Jeff Auxier

Jeff Auxier

Last Update: 05-13-2016

Number of Stocks: 143
Number of New Stocks: 4

Total Value: $422 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 1%

Countries: USA
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  • Jeff Auxier Sells Precision Castparts, AT&T, Microsoft

    Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) is the manager of Auxier Focus Fund. He manages a portfolio of 143 stocks and during the first quarter sold shares in the following stocks:


    The investor closed his stake in Precision Castparts Corp. (PCP) with an impact of -1.73% on the portfolio.

      


  • Jeff Auxier's Spring 2016 Market Commentary

    After an 11% decline in the first six weeks of 2016, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index recovered to gain 1% for the first quarter. Stocks rebounded in the face of a sharp cutback in energy capital spending, slowing world growth and wildly volatile currency swings that weighed on export volumes. These setbacks largely offset the positive material savings from declining prices in natural gas, heating oil, diesel and gasoline. Regions with heavy in-migration like the Pacific Northwest are showing very strong economic growth, while those tied to coal and oil are suffering. Historically, sharp drops in energy inputs have led to strong growth (1986 and 1998) as our economy is 85% service oriented. Indeed, my recent visits with executives in construction trades—both housing and commercial—suggest there are serious ongoing shortages in welding, plumbing, electrical framing—you name it, especially in the West.


    The quality businesses we favor have typically enjoyed price/earnings multiple expansion in times of sharp commodity and energy crashes. Conversely, when energy prices tripled during the 1970s, price-to-earnings ratios compressed to a rock-bottom 10 times earnings or less. Today, the US is being hampered by higher domestic debt (over 300% of GDP) as US nonfinancial debt rose 3.5 times faster than GDP last year. Therefore, we have continued to seek out and hold businesses that have consistently strong demand, nominal mandatory capital spending and ample cash flow to fuel expansion. Earnings and revenue growth have been challenging as many industries are faced with supply gluts. An example: too many physical retail stores as online commerce grows. We try to closely monitor the long term supply/demand relationship in each industry before investing. We want enduring franchises with moral leadership that will survive the harshest economic challenges. Growth in free cash flow—not stated dividends—is a critical metric that allows for the financial flexibility necessary to flourish during challenging environments. If a company’s cash flow is higher ten years out, that company’s share value should track.

      


  • GuruFocus Value Conference 2016 Pictures

    We had a great success for 2016 GuruFocus Value Conference last week. More than 140 investors from 14 countries attended the conference. We had 9 great speakers and our attendees thoroughly enjoyed it. 92% of the attendees indicated that they are likely to attend GuruFocus Value Conference again in 2017.


    The videos and presentation slides will be available to those who attended. You will also gain access to those once you register for the 2017 conference.

      


  • Undervalued Stocks With Low P/S Ratio

    According to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener, the following are the stocks that are companies with a market cap above $5 billion that are trading with a very low P/S ratio.


    FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) is trading at about $35 with a P/S ratio of 1.01 and an estimated forward P/E multiple of 12.69. The company has a market cap of $15.12 billion and over the last 10 years, the stock has dropped by 30%. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $37.05 and as low as $28.89.

      


  • Charles Brandes' Top Buys During the 4th Quarter

    Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio), chairman of Brandes Investment Partners, increased his stakes in many stocks in the fourth quarter.


    He raised his stake in Credit Suisse Group AG (CS) by 121.44%. The deal had an impact of 0.52% on the portfolio.

      


  • Guru Stocks With High, Growing Dividend Yields

    The following are companies with high and growing dividend yields that gurus are buying according to GuruFocus' All-in-One Screener.


    The Western Union Co. (WU) has a trailing dividend yield of 3.44% with a three-year growth rate of 13.40% and a five-year growth rate of 19.20%. The stock is now trading with a trailing 12-month P/E multiple of 11.10 and an estimated forward P/E multiple of 10.29. During the last 12 months, the stock price has dropped by 7%.

      


  • Jeff Auxier Takes Plunge in Fastenal, a Stock From Watchlist

    Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) of Auxier Asset Management picked up eight new holdings during the fourth quarter, including Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST), an industrial stock Auxier believed to be too richly valued this past August.


    In a GuruFocus interview, Auxier said Fastenal was on the fund’s watchlist since it was trading at an expensive 25x earnings, also citing a bubble environment due to the Chinese credit boom, which fueled a run-up in commodities. Fastenal continues to trade at a high valuation, however, at 24x earnings. With a relatively small purchase of 5,100 shares, Auxier may be waiting for a better time to buy in.

      


  • Auxier Asset Management Year-End 2015 Market Commentary

    Year End 2015 Market Commentary

      


  • Jeff Auxier's Holdings Trading Below Peter Lynch Earnings Line

    Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) is the manager of the Auxier Focus Fund. The following are the stocks in his portfolio that are trading below the Peter Lynch fair value.


    Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) is trading at about $70 per share, and the Peter Lynch value gives the stock a fair price of $147, giving the stock a margin of safety of 52%.

      


  • Top 5 Dividend Stocks Among Guru Holdings

    Even though the S&P 500 is not particularly cheap right now with an average P/E of nearly 20, there are some very juicy dividends that pop up if you screen for it. The top yielding stocks, however, are often not the most safe dividends as they are usually distressed companies.


    Investors often go shopping a little below the absolute highest dividend yielding stocks, but for this article, I decided to do something different. Instead, I compiled a list of the top yielding stocks held by the gurus. Every stock on this list is held by many of the absolute best value investors as selected by GuruFocus. I have to warn you: The list contains several energy stocks that look speculative, but at dividends from 7.56% up to 12.88%, they also look very lucrative. 

      


  • Auxier Buys New Stake in Allstate

    Value investor Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) heads Auxier Asset Management in Portland, Ore., far from the noise of Wall Street. When evaluating potential investments, Auxier and the firm look for companies that have strong or improving fundamentals, consistency in operating results and understandable products, among other attributes.


    Auxier spoke with GuruFocus in August in a wide-ranging Q&A, and discussed the advice Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) gave him personally, how his strategy has evolved and even his notable investing missteps. That interview can be read here.

      


  • Jeff Auxier's Fall 2015 Market Commentary

    Major stock indices continued their correction through the third quarter of 2015. Corporate revenue gains and product pricing have been weak. Concerns over slowing global growth and currency devaluations, starting with China, have added to uncertainty. Commodity-driven emerging markets have suffered over $1 trillion in outflows, the first net exodus in 27 years. So it shouldn’t be surprising that a long overdue 10% correction took place in a week in August. The price you pay for seeking superior compounded returns is enduring the volatility of free market pricing. The key to compounding is to stick with good companies when it gets ugly and painful.


    It is also important to lighten up some during boom times. The commodities and energy sectors are suffering a huge hangover from China’s now-deflating construction bubble financed with mounting levels of debt. The Reuters/Jefferies (CRB) commodity index has now corrected 45% from the 2011 highs. Such global cyclical stocks, as a group, have trailed far behind high-quality consumer businesses, particularly those with strong brands that sell smaller ticket necessities like foods and beverages. The current market environment has some similarities to the markets in the mid-1990s. Japan in 1994 had a debt-driven boom similar to China’s today, with much of the proceeds going into construction. Mexico devalued the peso in 1994. By 1998 Russia defaulted on government bonds as oil prices crashed close to $10 a barrel, versus around $45 now. Asian countries then suffered a series of currency devaluations. These events heightened global investors’ ardor for the dollar, US assets and the perceived safety of our “rule of law” economy.

      


  • Johnson & Johnson´s Dividend Discount Model Suggests Value of $139.6 Per Share

    In this article, let´s take a look at Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which has reported better-than-expected earnings but a decline in revenues. The EPS for the third quarter was $1.49, beating estimates by $0.04. However, revenue of $17.1 billion misses by $350 million.


    Relative valuation and dividend yield

      


  • Jeff Auxier: 'Investors Are Confusing Volatility for Risk; Panic Is Not Knowing What You Own'

    Lake Oswego, Ore. - September 2015 - Nearly three thousand miles from the Animal House panic on Wall Street, Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) is as calm as one of the cattle grazing at his Auxier Family Farms in Oregon.


    With 32 years of cumulative investment knowledge, Auxier has earned some perspective. For the past 16 years he’s shepherded the Auxier Focus Fund through dozens of bumps and bubbles. Prior to that, Auxier was a Senior VP of Investments and Senior Portfolio Mgt. Director for Foster Marshall/Smith Barney. He served with Jamie Dimon (now head of JP Morgan) on the first board to set national policy managing client accounts, and was recipient of the Consulting Group Bob Dwyer Award honoring integrity and knowledge. He welcomes the market turmoil.

      


  • Jeff Auxier Increases Several Holdings During Second Quarter

    Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) is the manager of the Auxier Focus Fund. His portfolio is composed of 144 stocks with a total value of $479 million. The following are the largest stakes he increased during the last quarter.


    He increased by 184% his stake in Marlin Business Services Corp (MRLN) with an impact of 1.96% on his portfolio.

      


  • Monster Beverage Is Overpriced

    The Guru Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio), during the last quarter, started a new position in Monster Beverage Corp (MNST). He bought 12,100 shares and is now the investor with the most weighted stake of MNST on his portfolio since the investment is about 0.34% of his total assets.


    The company

      


  • Announcement: 2016 GuruFocus Value Conference, Omaha

    Over the years we have received a lot of requests from our subscribers about a gathering, especially a gathering at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting because many of us go there anyway. In order to serve our subscribers better we decided to host an annual GuruFocus Value Conference. The next conference will be on Friday, April 29, 2016, the day before the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.


    These are the details of the conference:

      


  • Pfizer Nears Completion of Hospira Acquisition

    On Aug. 24 Pfizer, Inc. (NYSE:PFE) received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for its acquisition of Hospira, Inc. (NYSE:HSP). The acquisition process has been ongoing since Feb. 5 when Pfizer first announced it would be acquiring Hospira. Given the FTC clearance the acquisition will likely be completed in September.


    The Hospira acquisition will add low cost generic versions of biotech drugs to Pfizer’s product offerings, which are currently oriented around branded products. The Hospira business overall is primarily focused on generic injectable drug product offerings. The business is expected to be immediately accretive for Pfizer, bringing approximately $1.2 billion in quarterly revenue to the Pfizer business.

      


  • GuruFocus Interview: Jeff Auxier of Auxier Asset Management

    At 11 years old, Jeff Auxier (Trades, Portfolio) began mowing the lawn of Georgia Pacific’s then-CEO Bob Pamplin Sr., who led the company to be one of the top-performing NYSE stocks of the time. After graduating college with his degree in finance and starting his career in 1982, Auxier decided to cold call Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) — and got an answer.


    Whether by luck or simply taking a chance, Auxier was influenced by value investors from an early age, and this is reflected in his firm, Auxier Asset Management. The firm is based far from Wall Street on the opposite coast in Portland, Oregon, where Auxier lives on a 108-acre hazelnut farm.

      


  • Jeff Auxier's Summer Market Commentary

    The stock market sputtered and stalled in the first half of 2015. Standard & Poor’s 500 index of large U.S. companies rose a scant 0.28% in the second quarter and 1.23% over the six months ended June 30. Auxier Focus Fund trailed the index, declining


    0.97% for the quarter and 0.29% for the first half of 2015. One reason is that the Fund is only 70% invested in American companies (the S&P 500 is 100%). The remainder: 17% in foreign stocks, 6% in cash and 7% in so-called work-outs such as corporate spinoffs. What’s more, our lower-risk allocation has handily beaten the benchmark over time. Since inception in 1999, with an average 75%-95% equity exposure, a $10,000 investment in the Fund grew to $30,760 as of June 30, vs. $19,880 for the S&P 500.

      


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