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Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations (Wiley Finance)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  29 reviews
The economic climate is ripe for another golden age of shareholder activism

Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations is a must-read exploration of deep value investment strategy, describing the evolution of the theories of valuation and shareholder activism from Graham to Icahn and beyond. The book combines engaging

Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Wiley (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
A line from the book "Rats beat the MBAs." sums up the point of this book. If you're of the belief that biases cannot be controlled and that one cannot gain any competitive advantage over others by improving judgment and analytical skill - you probably will agree with what Carlisle has to say. This book basically describes an investing strategy that needs one to believe in as a concept (mean reversion) and invest in a diversified portfolio of stocks (30 to 50) without knowing a thing about the ...more


Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
An outstanding book that's shows and explains why traditional value strategies are still capable of producing market beating returns.

What I liked about the book:

Very simple and easy to read. It's about 280 pages and doesn't have too much superfluous writing. It's easy to read and understand.

Backed by empirical data that is a fairy large sample and is robust.

Provides a good understanding of the concept of mean reversion and its importance in investing.

What I did not like about the book:

Does not
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Extrapolation is instinctive while mean reversion is not."

In the era of moat and growth investing, this book provides much needed empirical evidence from across various time periods and markets, on how Graham type of strategies still outperform almost all other approaches. A must read.

Warning: The book is like an academic paper with tonnes of surveys and data. Not a very fluid read.
Apoorv Agrawal
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great summary of all forms of value investing: their origins, evolution and the world today. Starts reading like a research paper towards the end, but I don't mind it.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of the best books I have read to this date (read it twice in 6 months), it offers counter-intuitive ideas and facts, and backed by quality statistics.

Long version review:
Mean reversion in business is pervasive (can think of cyclical nature of businesses). High return businesses attract competition and drives down return to the point where the invested capital can no longer make any profit or even endure loss, some in the industry then choose to exit, and so the returns move
Kaustubh Chaharia
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: investing
In the first half of the book, Tobias Carlisle compares various metrics used to identify deeply undervalued stocks and presents cases from empirical research that show deep value stocks in general outperform growth/quality stocks. This outperformance is attributed to the phenomenon of mean reversion.

In the second half, and the more interesting one, Tobias really gets to the heart of deep value investing by depicting cases of deeply undervalued companies from the real world and narrating how
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Carlisle makes the case for intrinsic value relative to earnings (or the inverse - the acquirer's multiple) as the only measure of value worth pursuing. The author rushes through analyses, which makes it difficult to follow the logic at times, but provides copious supporting data for his argument in the form of charts, tables and other figures so the reader can follow along visually.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of very detailed historical case studies with an interesting investing thesis hidden between the lines (and in the last chapter).

I enjoyed it, though would prefer more thesis, less history.
Leonardo Tukiman
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gateway to value methodologies in practice.
Connor Stein
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is borderline repetitive regarding the concept of mean reversion, but at the same time it is a treasure trove of counter-intuitive data on market beating deep value portfolios.
Yuni Amir
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read this year - case studies coupled with academic findings, just how I like my theory reading.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Data-driven analysis, plus summary of great investors' philosophy, applicable for individual investors.
Value (Enterprise Multiple (EV/EBIT), on a portfolio level, contributes to return.
Sylv C
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent overview of the history of value investing with a good balance of insights from both academic theory and real-world examples.
Sanford Chee
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Tao Lee
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note to self: Activist investors takeover failing businesses with bad management to change the course and hope to yield high returns.
Joel Gray
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it

Losing stocks - those in crisis, with apparently failing businesses, and uncertain futures - offer unusually favourable investment prospects - deep value investing.

From 1983 to 2008 the net net strategy returned 35% pa versus 13% for the market.

Apple was a net net in 2002 at $2.5b market cap - $7 per share versus $7.80 cash. In
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Third book I read in the last 10 days. The first was King of Capital which was about the birth and rise of Private Equity (with some special emphasis on Blackstone). The second was Capital Returns a book written by compiling investor letters that Marathon Asset Management sent to its clients. The third is this book which mostly piqued my interest as I was looking for books on distressed equities. I would rate all 3 books as 5 stars for the wealth of information and new and unique perspectives. ...more
Philippe Brassard
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Modern Investing Classic

The main point of Deep Value is reversion to the mean is a very powerful concept in investing. Its how Ben Graham's voting machine turns into a weighing machine.

This simple thesis is elaborated on throughout the book with lots of research along with fascinating real world examples of value investing successes.

A slight gripe could be made that more pages could have been devoted to the storytelling rather than technical analysis, but this still doesn't take too much away
华 强
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shows how valuations are more important than the qualitative aspects of companies. EVEN IF, the company is burning through cash. This is very counterintuitive to almost every investment book I have ever read. It is backed by research and it is statistically sound, however, I would depend on diversification to ensure some sort of defense. Buffett is a genius and can concentrate. I believe most of us are not. Most value investors would do themselves a great service by reading this book.
Karen Zhang
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two key takes from the book: value works. People intuitively struggle with uncertainty, and this creates good chance to capture the value in troubled companies. Mean reversion exists. After five years, excellent companies become not that great and unexcellent companies becomes not that bad, suggested by one of the researches described in the book. This is quite important that it reminds me how human beings tend to overestimate the excellence of companies and sustainability of their extraordinary ...more
Michal Palczewski
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very detailed look at what stocks are most likely to go up and how other investors have made money by finding value where others are too afraid to look. The basic premise is that valuation is the best predictor of future returns. Undervalued companies based on cash flow vs enterprise value are the ones most likely to earn a positive return. Companies with high growth are not. The concept of mean reversion is thoroughly discussed as it seems to be the primary driver for these returns. Overall a ...more
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a good book. I find chapters 1 to 4 and 10 more important than the middle section of the book. The mid section is more of case and academic studies. While those are interesting, they are more for readers with spare time. The real value of this book is in the first four and last chapters where he explains what are the measures for finding deeply under valued stocks and what situations to apply activist investing. This is not a beginner investment how-to book, it's more for people with at ...more
Mike Adeleke
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book pulls from the experience and teachings of Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffet, Carl Icahn, and other who have been repeatedly able to find undervalued companies that have room for great returns. It shows the differences in their strategies but states the fundamental thesis that value in companies and in the market is almost solely for the contrarian investor and "following the crowd" or "picking hot stocks" almost always ends up producing few in any returns and often losses.
Arup Guha
Dec 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
The most intriguing investing book currently out there. Deeply researched, its shows multiple things. Graham still scores over Buffet for one. But at a deeper level, it probably shows that true intelligence lies in listening to the data and not in beliefs and principles. Cant wait to read and re-read.
Stewart Nielson
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book that demonstrates the types of returns available via stocks that many would throw away. The author cites many studies that will turn what many investors think they know on it's head.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very informative. Carlisle uses a lot of analogies to mythology and classics but stays tightly tethered to finance. He relates his thesis to behavioral finance principles well. Carlisle makes his case with such straight-forward science and logic that it is amazing these ideas are still investible.
Julio Loo
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are hundreds of books about value investing, but most repeat the same thing and don't offer actionable ideas except for this one.

Deep Value demonstrates the case that low priced stock in terms of EV/EBITDA outperforms expensive stocks.
Christoph Suter
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not worth the price. Some interesting tidbits. Too many typos and other errors.
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