Zeke Ashton

Zeke Ashton

Last Update: 05-15-2017

Number of Stocks: 22
Number of New Stocks: 5

Total Value: $47 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 31%

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.centaurmutualfunds.com

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 (%)
201611.3411.96-0.6
2015-4.641.38-6.0
20147.213.69-6.5
3-Year Cumulative13.8 (4.4%/year)29 (8.9%/year)-15.2 (-4.5%/year)
201316.7832.39-15.6
201217.94161.9
5-Year Cumulative56.8 (9.4%/year)98.2 (14.7%/year)-41.4 (-5.3%/year)
2011-2.332.11-4.4
201020.6415.065.6
200943.9826.4617.5
2008-20.55-3716.5
2007-0.635.49-6.1
10-Year Cumulative110 (7.7%/year)95.7 (6.9%/year)14.3 (0.8%/year)
200615.7515.79-0.0

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Zeke Ashton Comments on Iconix Group Guru stock highlight
As long‐time investors probably are aware, our strategy is highly flexible and from time to time we make investments in securities other than common stocks, most commonly convertible or high yield corporate bonds. In March the Fund purchased a modest position in a corporate bond issued by Iconix Group (NASDAQ:ICON), a company we are quite familiar with by virtue of having owned the common stock for two extended stretches in past years. Our track record on the equity is mixed: we made good money on it the first time we owned it as it de‐levered coming out of the 2008‐2009 crisis. The second time around we sold at a loss as the company re‐levered into the easy credit environment of 2014‐2015 and we became increasingly uncomfortable with the debt profile as well as other issues that we would consider to have been self‐inflicted by an overly aggressive management team. Iconix has since replaced its management, but entered the year needing to roll out a substantial amount of debt due to mature at mid‐year 2016. Though the company carries more debt than Read more...
Learning From the Biggest Mistakes of Institutional Investors 5 investors discuss their biggest investment failures
Every investor makes mistakes. If someone tells you they do not, they are either lying or too inexperienced. Read more...
Warning Signs Identify Value Declining Companies Accumulating warning signs convince gurus to look elsewhere
Among U.S. companies, Leucadia National (Trades, Portfolio) Corp. (NYSE:LUK) has declining profit margins and a weakened financial outlook. As the beef-processing company shows warning signs of potential bankruptcy, several gurus look elsewhere for growth and value. Read more...
15 Questions With Tom Jacobs Author 'started reading stock tables' at age of 12
Today we are interviewing investing author Tom Jacobs. We talk about how he got his start in the market, the first stock he ever bought as well as the bargains he is finding in today's market. Read more...
Zeke Ashton's Best-Performing Assets These stocks in guru's portfolio bring high returns
Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio) is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners and manages the investments for the Centaur Value Fund. He manages a portfolio composed of 29 stocks with a total value of $52 million. The following are his best investments of the year. Read more...
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Dividends and Total Returns Add Up for Zeke Ashton High-valuation market makes it tougher to find bargains, but he stays in the game with dividends and other securities Zeke Ashton,Warren Buffett - Dividends And Total Returns Add Up For Zeke Ashton
Zeke Ashton (TradesPortfolio) may run a concentrated portfolio, just a couple of dozen stocks at most, but he finds it difficult to stay fully invested in this market. More...

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Zeke Ashton Comments on IAC/Interactive Group Guru stock highlight
IAC/Interactive Group (NASDAQ:IAC) is a leading media and internet conglomerate that has a multi-decade track record of developing valuable media companies, which have in the past included Expedia, TripAdvisor, Ticketmaster, and The Home Shopping Network. Today, IAC owns a collection of businesses that includes HomeAdvisor, the leading marketplace connecting homeowners with service professionals for home improvement projects, and Vimeo, a fast-growing video platform and video-on-demand marketplace. The most valuable asset at IAC is the company’s majority ownership interest in Match Group. Match is the world’s largest online dating services provider comprising 45 different brands that IAC took public through an IPO in late 2015. IAC continues to own more than 80% interest in Match (NASDAQ:MTCH), which we think is a unique and under-appreciated asset. We have been impressed with the company’s strong history of value creation and recent capital allocation savvy, and we believe More...

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Zeke Ashton Comments on Cognizant Solutions Guru stock highlight
Cognizant Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH) is a leading provider of outsourced business processing and technology solutions, providing mission-critical services to a base of over 1,200 mostly large global corporate customers primarily in the areas of banking and insurance, healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing. As an indication of just how successful Cognizant has been, a quick review of the financials from 2005 to 2015 reveals a business that grew top-line revenue roughly 14-fold from $885 million to $12.4 billion. Even more impressively, cash flow profitability improved from $68 million to $1.8 billion (roughly 26-fold) during the same span as the company achieved scale and operating leverage. We initially began buying Cognizant stock following the “Brexit” vote. We added to the Fund’s position when the stock sold off further in late September after the company disclosed an internal investigation related to improper payments made by company personnel in India that could be in violation of U.S. anti-bribery laws. We made this incremental investment in the belief More...

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Zeke Ashton Comments on Berkshire Hathaway Guru stock highlight
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B) is of course managed by Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), who is justifiably recognized as one of the world’s most successful investors and the torch-bearer for the value investing style of capital allocation. Unlike many stocks in today’s expensive environment, Berkshire Hathaway remains very reasonably valued on historical measures relative to earnings and book value, and we believe the company’s immense balance sheet strength remains a rare competitive advantage. More...

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Zeke Ashton's Centaur Management 2016 Annual Letter to Investors Commentary on market and holdings Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton's Centaur Management 2016 Annual Letter To Investors
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Zeke Ashton's Best-Performing Assets These stocks in guru's portfolio bring high returns Zeke Ashton,First Eagle Investment,Diamond Hill Ca - Zeke Ashton's Best-Performing Assets
Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio) is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners and manages the investments for the Centaur Value Fund. He manages a portfolio composed of 29 stocks with a total value of $52 million. The following are his best investments of the year. More...

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Learning From the Biggest Mistakes of Institutional Investors 5 investors discuss their biggest investment failures Wallace Weitz, Zeke Ashton - Learning From The Biggest Mistakes Of Institutional Investors
Every investor makes mistakes. If someone tells you they do not, they are either lying or too inexperienced. More...

FAMOUS INVESTORS, MISTAKES, VALUE INVESTING, INVESTING STRATEGY


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Zeke Ashton Reduces, Eliminates Multiple Positions in 3rd Quarter Guru's largest sales of the quarter Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Reduces, Eliminates Multiple Positions In 3rd Quarter
Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio) is a managing partner at Centaur Capital Partners and manages the Centaur Value Fund. During the third quarter, the guru made the following trades: More...

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Warning Signs Identify Value Declining Companies Accumulating warning signs convince gurus to look elsewhere Zeke Ashton,Ken Fisher,Jeremy Grantham - Warning Signs Identify Value Declining Companies
Among U.S. companies, Leucadia National (Trades, Portfolio) Corp. (NYSE:LUK) has declining profit margins and a weakened financial outlook. As the beef-processing company shows warning signs of potential bankruptcy, several gurus look elsewhere for growth and value. More...

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15 Questions With Tom Jacobs Author 'started reading stock tables' at age of 12 Warren Buffett,Zeke Ashton,Whitney Tilson,Joel Gre - 15 Questions With Tom Jacobs
Today we are interviewing investing author Tom Jacobs. We talk about how he got his start in the market, the first stock he ever bought as well as the bargains he is finding in today's market. More...

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Zeke Ashton Invests in 10 New Holdings 5 of guru's top 6 transactions are new to portfolio Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Invests In 10 New Holdings
Five of Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio)’s top six transactions in the second quarter were acquisitions of shares in companies that are new to the portfolio. More...

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Zeke Ashton Comments on Iconix Group Guru stock highlight
As long‐time investors probably are aware, our strategy is highly flexible and from time to time we make investments in securities other than common stocks, most commonly convertible or high yield corporate bonds. In March the Fund purchased a modest position in a corporate bond issued by Iconix Group (NASDAQ:ICON), a company we are quite familiar with by virtue of having owned the common stock for two extended stretches in past years. Our track record on the equity is mixed: we made good money on it the first time we owned it as it de‐levered coming out of the 2008‐2009 crisis. The second time around we sold at a loss as the company re‐levered into the easy credit environment of 2014‐2015 and we became increasingly uncomfortable with the debt profile as well as other issues that we would consider to have been self‐inflicted by an overly aggressive management team. Iconix has since replaced its management, but entered the year needing to roll out a substantial amount of debt due to mature at mid‐year 2016. Though the company carries more debt than More...

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Zeke Ashton's Centaur Total Return Fund Semi-Annual 2016 Report Review of half year and holdings Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton's Centaur Total Return Fund Semi-Annual 2016 Report
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Zeke Ashton Purchases Stake in Dave & Buster's Company has expanded its operations and has multiple streams of income Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Purchases Stake In Dave & Buster's
Guru Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio) purchased a 45,000-share stake in Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:PLAY) in the first quarter. More...

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Zeke Ashton Sells 13 Stakes in 4th Quarter Electronics companies, health care providers among guru's divestitures Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Sells 13 Stakes In 4th Quarter
Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio), managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners, sold 13 stakes in his portfolio in the fourth quarter. It was only the second time since 2013 that Ashton’s quarterly sales of existing stakes have been in double digits. More...

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Zeke Ashton Purchases 140,000 Shares of Tetra Tech Guru buys stake in professional services company in 4th quarter Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Purchases 140,000 Shares Of Tetra Tech
Guru Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio)'s Centaur Capital Partners bought a 140,000-share stake in Tetra Tech Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK) in the fourth quarter. More...

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Zeke Ashton's Top Trades During 4th Quarter Investor buys Apple and increases stake in Berkshire Hathaway Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton's Top Trades During 4th Quarter
Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio) is the managing partner of Centaur Capital Partners and manages the investments for the Centaur Value Fund. He is also manager of the Tilson Dividend Fund. He manages a portfolio with a total value of $35 million, and the following are his most heavily weighted trades during the fourth quarter. More...

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Zeke Ashton Raises Several Stakes in 3rd Quarter Guru adds to holding in Berkshire Hathaway Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Raises Several Stakes In 3rd Quarter
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Zeke Ashton's Centaur Total Return Fund 2015 Annual Letter Ashton reflects on difficult year and discusses outlook for new year Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton's Centaur Total Return Fund 2015 Annual Letter
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Zeke Ashton Shares Philosophies on Value, Success A high school dropout, Ashton talks about important principles in investing Zeke Ashton - Zeke Ashton Shares Philosophies On Value, Success
Zeke Ashton (Trades, Portfolio) started his investment career after he dropped out of high school to work for Bear Stearns, where he gained an understanding about the financial market and learned how to invest in stocks. After he gained valuable experience working for Bear Stearns, he took a risk and moved to Europe where he got a job as a financial system consultant and further gained an understanding on the fundamentals for risk analysis. More...

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