is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the S&P/TSX 60. The company was founded by Mark Leonard, a former venture capitalist, in 1995.
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January 23, 2018

This trades outside of the multiples he would normally look at. At 60X, you have to ask yourself what sort of growth rate do you need to justify that kind of multiple. This company has basically existed on the acquisition strategy, and it trades outside of the multiple norms that he would normally look at.

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This trades outside of the multiples he would normally look at. At 60X, you have to ask yourself what sort of growth rate do you need to justify that kind of multiple. This company has basically existed on the acquisition strategy, and it trades outside of the multiple norms that he would normally look at.

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December 21, 2017

He thinks the growth from acquisition is going to continue. Doesn’t look like they overpaid too much on their acquisitions. Still generating descent return. Not ridiculously overpriced. Balance sheet is quite good for a company that has done so many acquisitions. Think it’s in pretty good shape.

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He thinks the growth from acquisition is going to continue. Doesn’t look like they overpaid too much on their acquisitions. Still generating descent return. Not ridiculously overpriced. Balance sheet is quite good for a company that has done so many acquisitions. Think it’s in pretty good shape.

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PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
December 4, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 20/16, Up 26%) one of his largest holdings. The best capital allocator in Canada. They upped their acquisition game, typically smaller companies. As they get bigger they either need to be acquiring larger or more companies to keep up with their growth rate. A tremendously run company. He still likes them.

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(A Top Pick Oct 20/16, Up 26%) one of his largest holdings. The best capital allocator in Canada. They upped their acquisition game, typically smaller companies. As they get bigger they either need to be acquiring larger or more companies to keep up with their growth rate. A tremendously run company. He still likes them.

BUY WEAKNESS
BUY WEAKNESS
December 1, 2017

They started buying some Canadian stocks because of companies like this. Great looking chart, maybe a little bit off the trend line. There could be a little pullback, and this could be an excellent buying opportunity if it does in fact have pull back. The Canadian tech sector is a little bit overlooked, and Canadian tech companies are a little less appreciated than their US counterparts.

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They started buying some Canadian stocks because of companies like this. Great looking chart, maybe a little bit off the trend line. There could be a little pullback, and this could be an excellent buying opportunity if it does in fact have pull back. The Canadian tech sector is a little bit overlooked, and Canadian tech companies are a little less appreciated than their US counterparts.

HOLD
HOLD
November 22, 2017

A great company and very well-managed. A consolidator of software companies, and their strategy continues to work. (See Top Picks.)

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A great company and very well-managed. A consolidator of software companies, and their strategy continues to work. (See Top Picks.)

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COMMENT
November 13, 2017

CSU-T vs. FIH.U-T vs. GOOGL-Q. You have several different options here. He likes FIH.U-T’s exposure to India. He thinks India is one of the great overlooked growth stories. GOOGL-Q is one of the death stars. It has run to quite an extent. He thinks it has a good year to run yet. This is one that will be around in one form or another for a long time.

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CSU-T vs. FIH.U-T vs. GOOGL-Q. You have several different options here. He likes FIH.U-T’s exposure to India. He thinks India is one of the great overlooked growth stories. GOOGL-Q is one of the death stars. It has run to quite an extent. He thinks it has a good year to run yet. This is one that will be around in one form or another for a long time.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
October 25, 2017

A very successfully run company. They’ve been very successful with their acquisitions. In term of a technology company they’ve done very well. From a value investor perspective the multiple is a little out of reach. Feels it could be very vulnerable to a significant downturn in the market and wouldn’t recommend buying at this point.

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A very successfully run company. They’ve been very successful with their acquisitions. In term of a technology company they’ve done very well. From a value investor perspective the multiple is a little out of reach. Feels it could be very vulnerable to a significant downturn in the market and wouldn’t recommend buying at this point.

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COMMENT
October 6, 2017

Grows by acquisition. Expected to have earnings growth of 17%. Earnings are expected to go from $27.50 to $32, which is a 17% lift, but you are paying a 22X price earnings multiple. In the top 10% of his database.

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Grows by acquisition. Expected to have earnings growth of 17%. Earnings are expected to go from $27.50 to $32, which is a 17% lift, but you are paying a 22X price earnings multiple. In the top 10% of his database.

TOP PICK
TOP PICK
September 18, 2017

Debenture.Probably the best capital allocator in Canada. He likes this debenture, because it has a high yield of almost 7%. It is not well known and is under the radar. It also has an element of inflation protection. The yield is rather unique in that it is set at 6.5% plus the trailing CPI inflation rate. If you think inflation is going to pick up, you will get yield reset every year. Yielding 6.3%. (Note: This doesn’t qualify for the dividend tax credit, so Buy it in an RRSP, RIIF or a TFSA account.)

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Debenture.Probably the best capital allocator in Canada. He likes this debenture, because it has a high yield of almost 7%. It is not well known and is under the radar. It also has an element of inflation protection. The yield is rather unique in that it is set at 6.5% plus the trailing CPI inflation rate. If you think inflation is going to pick up, you will get yield reset every year. Yielding 6.3%. (Note: This doesn’t qualify for the dividend tax credit, so Buy it in an RRSP, RIIF or a TFSA account.)

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COMMENT
August 3, 2017

This has been a good name in the past, and continues to be good. They have a decent footprint in Europe which is really helpful. Continues to post good numbers and will continue going higher.

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This has been a good name in the past, and continues to be good. They have a decent footprint in Europe which is really helpful. Continues to post good numbers and will continue going higher.

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COMMENT
June 7, 2017

A growth rollup strategy. They have grown a lot by acquisition as well as some organic growth. Trading at close to 50X earnings. It only needs to stumble a little in order to cause a great deal of disappointment. In order to continue the growth and the appreciation that we have seen, they have to continue to surprise people on the upside and continue on the growth pattern.

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A growth rollup strategy. They have grown a lot by acquisition as well as some organic growth. Trading at close to 50X earnings. It only needs to stumble a little in order to cause a great deal of disappointment. In order to continue the growth and the appreciation that we have seen, they have to continue to surprise people on the upside and continue on the growth pattern.

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COMMENT
May 3, 2017

Essentially a serial acquirer of companies, which they roll into their product offering. Focused on smaller size companies. He bought this at $100 a share, and sold it last year at $629. It is going to become increasingly difficult for them to move the share price higher.

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Essentially a serial acquirer of companies, which they roll into their product offering. Focused on smaller size companies. He bought this at $100 a share, and sold it last year at $629. It is going to become increasingly difficult for them to move the share price higher.

BUY
BUY
March 29, 2017

He likes them a lot. It is bullish when you see a company consolidate. They are forming another base or handle around $650. It would just take a large acquisition in order to move higher.

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He likes them a lot. It is bullish when you see a company consolidate. They are forming another base or handle around $650. It would just take a large acquisition in order to move higher.

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PAST TOP PICK
March 14, 2017

(A Top Pick Jan 29/16. Up 29%.) Focused in software and they have traditionally made acquisitions of smaller software companies. The challenge is that this is a $13 billion company, so they need to do 40-50 acquisitions yearly to really move the needle.

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(A Top Pick Jan 29/16. Up 29%.) Focused in software and they have traditionally made acquisitions of smaller software companies. The challenge is that this is a $13 billion company, so they need to do 40-50 acquisitions yearly to really move the needle.

HOLD
HOLD
March 9, 2017

A fabulously run company. A great case study if you want to study how a company can grow through acquisition. When they started off, the idea was to buy companies between $5-$7 million. They focused on smaller companies, because in that way they were not competing with private equity. However, today the company is a $13 billion company, and they are still going after these small $5-$7 million companies. If it pulled back, he would consider buying it then.

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A fabulously run company. A great case study if you want to study how a company can grow through acquisition. When they started off, the idea was to buy companies between $5-$7 million. They focused on smaller companies, because in that way they were not competing with private equity. However, today the company is a $13 billion company, and they are still going after these small $5-$7 million companies. If it pulled back, he would consider buying it then.

HOLD
HOLD
February 23, 2017

We should see it fall back due to it getting to the end of the period of seasonality. He would put a stop in place. It was going down then the market is going up.

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We should see it fall back due to it getting to the end of the period of seasonality. He would put a stop in place. It was going down then the market is going up.

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January 24, 2017

Recently added to his position as it broke through previous resistance in the high $500s. This has been the best performing stock on the TSX over the past 10 years. Their compound average growth rate of the stock price has been over 40% during those 10 years. Feels management are among the top 5 capital allocators in Canada. They feel there are more Canadian software companies that they could take over. Also, owns their debenture, and the interest rate is tied to inflation, so it is at 6.5% plus the trailing CPI.

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Recently added to his position as it broke through previous resistance in the high $500s. This has been the best performing stock on the TSX over the past 10 years. Their compound average growth rate of the stock price has been over 40% during those 10 years. Feels management are among the top 5 capital allocators in Canada. They feel there are more Canadian software companies that they could take over. Also, owns their debenture, and the interest rate is tied to inflation, so it is at 6.5% plus the trailing CPI.

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PAST TOP PICK
January 18, 2017

(A Top Pick Jan 15/16. Up 17.36%.) This has been one of the greatest stocks in Canada over the last 10 years. They haven’t issued any more shares. Earnings have gone up tenfold. They’ve done great acquisitions. They have 100 people dedicated to acquisitions full-time in software.

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(A Top Pick Jan 15/16. Up 17.36%.) This has been one of the greatest stocks in Canada over the last 10 years. They haven’t issued any more shares. Earnings have gone up tenfold. They’ve done great acquisitions. They have 100 people dedicated to acquisitions full-time in software.

BUY
BUY
January 12, 2017

(Market Call Minute.) You can’t bet against this company. One of these days they won’t find deals to do, but a very high quality company with lots of return on invested capital.

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(Market Call Minute.) You can’t bet against this company. One of these days they won’t find deals to do, but a very high quality company with lots of return on invested capital.

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COMMENT
November 4, 2016

This has been a very interesting company over the years. It is one of the companies that has progressed on a rollup strategy through acquisitions. You have to give them credit for having made some very, very sharp purchases. Multiples are sort of dependent on that growth continuing. As a value investor, these are very difficult companies for him to Buy, because the multiple on the growth aspect is far ahead of the immediate fundamentals that underlie the earnings. Not one that he would purchase.

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This has been a very interesting company over the years. It is one of the companies that has progressed on a rollup strategy through acquisitions. You have to give them credit for having made some very, very sharp purchases. Multiples are sort of dependent on that growth continuing. As a value investor, these are very difficult companies for him to Buy, because the multiple on the growth aspect is far ahead of the immediate fundamentals that underlie the earnings. Not one that he would purchase.

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October 26, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) Their earnings are coming out right away and it will be interesting to see what happens. He likes it.

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(Market Call Minute.) Their earnings are coming out right away and it will be interesting to see what happens. He likes it.

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TOP PICK
October 20, 2016

This buys other software companies, and are now at the scale where they are really well diversified. Feels management is top in class if not the best management team in Canada. Excellent allocators of capital. They are in a whole slew of verticals. Very disciplined in terms of their acquisition strategies. Have just gone through a period of consolidation, and look to be set to head to new highs. Dividend yield of 0.89%

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This buys other software companies, and are now at the scale where they are really well diversified. Feels management is top in class if not the best management team in Canada. Excellent allocators of capital. They are in a whole slew of verticals. Very disciplined in terms of their acquisition strategies. Have just gone through a period of consolidation, and look to be set to head to new highs. Dividend yield of 0.89%

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COMMENT
September 1, 2016

The CEO is right up there with the top capital allocators ever. He’s done a remarkable job of growing the company, and using free cash flow for making more and more software acquisitions. They essentially own companies that have a lot of service and annuity revenue. The free cash flow comes back into that office, and they go out and buy more. Too expensive for him. Thinks the big run is over.

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The CEO is right up there with the top capital allocators ever. He’s done a remarkable job of growing the company, and using free cash flow for making more and more software acquisitions. They essentially own companies that have a lot of service and annuity revenue. The free cash flow comes back into that office, and they go out and buy more. Too expensive for him. Thinks the big run is over.

BUY WEAKNESS
BUY WEAKNESS
August 29, 2016

He likes it. $400 model price, but they could do a lot of things to increase the model price, such as a stock split.

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He likes it. $400 model price, but they could do a lot of things to increase the model price, such as a stock split.

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COMMENT
July 26, 2016

This has done extremely well. The 5-year chart shows a big range, and right now he is just neutral. The stock is not hanging around its highs. He suspects there will be some sellers coming in. It might have good support at around $380-$400, but then you have resistance from $500 and up with a very, very slight bearish bias.

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This has done extremely well. The 5-year chart shows a big range, and right now he is just neutral. The stock is not hanging around its highs. He suspects there will be some sellers coming in. It might have good support at around $380-$400, but then you have resistance from $500 and up with a very, very slight bearish bias.

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COMMENT
July 15, 2016

Who do you like in Canadian Tech? As a value investor, he may like a Canadian Tech company, but may not be able to buy it because of its valuation. Two that stand out are Constellation Software (CSU-T) and CGI Group (GIB.A-T), and CGI is probably selling closer to reasonable multiples. Both are extremely well-managed. He also likes that they are both much more software dependent, not mixing any hardware which can be so fickle in today’s technology market.

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Who do you like in Canadian Tech? As a value investor, he may like a Canadian Tech company, but may not be able to buy it because of its valuation. Two that stand out are Constellation Software (CSU-T) and CGI Group (GIB.A-T), and CGI is probably selling closer to reasonable multiples. Both are extremely well-managed. He also likes that they are both much more software dependent, not mixing any hardware which can be so fickle in today’s technology market.

BUY
BUY
July 4, 2016

Probably the best managed company in Canada. Strong on return on equity. One of his larger positions. Own it forever. There is still a lot of runway for them.

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Probably the best managed company in Canada. Strong on return on equity. One of his larger positions. Own it forever. There is still a lot of runway for them.

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COMMENT
June 24, 2016

A well-run company and the CEO has created an unbelievable free cash flow machine, buying up software companies and having annuity revenues, and using the free cash to continue to buy more, etc. They now have a suite of thousands of companies and are on the hunt to buy more. This is on his radar screen, but he just can’t stomach buying it at this valuation.

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A well-run company and the CEO has created an unbelievable free cash flow machine, buying up software companies and having annuity revenues, and using the free cash to continue to buy more, etc. They now have a suite of thousands of companies and are on the hunt to buy more. This is on his radar screen, but he just can’t stomach buying it at this valuation.

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PAST TOP PICK
March 7, 2016

(A Top Pick Feb 5/15. Up 41.69%.) Thinks they are shifting from a lot of little acquisitions to some really big ones that will come in once or twice a year. He continues to love this.

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(A Top Pick Feb 5/15. Up 41.69%.) Thinks they are shifting from a lot of little acquisitions to some really big ones that will come in once or twice a year. He continues to love this.

BUY WEAKNESS
BUY WEAKNESS
February 25, 2016

She likes this. Had gotten expensive last year. Their acquisition strategy has worked out really well. Acquisitions are now larger than what they used to be, but are not as frequent, so predictability is a little less. This is one that she would be picking away at on a really lousy day.

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She likes this. Had gotten expensive last year. Their acquisition strategy has worked out really well. Acquisitions are now larger than what they used to be, but are not as frequent, so predictability is a little less. This is one that she would be picking away at on a really lousy day.

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