Zeke Ashton

Zeke Ashton

Last Update: 2014-08-14

Number of Stocks: 30
Number of New Stocks: 9

Total Value: $71 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 34%

Countries: USA
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Zeke Ashton' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Zeke Ashton is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners and manages the investments for the Centaur Value Fund. He is also manager of Tilson Dividend Fund.

Web Page:http://www.centaurcapital.com/index.html

Investing Philosophy

Centaur Capital Partners follows an investment philosophy based upon value principles, and selects stock investments based upon true business value as reflected by asset value, cash flow generation, management quality, and the competitive advantages of the underlying businesses when such stocks are available at compelling prices. Centaur Capital Partners is the General Partner and investment advisor to the Centaur Value Fund.

Total Holding History

Performance of Tilson Dividend Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
201316.7831.55-14.8
201217.9415.42.5
2011-2.332.08-4.4
3-Year Cumulative34.5 (10.4%/year)55 (15.7%/year)-20.5 (-5.3%/year)
201020.6415.065.6
200943.9826.4617.5
5-Year Cumulative133.7 (18.5%/year)125.5 (17.7%/year)8.2 (0.8%/year)
2008-20.55-3716.5
2007-0.635.61-6.2
200615.7515.79-0.0

Top Ranked Articles

Guru Zeke Ashton: Q&A Answers
Thanks for the questions and the interest in Centaur Capital Partners. Please note that opinions expressed were valid as of the date of the interview, but our investing positions and opinions are subject to change. Read more...
Announcement: Q&A with Newest Guru Zeke Ashton
GuruFocus is pleased to announce that our latest guru, Zeke Ashton, will be answering reader questions this week. Ashton is the founder and managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners, a Dallas-based asset management company, where he manages approximately $110 million. Centaur Capital Partners is also the general partner and investment advisor to the Centaur Value Fund, a long-biased, value-oriented private investment partnership. Read more...
Zeke Ashton: The Unknown Value Guru
I was inspired by a recent article about Francis Chou, described as the “great unknown Guru,” to write one about another relatively unknown Guru, Zeke Ashton. Read more...
Zeke Ashton Centaur Fund's June 2011 Report
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The Portfolio of Mr. Zeke Ashton Analyzed - Buffett Ratio Guru Portfolio Analysis
The following is an analysis of the most current portfolio of Mr. Zeke Ashton. The analysis will use a system that I designed that is based on the ratio that Mr. Warren Buffet released to the public in 1986, which he coined “Owner Earnings.” For those new to this type of analysis, I would recommend reading an introduction to my system by clicking here. My goal is ultimately to analyze the portfolios of each Guru highlighted here on Guru Focus, and then to subsequently re-analyze them every quarter when possible as changes are made. My purpose in writing these articles is to show the power of Mr. Buffett’s ratio in analyzing stocks, ETF’s, Mutual Funds and individual portfolios. If one can fill their portfolios with companies that score high using my system and avoid those which fail, one should be able to increase the probability of becoming a successful investor in my opinion. Profile of Mr. Ashton: Read more...
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Zeke Ashton on How Michael Burry's Advice Helped Him Become a Better Investor
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Centaur Capital's Fourth Quarter Portfolio Reports Heavy Selling and Top Five Positions Zeke Ashton - Centaur Capital's Fourth Quarter Portfolio Reports Heavy Selling And Top Five Positions
Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners keeps a fairly concentrated portfolio valued at $86 million. The guru had a heavier quarter in selling as he sold out of ten of his previous holdings. The guru added eight new stocks to his holdings, bringing his portfolio to 29 stocks. The following five companies represent Ashton’s top five holdings. More...

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Centaur Capital Partners' Third Quarter Top Holdings Zeke Ashton - Centaur Capital Partners' Third Quarter Top Holdings
Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners keeps a fairly concentrated portfolio valued at $116 million. The guru sold out of four of his previous holdings and had a heavy quarter of buying as 13 of his 33 stocks were new buys. The following five companies represent Ashton’s top five holdings. [b] More...

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‘Net Seller’ Zeke Ashton Update, Centaur’s High-Impact Sells Zeke Ashton - ‘Net Seller’ Zeke Ashton Update, Centaur’s High-Impact Sells
Like the mythological centaur, a brilliant investor is also, at times, both man and horse, both tame and wild. Using reason and passion, a dual-natured creature combines intellect and intuition to accomplish far better results than either man or horse could by itself, especially when investing in out-of-favor stocks. Centaur Capital Partners is an apt name choice for Zeke Ashton’s hedge fund, which he founded in 2002. Ashton manages Centaur as well as the Tilson Dividend Fund. More...

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Zeke Ashton's Top Second Quarter Portfolio Increases
Over the duration of the second quarter, Zeke Ashton made seven increases to his positions in his portfolio. Ashton reported his largest increases in the following five companies. As of the second quarter Ashton holds on to 30 stocks valued at $90 million. More...

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Zeke Ashton (Tilson Dividend Fund) Semi-Annual Letter To Investors (June 2013)
We have a rather simplistic investment philosophy: we like to buy assets when the prices of those assets reflect a sizable discount to what we believe them to be worth. We like to sell those assets back to the market when the market is willing to give us what we believe is a full, fair price. The catch is often that in order to buy discounted assets, there usually needs to be some fear and uncertainty reflected in securities prices. As the old saying goes, you can have cheap prices or you can have good news, but you usually can’t have both. When it appears that all is well in the world and the market is driving asset prices higher, we tend to be net sellers. That has been especially true for us over the past year, in large part because there has not been a significant market sell‐off during that time that has lasted for more than a few days to allow us to make significant new investments. Our strategy greatly benefits from the occasional market break in order to re‐stock our portfolio with new investments that meet our Fund’s risk‐averse, income generating mandate. In a way, we need the occasional market volatility that accompanies fear and uncertainty in order to achieve More...

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Zeke Ashton Presentation - May 6, 2013 Value Investing Congress
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Zeke Ashton on the High-Quality Piece of Advice He Received from Michael Burry
An interview with value investor Zeke Ashton discussing concentration when managing a portfolio. More...

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Zeke Ashton Discusses Managing a Portfolio and Position Size
Rare video of value Guru Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners discusses value investing, portfolio management and how to think about position sizing. More...

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Rare interview with Value Investor Zeke Ashton
Zeke Ashton is the founder of Dallas, Texas based Centaur Capital Partners. The firm specializes in value-oriented investing strategies with an emphasis on achieving excellent risk-adjusted returns. The Centaur Value Fund, a long / short, long-biased private investment partnership launched in August 2002, has been compounding at 16% per annum. Centaur Capital is also the sub-advisor to a retail mutual fund, the Tilson Dividend Fund (TILDX), launched in 2005 in partnership with Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue of T2 Partners. Morningstar has assigned five stars to the fund, which also ranks as #1 over 3 and 5 years in Morningstar's "Mid Cap Blend" category. In this interview, Zeke talks about: * Centaur Capital's investment strategy: The importance of finding a distinct niche * Outperforming with "neglected, hated and feared" stocks More...

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Highest Quality Stocks from Zeke Ashton
Ashton is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners and manages the investments for the Centaur Value Fund. He also manages the Tilson Dividend Fund (TILDX). Ashton has held several positions before Centaur. He served as investment analyst for The Motley Fool (TMF), as senior analyst and project manager in the Zurich, Switzerland office of Infinity Systems and in Wall Street Systems, a New York-based treasury and risk management software company. At TMF he developed and carried out investing seminars, subscription investing newsletters and stock research reports. He wrote online investing articles as well. At Infinity Systems he provided financial system consulting to Swiss regional and private banks and when he worked for Wall Street Systems he was in charge of rendering consulting services to various clients in German, Italy and the UK. More...

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Zeke Ashton thinks you should buy DO: His main Thesis
Zeke Ashton manages Centaur Capital Partners and is also in charge of the investments for Centaur Value Fund. Before becoming managing partner he served as general partner and portfolio manager for Centaur Investments LP, a predecessor to the Fund and a private investment partnership. More...

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The Portfolio of Mr. Zeke Ashton Analyzed - Buffett Ratio Guru Portfolio Analysis
The following is an analysis of the most current portfolio of Mr. Zeke Ashton. The analysis will use a system that I designed that is based on the ratio that Mr. Warren Buffet released to the public in 1986, which he coined “Owner Earnings.” For those new to this type of analysis, I would recommend reading an introduction to my system by clicking here. My goal is ultimately to analyze the portfolios of each Guru highlighted here on Guru Focus, and then to subsequently re-analyze them every quarter when possible as changes are made. My purpose in writing these articles is to show the power of Mr. Buffett’s ratio in analyzing stocks, ETF’s, Mutual Funds and individual portfolios. If one can fill their portfolios with companies that score high using my system and avoid those which fail, one should be able to increase the probability of becoming a successful investor in my opinion. Profile of Mr. Ashton: More...

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Hedge Fund Centaur Capital Reports Second Quarter Portfolio
Zeke Ashton is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners. He also manages investments for the Centaur Value Fund and the Tilson Divident Fund. In 2010, the Tilson Dividend Fund returned 20.64% versus the S&P 500’s 15.1%. In 2009, the fund returned 43.98% versus the S&P 500’s 26.5%. He invests according to a philosophy based on value principles. He chooses stocks based on the business’ true value, cash flow generation, management quality, and the competitive advantages of the underlying businesses when such stocks are available at compelling prices. More...

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Zeke Ashton: The Unknown Value Guru
I was inspired by a recent article about Francis Chou, described as the “great unknown Guru,” to write one about another relatively unknown Guru, Zeke Ashton. More...

ZEKE ASHTON, WHITNEY TILSON


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Zeke Ashton Centaur Fund's June 2011 Report
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Portfolio Concentration: Big Bets Vs. Small Bets
In my weekend reading, I came across a 2007 presentation titled, “How Concentrated Should You Be?” by Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners. More...

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Zeke Ashton Q1 Top Five Picks: CSTR, WDC, DELL, TTT, CLMS
Zeke Ashton is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners. He also manages investments for the Centaur Value Fund and the Tilson Divident Fund. In 2010, the Tilson Dividend Fund returned 20.64% versus the S&P 500’s 15.1%. In 2009, the fund returned 43.98% versus the S&P 500’s 26.5%. He invests according to a philosophy based on value principles. He chooses stocks based on the business’ true value, cash flow generation, management quality, and the competitive advantages of the underlying businesses when such stocks are available at compelling prices. His top five largest holdings for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, are: Coinstar Inc. (CSTR), Western Digital Corp. (WDC), Dell Inc. (DELL), Terra Nova Royalty Corp. (TTT) and Calamos Asset Management Inc. (CLMS). More...

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Hedge Fund Centaur Capital Buys CSTR, WDC, DELL, AHL, DO, CSCO, Sells NOC, VOD, BH, LH, EMC
Hedge fund manager Zeke Ashton of Centaur Capital Partners just reported his first quarter portfolio. As of 03/31/2011, he owns 33 stocks with a total value of $103 million. These are the details of the buys and sells. More...

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Guru Zeke Ashton: Q&A Answers
Thanks for the questions and the interest in Centaur Capital Partners. Please note that opinions expressed were valid as of the date of the interview, but our investing positions and opinions are subject to change. More...

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