Richard Pzena

Richard Pzena

Last Update: 2014-11-10

Number of Stocks: 144
Number of New Stocks: 6

Total Value: $18,293 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 6%

Countries: USA
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  • Richard Pzena Chops Holdings in Application Software Company in Half

    Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) Chops Holdings in Application Software Company in Half

    Last week guru Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) of Pzena Investment Management cut his holdings in ARC Document Solutions (ARC) by -58.87%. The guru sold off a total of 1,812,957 shares of his company’s stock. The guru now holds on to 1,266,691 shares of the company’s stock. Pzena sold these shares at around $10.07 per share, and since then the price per share has since dropped about -2%.  

  • Richard Pzena's Third Quarter 2014 Commentary

    Using short-term volatility when making long-term investment decisions can lead to dubious results. A strong case for equities emerges when using consistent time horizons for the investor with long-dated liabilities.

    Despite the fact that equity markets have continued their recovery from the depths of the Global Financial Crisis in early 2009, investors can’t stop looking nervously over their shoulders. While some measure of caution is always good, investors – both individuals and institutions – have become so loss-averse that they are increasingly putting themselves in the position of micro-managing volatility and making increasingly more short term tactical changes to their portfolios. The wide acceptance of short–term volatility as a measure of risk and the Sharpe ratio as a way of comparing risk and return has only served to increase the focus on the short-term. Witness the rise in the use of hedge funds or risk parity strategies within the portfolios of many investors. These strategies generally accept lower returns on the basis that the risk adjusted returns (i.e., Sharpe ratios) are actually higher. We have always maintained that short term volatility as a measure of risk in an asset class that is long-term by its very nature (i.e., equities) is inappropriate. In this quarter’s commentary we further examine the question of what makes for long-term investment success and consider the negative consequences of aiming for reduced short-term volatility. We conclude that investors with long-term investment horizons are best served by using investment data that matches the time horizon of the liabilities that the investment assets support.


  • Value Investor Richard Pzena Provides His Three Favorite Bank Picks

    Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) thinks that the three best big banks to own are Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan. He thinks for all of these companies the upside far outweighs the downside risks.

    Pzena cites low interest rates as being a depressing impact on deposit gathering institutions earnings. If interest rates rise to a more normal level, spreads are going to increase and profits rise.


  • Richard Pzena's Second Quarter 2014 Commentary

    The last three years have been good to investors in developed market equities. Since the 2011 market bottom in the depths of the European financial crisis, the MSCI World index has advanced 66.8% on a cumulative basis, with some of the strongest results in the U.S., where the S&P 500 index has gained 84.1%. Although company fundamentals (earnings, cash flow, etc.) were supportive of an increase in valuations, some investors are concerned that stock prices may have come too far, too fast, and are worried that a correction may be in the offing. Because the U.S. stock performance has been so strong, investors are fearing downside to stocks and value stocks in particular. Some high-flying growth stocks have already suffered. In this context we have examined the history of value stock performance when markets sell off, asking the question:

    Do value stocks protect in market corrections?


  • Richard Pzena Reports Top Five Stocks of the First Quarter

    As of the first quarter Richard Pzena, the founder and co-chief investment officer at Pzena Investment Management, held 146 stocks (20 of which he bought during the quarter) valued at over $17.447 billion.

    The following five stocks are the companies he holds the largest stake in.


  • Richard Pzena's First Quarter 2014 Commentary

    Emerging market equities have struggled since their peak in April, 2011. The MSCI Emerging Markets index has lost 11% cumulatively over the last three years, underperforming the MSCI World developed market index by a whopping 40%. Investors are therefore asking: Is it time to meaningfully increase exposure to the emerging markets?

    As shocking as it may seem, despite the drop in the broad index, consumer-related stocks actually went UP from the 2011 peak, with health care and consumer staples advancing double-digits, out-performing economically sensitive sectors by as much as 60% (Figure 1). All the pain has been felt in sectors such as materials and energy, which plunged 40% and 33%, respectively. So the investor who thinks this is an opportunity to invest in the developing market consumer at discount prices is in for a rude awakening. The key question is whether the stocks that have been decimated are truly cheap.


  • Gurus Are Divided Over Royal Dutch Shell, You Should Not Be

    The climate change movement is the greatest long-term threat to the oil & gas industry. Hence, companies responsible for fossil fuel exploration, production and marketing have confronted the trend. However, not all strategies have been the same or meet with the same results. For example, Exxon Mobil (XOM) fiercely countered the movement, while competitors explored other options. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has taken the alternative road and adopted many projects that highlight the company’s compromise with the environment. Specifically, management announced the signature of an agreement with the UK government to move forward with the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage project. The approach seems to have paid increasing dividends in the public’s eyes, while some doubts have been casted over the strategy’s long-term viability. So, is Royal Dutch Shell expected to grow or stumble?

    Business Strategy and Overall Performance


  • Pzena's Top Three Positions – Safe Bets?

    Over the past days hedge funds have been filing their form 13-F, which is a quarterly report of equity holdings by filed institutional investment managers with at least $100 million in equity assets under management, as required by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this article, let´s concentrate in one particular hedge fund and try to see the principal holdings in its portfolio. I will look into Pzena Investment Management LLC (PZN) from Richard S. Pzena, who is founder and co-chief investment officer.

    Recently the fund reported its equity portfolio, as at the end of last year. The total value of the portfolio amounted to $17.1 billion, up from $15.5 billion disclosed at the end of the previous quarter. Consequently, the fund's total return was 10.7% in the last quarter. The filing revealed that at the end of last year, the fund added eight new positions to its equity portfolio, and sold out of eight other companies. The top 10 portfolio holdings as of the end of the quarter represented 31.6%. The largest changes from previous 13-F fillings are in the consumer discretionary sector (2.2%) followed by health care stocks (0.3%).


  • Pzena Investment Management - Q4 2013 Commentary

  • Value Investor Richard Pzena Discusses HP and Oracle

    Richard Pzena thinks that at the current 7 times earnings Hewlett Packard (HPQ) represents pretty compelling value.

    It isn't the completely irrational 3.5 times earnings of a year ago, but HP is still attractive.


  • Five Companies Cut - Pzena Investment Management Update

    The changes in the third quarter portfolio of Pzena Investment Management LLC, led by Richard Pzena, include high-impact reductions of State Street Corp. (STT), Molson Coors Brewing (TAP), Allstate Corp. (ALL) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), and the selling of Hospira Inc. (HSP), among many others. Here are Guru Richard Pzena’s trade details, as of Sept. 30, 2013.

    State Street Corp. (STT): Reduced  

  • Richard Pzena's Q3 Top Five

    As of the second quarter Richard Pzena, the founder and co-chief investment officer at Pzena Investment Management, held 130 stocks (thirteen of which he bought during the quarter) valued at over $15.4 billion.
    The following five stocks are the companies he holds the largest stake in.  

  • Richard Pzena's Top 5 Quarter Three Buys

    Richard Pzena, founder of the $23.4 billion investment management firm Pzena Investment Management, reported buying 13 new stocks in the third quarter. This brought his total holdings number to 130 in a portfolio valued at $15.5 billion, for quarter-over-quarter turnover of 10%.

    Founded in 1996, Pzena Investment Management seeks five specific criteria in a company before investing (per his website):  

  • Richard Pzena Reduces Top Innovator TEL - AET, DLPH, NOC, Others

    The third quarter portfolio of Pzena Investment Management LLC, led by Richard Pzena, shows 130 stocks, 13 of them new, and a total value at $15.47 billion. The quarter-over-quarter turnover is 10%. The portfolio is weighted with financial services at 34.3%, consumer cyclical at 11.8% and energy at 8.4%. Guru Richard Pzena has averaged a return of 18.87% over 12 months.

    Among his many third quarter sells, Pzena reduced his holding in TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL), recently named a Top 100 Innovator by Thomson Reuters for the third consecutive year.  

  • Rich Pzena Commentary 3rd Quarter 2013

  • Deep-Value Investor Richard Pzena's Top 5 Stocks

    As of the second quarter Richard Pzena, the founder and co-chief investment officer at Pzena Investment Management, held 122 stocks (seven of which he bought during the quarter) valued at over $15 billion.

    The following five stocks are the companies he holds the largest stake in.  

  • Pzena Investment Management - Second Quarter 2013 Commentary

  • Pzena Investment Management Second Quarter 2013 Letter

    Richard Pzena, founder and co-chief investment officer of Pzena Asset Management, has released his commentary for the second quarter of 2013 here.  

  • Richard Pzena Buys 5 New Stocks

    Pzena Investment Management has been dedicated to “strict valuation discipline” since Richard Pzena founded it in 1996. The firm has experienced some particularly good days recently: Market appreciation and inflows combined to grow assets under management from $14.1 billion in April 2012 to $19.9 billion in April 2013.

    Of that, the portfolio of 120 U.S. companies is valued at $14.28 billion. Pzena added five new stocks to it in the first quarter, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks data, for a 9% quarter-over-quarter turnover.  

  • Guru Richard Pzena's Top Q4 Stock Buys

    Pzena Investment Management is a global investment management firm with $18.6 billion in assets managed, which Richard Pzena founded using classic value investing principles. In its portfolio containing 124 stocks, it chose 7 new ones in the fourth quarter, the largest of which are: Assurant Inc. (AIZ), Aetna Inc. (AET) and Anixter International Inc. (AXE).

    According to its website, these or any of the stocks it buys must meet the following five criteria:  

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