Martin Whitman

Martin Whitman

Last Update: 03-28-2016
Related: Third Avenue Management

Number of Stocks: 36
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $1,182 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 4%

Countries: USA
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Martin Whitman' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Martin Whitman is Founder and Portfolio Manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX). Whitman is a 1949 graduate of Syracuse University, which recently renamed its School of Management after Whitman, after a large gift from him in June 2003. He is an adjunct faculty member at Yale School of Management.

Web Page:http://www.thirdavenuefunds.com/

Investing Philosophy

Whitman is a "buy and hold" value investor. He buys stock in companies when he thinks that the company has strong finances, competent management, and the business is understandable. Also the company's stock must be cheap, meaning it trades at a significant discount to intrinsic value. The market price must lie substantially below a conservative valuation of the business as a private entity, or as a takeover candidate. He generally sells an investment only when there has been a fundamental change in the business or capital structure of the company that significantly affects the investment's inherent value, or when he believes that the market value of an investment is overpriced relative to its intrinsic value

Historical Allocation of Stock, Bonds, Cash

Total Holding History

Performance of Third Avenue Value Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
2015-8.371.19-9.6
20144.8813.69-8.8
201318.8432.39-13.5
3-Year Cumulative14.2 (4.5%/year)52.3 (15.1%/year)-38.1 (-10.6%/year)
201227.481611.5
2011-20.682.11-22.8
5-Year Cumulative15.5 (2.9%/year)80.4 (12.5%/year)-64.9 (-9.6%/year)
201013.8715.06-1.2
200944.5126.4618.0
2008-45.61-37-8.6
20075.765.490.3
200614.6915.79-1.1
10-Year Cumulative25.4 (2.3%/year)102 (7.3%/year)-76.6 (-5%/year)
200516.494.9111.6
200426.6210.8815.7
200310.4628.68-18.2
20027.13-22.129.2
200110.82-11.8922.7
15-Year Cumulative142.5 (6.1%/year)107.5 (5%/year)35 (1.1%/year)
20000.91-9.110.0
199910.0621.04-11.0
199816.7228.58-11.9
1997-5.0333.36-38.4
199611.0222.96-11.9
20-Year Cumulative231.4 (6.2%/year)381.4 (8.2%/year)-150 (-2%/year)
19952.3637.58-35.2
1994-3.221.32-4.5
19931.3610.08-8.7
199210.887.623.3
1991-0.2630.47-30.7
25-Year Cumulative268.1 (5.4%/year)937.3 (9.8%/year)-669.2 (-4.4%/year)

Top Ranked Articles

Marty Whitman's Third Avenue Buys Lennar, Fidelity, Howard Hughes Veteran investor buys seven stocks, increases top two sectors
Marty Whitman, veteran investor and founder of Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio), said in his recent shareholder letter that his team was “taking the opportunity to deploy capital in some of what we believe are the most unduly punished names in the portfolio as well as in new investment opportunities.” In the first quarter, he acted on seven of those opportunities. Read more...
Third Avenue Buys Ralph Lauren, Boosts Baxalta Value Fund also acquires stake in Harman International
Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) is founder and former portfolio manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund. Chip Rewey now manages the fund after Whitman stepped down from active management duties. During the first quarter of the year, the fund bought many stocks and the following are the most heavily weighted. Read more...
Martin Whitman Takes Stake in Harman International Industries Guru may have been motivated by company's growth strategy
Martin Whitman (TradesPortfolio) purchased 229,973 shares of Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE:HAR) in the first quarter. Read more...
Third Avenue Value Sells NVIDIA, Cavco Fund founded by Martin Whitman exits POSCO stake
Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of the Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX), which is now managed by Chip Rewey. The fund sold many stocks during the first quarter including the following. Read more...
Third Avenue Value Buys 2 Stocks With Short-Term Struggles Fund led by Chip Rewey takes stake in Harman International and Ralph Lauren
Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)’s flagship fund, the Third Avenue Value Fund, is led by Chip Rewey and remains dedicated to its principles in value investing after founder Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) stepped down from portfolio management in 2012. Read more...
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Third Avenue Management Q2 2016 Value Fund Letter Discussion of new holdings and outlook Third Avenue Management,Martin Whitman - Third Avenue Management Q2 2016 Value Fund Letter
During the fiscal second quarter, oil prices rallied, credit markets improved and stock prices rebounded as macro fears were replaced by optimism. That trend followed a period when oil prices fell, credit markets deteriorated and stock prices sagged. And that followed a period when…well, you get the idea. There’s been no shortage of market volatility. More...

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Marty Whitman's Third Avenue Buys Lennar, Fidelity, Howard Hughes Veteran investor buys seven stocks, increases top two sectors Martin Whitman - Marty Whitman's Third Avenue Buys Lennar, Fidelity, Howard Hughes
Marty Whitman, veteran investor and founder of Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio), said in his recent shareholder letter that his team was “taking the opportunity to deploy capital in some of what we believe are the most unduly punished names in the portfolio as well as in new investment opportunities.” In the first quarter, he acted on seven of those opportunities. More...

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Third Avenue Buys Ralph Lauren, Boosts Baxalta Value Fund also acquires stake in Harman International Martin Whitman,Third Avenue Management - Third Avenue Buys Ralph Lauren, Boosts Baxalta
Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) is founder and former portfolio manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund. Chip Rewey now manages the fund after Whitman stepped down from active management duties. During the first quarter of the year, the fund bought many stocks and the following are the most heavily weighted. More...

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Martin Whitman Takes Stake in Harman International Industries Guru may have been motivated by company's growth strategy Martin Whitman - Martin Whitman Takes Stake In Harman International Industries
Martin Whitman (TradesPortfolio) purchased 229,973 shares of Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE:HAR) in the first quarter. More...

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Third Avenue Value Sells NVIDIA, Cavco Fund founded by Martin Whitman exits POSCO stake Martin Whitman,Third Avenue Management - Third Avenue Value Sells NVIDIA, Cavco
Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of the Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX), which is now managed by Chip Rewey. The fund sold many stocks during the first quarter including the following. More...

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Third Avenue Value Buys 2 Stocks With Short-Term Struggles Fund led by Chip Rewey takes stake in Harman International and Ralph Lauren Martin Whitman,Third Avenue Management - Third Avenue Value Buys 2 Stocks With Short-Term Struggles
Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)’s flagship fund, the Third Avenue Value Fund, is led by Chip Rewey and remains dedicated to its principles in value investing after founder Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) stepped down from portfolio management in 2012. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Insight Enterprises Guru stock highlight
Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ:NSIT) is a value added reseller and servicer of hardware and software. The company assists large corporations, and state and federal governments on Information Technology issues such as designs and implementation of networking, data storage practices, disaster recovery, and hardware and software technologies. It distributes products from large vendors such as Cisco, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple and Microsoft, selling everything from tablets to network servers to software licensing. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Multi-Color Corp Guru stock highlight
During the quarter we increased our investment in Multi-Color Corporation (NASDAQ:LABL), a leading label company, after a significant decline in share prices following quarterly results short of Street estimates. While we are attracted to the unusual stability of Multi-Color's business, we were encouraged by management's proactive decision to exit a modest amount of low-margin business during the quarter and continue to view the company as a very high-quality compounder at an attractive valuation. With a very fragmented label industry around the world and Multi-Color's strong cash flows and stellar management team, the company remains very well-positioned to continue growing organically and inorganically across the globe. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Visteon Guru stock highlight
During the quarter, as part of its capital return program related to the sale of its stake in its climate control business last year, Visteon (NYSE:VC) made a $1.75 billion special cash distribution to shareholders ($43.40 per share). The Board also authorized a $500 million share repurchase program, which is in addition to the $500 million repurchased last year. Post these actions, the company is still well-financed, with net cash on its balance sheet. We used some of the proceeds we received from the distribution to increase our position in Visteon common as the shares continued to trade at a material discount to our estimated NAV. Since focusing on being a standalone automotive electronics company, centered on cockpit electronics, Visteon has been successful in re-winning and winning new business, reducing costs and showing margin improvement. We believe Visteon is well-positioned to participate in the growing connected car market. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on SemGroup Corp Guru stock highlight
Shares of SemGroup Corp. (NYSE:SEMG) declined as investors sold down the Master Limited Partner (MLP) group aggressively. SemGroup is a midstream transportation company that owns the General Partner stake in MLP Rose Rock Partners. Specific worries regarding SemGroup stem from its midstream exposure to independent E&P companies who may cut production or seek pipeline rate reductions. Also, investors worried about the potential competition for SemGroup’s White Cliffs pipeline serving the Denver-Julesburg basin. While there is potential for production softness and rate pressure if oil prices remain at current low levels, we feel the market is overlooking the power of SemGroup’s in place assets. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Anixter Guru stock highlight
Anixter (NYSE:AXE) is a value-added distributor of data cables, security products, as well as low-voltage and high voltage electrical wires. It sells some 500,000 different SKUs sourced from thousands of manufacturers. Manufacturers rely on Anixter to reach target customers and the customers depend on Anixter to evaluate and test appropriate products for their particular needs. In a very general sense, Anixter’s business model is similar to that of a broker, earning a relatively stable gross margin, without assuming inventory or obsolescence risks. Since most product costs are passed through, gross profit serves as a revenue base to cover the operational expenses such as the company’s 230 warehouses and some 3,000 person salesforce. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Interfor Corp Guru stock highlight
Shares of Vancouver, Canada based Interfor Corporation (IFP), which harvests timber and markets lumber products for North American residential and commercial construction markets, was the top detractor of performance for the quarter. Despite its Canadian headquarters, over 64% of Interfor’s lumber board feet are sourced in the US. Moreover, a full two-thirds of this is from the US South, where Interfor has spent $400 million since 2013 to build a clustered presence. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on CSGS Guru stock highlight
CSGS (NASDAQ:CSGS) is a premier provider of customer support functions for the cable industry. It manages a full suite of customer service functions, starting from initial activation of accounts to service changes to bill presentment and collection, and receivables management. Through its platform, the company extends its capabilities to adjacent markets such as telecommunication and media and international. As entertainment and communication converge and distribution thus becomes more disintermediated due to digitalization, media distributors are outsourcing more of their customer management, billing and collection to specialists such as CSGS. Based on its existing large investment in software and personnel training, CSGS can process complex, high volume transactions and at the same time provide the human support that enhances customer experience that is so crucial in brand building. Its three largest customers, Comcast, DISH and Time Warner, account for 24%, 14% and 12%, respectively, of total revenue. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Vail Guru stock highlight
Vail (NYSE:MTN) is the largest publically-traded ski resort company. It owns and operates some of the top ski resorts in the US, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. The company also manages a portfolio of luxury hotels as well as a real estate development company. Due to the world-class nature of its ski resorts, Vail counts 12% of all skiers in the US as customers, despite operating only 11 out of some 620 existing resorts in the country. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Alamo Group Guru stock highlight
Alamo Group (NYSE:ALG)'s principal activity is to manufacture, distribute and service equipment for right-of-way maintenance and agriculture. Alamo Group was a strong relative performer for the Fund during the quarter after posting solid results for its third quarter against a backdrop of low investor expectations centered mostly on larger agriculture and mining markets where Alamo does not compete. Bucking the trend seen in other companies exposed to agricultural end markets, Alamo’s industrial mowing equipment business was resilient and the company reported organic growth and expanded margins, driving profits higher than last year. Alamo also reported a record backlog further reflecting the recovery in the budgets of its municipal customers and the less cyclical, more maintenance nature of much of its product line. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Harman International Guru stock highlight
We initiated a position in Harman International (NYSE:HAR), a leading provider of in-car software solutions for infotainment, high-end audio and telematics with annual revenues of approximately $7 billion. Harman may be better known to many of you through their brand named audio divisions serving automotive, high end consumer and professional markets under the Harman/Kardon, JBL, Mark Levinson and Bang & Olufsen brands.We have known Harman for many years, and have taken advantage of market fears and misunderstanding about Harman as an automotive exposed stock to initiate a position. Harman has sold off from almost $150 per share in May 2015, to the current price in the mid-$70’s as the Street has grown concerned about the current auto cycle approaching ‘peak’ levels. Investors, based on a primacy of the income statement mentality, have sold the stock off to approximately 10x FY2017(June) EPS, in line with most auto suppliers. However, despite roughly 70% of Harman’s More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Ralph Lauren Guru stock highlight
Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) is one of the crown jewels in retail. It is well capitalized with a net cash balance sheet and has historically earned a premium valuation. Given its compounding history, the premium valuation is justified. Due to short-term factors, the stock price has dropped over 40% from recent highs and now trades at absolute valuation levels last seen shortly after the financial crisis. It is a rare opportunity to buy a well-managed, well capitalized, owner-operator at an attractive price.Although retail has historically been an area that Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio) (TAM) shies away from, RL is an exception. It meets our More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Baxalta Guru stock highlight
We initiated a position in Baxalta, a biopharmaceutical company, in the prior quarter. The company was the target of a takeover bid from Shire during this most recent quarter. Under the agreement, Baxalta (NYSE:BXLT) shareholders will receive $18.00 in cash and 0.1482 Shire ADS for each Baxalta share. Based on Shire’s closing price, this represented a value of $45.57 per Baxalta share, resulting in an unrealized IRR of 26.0%. We are pleased that another party found Baxalta’s assets as interesting as we did. The Fund has owned NVIDIA shares since 2012. The company has done a good job building value over the years. Demand for its graphics processing units (GPUs) has grown, driven by growth in gaming along with more computer-intensive applications such as professional graphics, automotive and artificial intelligence. We exited the position during the quarter for valuation reasons, realizing an IRR of 35.4%, and redeployed the proceeds into other investments. More...

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Martin Whitman's 1st Quarter 2016 Third Avenue Funds Chairman Letter Whitman talks value investing and global economy Martin Whitman - Martin Whitman's 1st Quarter 2016 Third Avenue Funds Chairman Letter
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