Charles Brandes

Charles Brandes

Last Update: 06-01-2016

Number of Stocks: 187
Number of New Stocks: 29

Total Value: $6,992 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 7%

Countries: USA
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Charles Brandes Watch

  • Brandes Makes a Variety of Reductions in 4th Quarter

    Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio), chairman of Brandes Investment Partners, reduced 89 stakes in his portfolio in the fourth quarter. His most noteworthy reductions crisscrossed the globe and spanned an investing spectrum that included several in oil and gas companies but also touched on banking and financial services and technology stocks.


    Brandes made his most significant fourth-quarter reduction in his stake in Embraer SA (NYSE:ERJ), a Brazilian aerospace and defense company. Brandes trimmed his stake by more than 8%, selling 980,533 shares for an average price of $29.38 per share. The transaction had a -0.37% impact on Brandes’ portfolio.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on MediaTek

    Fund activity was relatively light in the quarter. The emerging markets investment committee initiated a position in Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek. MediaTek (TRE:2454) is the world’s second-largest supplier of mobile phone-related semiconductors. The company has benefited significantly over the past few years due in large part to its strong relationships with smartphone vendors in China, where growth has been significant.


    MediaTek competes in a difficult market environment, with relatively low barriers to entry and low customer stickiness. In addition, it is unlikely that MediaTek’s core end market (i.e. Chinese smartphones) can sustain the growth it has delivered in recent years, potentially keeping future returns from being as strong as they have been.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Cemex

    Holdings in Mexico hurt returns in the fourth quarter, notably cement company Cemex (NYSE:CX). With the majority of Cemex’s debt denominated in U.S. dollars, concerns about the impact of rising U.S. interest rates have added to investor worries over intensifying competition in the company’s home market. Although leverage remains a key concern for Cemex, it is not, in our opinion, as big of a risk as it was a few years ago. We have been encouraged by the initiatives the company’s management has taken in terming out debt maturities, locking in lower interest rates, successfully negotiating with key creditors, and minimizing shareholder dilution. Moreover, while rising U.S. rates may be a near-term concern, we view Cemex primarily as a U.S.-dollar denominated business and believe the company has the ability to preserve its long-term earnings power by potentially increasing its prices to offset the impact of any foreign-currency devaluations.


    Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund fourth quarter commentary.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Adecoagro

    Another positive contributor to returns was Adecoagro (NYSE:AGRO), a Latin American agricultural company with assets in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Adecoagro’s shares, which performed well throughout 2015, benefited in the fourth quarter from a December announcement by the recently elected Argentinian president, Mauricio Macri, that he would sign a decree to lower export taxes on soybeans, corn and wheat.


    Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund fourth quarter commentary.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on APR Energy

    APR (LSE:APR)’s share price increased following the company’s announcement in October that it had agreed to a buyout by a group of investment firms for approximately £175 million. The company supplies interim power plants, mainly in emerging-market countries, and has faced a difficulty in recent years after being forced to exit previously profitable markets.


    Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund fourth quarter commentary.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Reliance Infrastructure

    Reliance Infrastructure (BOM:500390) performed well after announcing a number of divestment initiatives intended to reduce debt, including the sale of a stake in its Mumbai -based power-transmission business. Additionally, the company has short- listed a number of potential buyers for its cement assets and has been in talks to monetize 11 revenue-generating road projects. These moves should allow Reliance Infrastructure to increase its focus on the defense sector.


    Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund fourth quarter commentary.

      


  • Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund 4th Quarter Commentary

    Market Overview

      


  • 10 Fund Managers Are Totally Wrong on GlaxoSmithKline

    There are four big positions by guru investors in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)  starting with Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) who owns 11.5 million shares, John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) taking 1.4 million shares, Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) with 4.6 million shares and ending with HOTCHKIS & WILEY at 12.4 million shares.


      


  • Charles Brandes Ups Several Stakes for Consecutive Quarters

    Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder and chairman of Brandes Investment Partners. He manages multiple portfolios including U.S. Equity and Global Equity. The following stocks are the holdings Brandes increased over the past two quarters.


    Citizens Financial Group Inc. (CFG)

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Otsuka Kagu

    Established in 1969, Otsuka Kagu (TSE:8186) is one of Japan’s largest furniture retailers and operates in a fairly fragmented industry. The majority of the company’s sales are generated in the Kanto region, which includes the greater Tokyo metropolitan area. The population in this region has grown over the last two decades as aging baby boomers have been attracted to the conveniences the city offers.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Gedeon Richter

    Gedeon Richter (LSE:0QFP) is a manufacturer of both branded and generic pharmaceutical products. In recent years, the company has been transitioning its business model to become more of a “specialty pharma” with a stronger emphasis on branded drugs, an area that requires more research & development (R&D) effort but historically has been more profitable.


    We began purchasing Gedeon Richter in the first half of 2014. At the time, geopolitical concerns in Russia, Ukraine and other member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which collectively accounted for over 40% of Gedeon Richter’s revenue, appeared to be overly discounted in the company’s share price. We took comfort in Gedeon Richter’s long history of local operations in the region, including local manufacturing in Russia, which should support its foothold there. Moreover, we believed the market underappreciated the prospects offered by Gedeon Richter’s women’s health division, its diversified exposure to regions with secular growth potential, as well as its R&D optionality.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Unilever

    One of the world’s largest consumer product companies, Unilever (NYSE:UL) maintains a leadership position in many food, household and personal care categories. We initially purchased the shares when many questioned the company’s ability to sustain revenue growth. Despite market concerns, we saw a solid business in Unilever that generated strong free cash flow while trading at a discount to our estimate of its intrinsic value. Recently, the market started to show some appreciation for Unilever’s strengths and potential for operating-margin improvement, driving its shares to trade at high multiples of earnings compared to levels seen over the past decade. We exited our position when the shares rose toward our estimate of their true worth,.


    From the Brandes Global Equity Income Fund letter for the year ended Sept. 30, 2015.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Schneider Electric

    Schneider (XPAR:SU)’s key businesses include operations in low-voltage and building automation, discrete and process automation, critical power and cooling, and medium voltage and grid automation. Given that emerging markets make up nearly 45% of Schneider’s sales, some may be worried that potentially slowing economic growth in many developing countries would negatively affect the company’s businesses, especially those which are construction-driven. Additionally, the company has a penchant for mergers and acquisitions, which can carry risks of overpayment as well as integration and execution uncertainties.



    We believe these risks are more than fully reflected in Schneider’s share price. Among other positive attributes, Schneider has generated high returns on incremental capital and possesses a reasonably healthy balance sheet with strong free cash flow.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Leucadia

    Leucadia (NYSE:LUK) is a diversified holding company with interests in various businesses, ranging from investment banking, asset management, and commercial mortgage banking & servicing to beef processing and oil & gas exploration. Despite a market capitalization in excess of $5 billion, Leucadia has lacked coverage by Wall Street research analysts.



    We believe Leucadia has a number of positive attributes. The company is conservatively capitalized and traded at less than its reported book value. Additionally, Leucadia has a history of being strategic and value oriented, and we appreciate that management’s significant ownership aligns its incentives with shareholder interests. These factors led us to conclude that the shares were trading at an attractive discount to our estimate of the company’s intrinsic value.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Emerson Electric

    Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) is another high-quality company with a strong competitive position, conservative balance sheet and attractive long-term returns on capital. Similar to Schneider’s case, over the last few years, the market has become concerned about Emerson’s exposure to emerging markets. Investors also seem worried about the cyclicality of its process automation business, particularly its high exposure to the oil & gas end market.



    Despite the negative sentiment, we believe Emerson is well positioned to continue generating value in each of its business segments, which have attractive long-term growth prospects based on our analysis. While concerns surrounding Emerson’s oil & gas exposure and the cyclicality of the process automation business are warranted, we feel that its shares are overly discounted at the company’s current valuation.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Toyota

    Automaker Toyota (NYSE:TM) was sold in the second quarter of 2015.We initially purchased Toyota in 2010 as the company suffered from news of unintended acceleration in some of its vehicles and the resulting recall, causing its stock to trade at a significant discount compared to its history and its peers. Toyota also faced major challenges from low automobile demand in its major markets and a strong yen, which made cars exported from Japan less competitive.



    Over the past several years, Toyota has managed to address the recall issue, which led to improved investor sentiment. Additionally, the weakening yen, combined with a strong recovery in automobile demand in many markets, especially in the United States, drove up Toyota’s share price significantly over the last year. We decided to divest our position after Toyota’s shares appreciated to our estimate of the company’s long-term intrinsic value.

      


  • Brandes Global Equity Fund Annual Letter 2015

    Dear Fellow Investor,


    Market-moving headlines sent global equity markets lower and volatility higher in the last 12 months amid a string of concerns that have kept uncertainties afloat.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Schneider Electric

    Schneider (XPAR:SU) provides electrical products and systems addressing a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer markets. Key businesses include operations in low-voltage and building automation, discrete and process automation, critical power and cooling, and medium voltage and grid automation. Schneider’s revenues are fairly diversified, with 28% generated in Western Europe, 28% in Asia Pacific, 25% in North America and 19% in the rest of the world.


    The market appears to underappreciate Schneider’s potential. Given that emerging markets make up nearly 45% of the company’s sales, some may be worried that potentially slowing economic growth in many developing countries would negatively affect Schneider’s businesses, especially those which are construction-driven. Additionally, the company has shown a penchant for mergers and acquisitions, which can carry risks of overpayment as well as integration and execution uncertainties.

      


  • Brandes Investment Trust Comments on Petrobras

    Among the names above, Petrobras hurt returns the most. The company’s shares continued to suffer as a result of a number of factors, including the economic situation in Brazil, a corruption scandal and a recent debt downgrade. While we recognize that the risks to our investment continue to be elevated given Petrobras’ levered balance sheet, high incremental funding needs over the next five years, current low oil price and the uncertain political environment in Brazil, we believe the risk/reward tradeoff remains attractive at the company’s current valuation. Over the longer term, we see a number of reasons for optimism, including:




  • Brandes International Equity Fund Annual Letter 2015

    Dear Fellow Investor,

      


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