David Einhorn

David Einhorn

Last Update: 01-27-2016

Number of Stocks: 42
Number of New Stocks: 4

Total Value: $6,032 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 18%

Countries: USA
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David Einhorn Watch

  • Dodge & Cox Comments on Petrobras

    Petrobras (NYSE:PZE) is the leading producer of oil and gas in Brazil, accounting for roughly 90% of Brazil’s oil production. In 2014, its stock price declined approximately 50% due to a corruption scandal involving kickbacks on procurement contracts, a weakening Brazilian Real, and increasing debt from years of outspending its cash flow. The lower oil price environment and high financial leverage have raised concerns about the viability of funding growth through additional borrowings. The CEO and other senior executives resigned earlier this year and were replaced with a new management team. Investors are skeptical about the company’s ability to rectify its problems and grow production. As a result, it trades at 2.6 times 2015 estimated operating cash flow and at a substantial discount to its net asset value, well below historical levels and that of its peers.


    Despite this perfect storm of challenges, the company managed to grow production in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014. This growth was driven by the company’s leading position in the deepwater fields, also known as “pre-salt,” of the Santos Basin, which is one of the Western Hemisphere’s largest oil discoveries in 30 years. These fields are prolific, low-cost, and should enable Petrobras to maintain or grow production over the long term. In addition to possessing excellent reserves, Petrobras has improved corporate governance: the company hired two independent investigative firms and meaningfully revamped internal governance structures. The new management team is displaying more discipline on capital spending; it has announced plans to reduce capital expenditures by 37% and focus on the company’s most profitable exploration and production projects. Combined with a large scale divestiture program, these efforts should lead to a stronger balance sheet.

      


  • Dodge & Cox Comments on Schlumberger

    Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)—the world’s leading diversified oilfield services company—provides a variety of technology-based services that enable companies to identify hydrocarbon reservoirs, drill complex wells, manage production, and maximize recovery over the life of the well. The company is most dominant in international markets, where it is often larger than its next two biggest competitors combined. This leading scale contributes to its superior profitability and free cash flow generation. As a result, Schlumberger has historically traded at a premium valuation compared to its peers. That said, valuations for the Oil Services industry are low relative to historical averages; and, when compared to other leading global industrial companies, Schlumberger’s valuation at 2.3 times sales looks reasonable.


    Although the near-term outlook for oil prices is uncertain, we believe Schlumberger’s long-term growth prospects are attractive. Through its research and development (R&D) program and targeted acquisition strategy, Schlumberger is able to offer advanced and integrated services that are differentiated and improve a customer’s productivity per well. Furthermore, Schlumberger is in the midst of a restructuring program to increase efficiency and reduce capital intensity. Management has proactively adjusted its cost structure to deal with reduced activity levels in the current environment. These efforts have enabled the company to continue generating attractive levels of free cash flow, which provide strategic options for reinvesting in the business or for returning capital to shareholders. Continued industry consolidation should improve the competitive and pricing environment. Halliburton’s proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes would combine the second- and third-largest industry competitors. While weaker demand and a low oil price environment have weighed on Schlumberger’s share price, we believe its valuation, solid balance sheet, cash flow generation, and prospects make it an attractive long-term investment opportunity. We recently added to the position (a 3.1% holding on June 30).

      


  • Macy's Aims to Improve Growth, Signs Agreement With Luxottica Group

    Though Macy’s Inc. (M) reported a very disappointing third quarter, it recently it reached an agreement with Luxottica Group S.p.A. (LUX) to bring LensCrafters stores to as many as 500 Macy’s in the U.S. over the next three years, which will hopefully boost growth for the future.


    Macy's is an omni-channel retail organization operating stores and websites under the Macy's and Bloomingdale's brands. The company sells apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods in 45 states. 

      


  • David Einhorn's Presentation on Consol Energy



  • Chris Davis' Stocks Trading Below the Peter Lynch Value

    Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) is the portfolio manager of Davis Financial Fund, an independent, employee-owned investment management firm founded in 1969. Davis Advisors manages more than $60 billion across several different asset classes.


    Here are the stocks in his portfolio that are trading below the Peter Lynch value.

      


  • David Einhorn Discloses Positions in Garmin, TerraForm, Vivint, CNX Coal

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), a value investor and founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, disclosed ownership of four new positions added in the third quarter: CNX Coal Resources LP (NYSE:CNXC), Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), TerraForm Global Inc. (NASDAQ:GLBL) and Vivint Solar Inc. (NYSE:VSLR).


    Einhorn’s firm declined 17.4%, versus 5.3% for the S&P 500 Index, in the first three quarters of the year, led by poor performance of its holdings SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE) and Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX). Einhorn runs a concentrated portfolio, dedicating the most capital to its highest-conviction holdings. He discussed his process in his third-quarter letter:

      


  • Why Icahn and Others Still Own Apple

    Numerous top tier investors continue to hold Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares including Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio), David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio), Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio), and David Tepper (Trades, Portfolio). With the shares trading at what I believe is a low valuation, I thought I would review some of the risks and reasons to own Apple.


    Risks

      


  • Stocks With the Lowest P/E in the Coal Industry

    These are the companies in the coal industry that are trading with the lowest P/E ratio, according to the All-In-One screener by GuruFocus.


    Natural Resources Partners LP (NRP) is trading with a P/E ratio of 2.23; according to the DCF calculator the stock has a fair value of $11.51 while it is trading at about $1.76. That means it is trading with a margin of safety of 85%. The price has dropped by 86% during the last 12 months and is now 87.27% below its 52-week high and 9.32% above its 52-week low.

      


  • Market Posts Best October Returns in 4 Years

    October is not known as a month for strong market returns, but investors got a reprieve last month as returns were some of the best in the past four years.


    The DJIA gained 8.5%, its best performance since October 2011, while the S&P 500 was up 8.3%, the best monthly return in four years. Small-caps lagged behind, but the Russell 2000 still posted a 5.9% gain for the month.

      


  • David Einhorn and Dan Loeb Love This Company

    With a market cap under $400 million, a complex business structure and a winding operating past, it's little wonder that most investors haven't heard of Green Brick Partners Inc. (GBRK).


    Green Brick Partners is a residential real estate company that develops residential communities and holds interests in several different homebuilders. According to its website, it controls approximately 4,800 prime home sites, originates approximately 1,000 secured first lien loans each year and owns a controlling interest in four homebuilding companies in Dallas as well as the fifth-largest homebuilder in Atlanta.

      


  • Aflac: Dividend Aristocrats Part 18 of 52

    Aflac (NYSE:AFL) is the global leader in cancer insurance. The company sells supplemental life, health and accident insurance.


    Aflac generates about 75% of its premium revenue in Japan. The remaining 25% of premium revenue comes from the United States.

      


  • Apple's New iPhone Has Massive Deal for Investors

    One of the prominent stocks most hedge fund managers like to keep in their portfolios is Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). Among the hedge fund managers, Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) is one of the largest holders of the stock. According to GuruFocus data, Apple makes up 21.21% of Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio)’s portfolio.


    Apple designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, watches and portable digital music players worldwide. It reported higher-than-estimated third-quarter earnings on Oct. 27. The stock has increased by 9.20% year to date and performed well as compared to Technology SPDR (ETF) [XLK]

      


  • Humana, Dow Chemicals Among Stocks Larry Robbins Keeps On Buying

    Glenview Capital Management, a privately held investment management firm, was founded in 2000 by Larry Robbins (Trades, Portfolio). He manages a portfolio of 82 stocks with a total value of $25.250 million, and the following are the stocks he has been buying at least two quarters


    Applied Materials Inc. (AMAT)

      


  • General Motors Shines in Automotive Industry

    General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a popular stock among many hedge fund managers, with Warren Buffett as the largest guru shareholder. According to GuruFocus data, GM makes up 1.25% of Buffett's portfolio. General Motors, which designs, builds and sell cars, trucks and automobile parts, reported its third quarter earnings on Oct. 20, with higher-than-estimated earnings in such a robust environment, but its revenue fell below the estimations of analysts. Wall Street analyst estimated revenue of $39.2 billion but GM reported $38.8 billion lower by 1%. The stock has increased by 3.02% on year-to-date basis, but underperformed as compared to Consumer Discretionary SPDR (ETF) [XLY].


    Financial performace

      


  • David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital Releases Third-Quarter Letter

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s Greenlight Capital has released its third-quarter letter. In the letter Einhorn discloses the firm is down 17.4% so far this year. In the letter Einhorn discuss the largest drivers of Greenlight Capital 17% loss. The firm's investments in SunEdison (NYSE:SUNE) and Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX) have placed a large role in the firm's net loss of 17%.


    Greenlight Capital's third-quarter letter

      


  • Looking at David Einhorn’s Hits and Misses as Fund Drops 16%

    In the third quarter, the pain at David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s hedge fund Greenlight Capital Inc. intensified. The 14.2% decline dragged his nine-month loss on the value of his investments to 16.9%, compared to a 12.3% drop for the S&P 500, meaning 2015 is shaping up to be his first year in the red in five years.


    The poor performance at the $12.3 billion firm was not entirely attributable to Greenlight’s long positions. Einhorn had only 20.9% net long exposure as of June 30, as he conservatively positioned his portfolio for a more negative economic environment and invested in other instruments.

      


  • Micron Technology a Unique Long-Term Investment Opportunity

    Over the last two years, the only company I have found interesting is Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU). I began following it four or five months ago when I noticed that it was falling. In the past I had noticed that investors such as David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) and Seth Klarman (Trades, Portfolio) were investing in it, and both bought it at much higher prices than what it is trading now. Einhorn declared after the stock prices fell that it was still a good investment. I am sure that it is a better buy now than when it was over $30. Indeed, after a long fall and having studied Micron for some months, I decided a few weeks ago that it was too cheap to let it pass and started buying it, fortunately at much lower levels than Einhorn.


    I don't like to invest in a stock only because someone I admire owns it. I need to be convinced of it myself and focused on studying it. Fundamentally it looks cheap; what needed to be qualitatively analyzed is if the fundamentals can be sustained. As the conclusion of my investigations, I will discuss here a set of conditions that currently make Micron a unique buying opportunity. I will not focus on numbers such as EPS or fundamental metrics, because I believe that any sophsticated investor can find those out relatively easy. Rather, I will focus on the main factors that make Micron a sustainable long-term investment.

      


  • David Einhorn's Best Performing Stocks Year to Date

    David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) is president of Greenlight Capital, which is a value-oriented investment advisor. 


    With help from the All-In-One Screener, the following are the stocks in his portfolio with the highest return since the beginning of the year.

      


  • David Einhorn Digs Coal

    According to a press release from Consol Energy (NYSE:CNX) on June 30 certain funds managed by Greenlight Capital have agreed to purchase 5,000,000 shares of the newly issued CNX Coal Resources LP (NYSE: CNXC) at the IPO price of $15.00 per share in a private placement. The IPO was completed in July with CNX selling a 21.1% stake of CNXC to the public and an additional 21.1% stake to Greenlight Capital in the private placement. Consol Energy continues to own 53.4% of the company and 100% of the General Partner which has a 2% interest.


    What is CNX Coal Resources LP? It is a growth-oriented master limited partnership, sponsored by Consol Energy. CNX Coal Resources owns a 20% undivided interest in Consol Energy's Pennsylvania thermal coal mining complex (Bailey, Enlow Fork and Harvey mines). They have been granted the right of first offer to acquire the remaining 80% undivided interest in the complex if they choose. The complex has generated about 80% of Consol Energy's coal sales in 2015. The complex consists of three underground mines and related infrastructure that produce high-BTU bituminous thermal coal that is sold primarily to electricity generators in the eastern United States.

      


  • David Einhorn Adds to Positions in General Motors, Bank of New York Mellon

    Value-oriented hedge fund manager David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Greenlight Capital produced annual returns of 29% in its first decade of existence. Returns have been lower in recent years, but they have remained in positive territory.


    In the second quarter Einhorn both bought and sold shares as usual, but his acquisitions were larger and more noteworthy.

      





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