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Value Idea Contest Results Announcement

November 21, 2011 | About:

This is the announcement of the winners of the October Value Idea Contest. In October we received 9 qualified submissions. Some of them are written in great quality and provide deep insight of the companies that are covered.

This is the list of qualified submissions:Precision Tune Auto Care: A Microcap Opportunity

SCANA Corporation: Is AP A-1?

Kinross Gold Corporation (KGC)

Teva: Undervalued Growth Stock with Huge Potential

One Nutritional Stock with Great Fundamentals Being Ignored by the Market

Overlooked Opportunity for this Untapped Business Intelligence Niche

ProAssurance: Passing the High Hurdle

Nicholas Financial: Quality on Sale

Corning Incorporated: Old Glass Substrates Manufacturer Undervalued?

These are the scores from the judges on different aspect of the submissions:

Company Symbol Business Quality Financial Strength Proven Management Capability Depth of Analysis Undervalued? Presentation Readers' Rating and Comments Total
Precision Tune Auto Care PACI.PK 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 26
SCANA Corporation SCG 3 2 3 4 1 4 2 19
Kinross Gold KGC 2 2 1 2 2 2 3 14
Neogen NEOG 4 3 2 2 2 3 2 18
Venoco Inc VQ 3 3 4 3 3 3 2 21
Corning Incorporated GLW 3 4 2 2 3 3 3 20
Nicholas Financial NICK 2 3 4 4 4 4 3 24
ProAssurance Corporation PRA 3 4 4 5 3 3 3 25
Datawatch DWCH 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 23
Teva TEVA 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 27

These are the comments for the submissions:

Precision Tune Auto Care

A tiny auto maintainance company that seems to be very undervalued. The author mentioned competition. But it will nice if author can provide more comparision with the competitions. How do the remaining preferred stocks affect valuation?

SCANA Corporation

The author did in-depth research on the company's business. Catalysts are dicussed. However, the main catalyst seems to be too far away. Also the impact from the new project to the company is not clear. How about the debt burdens because of this. The company is already more indebted than others. Management changes bring uncertainty? The comparison with competitors does not indicate the undervaluation of the company

Kinross Gold

A good mine company with average production cost of $400-$500 per ounce. With gold at high prices, however, the financial strength of the company is weak. DCF model cannot be applied to the company as gold price is unpredictable.


This might be a high quality company. But the author did not provide enough information to convince readers. The company is not cheap at current levels. As pointed by readers, how about risks and competitions?

Venoco Inc

An asset play, undervalued against its book.

Corning Incorporated

Corning's business seems to be improving, but it might well be at the peak of the cycle, as a reader pointed out. Deeper research is required to convince readers that this is a high quality company at good prices.

Nicholas Financial

A tiny subprime auto loan company, conservatively operated by owner. Seems to be undervalued. Any real risks involved with the business? As CEO is seeking exit, what are the long term risks if the company could not sell itself? AmeriCredit was sold at 1.4x book value. For a smaller player, is that valuation possible in a sale?

ProAssurance Corporation

A very detailed analysis of an professional liability insurance company. The company is certainly one of the conservative performers of the industry. It might be undervalued enough, as pointed by the author. It will be nice if the author also compares the key ratios such as reserves, claims, combined ratios of PRA with its competitors.

Therefore the winners are:

First Place:Teva: Undervalued Growth Stock with Huge Potential

Second Place: Precision Tune Auto Care: A Microcap Opportunity


Please contact us to claim your prizes. Other participants, please also contact us to claim your $50 award for submissions. We pay by check or PayPal and payments are made at the beginning of each. If you have not done so, a Free Lance Agreement needs to be signed, scanned and emailed to [email protected]. You can download it here.

With this announcement, GuruFocus is calling for our September Value Idea Contest submissions. We will continue to host the contest in October. But we will not host contest in November. Please submit your best value ideas and get feedbacks from the most intelligent group of value investors on the internet.

About the author:

Charlie Tian, Ph.D. - Founder of GuruFocus. You can now order his book Invest Like a Guru on Amazon.

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