Prem Watsa

Prem Watsa

Last Update: 2015-02-13

Number of Stocks: 43
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $1,545 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 5%

Countries: USA
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Prem Watsa Latest Trades these stocks:

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

TickerCompanyDate Action
Impactdown Price Range
Current Price Change from Average Comment Current Shares
IBM International Busine... 2014-12-31 Add3.07%$151.41 - $189.36
$ 161.03-3%Add 27.62%1,363,100
SD SandRidge Energy Inc 2014-12-31 Add2.17%$1.64 - $4.57
$ 1.74-47%Add 56.75%50,886,188
CBST Cubist Pharmaceutica... 2014-12-31 Buy 0.13%$60.05 - $100.71
$ 101.9431%New holding, 20200 sh.20,200
RYAM Rayonier Advanced Ma... 2014-12-31 Add0.04%$21.68 - $32.86
$ 18.4-30%Add 214.96%40,000
CFX Colfax Corp 2014-12-31 Buy 0.02%$47.2 - $58.08
$ 52.780%New holding, 6300 sh.6,300
PCP Precision Castparts ... 2014-12-31 Add0.02%$218.22 - $242.73
$ 215.72-6%Add 100%2,000
PWE Penn West Petroleum ... 2014-12-31 Add$1.98 - $6.25
$ 1.93-51%Add 60.52%55,700
BYI Bally Technologies I... 2014-12-31 Sold Out -0.12%$76.86 - $83.27
$ 83.274%Sold Out0
USB U.S. Bancorp 2014-12-31 Reduce-0.02%$38.94 - $45.91
$ 44.754%Reduce -22.67%23,200
GD General Dynamics Cor... 2014-12-31 Reduce-0.01%$117.85 - $145.36
$ 137.091%Reduce -31.82%1,500
IBM International Busine... 2014-09-30 Add13.68%$184.3 - $195.78
$ 161.03-16%Add 88908.3%1,068,100
BYI Bally Technologies I... 2014-09-30 Buy 0.12%$59.61 - $81.01
$ 83.2714%New holding, 21400 sh.21,400
RYAM Rayonier Advanced Ma... 2014-09-30 Buy 0.03%$29.05 - $43.63
$ 18.4-47%New holding, 12700 sh.12,700
PCP Precision Castparts ... 2014-09-30 Buy 0.02%$228.5 - $259.51
$ 215.72-11%New holding, 1000 sh.1,000
TRQ Turquoise Hill Resou... 2014-09-30 Buy 0.01%$3.28 - $3.99
$ 3.09-12%New holding, 50500 sh.50,500
PWE Penn West Petroleum ... 2014-09-30 Add0.01%$6.86 - $9.71
$ 1.93-76%Add 118.24%34,700
IDIX Idenix Pharmaceutica... 2014-09-30 Sold Out -0.08%$23.86 - $24.5
$ 24.51%Sold Out0
SUSS Susser Holdings Corp 2014-09-30 Sold Out -0.04%$79.51 - $81.98
$ 81.721%Sold Out0
QCOR Questcor Pharmaceuti... 2014-09-30 Sold Out -0.04%$89.41 - $96.93
$ 93.60%Sold Out0
IDIX Idenix Pharmaceutica... 2014-06-30 Buy 0.08%$4.94 - $24.12
$ 24.5140%New holding, 50400 sh.50,400
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*The price and date might not be the actual time and price at which the transactions were made. In the case of institutional owners, the date is stated as the last day of their fiscal quarter. The prices are estimates if no accurate information available. Foreign holdings may not be included.

Prem Watsa's Profile:

Prem Watsa was born on Aug. 5, 1950. His parents were originally from the small Christian community in southern city of Mangalore.

Studied at the Indian Institute of Technology, major in chemical engineering.

On Sept. 11, 1972, Prem Watsa arrived in London, Ontario, with $8 in his pocket and a $600 draft toward the first year's tuition.

Attend the MBA program at what later became the Ivey Business School at the Univesrity of Western Ontario.

Arrived at his first job Confederation Life in 1974. John Watson, the director of research handed him a book "Security Analysis". "

1985: met Francis Chou, then working as a telephone technician at Bell Canada. One day, Francis asked Prem almost casually, "Do you know how Warren Buffett made his money?" Prem thought he knew the answer, but Francis pointed to something he hadn't noticed: insurance float.

Met Steve Markel and set down the terms to buy Markel Financial for $5 million.

1986: Markel Financial was renamed Fairfax Financial. It means "fair, friendly acquisitions".

Book value per share grew from $1.52 in 1985 to $10.5 in 1989, which then grew to $38.89 in 1995.

Made series acquisitions, asset reaches billions.

Fairfax was listed on NYSE in 2002.

Attacked by hedge fund shorts including Jim Chanos, Whitney Tilson etc. Stock price down 40% to Cdn$57.

Regarding to shorts, Prem said, "Our one major worry, was that people would no longer deal with us. It never used to be that way, but now everybody looks at the stock price to get a sense in confidence in a company."

Filed lawsuit against shorts in 2006.

Buy CDS. "We bought our first (CDS) contract in 2003 and our last ones in December 2007. We just keep buying more and more, first five-year, then sever-year, because they were so cheap..." At one investment committee meeting where pre asked, "What's the best idea we've got?" Francis Chou, who's a pretty shy guy, piped up, "buy more credit default insurance." In the fall of 2008, Fairfax started to sell its CDS. The company made about $2 billion from those sales.

Removed its hedge in 2009.

90% hedged as September, 2011.

Prem Watsa Quotes:

"Being an immigrant, you develop qualities you never thought you had, you do things you never thought you'd do. You work harder, because you're at the bottom and the only way is up. I consider my kids less fortunate for not having had the immigrant experience."

"Warren Buffett attributes his success to Ben Graham's work, and in a smaller way, it is the same for me and hundreds of people who've made it as investors. You read that book and wither you get what it's saying in a smap or you never get it. For me it was so simple and made so much sense, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was my 'road to Damascus' moment."

This is by Tony Hamblin, Prem Watsa's partner in starting his investment firm: "It doesn't take a lot of money to start up an investment conselling company. The cost of entry is qualitative. You need to have a track record, contacts and credibility, and fortunately Prem and I had all three.

"Our long-term view has also meant that we have a commitment not to sell our core companies, no matter how attractive the price."

"Anything in the world is possible," as Ronald Regan used to say, "If you don't care who gets the credit."

Having shaken hands on an acquisition, we've never walked away from a commitment or gone back to change the deal.

"Work as hard as you can, as though everything depended on you"

Prem Watsa's Performance:

Average Annual Return of Fairfax Per Share Book Value
5 Yrs 10 Yrs Since Inception
6.8% 8% 22.4%
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Prem Watsa's Current Portfolio:

Ticker Shares Value ($1000)
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Prem Watsa's Sector Weightings:

SectorsSector Weightings (%)
Basic Materials 33.3% 33.3%
Energy 8.6% 8.6%
Consumer Cyclical 5.2% 5.2%
Financial Services 2.5% 2.5%
Healthcare 1.2% 1.2%
Communication Services 0.8% 0.8%
Real Estate 0.7% 0.7%
Consumer Defensive 0.5% 0.5%
Technology 0.1% 0.1%
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User Comments

ReplyMocheng - 5 months ago
From his performance table, I see that he doesn't even outperform S&P 500. How can we call him the Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) of Canada?
ReplyPensaman - 1 year ago
FF owns BBRY about 10.06% of outstanding shares
Communication Equipment BBRY
51,854,700 541,486 21.8%
ReplyCharles.wilton - 1 year ago
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