Almost a year ago, Sears CEO Edward Lampert owned 2,122,707 OSH shares — today he owns about half of that. As of March 25, 2013, Lampert reduced his position in Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH), a Sears spinoff, for the third time since last summer. For quarter ending June 30, 2012, the 10% owner Lampert had reduced his position by 22.7%, then again for quarter ending Dec. 31, 2012, Lampert reduced by 29.51%. His most current trade, reducing by 8.7%, leaves him with current shares of 1,080,204. The current price of OSH shares is $3.97, and according to GuruFocus analysis, is off 47% year to date.
What is going on with Orchard and its uber investor Guru Lampert, the mastermind of the Sears makeover? Orchard Supply Hardware is a David and Goliath story, but this time, there are many giants to battle. Orchard competes with home improvement and hardware heavies who have already figured out supply chain, pricing strategy and customer options. Orchard’s competitors include The Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, TrueValue and Lowe’s for house paint, garden tools, and other do-it-yourself products. Compare The Home Depot fiscal 2012 revenue of $70 billion to Orchard’s fiscal 2011 revenue of $660 million. Continue Reading »