Monday, October 27, 2008

Fairfax Financial Holdings Looking Cheap!

I recently wrote an article that mentioned Fairfax Financial(FFH). Fairfax is an insurance holding company run in the same fashion as Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. They take the float from the insurance business and re-invest it in common stock, bonds, or whole companies. Fairfax is run by Prem Watsa who is looked upon as the Warren Buffet of Canada. Fairfax has sold off with the market in general reaching a high of $355 a share. Currently Fairfax is trading at book value of $252 a share with a market cap of 4.7 billion and sales near 8 billion. With over 6 billion in cash (which represents $333 per share) and a debt-to-equity ratio of only .35 this company is looking quite attractive. They have a high REO(return on equity) of 37% with a trailing P/E of 3.25 and pays 1.9% dividend. To boot they have a stock portfolio worth 3 billion.

The author suggest further research before investing.
The author is long FHH.


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