Weird Stanford Touches on Value Investing

Let’ see if we can derive some insights on value investing  from a weird Stanford touch.

Wednesday’s message What Can You Do About Pensions looked at how many pensions were screwed when the Sequoia Fund was flattened by its 30% holding in the price gouging pharma company, Valeant.  That firm’s share price dropped almost 90% in the last year.  One lesson on how to avoid this type of rip off was  to avoid the Golden Boy Syndrome.  I wrote:

Look out for hotshots and the Golden Boy Syndrome.  Having been in the business almost 50 years now, I  have seen so many kings knocked off their throne.  Anytime anyone acts as if they are doing you a favor taking your money… BEWARE!

So the New York Times article “College Admissions Shocker”(1) about Stanford University caught my attention.  Stanford University cemented its standing as the most selective institution of higher education by having a zero acceptance rate for the 2020 class from record-setting number of applications.

For example, they turned down a young lady who, at age 17, had already performed surgery, because “it wasn’t open-heart or a transplant or anything like that”.

One 15 year old applicant blamed his parents because they had earlier sued to let him begin kindergarten ahead of schedule.  “If I’d been held back a year, I would have been applying to the Stanford Class of 2021”, was his comment.

Why would a school do this?   The article says: Over recent years, Stanford administrators noticed that as the school rejected more and more comers, it received bigger and bigger donations, its endowment rising in tandem with its exclusivity, its luster, a magnet for Silicon Valley lucre.

This sounds much like the Golden Boy Syndrome to me.  Wanting something because you can’t have it is not a foundation for finding value.

But Stanford’ aloofness is not the point.  The lesson we can derive comes from the reaction of other universities.

The article goes on to outline how university administrators at other institutions were upset because their acceptance rate was too high.  One school’s reaction to create demand is:  “to send every high school senior in America who scored in the top 4 percent nationally on the SAT a complimentary spray bottle of Wharton: The Fragrance, which has a top note of sandalwood and a bottom note of crisp, freshly minted $100 bills”.

I am not sure how fragrance will enhance a school’s reputation but I am all for it because of one word… get ready for this… Sandalwood.

Those who have been reading this site for the past few years know that I am a fan of sandalwood.  A couple of year’s ago I invested in (and still hold share in) TFS Corporation, an Australian Sandalwood grower and manufacturer.

I was so enthused about TFS Corp. (Australian stock exchange symbol TFC:AU) that I co-authored with Candace Newman, the essential oil expert,  The Sandalwood Investing Report which was published and is still available at  My first recommendation for this share was in a February 2014  message “A  Most Valuable Investment”.  I wrote:

A Most Valuable Investment

Click on title “A Most Valuable Investment” to read entire 2014 message.

The shares at that time  (marked with arrow) were $1.12.  Despite a bumpy ride (more on this in a moment) they were $1.69 yesterday.

TFC Corp

TFC Corporation share chart at (2)

That report by the way is still available at No fundamentals have changed except we have two years of extra price history on the shares.

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You can get details or order the Sandalwood Investing Report at Sandalwood Investing Report details at

Yet the lesson we can gain is not really about sandalwood either.

The bigger lesson and point of this message is to remember that Golden Rule of Investing #1; “There is always something we do not know”.

I have no idea if all the top students in America being exposed to a fragrance with a hint of sandalwood will increase the demand for this rare essential oil.  That’s the point.  Everyday, there are almost infinite numbers of extremely tiny events that we will never notice or think about.  Any one of them could have huge profound impact on our lives.

Since we cannot know what the future brings, we need some other way to gain information about where we should invest.  One approach is to gain information about investing ideas with value analysis.

For example we don’t know all the forces that will impact the value of sandalwood long term, but we can look at what analysts say about the short value of TFS shares.

The analysts at recently issued a report “TFS Corp. Ltd.: Gathering momentum, can it sustain its performance?” (3).

Here are some points to consider about the value of  TFS Corp. shares.

  • Australia is a good value market according to Keppler Asset Management.
  • The Australian dollar has been artificially depressed versus the US dollar so it should provide a forex profit boost.
  • The long term supply demand for sandalwood is very strong.
  • TFC-AU‘s share price performance was a -9.84% over the last 12 months. This is below its peer median but its 30-day trend in share price performance of 27.41% is better than the peer median.  This recent rising stock price may herald a change in relative share price performance.
  • TFS Corporation Ltd’s current Price/Book is at a discount of 0.89, a  good value.
  • TFC-AU‘s relatively high profit margins are burdened by relative asset inefficiency.  This means there is even more profit potential.
  • Changes in annual revenues (relative to peers) are better than the change in its earnings (relative to peers), implying the company is focused more on revenues. (reflects potential for growth).

The company’s return on assets over the past five years suggest that its relatively high operating returns are sustainable.

All of these factors suggests that shares in TFS Corp offer a good value now, but this is still a long term speculation.

TFC Corp

This relative value assessment from the analysis linked below shows how the TFS Corp. share price performance is leading its sector.

Each of us should ask how much we can afford to allocate to a speculation of this nature?  This is a personal decision because we each have a unique risk tolerance.  When our risk tolerance is out of line with the risk profile of our investments, we’ll make more poor emotional decisions than wise investments.  See how to balance risks at “Risk Balance Thoughts“.

Stanford University’s “Golden Boy Syndrome” means that most people won’t get to school there, but this does not mean the school can’t provide us with some lessons.  One lesson is that even weird action, like Stanford’s zero applicant acceptance creates a ripple effect that creates a future where there is always something we cannot see and do not know.  This is why we use financial information rather than economic news to find investing value.


(1)  College Admissions Shocker


(3) TFS corp gathering momentum can it sustain its performance

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