David Einhorn

David Einhorn

Last Update: 2014-10-09

Number of Stocks: 40
Number of New Stocks: 5

Total Value: $7,177 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 11%

Countries: USA
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David Einhorn Watch

  • David Einhorn Sees Opportunities In The Recent Choppy Market

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) has been frustrated at the lack of opportunities in recent months. The recent selloff has him excited about some positions that he has been able to pick up.

    Here he is discussing the market and opportunities.


  • David Einhorn Buys 10% of Civeo Corp, Calls to Oust CEO

    Greenlight Capital founder David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) has raised his bet on one of his holdings, Civeo Corp (CVEO) by 73.2%, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.


  • Pardon my mistake – Einhorn likely to speak on GMCR at Robin Hood

    At the end of July, I did a rather detailed analysis on coat-tailing David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Keurig Green Mountain short.

    I stated at the time that there was, say, a 40% chance of him speaking about GMCR at the Value Investors Conference.


  • David Einhorn’s Top Stock Picks Post Major Gains

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s hedge fund firm Greenlight Capital is up 5.4% for 2014 through May, a positive turn from the 1.5% loss he reported for the first quarter. The fund was plagued by a 61% year-to-date increase in a significant short, Keurig Green Mountain Inc. (GMCR). He also reported shorting a basket of technology stocks, where the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sector has risen 12% year to date. Athenahealth Inc. (ATHN), another short which he announced on May 5, is down 6.4% since the start of the year, but has returned to around the level it was before he made the announcement.

    Einhorn has made impressive showings with his top long selections, however. Several have almost doubled from his average purchase price. Making up roughly 46% of his portfolio, Einhorn’s top positions are: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Micron Technology Inc. (MU), Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) and Cigna Corp (CI).


  • Invest in Einhorn’s Portfolio Through Greenlight Re

    Using the S&P 500 Grid at GuruFocus I found David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital Re (GLRE) near the top of the list for small cap net buys from the investing gurus. There were six buys and no sales from the gurus. Greenlight Capital Re is an interesting company because it is a way to gain access to Greenlight Capital’s portfolio without needing the typical $1 million to invest in most hedge funds.

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  • David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital Re Investor Presentation - Rethinking Reinsurance

  • David Einhorn AthenaHealth Short Thesis Presentation

  • David Einhorn's Top-Five Holding - Greece's Alpha Bank

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Green Light Capital hedge fund was more acquisitive for international stocks last quarter, with half of its new holdings based in countries outside the U.S. In his letter to shareholders, Einhorn also mentioned that one of his top five long positions is now a Greek bank, Alpha Bank (ATH:ALPHA). The investors other top picks as of the first quarter’s end are Apple (AAPL), gold, Marvell Technology (MRVL), Micron Technology (MU) and Oil States International (OIS).

    Alpha Bank’s share price:


  • Greenlight's David Einhorn Buys International Stocks in First Quarter

    In the first quarter, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Greenlight Capital purchased four news stocks, of which two hailed from outside the U.S. In a rising price environment, the price-conscious investor is increasingly going abroad for good values. He revealed in his first quarter letter that one of his fund’s top five positions is a Greek company, Alpha Bank AE (ATH:ALPHA), and also mentioned that he owned other Greek banks. The two new international stocks he bought in quarter one are: Resona Holdings (TSE:8308) and Altice S.A. (XAMS:ATC).

    Resona Holdings (TSE:8308)


  • Tech Stocks with David Einhorn’s New Short Criterion of 90% Downside

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) had a mediocre quarter one, dropping 1.5% while the S&P gained 1.2%, but he spies opportunities up ahead, according to his Greenlight Capital letter. One such is a short of a basket of technology stocks he believes are far overvalued and due for a correction, for which there is a precedent from the last tech bubble.

    “Given the enormous stock price volatility, we decided to short a basket of bubble stocks,” he wrote in his letter. “A basket approach makes sense because it allows each position to be very small, thereby reducing the risk of any particular high-flier becoming too costly. The corollary to 'twice a silly price is not twice as silly' is that when the prices reconnect to traditional valuation methods, the de-rating can be substantial. There is a huge gap between the bubble price and the point where disciplined growth investors (let alone value investors) become interested buyers. When the last internet bubble popped, Cisco (CSCO) (the best of the best bubble stocks) fell 89%, Amazon fell 93%, and the lower quality stocks fell even more.”


  • David Einhorn Comments on Conn's

    CONN (CONN) is a specialty retailer of appliances, furniture, mattresses and electronics with 79 locationsin Texas and the Southwest. CONN finances 77% of customer purchases through its proprietarysubprime credit portfolio. In February, the company announced 33% comparable store salesgrowth in Q4 with strong gross margins. However, it also announced increased credit losses andreduced earnings guidance from a range of $3.80-$4.00 to a range of $3.40-$3.70 for calendar2014. Given the market’s past experience with deterioration in subprime credit, the stockreaction was severe: The price fell from $79 at the start of the year to $32 on the news. We believe that this is a retailer with 15-20% unit growth and current double digit comparable storesales growth, and that the market overreacted to moderately bad news. We acquired shares at anaverage price of $35.49 and they ended the quarter at $38.85.

    From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s first quarter 2014 investor letter.   

  • David Einhorn Comments on Resona

    We established a position in Resona (TSE:8308), the largest Japanese regional bank, at a price of ¥547,representing 0.8x book value and 8x earnings. Resona was formed through the 2002-2003merger and recapitalization of three local banks in the Tokyo and Osaka regions. As part of thatrecapitalization, the Japanese government bought a majority equity stake. Under newmanagement, the bank cleaned up its balance sheet, began paying back the government stake,and has been profitable every year since, reaching a 13% ROE last year. In 2013, managementannounced a five-year plan to buy out the remaining government shareholding. Due to strongerthan expected earnings, that plan is well ahead of schedule, and the company is buying backstock from the government at very attractive valuations. The accretion from the buyback doesnot appear to be reflected in analyst models. With the more volatile international Japanese bankstrading at 9x EPS, and its peer regionals at 13x EPS, Resona is cheap on both an absolute andrelative basis. Resona shares ended the quarter at ¥499.


  • Greenlight Capital Q1 2014 Letter

  • After Micron, David Einhorn Targets This Small Company

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Greenlight Capital (GLRE) has recently released a preliminary proposal in which the business could acquire a small ethanol company called BioFuel Energy (BIOF). As a result, BioFuel’s shares have soared in after hours trading, showing an increase of more than 50%. Before this, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) added Micron Technology (MU) to his portfolio. The DRAM maker will likely release its quarterly results on Thursday in which the company could post significant improvements in its revenues and income.

    Greenlight Capital has proposed to purchase the biofuel developer through a $275 million transaction, which involves cash and equity. In a letter addressed to BioFuel’s board, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) and Jim Brickman of JBGL Funds said, “We believe that this proposal provides an opportunity for the Company and its stockholders to acquire an interest in a business with long term equity potential and an attractive portfolio of assets”


  • Low-P/E Stocks David Einhorn Just Added to His Portfolio

    In 2013, David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) of hedge fund Greenlight Capital returned 19.1%, lagging the S&P 500’s return of 31.55%. The value-oriented investor is no stranger to a stray underperforming year, however, on his way to achieving a 19.5% annualized return over the long run since his firm’s inception in 1996.

    Some of Einhorn’s undervalued stocks have yet to appreciate or overcome their short-term setbacks that have rendered negative reputations in the market, presenting low P/E opportunities. He bought two new low-P/E stocks in the fourth quarter.  

  • David Einhorn's New Stock Picks in 'Challenging Market'

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) had a lackluster 2013, with his firm returning 19.1%, compared to the S&P 500’s 32.4%, though his long positions slightly outperformed the benchmark index.

    The investor explained in his fourth quarter letter:


  • David Einhorn Comments on Airbus Group

    We closed out positions in Airbus Group (XPAR:AIR), formerly known as the European Aeronautic Defence& Space Company (France: EADS), and ThyssenKrupp (Germany: TKA)

    We bought the shares in EADS during a sell-off in response to the company’s unpopular proposal to buy BAE Systems in 2012. EADS ultimately abandoned the merger and insteadrepurchased a lot of stock while also reorganizing its corporate structure to reduce the influenceof several government shareholders. The shares rallied and we sold for a nice gain. We also bought TKA shares in 2012. Though management made significant progress in restructuring thecompany, a difficult external environment meant that asset sales and cash flow generation fellshort of their hopes and ours. We exited with a very small loss


  • David Einhorn Comments on Anadarko Petroleum

    APC (APC) is a global exploration and production company with a high-quality upstream portfolio comprised of U.S. onshore resources, deep-water Gulf of Mexico assets, and interests in other high-potential oil and gas basins around the world. The company also owns 91% of Western Gas Equity Partners (WGP), a publicly traded master limited partnership created in 2012 to hold APC's limited and general partner interests in Western Gas Partners (WES). In mid-December the company suffered a legal setback stemming from its 2006 acquisition of oil and gas assets from Kerr-McGee, whose titanium dioxide unit went bankrupt. With APC facing potential damages of $14 billion or $5 billion, investors dumped the shares, which we then acquired at an average cost of $78.55. Assuming a worst-case legal outcome, APC's core valuation net of its stake in WGP and its interest in an undeveloped, but valuable prospect in Mozambique, is less than 4x EBITDA. This is cheap compared to peers that lack APC's valuable upstream assets and exciting exploration prospects, but nonetheless trade at higher valuations. Our legal analysis suggests that the ultimate payment is likely to be the lesser of the two amounts and will be partly tax deductible. APC shares ended the quarter at $79.32.

    From David Einhorn (TradesPortfolio)'s fourth quarter 2013 commentary.


  • David Einhorn Comments on BP

    We established a position in BP (BP) at an average price of $47.39. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was nearly four years ago. Since then, investors have focused on the ensuing legal cases regarding clean-up and restitution efforts, while overlooking BP’s improved return on capital inits core businesses. Allowing for more negative legal outcomes than BP has currently provisioned, we believe the company’s net asset value (NAV) is nearly $70 per share. It can therefore create substantial value by selling assets at or above NAV and using the income torepurchase stock at a significant discount. This is exactly what BP has been doing. Further, BP has restricted capital expenditures and increased dividends – all evidence of a more shareholder-friendly approach. As the legal issues subside, we expect the market to appreciate BP’s portfolio value and its improved capital allocation. In the meantime, we own an industry leader at 9x earnings with a 5% dividend yield. BP shares ended the quarter at $48.61.

    From David Einhorn (TradesPortfolio)'s fourth quarter 2013 commentary.


  • David Einhorn Comments on Micron Technologies

    MU (MU) is a manufacturer of semiconductor memory chips (DRAM and NAND flash). This isn't our first go-round with MU; it was a large short position from January 2001 to February 2005. Back then, DRAM was a lousy industry with too many competitors selling an undifferentiated product, often below cost. In the first quarter of 2001 when the shares were trading in the low $40s we wrote:

    MU is valued at 6.5x current run-rate revenues and, today, generates no profits. In its best year ever (fiscal 2000), MU recorded $2.52 per share of earnings, making the current price 17x the peak earnings of a cyclical, commodity manufacturer. In the previous two years, MU lost money.


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