CTCOLIC January 2005 Meeting Minutes

Meeting called to order at 8:34 PM on January 25, 2005
Members in attendance:

Minutes, Treasurer's report approved

Website News:
Randy has been working on a website, to be hosted at CTCOLIC.org. The schedule for the new year of studies is completed and will be posted at this site shortly. Work on other areas of the site will proceed.

Company updates:
Received updates on PFE BBBY ACS GNTX. Discussion centered on GNTX numbers, reasons for slowing of growth, need to watch carefully for uptrend and relative to industry.

Elections of officers.
Motion by Karen, second by Jason, to hold voting "live time" and dispense with 10 day email voting period. All in favor.
Motion by Randy, second by Brian, to approve the slate of officers as follows:
Presiding Partner - Jason
Asst. Presiding Partner - Avi
Asst. Presiding Partner: Communications - Randy
Financial Partner - Larry
Asst. Financial Partner - Bob
Recording Partner - Karen
Asst. Recording Partner - Bill P.

All were in favor.

Teal Team report on Fiserv;
Discussion on selected growth rates for revenues, and earnings per share. Selected growth rates came out with estimates higher than VL. Growth from acquisition vs. organic growth, and sustainability of this growth. recent organic growth lower than hoped. Comparison of VL "annual growth rates" figures and their actual dollar estimates. Risks involved in counting on growth via acquisition. Decided that Randy will watch the company for awhile and see how company expectations in regards to growth pan out....company has stated they expect roughly 7% organic growth and 7% acquisition groth over the next 3-5 years.

Discussion followed on what to do with some of the cash we have built up. BBBY was brought up as a suitable buy at this time. Motion made by Karen, second by Brian, to purchase an additional 50 shares. Motioned passed, 6 ayes.

Meeting adjourned at 9:59PM.

Next team up: Blue team, Education


Meeting Log

[08:34 PM] wbprugh: Let's log in, please.
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[08:34 PM] Jason: Jason Ramage
[08:34 PM] wbprugh: And is someone making a log of the meeting?
[08:34 PM] Jason: I have a log
[08:34 PM] wbprugh: Bill Prugh
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[08:34 PM] BrianLWA: Brian Lewis
[08:34 PM] PapaDuke01: Larry Duke
[08:34 PM] holtinpa: Randy Holt
[08:34 PM] bob76109: bob tesch
[08:34 PM] mosycat2: Karen Phillips
[08:35 PM] Jason: Avi must be watching American Idol
[08:35 PM] wbprugh: Or the KU basketball game.
[08:35 PM] Jason: KU?
[08:35 PM] Jason: Kansas?
[08:35 PM] wbprugh: Where else?
[08:35 PM] Jason: better than watching UK

<Approval of November Minutes>

[08:35 PM] wbprugh: Minutes of last (Nov) meeting - approved as prepared?
[08:36 PM] holtinpa: We're not in Kansas anymore Dorthy
[08:36 PM] mosycat2: We have a quorum...seven members needed.

<Treasurer's Report>

[08:36 PM] wbprugh: Treasurer's report was posted on Noca - any questions?
[08:36 PM] mosycat2: No problems noted with minutes at this time.
[08:37 PM] Jason: no questions with treasurer's report

<Old Business: Web Site, Study Schedule>

[08:37 PM] wbprugh: Old business: status of new web page?
[08:37 PM] Jason: Randy, Avi, and I are talking about that
[08:37 PM] holtinpa: I downloaded the old web page to my local computer to begin working
[08:38 PM] Jason: or have been... I haven't talked with them in a few weeks
[08:38 PM] wbprugh: CTCOLIC.com domain name is registered as I recall.
[08:38 PM] holtinpa: We are going to use CTCOLIC.org.
[08:38 PM] holtinpa: .com means a commercial venture
[08:38 PM] mosycat2: Thanks Randy. I will appreciate having a site where I can check and see who's up for reporting.
[08:38 PM] wbprugh: Hey - good lead in to . . .
[08:39 PM] wbprugh: Old business: update of schedule for stock & education reports, it's done, right?
[08:39 PM] holtinpa: The schedule is done.
[08:39 PM] Jason: I believe we ironed that out at the last meeting
[08:40 PM] Jason: Is it up on the site now?
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[08:40 PM] wbprugh: And it was emailed, I (we) just need to find it. It was not on the web page last time I looked.
[08:40 PM] holtinpa: There is not any place to post it yet, perhaps it can be one of the first things we post
[08:40 PM] Jason: guess it wouldn't take long to find out....
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[08:40 PM] wbprugh: Before we leave, someone give us the schedule for Feb & March to remind us all, please.
[08:41 PM] holtinpa: I would like to have a discussion about the new web site but do not want to take time from the meeting
[08:41 PM] Jason: As far as what to include on the site?
[08:42 PM] holtinpa: I could put together a proposal for a process to proceed and send it in email for discussion
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[08:42 PM] holtinpa: Oops, we have ctcolic.net
[08:43 PM] NYC But4U: <---as a point of information there is an ad on right now, not ctcolic.org but ctcolic.net
[08:43 PM] Jason: that sounds good to me... that's something we can talk about over email easier

<Stock Updates: PFE, BBBY, ACS, GNTX>

[08:43 PM] wbprugh: I show stock updates or reports on PFE, BBBY, ACS posted this month.
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[08:44 PM] wbprugh: PFE is a hold, BBBY is a possible buy, ACS is a possible buy.
[08:44 PM] Jason: ACS is just barely a buy... didn't it just drop below the "buy line" by a buck or two?
[08:45 PM] holtinpa: GNTX is getting close to a sell. Its growth is looking like a slide
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[08:45 PM] Jason: I prefer having more of a comfort zone before jumping in (well, we've already jumped in, but jumping in further)
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[08:46 PM] wbprugh: Are we ready to elect officers?
[08:46 PM] BrianLWA: Odd about GNTX --- according to the PERT summary report, it's in the Buy zone ...
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[08:47 PM] mosycat2: Am I back?
[08:47 PM] Jason: we had a few people get bumped
[08:47 PM] wbprugh: Seems we have several folks jumping in and off tonight - may be the weather.
[08:47 PM] Jason: hi Karen
[08:47 PM] holtinpa: Pat Lang and I had a brief discussion about GNTX. The PERT-A charts and numbers are looking bleax. We thought we would give it another quarter based on the news
[08:47 PM] Jason: too cold
[08:47 PM] mosycat2: :-)
[08:48 PM] wbprugh: So GNTX is "watch closely" for now, thanks for clarifying.
[08:48 PM] BrianLWA: Randy, if I'm understanding you correctly you're not disputing the SSG data that shows GNTX in the buy zone, you just don't like the quarterly trends as shown on PERT-A --- is that correct?
[08:48 PM] BrianLWA: (note that I know nothing about that GNTX SSG data, I'm just asking!)
[08:48 PM] holtinpa: That is correct
[08:48 PM] mosycat2: That's a good idea Randy...GNTX numbers have to be taken in context with auto industry sales.
[08:48 PM] holtinpa: I am also saying that the news does not look good for GNTX in the short term and waiting for a quarter may allow it to rebound
[08:49 PM] mosycat2: If I read stuff correctly, GNTX numbers were down, but good relative to overall auto sales
[08:50 PM] holtinpa: They are relative tothe auto inventories being built up. They need to have more sales and until they do, the factories are slowing, and therefore buying fewer auto dimming mirrors
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[08:50 PM] BrianLWA: I guess my inclination is to not buy when the trends are down, but if I'm satisfied with the logic behind why the trends are down --- that doesn't cause me to sell.
[08:50 PM] holtinpa: There is also some competition in the wings
[08:50 PM] mosycat2: Good explanation Brian!
[08:50 PM] holtinpa: I agree, that is why I believe we should wait a quarter or two and see what happens
[08:51 PM] Jason: I'm curious about which companies GNTX supplies.... nothing we have to answer now though
[08:51 PM] BrianLWA: VL isn't all that overall optimistic for the near term, but is optimistic over the longer term.
[08:51 PM] holtinpa: GM
[08:51 PM] Jason: only GM?
[08:51 PM] BrianLWA: Here's one VL comment that relates: "We expect earnings growth to resume in 2005, thanks to strong sales overseas, particularly in Asia, and to increased penetration of the huge mid-sized car market."
[08:51 PM] holtinpa: A host of others butthat is one that stuck oput in my mind
[08:51 PM] mosycat2: GNTX has 80% of the market for mirrors; they supply many companies
[08:52 PM] Jason: ok... hopefully companies that are growing in market share
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[08:52 PM] BrianLWA: Watching for the next couple of quarters sounds like a good thing to me too. Of course, our stock watchers are watching their stocks quarter-by-quarter anyway, no? :-P
[08:52 PM] holtinpa: Yes!
[08:53 PM] Jason: that's only every three months :)
[08:53 PM] holtinpa: I get stock news delivered to my electronic implant

<Election of Officers>

[08:53 PM] wbprugh: Will somone post the new officers names and will someone move that we waive voting by email and approve the nominees, if we can move to that order of business.
[08:54 PM] Jason: stock news delivered to your pacemaker?
[08:54 PM] holtinpa: Yeah, some days I do not do so good
[08:54 PM] mosycat2: I make a motion that we waive email ballotting and vote live here at the meeting for new officers.
[08:54 PM] Jason: bad for your heart if Wall Street is down
[08:55 PM] Jason: second Karen's motion
[08:55 PM] Jason: Here are the nominations:
Presiding Partner - Jason
Asst. Presiding Partner - Avi
Asst. Presiding Partner: Communications - Randy
Financial Partner - Larry
Asst. Financial Partner - Bob
Recording Partner - Karen
Asst. Recording Partner - Bill P.
[08:56 PM] wbprugh: Discuss on the motion to elect new officers, or are we ready to vote?
[08:56 PM] wbprugh: Thanks for posting the names, also.
[08:56 PM] holtinpa: What does Asst. Presiding Partner: Communications do?
[08:56 PM] Jason: no problem
[08:56 PM] Jason: that's webmaster
[08:56 PM] Jason: just the web site, what you're already doing
[08:56 PM] holtinpa: okay
[08:57 PM] wbprugh: Will someone get the Value Line book out so Jason can take the oath of office after the vote?
[08:57 PM] wbprugh: I will call the question if we are ready to vote.
[08:57 PM] holtinpa: I thought we used toe NAIC values
[08:57 PM] Jason: I didn't know I was being inoogurated
[08:57 PM] holtinpa: perhaps ignored
[08:58 PM] holtinpa: I make a motion to vote
[08:58 PM] Jason: we need to vote on Karen's motion first, right?
[08:58 PM] wbprugh: I call the question, please vote yes or no on the motion to vote in the chat room.
[08:58 PM] BrianLWA: Aye
[08:58 PM] Jason: aye
[08:58 PM] wbprugh: Yes, thanks for the reminder.
[08:58 PM] bob76109: aye
[08:58 PM] holtinpa: yes
[08:58 PM] mosycat2: aye
[08:58 PM] PapaDuke01: aye
[08:58 PM] wbprugh: Yes.
[08:58 PM] BrianLWA: Avi, wake up and stop watching American Idol (you have no hope ...)
[08:58 PM] wbprugh: Next a motion to approve the nominees is in order and a second.
[08:59 PM] holtinpa: Motion
[08:59 PM] BrianLWA: I move we approve the slate as stated
[08:59 PM] BrianLWA: Or second.
[08:59 PM] BrianLWA: Or whatever
[08:59 PM] wbprugh: Please vote on the motion to accept the nominees.
[08:59 PM] Jason: I move that American Idol sucks
[08:59 PM] wbprugh: Yes
[08:59 PM] BrianLWA: Aye
[08:59 PM] holtinpa: Yes
[08:59 PM] Jason: ;-)
[08:59 PM] Jason: aye
[08:59 PM] PapaDuke01: aye
[08:59 PM] bob76109: yes
[08:59 PM] BrianLWA: (that was an Aye to both motions ...)
[09:00 PM] mosycat2: aye
[09:00 PM] wbprugh: Motion passes, and we officially pass the wet trout to Jason.
[09:00 PM] mosycat2: Congratulations
[09:01 PM] Jason: and I'll slap Avi first for watching American Idol and not voting so far
[09:01 PM] wbprugh: I rest my gavel and will sit back and let the new officers, having been sworn in, assume their duties. Phew, I'm beat.
[09:01 PM] wbprugh: Will the new Pres please take over.
[09:01 PM] NYC But4U: a belated Aye
[09:01 PM] Jason: yes, next item on agenda is Teal Team's report
[09:01 PM] NYC But4U: (American Idol is over)
[09:02 PM] Jason: (Amazing Race is on)

<Teal Team Report: FISV>

[09:02 PM] holtinpa: We have decided to report on FISERV, however without Joan, I am not sure it would be done justice
[09:02 PM] Jason: We figured out it was FactSet that the club owned, and not FISV
[09:03 PM] holtinpa: Did everyone ready the reports we forwarded?
[09:03 PM] PapaDuke01: Great Report you and Joan sent to the list
[09:03 PM] wbprugh: The buy range in the teal report was very close to my land club's buy range, and
[09:03 PM] holtinpa: Thanks Larry! Joan is great at this stuff
[09:03 PM] mosycat2: Yes, I read your stuff, and it agreed with everything else I had read a couple months ago.
[09:03 PM] wbprugh: we have owned FISV now for some time. Should be buy more?
[09:03 PM] BrianLWA: I have to disagree some with the overall conclusion.
[09:03 PM] BrianLWA: The SSG wasn't complete in the judgment, but for me the growth rates were too high.
[09:03 PM] BrianLWA: VL predicts revenues of $5.425 billion in 07 - 08. That's well below the 15% growth rates in the SSG that was sent round.
[09:04 PM] BrianLWA: My hasty SSG gets this stock in the hold zone at current price, U/D ratio of 2.1 to 1.
[09:04 PM] BrianLWA: Sorry I didn't look at this before the meeting.
[09:04 PM] holtinpa: The SSG was set at 15% and another was followed with 14.3%
[09:05 PM] BrianLWA: Right, and to stay at or below VL's revenue prediction, you have to grow sales at more like 8% from here.
[09:05 PM] wbprugh: I have the SSG dated 1/21 with the 14.3% in it, thanks.
[09:05 PM] BrianLWA: Preferred procedure for me went from there to a 9.2% EPS growth rate getting out to $2.91 in 2008.
[09:05 PM] holtinpa: The growth rates came from a couple of sources. There was S&P at about 13-15% and Argus (who always seems high) at 16%
[09:05 PM] BrianLWA: Yup, that's why they call it judgment --- I'm not asking others to agree, just stating my methodology.
[09:06 PM] BrianLWA: Unless I have a good reason, I don't estimate future revenues higher than the VL analyst does.
[09:06 PM] mosycat2: From my reading and researcxh, my personal study came to 14%...a combo of 7% growth from acquisition and 7% internal growth
[09:06 PM] BrianLWA: Everything else sort of flowed from there. That, and using the recent severe market low in section 4B.
[09:07 PM] BrianLWA: Right, Karen. Growth via acquisition can definitely make this stuff harder to analyse. A related question is:
[09:07 PM] BrianLWA: If you grow at 15% via substantial M&A, should you expect a 15% EPS growth rate too?
[09:07 PM] BrianLWA: Depends on how you pay for your acquistions and how much efficiencies you can squeeze out over time.
[09:07 PM] Jason: Look at how they have done in the past with acquisitions
[09:08 PM] holtinpa: The report did say that the growth rate assumed a health organic growth, which they have not been able to demonstrate
[09:08 PM] Jason: usually you can squeeze some efficiencies out over a few years
[09:08 PM] BrianLWA: I did not spend a ton of time looking over this; I'm just saying that at first blush, my reaction is one of discomfort at seeing the buy zone dependant on growing sales faster than VL predicts
[09:08 PM] Jason: FISV should be benefitting from Check 21 too
[09:08 PM] Jason: the electronic processing of paper checks
[09:09 PM] BrianLWA: That should be factored into VL's analysis though, no?
[09:09 PM] Jason: I'm sure it is
[09:09 PM] Jason: most of it is old news by now, but it's also something that should provide an ongoing need for the technology
[09:09 PM] BrianLWA: To be clear, I'm not surrendering my judgment to VL here, just capping how optimistic I am by what they're predicting --- as a measure of safety.
[09:09 PM] mosycat2: Check 21 just started 2 months ago, but I think everyone is required to process that way now. It's a very big deal in the processing world right now
[09:11 PM] wbprugh: Why is the VL growth rate the benchmark - just because it's there? It seems like VL is treated as a minimum rate in many cases.
[09:11 PM] mosycat2: Brian, I know you would never surrender your judgment to anyones! :-)
[09:11 PM] Jason: The PERT isn't showing a decline or rise in profit margins
[09:12 PM] BrianLWA: I should say that I really appreciate the inclusion of so many reports to compare too --- M*, VL, S&P, Argus. I great suite of material there.
[09:12 PM] holtinpa: If I look at the earnings rate from VL is shows 18%. Am I misreading this?
[09:13 PM] Jason: It really helps to know what each of those analysts is thinking too
[09:13 PM] BrianLWA: Randy, if you're look at the lower left box, I just ignore that -- it's misleading.
[09:13 PM] holtinpa: Ohhhhh, that explains my pacemaker problems
[09:13 PM] BrianLWA: Just look at what VL predicts for 07 - 09 in the annual rates at far right. Compare that to the sales you have predicted for that time period.
[09:14 PM] BrianLWA: I encourage everyone to look at both "what bulls say" and "what bears say" in the M* report that Randy sent.
[09:14 PM] mosycat2: Ok, you can rip me apart here but...
[09:15 PM] mosycat2: when I look at the VL $$$ figure, I sort of take it to be the midpoint of 07-09, or 2008...and we want to go to 2009 in the SSG now, right?
[09:15 PM] BrianLWA: The "bears say" bit has some daunting stuff for me. Limited internal growth, signs they've been overpaying for acquisitions, stealing market share is difficult, price competition
[09:15 PM] BrianLWA: Karen, not "ripping", but the SSG as sent out goes out to 2008. That's right in between 07 - 09.
[09:16 PM] BrianLWA: And we don't need to be that precise --- predictions out that far are often wildly wrong. It's just a way to keep from being too optimistic.
[09:16 PM] mosycat2: OK
[09:16 PM] BrianLWA: If VL isn't that optimistic about future revenues, then I want to be bloody confident if I'm more confident there.
[09:17 PM] mosycat2: True
[09:18 PM] holtinpa: VL is optimistic in their writeup. They state the company has a stong 3-5 year earning-growth prospect (lower right)
[09:18 PM] Jason: hey, FISV just got the Fullerton Community Bank contract.... nothing to worry about
[09:19 PM] BrianLWA: To be fair here, I'm not saying I wouldn't invest in FISV. You can find negatives and things to worry about for any stock. I'd look to get it a bit cheaper though.
[09:19 PM] holtinpa: I would be happy to keep an eye on this stock
[09:20 PM] mosycat2: What does VL have for revenues?
[09:20 PM] holtinpa: a 1-2 minute report every month or so.
[09:20 PM] holtinpa: I think I am reading 5425 in 07-09
[09:20 PM] wbprugh: I like having quality stocks on a Watch list until someone says to stop watching it.
[09:21 PM] Jason: We do have a few on our watch list... I'm watching NYB
[09:21 PM] Jason: I think they have earnings coming out this month, or just came out.... need to update that one
[09:22 PM] holtinpa: FISV has earning out in a couple days. I believe tomorrow
[09:22 PM] BrianLWA: Yes, $5.425 billion (5425) in 07 - 09. If you treat that value as the 2008 sales, then you've got a sales growth rate a little above 8%. Well below 15%.
[09:22 PM] mosycat2: Wow, that's like only an 8.3% rate of growth for revenues...I wonder why it's so low compared to all the written forecasts about acquisition growth and internal growth
[09:23 PM] holtinpa: So why is VL estimates in the lower left box (which is in lione with other analysts) so much different?
[09:23 PM] BrianLWA: Ah, one difference to be aware of --- we have three quarters now towards a new FY. So the growth rate to get to 5425 depends a lot on whether you're projecting from the last fiscal year, or from the latest quarter.
[09:23 PM] Jason: the M* report calls for 6% internal growth
[09:24 PM] BrianLWA: VL's lower left box is an estimate that starts in the recent past, not in the present. That can sometimes skew things a lot.
[09:24 PM] PapaDuke01: Sorry, got to run. Karen has my proxy. Good night all.
[09:24 PM] mosycat2: the company itself, in the last conference call, was estimating 7% internal growth longterm...
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[09:24 PM] BrianLWA: Good night, Larry.
[09:25 PM] BrianLWA: If we expect 6% to 7% organic growth, then the question is what kind of M&A growth is sustainable, and how much they'll pay (or overpay ...) for the acquisitions.
[09:25 PM] BrianLWA: I'm not suggesting that the growth is capped at the organic growth rate. But VL seems to think it's not too much higher than that from here FWIW.
[09:25 PM] Jason: definitely better to be conservative about that.... a good management team will wait for timely acquisitions at the right price
[09:26 PM] BrianLWA: Right, Jason, but it can be a devil's tradeoff.
[09:26 PM] Jason: is that like a devil's advocate?
[09:26 PM] BrianLWA: If M&A is a big part of your growth strategy, on the one hand you have to be disciplined as you say.
[09:26 PM] BrianLWA: OTOH, if you find everything too expensive to buy, then your growth rate decelerates. Wall street brings your stock price down accordingly.
[09:27 PM] BrianLWA: And if you've been paying for acquisitions using your (possibly inflated) shares to purchase other companies, you can't do that any more. Viscious circle ...
[09:27 PM] Jason: well, Wall Street will just have to deal with it, won't they? (that's what I would say, but then I'm not the CEO)
[09:27 PM] BrianLWA: I'm not saying that's what's happening or going to happen here, but it's a risk when M&A gowth is significant.
[09:28 PM] mosycat2: I definitely have to defer to Brian on M&A as he's studied it extensively and I have not. Could the overpaying be what's causing the profit margin to lower slightly the past couple of years?
[09:29 PM] BrianLWA: Well, this from M*:
[09:29 PM] Jason: well, if the share become highly inflated and that does appear to be the case (that they are using the overvalued shares to make acquisitions) then you've got an unsustainable situation already
[09:29 PM] BrianLWA: "There are already signs that Fiserv is overpaying for growth. "
[09:29 PM] BrianLWA: "Its CNS acquisition price was twice the level of CNS' sales."
[09:29 PM] BrianLWA: "This phenomenon will only worsen as Fiserv tries to get the same rate of acquisition growth off a larger base of sales."
[09:29 PM] holtinpa: There internal growth has trended higher over the last year (9% over 3%)
[09:30 PM] Jason: but that's just one example... there could be something less obvious about CNS that made it worth what FISV paid (just thinking out loud)
[09:30 PM] Jason: well, do we want to close up discussion on this?
[09:31 PM] BrianLWA: Could be, Jason. But given that M* used it as an example, they presumeably don't think of anything along that line --- but then I'm the last person to be defending analyst's due diligence ... :-D
[09:31 PM] BrianLWA: Yes, I'm content to close discussion.
[09:31 PM] Jason: we could vote to add FISV to the watch list if Randy or someone wants to watch it
[09:31 PM] holtinpa: Close
[09:32 PM] holtinpa: I would be willing to watch it. I may have a few things to pass by the group via email during the month as I come up with questins or comments. If you do not mind

<Vote to Add FISV to Watch List>

[09:32 PM] Jason: ok, I move to add FISV to watch list
[09:32 PM] BrianLWA: If we minded we wouldn't be in this club ... ;-)
[09:33 PM] Jason: any second?
[09:33 PM] wbprugh: A mind is a terrible thing to make up sometimes.
[09:33 PM] BrianLWA: if we have to vote on this then sure, I'll second
[09:34 PM] Jason: I think we've voted in the past
[09:34 PM] Jason: call the vote for watching FISV
[09:34 PM] BrianLWA: Aye
[09:34 PM] Jason: aye
[09:34 PM] holtinpa: aye
[09:34 PM] wbprugh: Remind me what the abbreviation M* stands for, I know I'll regret asking.
[09:34 PM] bob76109: aye
[09:34 PM] wbprugh: yes
[09:34 PM] Jason: MOrningstar
[09:34 PM] NYC But4U: aye
[09:34 PM] Jason: took me a minute to remember too
[09:34 PM] wbprugh: Of course.
[09:34 PM] BrianLWA: Sry!
[09:34 PM] BrianLWA: Oops, Sorry! <g>
[09:35 PM] Jason: I was going to translate that too :)
[09:35 PM] Jason: motion passes to add FISV to watch list, Randy will be watching it
[09:35 PM] Jason: The agenda says the Red Team is up....
[09:35 PM] Jason: is that right?
[09:36 PM] holtinpa: Tonight?
[09:36 PM] Jason: yeah, we never received a report from them
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[09:37 PM] mosycat2: OK, ok, I thought we went to one team a month??
[09:37 PM] Jason: if anyone was assigned... maybe that was from December
[09:37 PM] Jason: oh yeah
[09:37 PM] Jason: that's right Karen
[09:37 PM] mosycat2: I'm getting confused...
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[09:38 PM] Jason: I think the agenda was just wrong

<New Business>

[09:38 PM] Jason: Do we have any new business?
[09:38 PM] mosycat2: Randy, could you repost the schedule to the list for us?
[09:38 PM] holtinpa: We only have one team a month. I will work on getting the schedule posted
[09:39 PM] mosycat2: We have several BUY candidates from the PERT summary...anyone want to spend some money? That's the only new business I can think of
[09:39 PM] Jason: I remember seeing the schedule.... should have saved it
[09:39 PM] holtinpa: I need to sign off. It was fun getting my stock busted on! I learned alot. Thanks
[09:39 PM] Jason: I was thinking the same Karen
[09:39 PM] Jason: ok, 'night Randy
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[09:40 PM] Jason: I believe we can still make decisions as long as we started with a quroum
[09:40 PM] BrianLWA: Can someone remind us of how much cash we have burning a hole in our collective pocket?
[09:40 PM] Jason: that's how the PA reads anyway
[09:40 PM] Jason: we have $4500
[09:41 PM] Jason: NYB could be a good candidate
[09:41 PM] Jason: from the watch list
[09:41 PM] mosycat2: Yes, the quorum holds for the meeting. majority consists of those left to vote
[09:41 PM] mosycat2: I haven't seen an updated SSG on NYB in a long time
[09:41 PM] Jason: so if the rest of you want to leave, I'll spend this money very promptly :)
[09:41 PM] BrianLWA: All of our current holdings represent between a percentage of the portfolio in the teens. I.e., there aren't any positions to particularly shore up.
[09:42 PM] Jason: yes, I've been more concerned about finding a job, but I'd like to see what NYB's ssg looks like because the stock has been hit prettyhard

<Discussion of BBBY>

[09:42 PM] BrianLWA: I'm happy with the BBBY numbers to buy more shares and become somewhat overweighted there for a while.
[09:43 PM] wbprugh: I have been invited to speak at the K C Investory's Fair about CTCOLIC and to give an online deom of the club.
[09:43 PM] mosycat2: I could go for that brian
[09:43 PM] wbprugh: Do you think we could conduct a mock online Chat to show them how it works?
[09:43 PM] BrianLWA: That's scary. The blind leading ... 8-)
[09:44 PM] wbprugh: Hey, easy there, we midwesterners bruise easily.
[09:44 PM] mosycat2: LOL. I make a mtion we purchase 50 shares of BBBY
[09:44 PM] Jason: I thought midwesterners were toughened by the winters
[09:44 PM] BrianLWA: second
[09:44 PM] *** joancentralOR has been invited to the group chat.
[09:44 PM] *** joancentralOR has joined the chat.
[09:45 PM] Jason: what are you seconding, Brian?
[09:45 PM] Jason: hi Joan

<Confusion Probably Resulting From Me Not Specifically Specifying If I Was Referring to FISV or BBBY in Each Sentence... Words Are So Confusing Sometimes:) >

[09:45 PM] joancentralOR: Hi Everybody - sure sorry about not getting here earlier
[09:45 PM] wbprugh: Maybe we should update Joan before we do anything important!
[09:45 PM] Jason: Randy has already left... had a good discussion on FISV
[09:45 PM] joancentralOR: I'd be glad for you to do that.
[09:45 PM] mosycat2: Jason!
[09:45 PM] joancentralOR: What did you decide concerning FISV
[09:46 PM] mosycat2: I motioned to purchase 50 shares of BBBY, and Brian seconded.
[09:46 PM] Jason: We have added FISV to the watch list
[09:46 PM] Jason: Randy will be watchin git
[09:46 PM] Jason: sorry, I just now saw the motion to buy BBBY
[09:46 PM] Jason: I was busy replying to the comment about midwesterners :)
[09:46 PM] wbprugh: Hey, pay attention to the proceedings.

<Confusion Hopefully Clarified, Back to Motion to Buy BBBY>

[09:47 PM] Jason: right now there is a motion on the floor to buy 50 shares of BBBY that Brian has seconded
[09:47 PM] joancentralOR: Decidion was not to buy FISV?
[09:47 PM] joancentralOR: Okay, thanks. re motion on BBBY
[09:47 PM] Jason: not right now... we wanted to keep an eye on how growth will develop
[09:48 PM] Jason: Is there any discussion concerning BBBY?
[09:48 PM] joancentralOR: of FISV or BBBY?
[09:48 PM] joancentralOR: What are the factors which would indicate not to buy BBBY?
[09:48 PM] wbprugh: Watch FISV buy BBBY
[09:49 PM] Jason: sorry, wanted to see how FISV's growth would develop, especially concerning acquisitions
[09:49 PM] BrianLWA: No one is arguing that we shouldn't buy any, Joan. Or at least, not so far.
[09:49 PM] joancentralOR: Good decision on FISV.
[09:49 PM] joancentralOR: I"m simply wanting to know what the negative factors are . . .
[09:49 PM] Jason: the PERT is showing a buy on BBBY... it's definitely doing better than Pier One :)
[09:50 PM] Jason: the only negative I can say about BBBY is the price... it's not a bargain, but I think it's low enough to be worth the investment
[09:50 PM] BrianLWA: Negatives: I guess I can go out to my broker for a report or you can go out to yours. Since you're the one asking ... ! :-P
[09:51 PM] joancentralOR: I'm doing that right now.
[09:51 PM] joancentralOR: I was hoping the BBBY stockwatcher could tell me.
[09:51 PM] Jason: but my point is just that BBBY isn't going to be a bargin, like I hope Pier One is, unless something does go wrong :)
[09:52 PM] wbprugh: I think Brian last updated BBBY according to my notes (or at least he updated it).
[09:52 PM] BrianLWA: Risks per S&P: "Risks to our target price and recommendation include a potential slowdown in the U.S. economy,"
[09:52 PM] BrianLWA: "an unanticipated shift in consumer spending away from home-centered products, and possible miscues in BBBY’s store expansion strategy."
[09:53 PM] joancentralOR: Thanks. Brian.
[09:54 PM] Jason: ok, calling the vote on BBBY
[09:54 PM] BrianLWA: Some risks re: Argus: "We believe the main risk facing the company is a decline in the rate of growth that would cause shareholders to reevaluate the price they are willing to pay for the shares."
[09:55 PM] BrianLWA: "Competition is another issue which concerns us. In addition to its direct rival Linens 'n Things, BBBY also faces competition from high-end, department stores. "
[09:55 PM] BrianLWA: "At this point, we are more concerned about rising competition from stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's and JC Penney. balance sheet at the end of November. "
[09:55 PM] BrianLWA: They also mention saturation as a risk.
[09:55 PM] BrianLWA: Vote: Aye
[09:55 PM] Jason: 50 shares at about $40, which will spend about $2000 of our $4500
[09:55 PM] Jason: vote: aye
[09:55 PM] bob76109: aye
[09:55 PM] mosycat2: aye
[09:55 PM] joancentralOR: aye
[09:56 PM] Jason: 5 ayes, 1 not recorded
[09:57 PM] Jason: motion passes to buy BBBY
[09:57 PM] wbprugh: yes, sorry
[09:57 PM] Jason: 6 ayes
[09:57 PM] Jason: I'll send an email to the list so Larry will know to make the trade
[09:58 PM] Jason: Is there any other new business?

<Motion to Adjourn Meeting>

[09:58 PM] Jason: I move to adjourn the meeting
[09:58 PM] BrianLWA: Second
[09:58 PM] wbprugh: Too soon to consider impeachment, right? :-)
[09:58 PM] BrianLWA: Sadly, yes.
[09:59 PM] Jason: you guys are harsh :)
[09:59 PM] BrianLWA: Feel the love, Jason, feel the love.
[09:59 PM] Jason: just because I wanted to watch a little Amazing RAce
[09:59 PM] mosycat2: it just got over Jason
[09:59 PM] Jason: calling vote to adjourn meeting
[09:59 PM] Jason: aye
[09:59 PM] bob76109: aye
[10:00 PM] joancentralOR: aye
[10:00 PM] mosycat2: aye
[10:00 PM] BrianLWA: aye
[10:01 PM] Jason: meetin' is adjourned
[10:01 PM] *** mosycat2 has left the chat.
[10:01 PM] BrianLWA: I hope everyone's 2005 has started off nicely, and that you haven't already broken all of your 2005 resolutions yet. Good night!

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