Diapers Get Messy…But Could Be A Good Business To Be In.

A Morgan Stanley-backed investment fund recently announced it has taken a  stake in baby and adult diaper maker DSG International Thailand:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-dsg-intl-th-morgan-stanley-m-a-idUSKCN12B10H

Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, a Belgium-based investment holding company which I believe is a good long-term hold and is up nearly 15% in EUR terms since my post (ABC, DEF, GBL?), also has exposure to a similar business via its investment in Belgium’s Ontex (www.ontexglobal.com).

I am going to go out on a limb here, but it looks like the smart money may be in diapers.

 

My Year-End Scorecard

As I consider myself to be a long-term investor, I take short-term disappointment in stride…not a few months does a successful investment make. Having said that, periodic performance reviews should be undertaken to ensure the ‘story’ that lead you to invest in the business in the first place has not materially changed (i.e. obsolescence, regime change etc.) and the businesses are still attractive for the long haul.  Continue reading

ABC, DEF, GBL?

Nope…I didn’t forget my alphabet, I am writing about Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (the “GBL” above). GBL is the second largest holding company in Europe with a history going back more than one hundred years (founded in 1902, listed in 1956).  Continue reading