On Monday, November 17, 2014, we are holding the 2nd Annual Booth-Laird Equity Conference hosted by Louisiana State University’s E.J. Ourso College of Business and Department of Finance. The conference will be held in the Rotunda of the LSU Business Education Complex on Nicholson Extension. We expect to have parking blocked off in the student lot across the street. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and breakfast will be available. Opening remarks by the Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Richard White, by the chair of the finance department, Dr. Carlos Slawson, and by Booth-Laird CEO, Jonathan Booth, will begin at 8:45, and we expect to conclude the conference no later than 11:30.
We are still finalizing the roster for the conference but we know the following for certain:
- MoneyGram International – The second-largest money transfer company in the world with business operations in two categories: Global Funds Transfer and Financial Paper Products. MoneyGram is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MGI.
- 4 Student pitches on an investment idea – 4 LSU students comprising 3 seniors and a junior were carefully selected by the LSU finance professor helping us to put on the conference, Dr. Bucky Kilbourne. Jonathan supplied the students a list of 8 companies to choose from. Each student will have 10 minutes to give his or her prepared presentation and then Jonathan will ask the student questions for an additional 5 minutes, making sure the student touches on what he believe are the most important items to consider if he or she has not already done so.
- Booth-Laird presentation – Jonathan will present on one of our best ideas that has not yet been discussed, just as he did at the annual meeting this past July as well as at the inaugural Booth-Laird Equity Conference hosted by LSU held in April of 2013.
In total, we expect to have 6 to 7 new, actionable ideas.
We also want to recognize our sponsors for the conference:
- KPMG – One of the 4 largest public accounting firms in the world with offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, providing audit and tax services to both public and private businesses and individuals.
- Business First Bank – The largest business bank in Louisiana and just recently acquired American Gateway Bank. With banking centers in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, the New Orleans’ Northshore, Northwest Louisiana (Shreveport/Bossier), and Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles) as well as a loan production office in the Houma/Thibodeaux Bayou region, Business First Bank’s mission is to be the financial institution of choice for Louisiana enterprises and their owners and employees.
- Stone Pigman Walther Wittman – A Louisiana-based law firm with offices in Baton Rouge and in New Orleans. The firm has a strong business practice and assists clients with a wide range of legal services, from mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and private placements to all types of debt financing and equity interests as well as advises on securities compliance, corporate governance, tax and executive compensation.
This conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.
We hope to see you at the conference! It is free and open to the public. Please bring a friend or share this invitation with anyone you think might be interested.
The website and registration for the conference can be found here:
About Booth-Laird Investment Partnership
Booth-Laird Investment Partnership, LP, is an investment partnership focused on long-term capital growth via in-house research, disciplined investing, and strong relationships. We attempt to beat the market cumulatively over time by focusing on securities that are misunderstood, obscure, or mispriced due to uncertainty or fear; performing significant due diligence to overcome those hurdles; and buying at a large discount to our internally developed valuation. Please see our “Disclaimer” located on our website.