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John Rogers Comments on Western Union Co.

May 09, 2013 | About:
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In the first quarter, we initiated a position in Western Union Co. (WU), a current holding in Ariel Appreciation Fund and Ariel Focus Fund. Western Union is the global leader in money transfer and payment services. With over 500,000 locations that serve 200 countries, the company's scale and network advantages create high barriers to entry and attractive economics. Even though money transfer volumes are recovering from the global recession, the stock trades at a historically low valuation. We view Western Union as an excellent, wide-moat franchise, with meaningful growth prospects, excellent free cash flow generation and sustainable competitive advantages that position it well for an evolutionary shift towards mobile payments.

From John Rogers’ first quarter 2013 commentary.


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