MG Home (8891)

MG Home, is a Japan based company selling and leasing real estate. The company is a microcap stock quoted on NSE-2 (Nagoya stock Exchange) / TSE-2 (Tokyo Stock Exchange) and domiciled at Nagoya.

The company build, sell, lease and manage properties located around Nagoya at center of Japan. Nagoya the fourth biggest Japan city, his Metropolitan region is the third bigger and count 10.2 Millions inhabitant. This area locate headquarters of Toyota, Brother (the printer) and many automotive/ceramic companies.

41% of MG Home shares are owned by VT Holdings, an USD 300M market cap company operating in vehicle area (mainly selling Honda cars and repairing cars) listed on NSE-1 and TSE-1. I checked this company, I don’t think it’s worth to own MG shares through VT Holdings. Car companies will be severly impacted by COVID and we don’t have enough discount on asset there (P/B = 0.89).

On a valuation view MG home is incredibly cheap (using JPY432 per share) :

  • Market Cap (in USD) = 11.6 Million
  • Price to Book = 0.34
  • PER = 1.3
  • Price to Sales = 0.1
  • Price to cashflow : 1.24
  • EV/EBITDA = 2.9
  • ROE = 23%
  • Debt to Equity : 77%

Debt to equity ratio should be monitored over long term.

During last four years, sales and net income increased slightly :

This year we have (before COVID-19 crisis) :

-> Company still growing, financial statements of year 2020 will come on May.

Number of shares is stable since 2009 (with a stock split in 2015). A good point cause the company didn’t diluted his share but a bad point cause zero buyback were done. Some consolation can be found with a small dividend (JPY21) paid every year slowly increasing year after year.

Some graph chart to complete analysis :

I’m not a big fan of chart analysis but we can see a big drop during COVID crisis and an upward average trend since 2019.

COVID crisis may impact the business but lockdown wasn’t long in Japan and population is used to wear mask. It should limit the spread of infection. In Europe lockdown suscited the envy of population to move on countryside, a good point for MG Home if same thing happen in Japan.

My Objective = 1270/share (100% of Book Value per share). At this price if growth continue it still pretty cheap.

Disclosure : Long 2.6k shares, purchase price JPY443

Images Credits : MG home website,,

180 Degree Capital (TURN)

180 degree capital is a closed-end mutual fund discounting to his Net Asset Value.
Discount was 30% in December, now it’s 55% based on pre-crisis portfolio valuation. It could be lower or higher depending on the portfolio performance during crisis. I didn’t check evolution of all public portfolio lines but below is the evolution of two of them. What we can see is they weren’t that much impacted by the virus:

Some metrics (using $1.4/share) :

  • NAV/Share = 3.06
  • Price/Book = 0.45
  • MarketCap = 40M
  • ROE = 15%

Insiders continued buying shares during crisis, none of them sold. They bought the bottom. A good sign telling me they are confident for the future.

Conclusion : A pretty decent discount, with insider buying and a decent manager focusing on micro cap activism. Impact of crisis is uncertain but the big discount protects us quite enough.

-> Long. Purchase price: $1.4.

Ah some fast news : I closed my short position and Softimat skyrocketed this week! Some purchases will come on next weeks. Cheers.

Sold (almost) Everything

I didn’t write for many months, I will try to update my site more frequently.

I sold almost all my lines just before COVID-19 came to Europe. I went hardly short on February using 75% of my French portfolio on a double short ETF replicate (BX4). I anticipated this crisis using reddit and following reports of r/China_Flu so thanks Reddit (and a big shame to Twitter that censored all COVID hashtag from january to february).

Here is my current portfolio :

  • BX4 (leveraged x2 short CAC40 ETF) purchased at 3.02€
  • Softimat purchased at 3.53€
  • MG Home (analysis to come)
  • Nisso Pronity (analysis to come)

I kept Softimat cause I have a big stake there and the stock is pretty illiquid + I think it won’t be as much impacted by COVID-19 cause of :

  • It has few number of employees that still can work from home ;
  • The society is a REIT, Real Estate is a protection from inflation if BCE print money as FED did ;
  • Buybacks continue during crisis (last buybacks on March 26 at 4€).

The only risk would be renters to stop pay their lease cause of bankruptcy, I have to conceed I didn’t checked who are the renters.

I will post a more in depth analysis about Softimat soon.

Now is the biggest challenge : when to exit short. Well I don’t know, I think crisis is front of us and not behind. I read on a twitter account (such scientific haha) that CAC40 net value is 3200, I won’t go under this price and it feel a correct take profit. I still don’t have stop loss, I don’t like them, I bet I exit if people restart to work, and if I find good opportunities with a better risk reward than my short. Japan is the first step, I have some companies I’m waiting to invest on.

2019 Annual Performance

2019 was an excellent year with a 44% return on my main portfolio or a 60.6k€ net win. This portfolio is purely french (with one belgium holding exception), GRVO and GAM count for 60% of all holdings.

I started building my second portofolio during summer, and filled it completely in november. Results aren’t significative, I won 1k but lose on overall return percentage (my last positions were bigger and had better return).

Here is a view of my main portofolio evolution during 2019. I started 1st January 2019 with 137k€. I didn’t make deposit.

Here are my current holdings as to 01.01.2020 (P2 is my main portfolio) :

Let’s hope 2020 will continue this way ! 🙂

By the way I forgot! Happy New Year! 🍾 🍾 🍾