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COMMENT
COMMENT
January 6, 2017

This has done well. A very consistent company. They have very long-term contracts with companies that want to outsource their server farms and other capabilities on the computer side. As a result, this company has roughly 7-9 years’ contracts of a lot of money in advance. Extremely good visibility. Year-over-year sales growth has been fairly modest. About a 5% lift in earnings. Extremely disciplined in their acquisitions, so he expects the stock will mark time for the moment, waiting for another significant acquisition opportunity.

CGI Group (A)(GIB.A-T)
January 6, 2017

This has done well. A very consistent company. They have very long-term contracts with companies that want to outsource their server farms and other capabilities on the computer side. As a result, this company has roughly 7-9 years’ contracts of a lot of money in advance. Extremely good visibility. Year-over-year sales growth has been fairly modest. About a 5% lift in earnings. Extremely disciplined in their acquisitions, so he expects the stock will mark time for the moment, waiting for another significant acquisition opportunity.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$65.700
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Down 2.43%.) It looks like they are back on track as far as making money. In the near term, the next couple of quarters won’t be great, but looking out over the next 1-1.5 years, it should be interesting.

Avigilon Corp(AVO-T)
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Down 2.43%.) It looks like they are back on track as far as making money. In the near term, the next couple of quarters won’t be great, but looking out over the next 1-1.5 years, it should be interesting.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$13.170
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Up 33.58%.) Airlines are facing a very big problem in that a whole bunch of commercial pilots are going to be retiring in the next 10 years. This company is also makes money on the military side. This is still a good opportunity.

CAE Inc(CAE-T)
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Up 33.58%.) Airlines are facing a very big problem in that a whole bunch of commercial pilots are going to be retiring in the next 10 years. This company is also makes money on the military side. This is still a good opportunity.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$18.570
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Down 40.26%.) Rogers was using their product, but decided they were going to do  it themselves. Ended up writing off $500,000, and are now signing up with a US company. This company still has a great product. They are selling it into Europe. Thinks there is good opportunity going out for the next 3 years. A very small, competitive industry.

Espial Group(ESP-T)
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Down 40.26%.) Rogers was using their product, but decided they were going to do  it themselves. Ended up writing off $500,000, and are now signing up with a US company. This company still has a great product. They are selling it into Europe. Thinks there is good opportunity going out for the next 3 years. A very small, competitive industry.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$2.220
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 6, 2017

Ranks 157 and is in the top quarter of his database. Sales were down 3% year-over-year, but still managed to squeak out a 52% increase in earnings. Earnings estimates have been shaved by about 8% in the last 90 days, and are expected to grow by about 60% from $.23-$.27 in 2017, against a PE of 25X. Unfortunately, free cash flow is not positive.

Veresen Inc(VSN-T)
January 6, 2017

Ranks 157 and is in the top quarter of his database. Sales were down 3% year-over-year, but still managed to squeak out a 52% increase in earnings. Earnings estimates have been shaved by about 8% in the last 90 days, and are expected to grow by about 60% from $.23-$.27 in 2017, against a PE of 25X. Unfortunately, free cash flow is not positive.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$12.990
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 6, 2017

They put a tiny quantity of a specialized chemical into petroleum products, and then a spectrometer finds out if it is the proper concentration. They sold this part of the business to a Swiss company and have a 5+ year kind of a royalty stream. The company is working to sell some very sophisticated equipment into the semiconductor space. They are also beating the bushes in Israel, where they have had a long-term source of innovations. If they are successful in 3-D imaging and a portion of extremely sophisticated stuff they are doing in the semiconductor space, it would be optimistic. He sold his holdings.

They put a tiny quantity of a specialized chemical into petroleum products, and then a spectrometer finds out if it is the proper concentration. They sold this part of the business to a Swiss company and have a 5+ year kind of a royalty stream. The company is working to sell some very sophisticated equipment into the semiconductor space. They are also beating the bushes in Israel, where they have had a long-term source of innovations. If they are successful in 3-D imaging and a portion of extremely sophisticated stuff they are doing in the semiconductor space, it would be optimistic. He sold his holdings.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$0.180
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 6, 2017

A growth by acquisition company, engaged in aviation manufacturing. They have some scheduled chartered airline services. The company has done extremely well. Ranks 63 in his database, roughly the top 10%. Earnings are expected to grow modestly by about 5%. A PE of 17X. ROE is reasonable at 14%. Unfortunately, free cash flow currently is -5%. This doesn’t seem cheap. Prefers others.

Exchange Income(EIF-T)
January 6, 2017

A growth by acquisition company, engaged in aviation manufacturing. They have some scheduled chartered airline services. The company has done extremely well. Ranks 63 in his database, roughly the top 10%. Earnings are expected to grow modestly by about 5%. A PE of 17X. ROE is reasonable at 14%. Unfortunately, free cash flow currently is -5%. This doesn’t seem cheap. Prefers others.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$41.050
Owned
No