Mark Lin

Mark Lin


Mark is a private value investor and is the author of website which uses a systematic quantitative screening approach to filter the global stock markets for cheap cigar-butts and wide-moat compounders.

Recent articles

How This Movie Theater Group Overcame Local Industry Blues

If you own a chain of movie theaters, declining admissions and rising rental costs will be top of your concerns. Reading International has mitigated these risks with its overseas exposure and unique real estate strategy.

Why This Casual-Dining Company Could Become the Next Restaurant Giant

Most casual-dining restaurants aren't doing well because they are losing customers and can't find the right locations to house their operations. Kona Grill has done well on these two counts, which makes it a candidate for next big thing in the industry.

Why This Isn’t Your Average Department Store Operator

Most department store operators are losing their customers because they are pricing their products too high and don't have exclusive products to draw in customers. This isn't the case with Kohl's.

2 Companies That Benefit From the Alternative Investments of the Wealthy

Contrary to popular belief, companies that serve the ultra-affluent are less likely to be impacted by any economic downturn, despite their perceived cyclicality. The truly rich will continue to invest in rare coins and fine art, even in bad times. This makes companies such as Collectors Universe and Sotheby’s very attractive as recession-proof investments.

Why This Isn't Your Average Publisher

Using industry classifications to screen for investments will typically lead to throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Don't dismiss Reed Elsevier, which is very different from your typical trade book publisher.

Can This Shoe Company Hit the Billion Dollar Revenue Mark?

Shoe Carnival is close to reaching its target of one billion dollars in sales, having achieved $885 million in revenues last year. But there's further growth potential beyond that, as Shoe Carnival sees itself doubling its current store count in the future.

Is This Company a Turnaround Play in the Making?

Turnarounds are often the most difficult category of investments to predict, but they also provide the most profitable investment opportunities. Build-A-Bear Workshop has a higher chance of turnaround success than other companies because of its brand equity and its well-thought-out turnaround plans.