Bill Nygren: We urged the board to sell the company
He wrote: Sometimes, however, the CEO cant satisfy our concerns, and we end the private discussion convinced that our goals arent aligned. When that happens, our first step is to evaluate how undervalued the stock is relative to other stocks we could invest in. If that undervaluation is similar to companies with better management, then we will usually sell the stock and reinvest the proceeds. But when the stock looks significantly more attractive than other investments, we will take further steps. When talking privately with a manager doesnt produce our desired result, our next step is to express our concerns privately to the Board of Directors. Only when that fails will we take the step of expressing our opposition to management publicly, as we did last quarter with Knight Ridder.