Constellation Software Inc.

CSU-T

TSE:CSU

1,349.99
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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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PAST TOP PICK
February 8, 2016

(Top Pick Mar 19/15, Down 0.74%) The sale worked out well and one of his stop losses kicked in and he sold. He is continuing to watch it before repurchasing.

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(Top Pick Mar 19/15, Down 0.74%) The sale worked out well and one of his stop losses kicked in and he sold. He is continuing to watch it before repurchasing.

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February 8, 2016

This is a serial acquirer in the software space and have done fantastically well with that business model. It has had a great 10 year run. He is generally very cynical about serial acquirers, so didn’t go into this. Doesn’t feel he can know this name as well as he would like to, because it is hard to see what the true organic growth is when they are making acquisitions. He wouldn’t look at this at these levels.

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This is a serial acquirer in the software space and have done fantastically well with that business model. It has had a great 10 year run. He is generally very cynical about serial acquirers, so didn’t go into this. Doesn’t feel he can know this name as well as he would like to, because it is hard to see what the true organic growth is when they are making acquisitions. He wouldn’t look at this at these levels.

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TOP PICK
January 29, 2016

The challenge is that the stock just keeps going up and it is very difficult to find an entry point. It is now down about 15% since January, and is at an entry point that many have waited for. Their core business is niche acquisition strategy, so they are acquiring small software companies. The average acquisition size is about $3 million, and they are focusing on a space that the bigger players are not interested in.

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The challenge is that the stock just keeps going up and it is very difficult to find an entry point. It is now down about 15% since January, and is at an entry point that many have waited for. Their core business is niche acquisition strategy, so they are acquiring small software companies. The average acquisition size is about $3 million, and they are focusing on a space that the bigger players are not interested in.

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January 15, 2016

They do a lot of healthcare/government payroll sorts of things. They make organizations work more efficiently through software. This company is a huge acquirer. The founder still works at the company and has $500 million worth of stock. They don’t issue stock, the cash flow is great, balance sheet is really, really strong, they deliver on expectations, but they trade only in Canada and their earnings are in US$. They have had 11 days in a row where their earnings have gone up. Dividend yield of 1.06%.

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They do a lot of healthcare/government payroll sorts of things. They make organizations work more efficiently through software. This company is a huge acquirer. The founder still works at the company and has $500 million worth of stock. They don’t issue stock, the cash flow is great, balance sheet is really, really strong, they deliver on expectations, but they trade only in Canada and their earnings are in US$. They have had 11 days in a row where their earnings have gone up. Dividend yield of 1.06%.

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SELL
January 13, 2016

Had been a long-term holder of this, but recently sold it when it broke down technically. This also has a lot to do with where we are in the market. Has been a fantastic performer, but doesn’t trade at a cheap multiple, so could be susceptible to lower prices.

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Had been a long-term holder of this, but recently sold it when it broke down technically. This also has a lot to do with where we are in the market. Has been a fantastic performer, but doesn’t trade at a cheap multiple, so could be susceptible to lower prices.

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SELL
January 6, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) This would be a Sell at this time, on valuation and a slowdown on deals.

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(Market Call Minute.) This would be a Sell at this time, on valuation and a slowdown on deals.

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HOLD
December 23, 2015

There are certain business industries where you have recurring revenue, where clients are very, very sticky, and getting organic growth is relatively difficult, so it is cheaper to acquire.

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There are certain business industries where you have recurring revenue, where clients are very, very sticky, and getting organic growth is relatively difficult, so it is cheaper to acquire.

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