Harvey Norman still collecting dividends from Dick Smith

With August now behind us, earnings season is technically over. JB Hi-Fi announced excellent results a couple of weeks ago and mentioned the fact that they benefited from the demise of Dick Smith...

The Rise and Fall of Surfstitch

Surfstitch (SRF) is on online surfing clothing retailer started in 2008 on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The company grew aggressively, expanding internationally through the acquisition of both Euro...

Are there more turbulent times or clear skies ahead of Qantas?

Qantas (QAN) has had a rough decade. The GFC provided the first punch, contributing to a drop in net profit margin from 6.2% in 2008 to 0.8% in 2009. Perhaps surprisingly, the drop in passenger n...

Blackmores reports massive earnings but drops 22%...what's the issue?

Although not in a Rivkin portfolio, Blackmores (BKL) has been heavily talked about in the news and has been one of the darling stocks of the ASX in recent years. The strong growth in demand for v...

Bluescope Steel: Down, but not out

Bluescope Steel (BSL) was one of those companies that suffered particularly badly during the GFC. After reaching an all-time high of approximately $74 in 2008, the share price plunged in 2009 to...

Demystifying earnings season

In financial circles the time of year we are currently in is known as ‘earnings season’ when most listed companies release their full year results for the prior year. The full year report is the ...

Should you trust the next Real Estate Investment Trust?

With the recent high profile ASX IPO’s of several tech companies, like RedBubble and WiseTech, listings from other industry sectors are sometimes overlooked by the mainstream media. Private compa...

Is Monadelphous' business as tough as the industry they service?

Mining services firms have suffered as much as the miners themselves over the last couple of years as mining companies cut back on capital expenditure and negotiated better terms with suppliers. ...

Is the sky the limit for Freelancer?

FLN, a services crowdsourcing company, yesterday reported its first half 16 results, showing very impressive revenue growth. Most readers are probably unaware what a services crowdsourcing compan...

Woolworths slashes jobs and closes stores, but is it too little too late?

Although not held in the most recent Rivkin Blue Chip portfolio, WOW has been a regular feature in this portfolio in the past. As a very well recognised business in Australia, most consumers hav...

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