Waste Connections: The backbone of an infrastructure economy

Waste Connections: The backbone of an infrastructure economy

Founded in 1997, Waste Connections (WCN) is the 3rd largest solid waste service company in North America. It provides waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. Additionally, WCN provides oilfield waste treatment (recovery and disposal services) as well as intermodal services for the rail haul movement of cargo and solid waste containers. The firm currently [...]

Alimentation Couche-Tard: My core Consumer Defensive + Carrefour assessment

Alimentation Couche-Tard: My core Consumer Defensive + Carrefour assessment

The market does not like the idea of Couche Tard buying Carrefour. A common reason is that Couche Tard is stepping away from it's roots to tackle the grocery business. Second, and the only reason that matters in my view, is that Couche Tard's target of 15% EBITDA growth moving forward might be challenged in [...]

Austerity in a post-COVID world

Austerity in a post-COVID world

In 2012 The IMF studied the correlation between credit-default-swap spreads and various economic indicators. Long term indicators—for deficits, economic growth and spending on pensions and health care—had little impact on spreads. But larger short term primary deficits (which exclude interest) were associated with notably wider spreads. So, too, was weaker current-year growth. Solvency should be [...]

Consumer Behaviour and US Politics — COVID19 Week 9

Consumer Behaviour and US Politics — COVID19 Week 9

Home burnout setting in? Back in an April poll, most Americans indicated they were hesitant to return to pre-COVID-19 activities once the curve was flattened. However, mobility data is showing that most regions of America have started to back away from sheltering-at-home. In late April, the number of US counties that had over 50% of [...]