Ruane Cunniff

Ruane Cunniff

Last Update: 08-14-2015

Number of Stocks: 153
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $20,968 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 2%

Countries: USA SGP
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  • Why Ken Fisher Is Buying Black Rock Inc.

    Ken Fisher,Ken Heebner,Ruane Cunniff,Louis Moore B - Why Ken Fisher Is Buying Black Rock Inc.

    During the last quarter, investor Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with his Fisher Asset Management’s fund, increased by 147.95% his stake in Black Rock Inc. (BLK), and now he holds 87,758 shares and is the third main holder of the company.

    The company


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Omnicom

    David Poppe:

    Omnicom (NYSE:OMC) is one of four large advertising agency holding companies. The industry has really consolidated down, and there are four large ones left. We think Omnicom is best of breed, but in fact they are all pretty good. It is a very good industry for a couple reasons. One is media is really fragmenting right now. For large corporations that have huge marketing budgets, it is getting harder not easier as advertising spending fragments to online, mobile, social, as well as TV. And TV itself just continues to fragment as there is more and more cable proliferation all the time. We think Omnicom has a good stable of creative agencies. Arguably, you could say Omnicom is the best creatively. Its agencies tend to win the most prizes, for whatever that is worth. Omnicom is also very good at the data analytics side of it as are the others. It is an area where the clients need the help; so we think it is well positioned for the future. Another tailwind is that the emerging world is really growing and global marketers want to reach those new consumers or newly wealthy consumers. And Omnicom, WPP, another big advertising holding company, these companies are necessary to reach those potential new customers.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Berkshire Hathaway


    I have a question on Berkshire (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) which I think is your second largest position. Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) now is what, 84, 85. What if he should die or get sick and can no longer manage the company? I know he has given it a lot of consideration. But how do people feel about it?


  • Sequoia Fund Coments on Danaher

    Terence Paré:

    Danaher (NYSE:DHR) is in a lot of different businesses. It started out as an industrial company making things like hand tools and engine retarders. It used to make Craftsman mechanics tools. But the company right now is basically — and in fact has reclassified its documentation with the SEC — to that for industrial instruments. Danaher makes things like oscilloscopes, mass spectrometers. It has a very significant dental business. But it still sells Matco hand tools, which are sold in vans that drive around to garages, industrial printers, medical gear, water treatment equipment, and more.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Mohawk

    Terence Paré:

    We have owned Mohawk (NYSE:MHK) for a long time. But I feel better about the company today than I have in a very long time. There are a couple reasons for that. One, the company is practically a unique franchise. It is the only flooring company that has exposure across almost the entire globe and is in most of the important flooring markets in the world. Number two, its portfolio of brands covers just about every kind of flooring that there is. It will add sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile when it closes on the IVC acquisition, which it announced at the end of last year. So it will make every kind of floor covering, be in most important markets, and generally be the leader in just about every market that it is in. It is the largest ceramic tile manufacturer in the world, and ceramic tile is the largest floor covering in the world.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on IBM


    I noticed the fund has a position in IBM and there have been many questions about Google. They seem to be companies moving in two different directions. Even though IBM screens cheaply on metrics, what is your attraction to the business right now?


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Cabela's


    Can you comment on Cabela’s please? Was it a mistake? How long are you going to hold on to it? What do you think the future is?


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Perrigo

    Saatvik Agarwal:

    Regarding Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL) made an offer for Perrigo about a month ago. The original offer was made for about $205 but Mylan never disclosed the actual terms of the offer. It came as a surprise to Perrigo. It came as a surprise to us. Since then, Mylan has actually disclosed the terms of the offer. And it does not quite work out to $205 a share if you use the terms Mylan has disclosed. You have to value it based on the stock price of Mylan before it made the offer, because it is a stock and cash deal, and the stock price of Mylan ran up when they made the offer partly because people speculated that it would put Mylan into play and that Teva would bid on Mylan, which is what happened — Teva made a bid for Mylan after Mylan made an offer for Perrigo. Then Mylan raised its bid for Perrigo.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Praxair


    Could you talk about the attractiveness of the industrial gas market, and more specifically about Praxair (NYSE:PX), the relative attractiveness of that company versus the other players in the market?


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Verisk Analytics


    I know you have a relatively small position in Verisk Analytics. Just a question on the investment thesis, the valuation, capital allocation, and more specifically the Wood Mackenzie acquisition, which the company announced in March.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Google

    Chase Sheridan:

    Great question. When people ask me about risks to Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), hubris is one of the primary risks that it faces because the core business is so good. Management is investing really, really heavily in being the aggressor in a lot of areas — the opposite of a milker. Some people milk their businesses. Google is putting the milk back in the cow. With its capital allocation strategy, I will start by looking backwards and saying I thought that Google overpaid for YouTube at the time. I thought that Google overpaid for DoubleClick at the time. Looking back, those were both great acquisitions. I would certainly advise Google to do them again.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Valeant Pt. II

    David Poppe:

    I do not think we actually know the weighted average P/E on GAAP earnings. For companies like Valeant, I am not sure it would be a relevant number anyway. On the rest of it we will bring Rory up and put him on the spot.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Idexx

    Arman Kline:

    The company had a wonderful 2014. It made a big decision to go to direct distribution. Historically, Idexx (NASDAQ:IDXX) distributed the consumables for its instruments and its rapid assay tests for companion animals through a network of distributors in the US. Overseas it was a little bit more direct. It made a decision to go direct here, and the reason it made that decision is that it felt as the market leader with a dominant market share introducing new technology, new products, it needed a sales force that could encourage the adoption of those products more than it needed the help of distributors to penetrate the market. We think that management made the right decision.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Fastenal


    I had a question on Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) — your thoughts on its net margins as the company pushes into non-fastener products and larger customers. And then maybe a little bit on Fastenal versus Grainger.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Precision Castparts


    Could you update us on Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP)? I know that the stock underperformed in 2014. I know it was kind of slowing down. And in 2015, it preannounced a couple quarters back to back. I was wondering if you could update us on that and if you still see compelling value there.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Tiffany & Co.

    David Poppe:

    I will talk about Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) and Saatvik can talk a little bit about Richemont. I will give you the high level view. The high level view we have is that Cartier and Tiffany are two of the great jewelry brands in the world. We have owned Tiffany not consecutively but for most of the last 14 or 15 years; so we feel like we know it pretty well. What I would say about Tiffany is it has grown the topline at about 7% over the last decade, which is good, not great but good. But it is still immature in a lot of parts of the world. Except for Japan, Tiffany was very late to Asia-Pac, very conservative about expanding in Europe. American luxury — I think a lot of Europeans do not believe in it, and Tiffany was conservative about enlarging the store base there. But in the last few years, Tiffany has opened a bunch of stores in Europe including one on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, and done very well. The company has gotten more aggressive in the last few years about opening stores in China, and not only are those stores doing really well, but the engagement ring custom is catching on there as it did in Japan, I want to say in the ‘70s. It seems like that is going to become a custom for people all through Asia as well, which is good for Tiffany since the company has a strong position in higher-priced engagement rings.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on MasterCard


    A couple of questions on MasterCard (NYSE:MA). Visa (NYSE:V) benefits from a lot of the same secular trends that MasterCard does; so I am curious why you guys own MasterCard and not Visa. Secondly, if you could comment on some of the recent acquisitions that MasterCard has made, and the strategic and financial rationale, if you agree with those.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on TJX Companies Inc.

    David Poppe:

    We have owned TJX (NYSE:TJX) for ... it will be fifteen years this summer. Obviously it has been a terrific stock, a terrific compounder. It still has a very good future. TJX is the largest off-price retailer in the country. Nothing has really changed from prior years, but at this point TJ has become a very large customer for many of the biggest apparel brands in the country and in the world. So it has a very important buying position and great access to merchandise. As a result, it can become a question — the company has become so large in the United States — of how much of what is in the store is actually true surplus that TJX bought versus product that was made for it. That is a tricky thing for TJX to manage. But there are still good growth opportunities in the US, Canada, and Europe. We think Carol Meyrowitz is an excellent CEO, and she has done a fine job. TJ’s number one competitor, Ross, also does very well. So you are at the top; it is a very strong industry; the consumer has shown over time that she is willing to buy this way as opposed to paying a higher price in a department store. So TJ and Ross continue to capture market share, the two of them. But even today, TJ, Ross, and if you add Burlington and Nordstrom Rack and combine them all, they are less than 15% of the US apparel market. So we do not think they are close to a ceiling.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on World Fuel Services


    I have a question about World Fuel (NYSE:INT). I wanted to ask about the level of confidence that you have in volume growth and pricing trends in the marine, aviation, and land segment over the mid-to-long term and how important you think acquisitions are to the future. I find those mid-to-longer term numbers hard to get my hands around.


  • Sequoia Fund Comments on Rolls-Royce


    Last year you spoke about your investment in Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR). In your December report, it was quite a horror show that was reported for Rolls-Royce. Could you give us an update?


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