YCG Investments
“If you buy above average businesses at below average prices, on average, we believe you should come out ahead.” — Brian Yacktman

People

Since we are long-term investors, we realize the people running the business will make a critical difference. While we do believe employee integrity, company environment, compensation amounts and methods, and management experience are important, we believe the largest impact we can have as analysts is to evaluate a management team's cash allocation skills.

Stockholders may receive a portion of the businesses free cash flow in the form of dividends, but in many cases this free cash flow will be reinvested by management. Thus, we look for management that allocates cash objectively, much as we would choose to allocate our clients' capital. As we see it, management has essentially five options to "GARDD" its cash:

  1. Grow the existing business profitably
  2. Acquire synergistic businesses without overpaying
  3. Repurchase own stock at value prices
  4. Dividend issuance when no other favorable investments exist or when in low tax environments
  5. Debt pay down or build up cash

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“We're more concerned with what management has done in the past than with what they claim they will do in the future.”
— Brian Yacktman