Daniel Loeb

Daniel Loeb

Last Update: 03-20-2017

Number of Stocks: 38
Number of New Stocks: 12

Total Value: $10,188 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 26%

Countries: USA
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  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Danaher

    Danaher (DHR) is a diversified multi-industrial company with an increasing exposure to life science and healthcare-oriented businesses. Operating across five different business segments and built up through over 400 acquisitions over the company’s history, the cornerstone for Danaher’s successful integration and value creation strategy has been the


    Danaher Business System (DBS). Adapted from Japanese principles of kaizen, DBS has evolved into a set of processes and corporate culture revolving around continuous improvement, helping to drive organic growth and annual margin improvement across Danaher’s portfolio.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Chubb Ltd.

    Chubb Ltd. (CB) is the product of ACE Limited’s acquisition of The Chubb Corporation which closed in January. The deal combined two world-class operators that have consistently put up ~90% combined ratios – almost 900bps better than North American peers – and have compounded book value at 10%+ the past decade, more than double that of peers. The new Chubb is the largest public pure-play P&C company by underwriting income. It also has a number of factors we look for in a pro forma situation: an A+ CEO in Evan Greenberg; complementary fit across products, distribution, and geography; and a plan that is less focused on short-term cost savings than long-term strategic opportunities for growth, which are abundant.


    Chubb’s scale and focus on growth could not come at a better time as certain competitors scale back operations to satisfy shareholder demands. We are willing to forego short-term cost cuts or buybacks to own a franchise that is a long-term winner with the premier franchise in US high-net-worth insurance, #1 share in global professional lines, and an enviable global platform with leading A&H and personal lines in Asia and Latin America. We view Chubb as a high-quality compounder in the financials space, with double-digit earnings growth potential over the next few years. Critically, this earnings power is far less sensitive to rates and credit quality than fundamental execution.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Charter Communications

    Charter Communications (CHTR) is a domestic provider of voice, video, and high-speed data. In May 2015, Charter announced the acquisition of Time Warner Cable. This is a transformational deal that quadruples the company’s scale while driving substantial operating efficiencies. Importantly, the pro forma company will be led by Charter’s current CEO, Tom Rutledge, who we view as one of the best operators in the industry.


    New Charter is well positioned to capture market share from satellite and telco competitors given its advantaged high-speed data product. In addition, Mr. Rutledge’s track record of boosting video penetration, driving down service costs, and executing large network transformations at legacy Charter makes us optimistic about his leadership of the new entity.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Molson Coors Brewing Company

    TAP (NYSE:TAP), on the other hand, stands to benefit greatly from acquiring divested assets. The company is picking up the remaining 58% share of the MillerCoors US joint venture that it does not already own, the perpetual rights to import legacy SAB global brands such as Peroni in the US, and the global rights to the Miller brand. The transaction is highly accretive for TAP given the sheer size of the acquired assets. It also gives the company full control over its most important market, something that ought to improve operational effectiveness and increase the long-term strategic value of the company to a potential acquirer as the global beer industry continues to consolidate. As is the case with BUD, we believe TAP will compound nicely over the next several years as the market more fully appreciates the earnings power and strategic optionality of the pro forma company.

    From Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio)'s first quarter 2016 shareholder letter.   


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Anheuser Busch InBev

    The long awaited acquisition of SAB Miller (SAB) by Anheuser Busch InBev (BUD) announced late last year created two interesting pro forma situations. The deal, expected to close in the second half of 2016, will combine the two largest global brewers and create an unrivaled player with strong pricing power in an increasingly consolidated global industry. It will also transform Molson Coors (TAP) into a stronger regional competitor following the acquisition of certain SAB assets that must be sold for anti-trust reasons.


    Starting with BUD, we think the stock ought to grow nicely over the next several years as the true earnings power of the new company is revealed. Part of the gains will come from improving the underlying profitability of SAB, as operational control of its assets is transferred to BUD’s highly regarded management team led by CEO Carlos Brito. Another part will come from the capture of deal-related cost and revenue synergies, as duplication is eliminated and BUD’s global brands like Budweiser, Corona, and Stella are rolled out to legacy SAB markets in Africa and Latin America. Finally, the rest should come from financial engineering as BUD’s under-levered balance sheet is monetized to help finance the transaction. We also think the new company will likely command a higher valuation as SAB’s emerging market exposure will be accretive to top line growth over time.

      


  • Daniel Loeb Comments on Dow Chemical

    We are encouraged by the latest developments in our investment in Dow (DOW) which announced a merger with DuPont in December. In February, the company revealed that long-time CEO Andrew Liveris will be stepping aside not long after the merger’s completion. DuPont’s CEO, Ed Breen, is a proven operator and capital allocator. Breen made his mark by streamlining Tyco, a long-time industrial conglomerate, splitting the company into focused units and thus created enormous shareholder value. He brings an unbiased perspective and is not afraid to challenge the status quo, two qualities that will be essential in leading Dow/DuPont given the histories of both of these conglomerates.


    We continue to believe there is potential for operational improvement at Dow that would be incremental to the $3 billion announced synergy target; in aggregate, approximately $5 billion of earnings improvement could be unlocked. The merger structure preserves both companies’ strong balance sheets which, combined with fading Sadara and Gulf Coast CapEx, should allow for meaningful capital return while maintaining a strong investment grade balance sheet. Taking all of these factors into account, we believe the pro forma entity is capable of generating $5.50 – 6.00 of EPS in 2018. Given that these earnings will consist of contributions from several focused spinoffs, we also believe that multiple expansion is likely.

      


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    According to GuruFocus’ All-in-One Screener, the following stocks have a high business predictability rating and at least five gurus are shareholders in the companies.


    WestRock Co. (WRK)

      


  • Why Dan Loeb Is Adding to His Green Brick Position

    Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ:GRBK) is a land development company with a bank of land in favorable parts of the Dallas and Atlanta areas. In addition it owns controlling interests (of exactly 50%) in four homebuilding companies.


    The company was set up and customized around 2008 by guru David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), of Greenlight Capital and Jim Brickman, who was going to lead it. Brickman has 35 years of experience in the business. Einhorn owns ~50% of the equity and Brickman around 10% through various names. They called it Green Brick. Get it?

      


  • Daniel Loeb Adds to Stake in Green Brick Partners

    Daniel Loeb (TradesPortfolio) added 99,943 shares to his stake in Green Brick Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:GRBK) on April 8.


    Green Brick Partners (formerly known as BioFuel Energy Corp.) was incorporated as a Delaware corporation on April 11, 2006. The company began its original operations with the intention of solely investing in BioFuel Energy LLC, a limited liability company organized on Jan. 25, 2006. The company's goal was to build and operate ethanol production facilities in the Midwestern U.S.

      


  • Art Collecter Daniel Loeb Adds Sothebys to Portfolio

    Guru Daniel Loeb (Trades, Portfolio) is a California native who grew up in Santa Monica. Loeb received his bachelor's at Columbia and spent the next 11 years working for various firms including Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm. He then landed a job working as director of corporate development at Island Records, a record label where he focused on securing debt financing.


    After his time at Island Records, Loeb seized an opportunity to work as a risk arbitrage analyst at Lafer Equity Investors, and then from 1991 to 1994 he worked as senior vice president in the distressed debt department at Jefferies LLC. Loeb increased his knowledge and experience about bankruptcy analysis, trading bank loans and selling distressed securities. In 1995, Loeb founded Third Point Management LLC, which has grown to a total value of about $9.86 billion.

      


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