Mason Hawkins

Mason Hawkins

Last Update: 12-05-2016

Number of Stocks: 28
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $10,435 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 9%

Countries: USA
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Mason Hawkins Watch

  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on BR Properties

    We sold BR Properties (BSP:BRP3), Brazil’s largest commercial office real estate landlord, following the stock’s rise after GP Investments raised its bid for the company. In spite of high quality properties and a solid partner in Claudio Bruni, the highly challenged Brazilian environment and concurrent currency depreciation resulted in a dollar loss over our full holding period.

    From Southeastern Asset Management's International Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on OCI

    OCI (XAMS:OCI) (-31%; -1.4%), a global fertilizer and chemical producer, also detracted from second quarter results. The two main pressures over the last three months were weakness in urea commodity prices (a key nitrogen fertilizer) and uncertainty around the CF Industries merger. Despite attractive strategic rationale for the combination of CF and OCI, the increased crackdown on tax inversions in the U.S. made the deal untenable. OCI’s European domicile further pressured the stock in the last week of the quarter, even though the Brexit vote should not impact fertilizer demand and could create some currency translation benefits to OCI. Globally, nitrogen fertilizer demand increased, helping to deplete excess supply. OCI’s plants have an advantage by being located near low-cost natural gas, a primary feedstock in fertilizer. Our investment case incorporates demand for nitrogen fertilizer continuing to grow at a couple of percent annually and supply tightening. Beyond 2016, no major additional plant capacity will be added for at least five years. Despite the current decline in nitrogen fertilizer prices, the company is generating significant free cash flow. CEO Nassef Sawiris and his team are working to grow value per share and are exhibiting a disciplined approach to monetizing assets at prices that reflect longer term intrinsic values.

    From Southeastern Asset Management's International Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on Melco International

    Ending the quarter as the Fund’s largest detractor was Melco International (HKSE:00200) (-33%; -2.7%), the Macau casino and hotel operator. Although the company’s $3.2 billion Studio City project (relative to Melco’s market cap of $9 billion) opened in late 2015 and is now generating positive cash flow, construction activity near the property has adversely affected customer traffic flow in the short term. As the construction ends later this year, we anticipate that Studio City’s location and non-gaming attractions will draw more highly profitable mass visitors. Shuttle service to Studio City from other Macau casinos began in June and should boost revenue. In May, Melco Crown Entertainement, the joint venture that owns Melco International’s Macau properties, purchased $800 million of its shares from James Packer at a steep discount, increasing Melco International’s ownership of Melco Crown to 38% and placing Melco International CEO Lawrence Ho firmly in control of the Macau properties. The stock market value of Melco International’s stake in Melco Crown is worth more than 150% of Melco International’s market cap. Ho again increased his personal stake in Melco International.

    From Southeastern Asset Management's International Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on Great Eagle

    Also a positive contributor for the quarter was Great Eagle (HKSE:00041) (20%; 1.0%), a Hong Kong real estate company that invests in and manages high quality office, retail, residential and hotel properties around the world. In addition to an over 60% stake in publicly listed Champion REIT, Great Eagle also owns hotels branded under the Langham name, the Eaton hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Chelsea Hotel in Toronto and trades at a significant discount to intrinsic value. With a strong net cash position, the company announced a 2 Hong Kong Dollar per share special dividend which, combined with the regular dividend, equated to an almost 10% dividend yield. In June, the company announced the sale of its 28 story office building in San Francisco at a 3% net operating income (NOI) cap rate. Our partners, the Lo family, own 60% of the company and bought more stock during the quarter.

    From Southeastern Asset Management's International Fund second quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on adidas

    adidas (XTER:ADS) (+23%;+1.2%), the German-based global sportswear and equipment brand, remained the Fund’s largest contributor as the company reported stronger-than-expected results. Overall revenues rose 22%, operating profits gained 35%, and net income was up 38%. Earnings per share (EPS) grew 50%, helped by buyback activity during the quarter. The company increased its 2016 organic revenue growth outlook to 15% from the previous 10-12% range. During the quarter the company announced it was actively seeking a buyer for its golf segment, including the TaylorMade, Ashworth, and Adams brands. Additionally, two highly qualified investors, one of whom we proposed, joined the company’s board.

    From Southeastern Asset Management's second quarter 2016 commentary.


  • Mason Hawkins' Southeastern Management Largest Trades of the 2nd Quarter

    Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) and his partners are value investors. He has been Chairman and CEO of Southeastern Asset Management since 1975. These are the firm's recent trades during the second quarter, according to GuruFocus data.

    Southeastern bought 8,304,492 shares in Liberty Media Corp Class C (LMCK) with an impact of 1.5% on the portfolio.


  • Southeastern Asset Management's Longleaf Partners 2nd Quarter International Fund Commentary

    Longleaf Partners International Fund outperformed the MSCI EAFE Index in the first half of 2016, with a 0.00% return compared to the index’s loss of -4.42%. In the recent quarter, the Fund fell -2.76% while the index lost -1.46%.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on CK Hutchison

    CK Hutchison (HKSE:00001) (-14%; -1.2%), a global conglomerate comprised of five core businesses (retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, ports, and energy), was the primary performance detractor for the quarter. Referenced earlier, CK Hutchison’s plan for its Three mobile phone network to acquire U.K. telecom company O2 was denied by the European regulator. While CK Hutchison is Hong Kong-based, the stock also fell with the Brexit vote because of fears of the impact on its European and U.K. operations which generated over half of its pre-tax earnings last year. However, Chairman Li Ka-shing and his son, Victor, have demonstrated a compelling long-term record of building businesses, compounding net asset value at double-digit rates, and buying and selling assets at attractive prices, and their history includes intelligent capital allocation during previous market dislocations. We are confident our management partners will continue to grow and unlock value.

    From Longleaf Partners' second quarter 2016 fund commentary.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on CONSOL

    Also a top contributor, CONSOL (NYSE:CNX) (+43%; +1.7%), the natural gas and Appalachian coal company, continued its positive momentum from the first quarter which saw the addition of new directors, the elevation of Will Thorndike to Chairman, and the sale of the metallurgical coal assets at a price accretive to our value. In 2Q, CONSOL reduced its coal and gas operating costs greater than expected, delivered free cash flow and guided for positive free cash flow, the remainder of the year. The company also had its borrowing base reaffirmed at $2 billion. Recent transactions confirmed the value of CONSOL’s high quality natural gas reserves and acreage. Our capablemanagement partners continue to focus the company on its core natural gas assets while pursuing the monetization of non-core assets, with the goal of separating its coal company from its exploration and production business.

    From Longleaf Partners' second quarter 2016 fund commentary.


  • Southeastern Asset Management Comments on Chesapeake

    As stated earlier, Chesapeake (NYSE:CHK) (+73%;+3.6%), one of the largest U.S. producers of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids, was the Fund’s largest contributor during the quarter. Earlier in the year, we swapped our equity for preferred stock and also added to our Chesapeake position via very discounted bonds and convertible bonds. This repositioning paid off in the quarter; the bonds appreciated more quickly than the stock as the company continued to lower its overall debt through purchases below par and debt for equity swaps. Additionally, in April, Chesapeake had its $4 billion revolving credit facility reaffirmed (90%+ untapped), with the next scheduled redetermination pushed out until June 2017. The company increased liquidity with the sale of about half of its mid-continent STACK (Sooner Trend Anadarko Basin Canadian and Kingfisher Counties) acreage to Newfield at a fair price of over $400 million. In total, net debt has declined by over 10% or $1 billion in 2016. Management projects additional asset sales this year and continues to renegotiate pipeline commitments toward better rates. The company has put on hedges that help mitigate its downside. We remain confident that CEO Doug Lawler and Chesapeake’s board will successfully navigate the company through this particularly challenging commodity price environment.

    From Longleaf Partners' second quarter 2016 fund commentary.


  • Longleaf Partners 2nd Quarter Fund Commentary

    Longleaf Partners Fund meaningfully outperformed the S&P 500 Index in the first half of 2016, rising 6.53% versus the index’s gain of 3.84%. In the second quarter, the Fund returned 2.10% versus 2.46% for the index. Our energy investments were again the largest contributors following similar strength in the first quarter. Both Chesapeake Energy and CONSOL Energy benefitted from managements monetizing assets and succeeding in reaffirming credit lines, as well as from improving commodity prices. CK Hutchison detracted most from performance in the quarter; European regulators denied approval of the company’s acquisition of U.K. mobile company O2, and weeks later, the Brexit vote weighed on CK Hutchison’s stock given its large footprint in European retail, ports, infrastructure, and telecom. Since the S&P is comprised of U.S. stocks which held up better than European shares following Brexit, the Fund’s three European-domiciled businesses weighed on relative returns, due in part to the dollar’s quick rise. However, the Fund’s relative performance benefitted from our limited investment in information technology, which was the index’s biggest detractor as its largest and worst performing sector.


  • Mason Hawkins Slashes Stake in DreamWorks Animation

    Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) slashed his stake in DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) by 89.20% on April 30.

    DreamWorks Animation was originally founded in 1994 by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Over the past 22 years DreamWorks Animation has created a few world-renowned movies such as "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar." DreamWorks Animation creates and innovates 3D animated feature films, original TV series, interactive media, live entertainment, themed experiences, consumer products, publishing and trailblazing technology.


  • Mason Hawkins Sells More Than 93% of Aon Holdings

    Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio) of Southeastern Asset Management made his biggest transaction of the first quarter not with an acquisition but with the near divestiture of a stake.

    Hawkins’ top transaction in the first quarter was the sale of more than 93% of his stake in Aon PLC (NYSE:AON), a London-based professional services company. Hawkins sold 6,772,289 shares for an average price of $93.56 per share. The deal had a -5.65% impact on Hawkins’ portfolio.  

  • Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund 1st Quarter Commentary

    First quarter commentary:

    Longleaf Partners Small-Cap Fund advanced a robust 4.60% in the first quarter, far exceeding the Russell 2000 Index’s -1.52% decline. For the one-year and longer periods, the Fund’s performance also surpassed the index. A number of our stocks had double-digit gains, including several of our most undervalued businesses coming out of 2015. Most of our companies generated solid operating results, and management activity helped drive higher appraisals. Not only were our absolute returns well beyond our goal of inflation plus 10%, but our relative results also benefitted from our lack of exposure to health care, which was among the top performing index sectors in 2015 but was the Russell 2000’s worst performing sector in the quarter.


  • Longleaf Partners Comments on Rolls-Royce

    We exited our small position in British power systems company Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR.) after its price rallied in the first half of the quarter. The business has long-term upside, but the thesis will take longer to play out than we originally expected. We invested our proceeds in higher return opportunities.

    From Longleaf Partners' International Fund first quarter 2016 letter.


  • Longleaf Partners Comments on ALS Limited

    We sold Australian-based testing, inspection, and certification company ALS Limited (ASX:ALQ) at a loss after owning it for just over a year. The company announced a rights issue, which we thought was unnecessary, at a steep discount to market price. This decreased both our appraisal and confidence in management’s capital allocation skill.

    From Longleaf Partners' International Fund first quarter 2016 letter.


  • Longleaf Partners Comments on CF Industries

    We sold three companies in the quarter and initiated a small position in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer and distributor CF Industries (NYSE:CF), which offered a more discounted way to increase our stake in OCI post deal. CF CEO Tony Will is buying back discounted shares, and OCI CEO Nassef Sawiris will be the largest CF shareholder and join the board when the deal closes.

    From Longleaf Partners' International Fund first quarter 2016 letter.


  • Longleaf Partners Comments on EXOR

    EXOR (MIL:EXO) (-21%; -2.3%), the Italian holding company, detracted from the Fund’s results as its share price closely correlated with underlying holding Fiat Chrysler Auto (FCA) despite FCA comprising less than half of our total EXOR appraisal. Most auto stocks declined with concerns about peak demand, easy credit, and the longer term implications of driverless cars. Additionally, the Volkswagen emission test scandal weighed on European car makers. These current industry challenges are likely to delay CEO Sergio Marchionne’s pursuit of a merger for FCA. Additionally, the broader Italian market had the worst performance in Europe, which impacted EXOR’s share price despite the value overwhelmingly coming from outside of Italy. EXOR completed its acquisition of Bermuda reinsurer PartnerRe in the quarter, providing another outlet for Chairman and CEO John Elkann to build value. We believe there are ample strategic and value building levers still to be pulled at EXOR and see the current price weakness as unjustified.

    From Longleaf Partners' International Fund first quarter 2016 letter.


  • Longleaf Partners Comments on Mineral Resources

    Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN) (+61%; +1.2%), the Australian-based mining services company, surprised the investment community with stable operating results in its crushing business and lower mining costs. Additionally, higher iron ore prices and a stronger Australian dollar were favorable for the stock. Although ore prices did not benefit Mineral Resources’ crushing and processing business since the company is paid a fixed fee per ton, they did help the mining operation produce higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) per ton. Management indicated the company is unlikely to move forward with the ambitious elevated transport system without a more attractive long-term iron ore pricing environment. The company began to buy back shares, and founder and managing director, Chris Ellison, purchased more shares personally. We trimmed our position.

    From Longleaf Partners' International Fund first quarter 2016 letter.


  • Longleaf Partners Comments on Genting Berhad

    Genting Berhad (XKLS:3182) (+97%; +1.3%), the Malaysian holding company with gaming, property, plantation, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas assets, benefited from progress at several businesses and a rebound of the Malaysian ringgit. There was news of a potential initial public offering of Alzheimer’s drug maker TauRx Pharmaceuticals, which is 20.7% owned by Genting. The Singapore casino business steadied, with the core mass gaming and non-gaming business revenues expected to grow. The duopoly position in the stable Singapore jurisdiction represents a significant competitive advantage. Genting Singapore also began construction on its Jeju project in Korea, which offers potential upside for our appraisal and the stock. Despite the strong quarter, Genting trades at a significant discount to the sum of its parts, but we did trim our stake to reduce the overweight.

    From Longleaf Partners' International Fund first quarter 2016 letter.


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