A favourite value share amongst private investors is Trinity Mirror – owner of the Mirror newspaper and various regionals.

The share price has languished in the twenties this year before taking off and reaching the seventies. The funny thing is, this company is still stupidly cheap with a P/E of just over 2! A great write up can be found here, it’s a little old but the value case still holds true. So why not pile in?

My only quibble is the emergence of phone hacking allegations against the company. Until now TNI has not been prosecuted of sued for these claims. Very recently a lawyer has launched civil claims representing a handful of minor celebrities against TNI. The financial damage is likely to be small, especially when compared to TNI’s cash flow but the fresh allegations sent the share price down 20%. It has since recovered most of that but I am nervous to buy in now, knowing that developments in these allegations could present even better buying opportunities in the coming months.

I’m waiting on the sidelines with interest.

I bought some Indigo Vision shares yesterday after looking for an opportunity to buy since their large increase in price over the last month or so – due to their very positive trading update and announcement of a special dividend. Today is the ex-div date for their special dividend of 70p. I had wondered if the share price would drop by more than the dividend, the exact amount, or less. I hoped for a drop of less obviously or a bounce but it turns out the share price has dropped by just under 80p! This means that had I waited and bought today I would have saved 10p / 411.57p = 2.4%

Perhaps for the majority of buyers the tax liability on dividends works out less than the capital gains of selling before the dividend.

Never mind, my curiosity has been satisfied and I’m more than happy to hold this company given its optimistic outlook .

First Post!

October 31st, 2012 | Posted by shauniekent in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I’ve been thinking about getting this up and running for a while and I finally got here. I hope to make regular updates. I’ve got lots of interesting things to share and I will be tagging my posts extensively so useful content is easy to find. Let me know if it’s any good! Share Bear!