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|Subject: Re: A Little Munger Color||Date: 3/24/2013 2:21 PM|
|Author: karensie||Number: 200398 of 210426|
"Warren Buffett: How a rowboat beat an ocean liner"
"Paley’s strategy at CBS was consistent with the conventional wisdom of the conglomerate era, which espoused the elusive benefits of “diversification” and “synergy” to justify the acquisition of unrelated businesses that, once combined with the parent company, would magically become both more profitable and less susceptible to the economic cycle. At its core, Paley’s strategy focused on making CBS larger."
"In contrast, Murphy’s goal was to make his company more valuable. As he said to me, “The goal is not to have the longest train, but to arrive at the station first using the least fuel.” Under Murphy and his lieutenant, Dan Burke, Capital Cities rejected diversification and instead created an unusually streamlined conglomerate that focused laserlike on the media businesses it knew well. Murphy acquired more radio and TV stations, operated them superbly well, regularly repurchased his shares and eventually acquired CBS’ rival broadcast network ABC. The relative results speak for themselves."
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