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Holly LaFon
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Steven Romick Comments on Jefferies Financial Group

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February 07, 2019 | About:
Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE:JEF), our remaining balance sheet-intensive holding in this category, does not fit neatly in either group described above, though it serves as a good illustration of the type of financial investments we like. Jefferies operates a strong broker/dealer and a successful merchant bank. We like the owner/operator mindset of management, who have their money invested alongside ours. It has historically succeeded in creating value through timely investments through the merchant bank and by opportunistically repurchasing its shares at a sizeable discount to net asset value, or NAV. Last year, Jeffries met earnings expectations; enhanced NAV by reducing its stake in National Beef, and aggressively repurchased its shares at attractive prices. Despite those moves, Jefferies stock price declined 35% in the calendar year and now trades at just 65% of its tangible book value and an even larger discount to our low $30 assessment of NAV.

From Steven Romick (Trades, Portfolio)'s Crescent Fund fourth quarter 2018 shareholder letter.

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