The Special Situations Real Money Portfolio weathered the market turmoil of 2007 beautifully and managed to return a whopping 47.7% annualized rate of return. Since inception on October 19, 2004, my special situations portfolio has generated a 27.1% annualized rate of return. This performance has far and away exceeded my expectations for this unique little portfolio that I manage for my son’s education. Sadly, past performance does not not guarantee future results.
The portfolio started 2007 off with a balance of $7,529.78. I then contributed the maximum amount for a Coverdell Educational Savings Account for the year ($2,000) on February 9th. At the market close on December 31, 2007, this account ended with a balance of $13,950.10. That means this account earned $4,420.32 this past year. Since I last reported on the Special Situations Portfolio November closing balance, this account is also up $775.42, a 5.9% gain, for the month of December.
There are only a few new actions to report on for December. On December 4, 2007, I received $368.31 as a result of a class action lawsuit regarding my first going private transaction investment, ASA International (ASAL). I wasn’t even aware that there was a class action lawsuit, so this was a rather nice surprise. It was basically found money in my mind. Even after doing some searching, I can’t seem to find any information about this class action.
On December 17th, I also bought shares of AF Financial Group (ASFE). This company was conducting a tender offer in order to go private. Shareholders holding less than 99 shares would be eligible for the tender offer, so I immediately thought that this was going to be a great offer since the company was tendering shares at $20.00 per share and also offering a $50.00 bonus for tender offers received by February 15, 2008. I picked up 99 shares right away for $13.25 per share. Then a short while later a member of Contributor’s Corner alerted me to an important detail that I overlooked. You had to have owned the AFSE shares on December 13, 2007 in order to qualify for the tender. I quickly placed a sell order and my shares were luckily sold for a small profit at $14.00 per share on December 18th.
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