I was drawn to Strategic Hotels (NYSE:BEE) on hearing about Bill Gates taking up a stake in it via his investment company Cascade Investments. Value investors like Bill Gates are usually early to the party. The price has nearly halved since he bought shares and is around 4$ today( 17 Oct 08).
Recently I saw a report that Bill is now going to take an active strategic role in the business.
My guess is that at this price he can simply take over the company, Bill is no stranger to the hotel business, and has a stake in the Four Seasons Hotels.
I will skip detailing a valuation of the company here, I think it is cheap. Bill is no fool and I assume that he has done more due diligence than I will ever be able to match.
I am going long Strategic Hotels.