NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Warren Buffett once said, "When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for poor economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact." Sometimes, though, we are asked to judge the inverse case: a sound business under poor management. What part of its reputation survives?
Such is the case for natural gas and oil company Chesapeake Energy (CHK - Get Report) and its embattled CEO, Aubrey McClendon. As "questionable" as McClendon's recent decision-making has been, the fundamentals of the company remain solid.
What does that mean for Chesapeake as an investment? Of late, Chesapeake has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons -- not the least of which is the fact that McClendon has been alleged to have obtained loans and interests on the company's wells.Dividend Growth Reveals the Path to Profits >> While it would appear the CEO demonstrated confidence in the company's assets, to many shareholders it presented some causes for concern or more specifically, some potential conflicts of interests. As a result, the stock has recently gotten punished, as it seems investors have lost confidence in management. But then again, this might be a case of overreaction, similar to the experience several years ago of Ford (F) or better yet, Bank of America (BAC). Today both companies are solid, and in particular Bank of America has regained its status as one of the top financial institutions on the market, reemerging stronger amid all of the turmoil regarding the housing crisis. Warren Buffett also said, "Be greedy while others are fearful." With that in mind, I was looking to the Chesapeake's earnings report to affirm which should prevail: the market's current fear or greed?