Edward Lampert

Last Update: 2015-02-18

Number of Stocks: 7
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $2,211 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 14%

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Edward Lampert Watch

  • Eddie Lampert's 2015 Chairman Letter for Sears

    February 26, 2015


    To our Shareholders, Associates and Members,

      


  • Edward Lampert Shifts Investment Gears in Fourth Quarter

    Guru Edward Lampert (Trades, Portfolio) adjusted his investment approach in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the third quarter, he sold but did not buy stock. In the fourth quarter, he bought three stocks and sold none.


    Although Lampert is chairman and CEO of Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD), which has been struggling, he has a solid track record as an investor. Since founding RBS Partners, L.P. in 1988, he has logged average annual returns of 29%.

      


  • Sears and Seven-Foot Hurdles

    A few weeks back I came across an article that someone had posted on Sears. It is a fascinating read for a few different reasons. One, I think Sears is an excellent case study of the retail industry and the difficulties of investing and allocating capital in that type of business, and two, the article was written in the summer of 1988.


    This post is not a prediction of the demise of Sears, or an indictment against those who find value in the stock, it's just my own commentary on the case study and some observations I had while reading the interesting piece.

      


  • Francis Chou Trades Two Sears Spin-offs

    During the third quarter, Francis Chou (Trades, Portfolio) of Chou Associates Management made only two adjustments to the Associates Fund portfolio — both companies are spin-offs of Sears Holdings (SHLD) whose insiders are purchasing the stock.


    Chou began investing as a 25-year-old when he pooled an initial investment of $51,000 from coworkers and his own funds. What makes this story unique, however, is Chou and his coworkers were telephone repairmen with Bell Canada.

      


  • Sears Holdings Corporation Provides Update on actions to generate liquidity, fund its transformation and evolve its capital structure

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Holdings Corporation ("Holdings," or the "Company") (SHLD) today announced that the Company expects to generate up to U.S.$380 million in proceeds from its interest in Sears Canada Inc. ("Sears Canada") by earlyNovember 2014, assuming the completion of its previously announced rights offering of Sears Canada shares to the Company's stockholders and the exercise of all such rights. Of this amount, the Company expects to receive at least $168 million in mid-to-late October from the exercise of the rights distributed to them by ESL Partners, L.P. and Edward S. Lampert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holdings and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ESL Investments, Inc., which collectively with their affiliates own 48.5% of Holdings' outstanding common stock.


    Fairholme Capital Management, L.L.C. also has advised Holdings that it expects that certain of its clients will participate in the rights offering at levels to be determined, subject to review of the terms and conditions of the rights offering and regulatory considerations.

      


  • Edward Lampert's Sears Announces Steeper Losses

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended August 2, 2014. Net loss attributable to Holdings' shareholders was $573 million ($5.39 loss per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $194 million ($1.83 loss per diluted share) for the prior year second quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $(313) million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $(78) million in the prior year second quarter. As a supplement to this announcement, a presentation, pre-recorded conference and audio webcast are available at our website http://searsholdings.com/invest.


    "We have continued to show progress in our transformation, as demonstrated by our year-over-year increase in online and multi-channel sales, and with our member sales now representing 73% of eligible sales," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "However, our second quarter earnings are unacceptable and we are taking steps to address our performance on several levels. This includes reducing costs as we evolve our business model, investing in our Shop Your Way and Integrated Retail customer initiatives, rationalizing our physical footprint and improving pricing and promotions. As we move through the transformation, our new programs are becoming more prominent both in how we run the company and in how we serve our members, and we are pleased with how our members are responding."

      


  • Eddie Lampert Decreases AutoNation Position Below 9% in Brisk Selling

    At one point the owner of more than 77 million AutoNation (AN) shares, Eddie Lampert has continually shrunk the holding since 2010, filing it down to 8.98% from 9.45% of the company after selling 973,747 shares this week, according to Real Time Picks.


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  • 5-Year Lows: Pacific Coast Oil Trust, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc, Dynex Capital Inc, and Landauer Inc.

    According to GuruFocus list of 5-year lows, these Guru stocks have reached their 5-year lows: Pacific Coast Oil Trust, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc, Dynex Capital Inc, and Landauer Inc.


    Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc (SHOS) Reached the 5-year Low of $21.48

      


  • GuruFocus Real Time Picks of the Week

    The following information is a highlight of the real-time guru activity we saw this week. To view more information on these gurus, check out their guru portfolios. The “Real Time Picks” reports the stock purchases and sells that Gurus have made within the prior two weeks. If a Guru makes a purchase or sell of a company in which they own a greater-than 5% stake, SEC regulations require them to report their transaction within two days. It was a quiet week in guru trades but we did see a couple of trades coming from Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio) and Edward Lampert (Trades, Portfolio).

    Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)  


  • A Crash Course in Buying Spin-Offs

    Following the herd is the surest way of achieving mediocre performance. To produce superior returns, we have two options.


    First, be smarter or know more than the other guy. Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) refers to this as “second level thinking." For example, “Everyone thinks Apple has peaked and sales will begin to suffer. But I believe they are wrong and the company’s brand loyalty and continued innovation will generate greater-than-expected sales and profits. Therefore, I’m going to buy the stock even though the talking heads on CNBC prefer Samsung.”

      


  • Edward Lampert's Sears Holdings to Spin Off Lands' End

    Below is the Press Release from Sears Holdings.


    Sears Holdings Corporation Board of Directors Approves the Separation of its Lands' End Business and Establishes March 24, 2014 as the Record Date for the Pro-Rata Distribution of Shares of Lands' End, Inc. Common Stock

      


  • Is There a Huge Gap Between Price and Intrinsic Value?

    The Gap Inc. (GPS) is a leading apparel specialty retailer that sells casual apparel for men, women, and children under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime and Athleta brands. With a very broad spectrum of consumers, the company becomes the largest specialty apparel retailer in the U.S. Additionally, the company plans to open five Old Navy brand stores in China this year, so the focus in international markets is a driver for future revenues. The firm's competitors include American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (AEO) and The TJX Companies Inc. (TJX).


    Now, turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, let's take a look at the intrinsic value of this company and try to explain to investors the reasons why it is a good buy or not. In this article, we present a model that is by no means the be-all and end-all for valuation. The purpose is to force investors to evaluate different assumptions about growth and future prospects.

      


  • Eddie Lampert 2014 Shareholder Letter

    “Messer Hubbard and Bell want to install one of their “telephone devices” in every city. The idea is idiotic on the face of it. Furthermore, why would any person want to use this ungainly and impractical device when he can send a messenger to the telegraph office and have a clear written message sent to any large city in the United States?”


    This is an excerpt from a Western Union internal report in response to an offer from Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone) to sell his invention to Western Union for $100,000.

      


  • Eddie Lampert's Annual Sears Letter - 2014 Could Be the Year of Transformation for Sears

    February 27, 2014


    To Our Shareholders, Associates and Members:

      


  • GuruFocus Real Time Picks of the Week

    The following information is a highlight of the real-time guru activity we saw this week. To view more information on these gurus, check out their guru portfolios. The “Real Time Picks” reports the stock purchases and sells that Gurus have made within the prior two weeks. If a Guru makes a purchase or sell of a company in which they own a greater-than 5% stake, SEC regulations require them to report their transaction within two days. This week we saw notable increases in Real Time activity from Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) and Edward Lampert (Trades, Portfolio) .


    Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio)

      


  • Letter from Sears Holdings Chairman Eddie Lampert - Are New Ideas About How Retail Is Changing Really New?

    Data about the 2013 holiday season from a wide variety of retailers is feeding a growing consensus: store traffic has decreased significantly across the industry and may never return to previous levels.1 We don’t disagree with these conclusions, but we’re not at all sure that they are new.


    In fact, we launched a major transformation of Sears (SHLD) and Kmart years ago because we saw then that people had fundamentally and permanently changed how they shop as a result of the internet, social networking and mobile devices. Those changes have only intensified in recent years. That’s why we have been focusing so much of our collective efforts – and have invested such a high proportion of our company’s resources – into innovations like the Shop Your Way membership program and our buy online, pick up in store programs, which are the foundation of our Integrated Retail strategy.

      


  • Sears Holdings Provides Update on Fourth Quarter Business

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Holdings Corporation ("Holdings," "we," "us," "our," or the "Company") (SHLD) today is providing an update on our quarter-to-date performance and financial position.


    During the quarter, we continued to proactively transform our business to a member-centric integrated retailer leveraging our Shop Your Way™ ("SYW") program and platform. As previously stated, we are transitioning from a business that has historically focused on running a store network into a business that provides and delivers value by serving its members in the manner most convenient for them: whether in store, in home or through digital devices. We are driving this transformation by investing in capabilities to enable members access to the broadest possible assortment of products and services, enhancing our membership benefits associated with SYW, developing digital and social relationships with our members, using data and analytics to make targeted offers and decisions delivered in real time and expanding our reach through Marketplace and delivery options. 

      


  • A Race Between Cost Cutting and Sales Declines – Edward Lampert Reduces Sears Holdings

    According to GuruFocus Real Time Picks, Edward Lampert made a reduction to Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD). So, two questions arise for investors: (1) What does Lampert see to reduce that position? and (2) can we see it too?

    Sears operates a network of stores with thousands of full-line and 54 specialty retail stores operating through Kmart and Sears and 475 full-line and specialty retail stores in Canada. It operates in three reportable segments: Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.  


  • Edward Lampert Cuts Sears to Meet Redemptions, Still Confident

    Though Edward Lampert insists cutting his stake in Sears had nothing to do with a loss of faith in the company, news of the reduction sent shares plunging more than 20% this week. The hedge fund manager and chief executive of Sears Holding (SHLD) cut back the scope of his ownership in the company from 55.4% to 48.4%, according to a regulatory filing released Tuesday.

    ESL Investments, the hedge fund of Lampert that is tracked by GuruFocus, retains 26,427,295 Sears shares after reducing the holding by 21.94%, or about 7,428,774 shares, from 33,856,069 shares held at the end of the third quarter. Lampert said the recent reduction was in order to distribute 7.4 million shares among clients who were withdrawing from his firm, meaning none of those reduced came from his personal holdings. Including his personal holdings, Lampert owns roughly 51.6 million Sears shares.  


  • Real-Time Reductions with Edward Lampert, Chuck Royce and Howard Marks

    According to GuruFocus Real Time Picks, three gurus just made reductions to major holdings in Anaren Inc. (ANEN), Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (SBLK) and Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD). Here are the trade details:

    Guru: Edward Lampert  


  • AutoNation and the Cyclical Risk of the Auto Industry – Edward Lampert Starts Reducing

    According to GuruFocus Real Time Picks, on Nov. 29 Edward Lampert reduced his stake in AutoNation Inc. (AN). By Sept. 2013, Lampert owned 29% of AutoNation's common shares; so what made him cut back his position three times during November?

    The company operates as an automotive retailer in the U.S. The company operates in three segments: Domestic, Import and Premium Luxury. The first segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. The second segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The last segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by BMW, Lexus and Mercedes. The franchises in each segment also sell used vehicles, parts and automotive services, and automotive finance and insurance products.  


  • Eddie Lampert's Sears Reports $543 Million Net Loss in Q3

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended November 2, 2013. Net loss attributable to Holdings' shareholders was $534 million, or $5.03 loss per diluted share, compared to $498 million, or $4.70 loss per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $(286) million for the third quarter of 2013, which was within the range of our previous guidance from October 29, compared to $(172) million in the prior year quarter. As a supplement to this earnings release, please see our presentation at our website http://searsholdings.com/invest.

    "We are proactively transforming our business to a member-centric integrated retailer leveraging Shop Your Way™ ("SYW") to benefit from the changing retail landscape. We are transitioning from a business that has historically focused on running a store network into a business that provides and delivers value by serving its members in the manner most convenient for them: whether in store, in home or through digital devices," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are driving this transformation by investing in capabilities to enable members access to the broadest possible assortment of products and services, enhancing our membership benefits associated with SYW, developing digital and social relationships with our members, using data and analytics to make targeted offers and decisions delivered in real time and expanding our reach through Marketplace and delivery options."  


  • Down a Billion - Lampert Sells in Review, AutoNation Update

    A man of many hats and top investor Guru Edward “Eddie” Lampert also manages his firm ESL Investments. His third quarter portfolio lists 4 stocks at a total value of $2.99 billion, down almost a billion since April 2013. His quarter-over-quarter turnover is 0%.

    Also the Sears Holdings Corporation CEO, Lampert spent a good deal of his 2013 trading time methodically reducing his involvement in the Sears spinoff, Orchard Supply Hardware, from over a million shares in the first quarter of 2013 to 158,399 shares as of May 29, 2013.  


  • Weekly 3-Year Low Highlight: EXC, RVBD, IRWD, SHOS

    According to GuruFocus list of 3-year lows, Exelon Corp, Riverbed Technology Inc, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and SEARS HOMETOWN have all recently reached their three year lows.

    Exelon Corp (EXC) Reached the 3-year Low of $27.96  


  • Sears Makeover Relevant to Online Shoppers

    With a finger on the pulse of today’s shopper, Guru Edward Lampert has a gift for making retailers relevant to the ever-changing consumer. His retail re-visioning of Sears and Kmart is starting to pay off. Sears Holdings Corporation’s online businesses for Sears and Kmart grew 20% in the second quarter of 2013, year-over-year. Lampert’s brainchild, the Sears ‘Shop Your Way’ membership program, generated more than 65% of the revenues at Sears Domestic and Kmart during the second quarter, compared to around 55% in the same quarter a year ago. But despite e-commerce growth, Sears Holdings reported an operating loss of $51 million in the second quarter of 2013, after a loss of $103 million in the second quarter of 2012.

    Here’s an update on company financials and the billionaires trading Sears.  


  • Guru Real Time Transactions Highlight

    The following information is a highlight of the real-time guru activity we saw this week. To view more information on these gurus, check out their guru portfolios. “Real Time Picks” reports the stock purchases and sells that Gurus have made within the prior two weeks. If a Guru makes a purchase or sell of a company in which they own a greater-than 5% stake, SEC regulations require them to report their transaction within two days. We saw notable real time activity from Mario Gabelli, Edward Lampert and Mason Hawkins.

    Mario Gabelli  


  • Overcoming Ouch - Edward Lampert Second Quarter Slash

    Investor, entrepreneurial savant and retail visionary, Edward Lampert, CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation and founder of ESL Investments, has seen a rare down cycle lately. His portfolio’s total value is down around a billion dollars since reports from May 2013.

    After fighting the slippery slopes of re-imagineering Sears and its spin-offs, including the troubled Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH, OSHWQ, OSHSQ), Lampert drastically cut his companies in the second quarter of 2013 but still holds 31.82% of Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) and 25.05% of Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc. (SHOS), 2.23% of Gap Inc. (GPS) and 16.75% of AutoNation (AN).  


  • Real Time Guru Reductions as Hudson’s Bay Acquires Saks

    According to GuruFocus Real Time Picks, here are the most recent Guru reductions of holdings in four well-known companies. Check out the companies’ second quarter 2013 financial results as well as trade details.

    First up, the iconic luxury retailer Saks Incorporated (SKS) has entered into a merger agreement with Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). The merger is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.  


  • Berkowitz and Lampert – Luck, Concentration, Sears and Other Top Holdings

    A great bit of investing advice, Bruce Berkowitz once said, “Always assume you will have bad luck.” With several of their top holdings way up over 12 months, gurus Bruce Berkowitz and Edward Lampert have both had good luck and bad, and they both run concentrated portfolios. Guru investor Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Fairholme Capital Management, has a reputation for concentrating a portfolio.

    As of June 11, 2013, Fairholme Capital Management lists 21 stocks, with three new stocks, in a portfolio valued at $7.86 billion, and a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 6%. The Berkowitz portfolio is heavily weighed with financial services, at 64.3%.  


  • CEO and President of Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc. Bruce Johnson Bought 3,000 Shares

    Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc. was incorporated in Delaware on April 23, 2012. Sears Hometown has a market cap of $863.6 million; its shares were traded at around $42.63.

    On June 10, CEO and President of Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc. (SHOS) Bruce Johnson bought 3,000 shares at an average price of $49.02. The total transaction amount was $147,060.  


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