Archive for August, 2014

Shipping Containers – Industry Observations

We have been analyzing a number of shipping container portfolios recently with some interesting observations. Maersk, the largest shipping company, recently reported stronger quarterly profits and raised its forecast. While overcapacity still plagues the industry, cost-cutting and the use of new, larger ships with improved handling capacity has helped to squeeze out more profits. The once staple 20 ft. dry van is gradually being replaced with the 40 ft. high cube as the size of choice offering better foot-print to capacity to loading time efficiencies on these larger vessels.

Construction Rental Equipment Market Going Strong

We recently completed an appraisal of a mid-sized, Western U.S., equipment rental company’s inventory.  Our research showed stronger resale values across the board for used construction equipment along with higher rental and utilization rates.  Not since the peak in 2007 have resale values been as strong.  While there have been some minor dips over the summer, the general trend is positive.  A good site to survey for construction equipment activity, including rental and equipment trends can be found at:


Big Congrats to Brandon on Passing Level III CFA Exam !

We collectively congratulate Brandon on successfully passing all three levels of the CFA Program.  It has been a long, arduous journey but well worth it.   Now the real hard work begins – using his hard-earned skills to enhance our company’s scope of valuation services and level of expertise.  Congrats again and the best is yet to come !