Vulcan Materials: Rock On - [Business Breakdowns, EP.151]  
Business Breakdowns
by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
2d ago
This is Matt Reustle. Today, we are breaking down Vulcan Materials. Vulcan is America's largest producer of construction aggregates. This includes all of the crushed rock, sand, and gravel, which gets used for the foundation of nearly everything around us. Think of all of the buildings, the roads, and the infrastructure that define the physical footprint of America. To break down Vulcan, I am joined by Rob Hansen, Senior Analyst at Vontobel Asset Management. Rob shares what makes this relatively simple business so successful. We get into the dynamics of operating quarries, the logistics of mov ..read more
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HEICO: Parts for Planes - [Business Breakdowns, EP.150]
Business Breakdowns
by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
1w ago
This is Matt Reustle. Today we are breaking down HEICO. HEICO is an aerospace business, most notably operating in the aircraft parts and repairs market. This is another case study of a very successful business in a nonobvious niche market. To break down HEICO, I am joined by Eric Ruden, an analyst at Ironvine Capital. We cover the fascinating story of the Mendelson family and how they've built HEICO into what it is today. And if you haven't listened to the 50X Podcast on TransDigm, it makes for an excellent pairing with this HEICO breakdown. So please enjoy this breakdown on HEICO. Pair with ..read more
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Intel: Cyclical Recovery or Secular Demise? - [Business Breakdowns, EP.149]
Business Breakdowns
by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
2w ago
This is Matt Reustle. Today, we are breaking down Intel. In the late 80s, a newly appointed CEO, Andy Grove, pivoted to exit memory chips and focus on logic chips. They were the leading edge chip designer, but Intel missed out on the mobile market and EUV technology as technology shifted. Now they're left playing catch up and falling from their iconic status. To cover Intel, I am joined by Todd Ahlsten, CIO of Parnassus Investments. Todd started covering semiconductors in the mid-nineties and has since lived through eight cycles in the sector. We look at what separates secular changes fro ..read more
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Arthur J. Gallagher: Insurance Broking - [Business Breakdowns, EP.148]
Business Breakdowns
by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
3w ago
I'm Zack Fuss. Today we're breaking down Arthur J. Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage. AJG was established in 1927 by Arthur James Gallagher and is now one of the largest insurance brokerages by revenue, exceeding $10 billion. AJG competes with the likes of Marsh McLennan, Aon, and Willis Towers Watson.  To break down Gallagher, I am joined by Mike Hayward, a portfolio manager at WCM Asset Management. During this conversation, we discussed the company's successful acquisition strategy, the strength of the insurance brokerage industry, and how the shifting industry dynamics ..read more
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Samsung: Semiconductors over Smartphones - [Business Breakdowns, EP.147]
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by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
1M ago
This is Matt Reustle. Today, we are breaking down the technology conglomerate Samsung. Only Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon ranked higher than Samsung in Interbrand's latest brand value rankings, with Samsung being the fifth most valuable brand in the world. It's everywhere around us: our phones, our TVs, our refrigerators, our washing machines. But, it's not those finished products that drive the majority of Samsung's profits. To break down Samsung, I'm joined by David Samra, Managing Director and Founding Partner of the Artisan Partners International Value Team. We go inside this vertic ..read more
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Patek Philippe: Watch Perfection - [Business Breakdowns, EP.146]
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by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
1M ago
You never own a Patek Philippe, you merely watch over it for the next generation. I'll say it's the best marketing campaign in history, a campaign appropriate for the world's premier watchmaker and a watchmaker worthy of a Business Breakdown. Our guest today is John Reardon from Collectability. John has worked at Sotheby's, the auction house, and spent a decade at Patek Philippe in the early 2000s. He continues to write for Patek Philippe Magazine while he has launched Collectability, a brand dedicated to vintage and preowned Patek Philippe. We cover what makes Patek such a special brand. Ther ..read more
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Rolex: Timeless Excellence - [Business Breakdowns, Forever Episode]
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by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
1M ago
Today, we're running our Business Breakdown on Rolex. This episode of Rolex is one of our most popular breakdowns of all time, so it's always worth revisiting. But, it's also a timely revisit…Later this week, we'll be releasing a Business Breakdown on Patek Philippe and this episode of Rolex is the perfect appetizer for that discussion.  For the full show notes, transcript, and links to the best content to learn more, check out the episode page here. Business Breakdowns is a property of Colossus, LLC. For more episodes of Business Breakdowns, visit joincolossus.com/episodes. Stay up to ..read more
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Visma: Mission Critical European Software - [Business Breakdowns, EP.145]
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by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
1M ago
This is Zack Fuss. Today we are breaking down the largest privately-owned software business in Europe, Visma. Visma is a software company with over 15,000 employees offering accounting, payroll, and HR software products for customers across the Nordic, Benelux, and Baltic regions. Founded in Oslo in 1996, Visma grew organically and via acquisition of 178 companies. We're joined by Nic Humphries, the Senior Partner and Executive Chairman of Hg Capital, which is one of the leading software investors in Europe. Nic is intimately familiar with Visma, given Hg owns over 50% of the busines ..read more
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Trane Technologies: Hot and Cold - [Business Breakdowns, EP.144]
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by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
1M ago
This is Matt Reustle. Today we venture into the world of HVAC to break down Trane Technologies. Now, it's not often that I come across an industrial company with a $50 billion market cap that I just hadn't heard of. So when our guest today, Brett Larson, investor at NZS Capital, suggested Trane, it was as easy of a 'yes' as they come. Brett and I cover the long corporate history of Trane, the dynamics that separate residential HVAC from commercial HVAC, and how Trane has helped create this unique consolidated industry. You may never look at your thermostat the same after this episode.&nbs ..read more
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Live Oak: The Small Business Bank - [Business Breakdowns, EP.143]
Business Breakdowns
by Colossus | Investing & Business Podcasts
2M ago
This is Matt Reustle. Today we are breaking down Live Oak Bank. Our guest is Stephen Vafier, the Founder of Storri Labs Capital Partners. Live Oak is a bank that received a charter right before the financial crisis. It does not have the a 100+ year histories of many of the banks that we know so well today, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and the other too-big-to-fail banks.  This is a new story with very interesting DNA in terms of how they built up this bank. They targeted specific industries and the SBA loan program and they had technology in their inception. Live Oak has done some uniqu ..read more
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