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July 27, 2010 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: QGEN

Qiagen is a spin-off of the University of Düsseldorf. I have lived in the Düsseldorf area for most of my life and while Qiagen is the only major company in a little town right next to Düsseldorf I think it is fair to say that almost no one in that town that is not working for them knows what they are doing. It is not really a secret, people just don't care. Excluding Genentech (Roche) and Serono (Merck) it might be the second largest (by market capitalisation, behind Actelion) "biotech company" in Europe. I think Qiagen has a decent chance of being a DAX30 component company in the not so distant future (see comment #9 here).

Qiagen shares are currently my third largest position (see comments #31,32 here).

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#1) On July 27, 2010 at 5:27 AM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

Excluding Genentech

The Genentech part of Roche can obviously not be considered "European", so maybe there was no need to specifically exclude it ...

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#2) On July 27, 2010 at 5:51 AM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

Qiagen in Frankfurt trading.


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#3) On July 27, 2010 at 9:09 PM, MegaEurope (< 20) wrote:

Speaking of Actelion, they are trading at 14.4x earnings, 11.6x cash flow, 4x tangible book. Growing revenue and earnings at about 24% per year over the past 5 years with 21% 5 year ROI.

Qiagen compares at 28x earnings, 15.9x cash flow, 18x tangible book. Growing revenue at 24% per year but income only 10% per year with 4% ROI.

That's why I green thumbed ALIOF.PK.  Although I suppose QGEN's current lineup might be stronger.

Actelion's marketed drugs: Tracleer (PAH), Zavesca (Gaucher), Ventavis (PAH).


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#4) On July 27, 2010 at 9:33 PM, MegaEurope (< 20) wrote:

Do you count Shire as biotech?  If so they would be the biggest in Europe.

I also have green thumbs on Novartis, AstraZeneca, GSK, Sanofi-Aventis, Grifols, H Lundbeck and Galenica.

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#5) On July 27, 2010 at 9:40 PM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

Well, Qiagen produces consumables (around 84% of revenue) and instrumentation (around 16%), so it can not really be easily compared to Actelion.

see for example this recent presentation.


slides (pdf).

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#6) On July 27, 2010 at 9:44 PM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

I wanted to mention that the "biotech" category is somewhat difficult to define. Qiagen sometimes appears on "biotech company lists".

one of those lists.

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#7) On July 27, 2010 at 9:51 PM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

I used to pass one of their offices occasionally when I was much younger on my bike or doing some jogging and at the time I might have been able to buy 1% of the company (if my parents had given me the money, that is) ...

oh well ...

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#8) On July 27, 2010 at 9:56 PM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

My "outperform" call on Actelion is one of my worst calls so far.


#917) On December 21, 2009 at 1:45 AM, portefeuille (99.96) wrote: ATLN.VX - 55.93 (58.35 CHF) - outperform


(from here)


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#9) On July 27, 2010 at 10:01 PM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

Actelion in Frankfurt trading (not sure the chart is "correct").

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#10) On July 28, 2010 at 2:04 AM, WallstreetKnight (42.62) wrote:


I am interested to know how you determine whether a company is worth investing in.  

Is it an overall 'big picture?'  Or is there a lot of charting/eyeballing?  Perhaps strong fundamentals or conviction in the products/services they offer?  I always enjoy your blogs.



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#11) On July 28, 2010 at 7:26 AM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

I try to keep my portfolio reasonably diversified (sector-weighting, country-weighting, ...). And I think I am some kind of "value investor". The timimg of the my buys is often "event driven", the timing of the sells is sometimes "event driven". I usually buy and sell in tranches.

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#12) On July 28, 2010 at 7:41 AM, portefeuille (98.81) wrote:

I am afraid the reason I "notice" some stocks is often rather trivial, as in the case of Qiagen (passing one of their offices while jogging). I know someone working for VMware (no insider information, it just got me interested and this led me to making EMC my largest position). A relative of mine is CEO of a public company (again no insider information, just got me interested). Another relative works for another public company, I used to spend quite some time in front of an Aixtron sponsored traffic light, ...

So really entirely trivial "things" can get me interested, hehe. I should fight that tendency I think, but so far the job choices of my relatives have been rather fortunate as have been my choices of jogging paths and driving routes, so maybe I should not ...

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