Kingsway Financial Services

KFS-T

Analysis and Opinions about KFS-T

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WEAK BUY
WEAK BUY
July 31, 2006
Based on the market they are in, they look a little more stable than some of their competition. Have done a really nice job over the last couple of years. Earnings growth could be a little more challenged over the next year or two.
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Based on the market they are in, they look a little more stable than some of their competition. Have done a really nice job over the last couple of years. Earnings growth could be a little more challenged over the next year or two.
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
July 26, 2006
(A Top Pick Mar 3/05. Up 3.3%.) Extremely cheap. Extremely cheap at 7 X earnings. Lots of upside over the long-term.
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(A Top Pick Mar 3/05. Up 3.3%.) Extremely cheap. Extremely cheap at 7 X earnings. Lots of upside over the long-term.
BUY
BUY
July 6, 2006
Insure drivers who have difficulty getting insurance. They charge higher rates. One of their difficulties was that they were the only property/casualty companies until they started getting competition from ING Canada. A well-run company.
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Insure drivers who have difficulty getting insurance. They charge higher rates. One of their difficulties was that they were the only property/casualty companies until they started getting competition from ING Canada. A well-run company.
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
June 22, 2006
3 companies, Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A-T), Home Capital (HCG-T) and Kingsway Financial (KFS-T) have been great calls for the last couple of years and all 3, in the last couple of months, have started to show weaker characteristics. Most of it is probably due to higher interest rates and prospects in the real estate market.
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3 companies, Brookfield Asset Management (BAM.A-T), Home Capital (HCG-T) and Kingsway Financial (KFS-T) have been great calls for the last couple of years and all 3, in the last couple of months, have started to show weaker characteristics. Most of it is probably due to higher interest rates and prospects in the real estate market.
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
June 7, 2006
Likes management and the company. They have had a “hard insurance” market for the last couple of years. There has been a little more competition coming in.
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Likes management and the company. They have had a “hard insurance” market for the last couple of years. There has been a little more competition coming in.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
June 6, 2006
Non-standard auto insurance industry. The rap against them was that they had under reserved for losses. In the last few years their reserves have proven to be ample. Making money on the insurance part and with higher interest rates, they are making money on investments. Good price.
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Non-standard auto insurance industry. The rap against them was that they had under reserved for losses. In the last few years their reserves have proven to be ample. Making money on the insurance part and with higher interest rates, they are making money on investments. Good price.
BUY
BUY
May 25, 2006
Good disclosure and easy to understand. Prefers this to Fairfax Financial (FFH-T).
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Good disclosure and easy to understand. Prefers this to Fairfax Financial (FFH-T).
BUY
BUY
March 2, 2006
This stock has done very well. There is a positive trend. Financial companies are doing well. It could go to the high twenties.
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This stock has done very well. There is a positive trend. Financial companies are doing well. It could go to the high twenties.
WATCH
WATCH
February 6, 2006
Not a fan of the financials, but this is one that has some upside potential. Fair market value is $41. Running right up against pretty tough resistance at about $24/25. It needs to break out here and if it does, that would be the time to buy.
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Not a fan of the financials, but this is one that has some upside potential. Fair market value is $41. Running right up against pretty tough resistance at about $24/25. It needs to break out here and if it does, that would be the time to buy.
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
February 2, 2006
This company has been amazing. They have been in a good part of the property/casualty market. Very well managed. The valuations are relatively high right now. Would look for a pullback of 20% or more before buying.
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This company has been amazing. They have been in a good part of the property/casualty market. Very well managed. The valuations are relatively high right now. Would look for a pullback of 20% or more before buying.
HOLD
HOLD
February 1, 2006
They are in the dodgy end of the automobile insurance industry. A few years ago, they had under reserved and the stock was punished unmercifully and it took them 2 years to get out of the penalty box. They are now achieving a value comparable to their peers on a price to book value basis. Close to fair market value.
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They are in the dodgy end of the automobile insurance industry. A few years ago, they had under reserved and the stock was punished unmercifully and it took them 2 years to get out of the penalty box. They are now achieving a value comparable to their peers on a price to book value basis. Close to fair market value.
HOLD
HOLD
January 31, 2006
And excellently run company. The property/casualty companies are fairly volatile. Would prefer another financial institution such as ING (IIC.L.V-T).
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And excellently run company. The property/casualty companies are fairly volatile. Would prefer another financial institution such as ING (IIC.L.V-T).
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
November 21, 2005
(A Top Pick Sept 12/05. Up 4%.) Looks very cheap. Seem to have got it right for a whole bunch of quarters in a row. Could be $27 stock.
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(A Top Pick Sept 12/05. Up 4%.) Looks very cheap. Seem to have got it right for a whole bunch of quarters in a row. Could be $27 stock.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
November 21, 2005
Expectations for earnings are very low. The market is expecting the same earnings as this year for next year. Stock is trading around 7.8 X next year's earnings, so it's extremely cheap. Thinks they can beat the earnings out there.
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Expectations for earnings are very low. The market is expecting the same earnings as this year for next year. Stock is trading around 7.8 X next year's earnings, so it's extremely cheap. Thinks they can beat the earnings out there.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
November 4, 2005
Just announced a buy back of 5% of the shares. A stock that is shareholder friendly. Very cheap at a little more than 7 X earnings. It's in non-traditional auto insurance. Have very little reinsurance risk.
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Just announced a buy back of 5% of the shares. A stock that is shareholder friendly. Very cheap at a little more than 7 X earnings. It's in non-traditional auto insurance. Have very little reinsurance risk.
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