Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Last Update: 11-12-2015

Number of Stocks: 104
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $11,073 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 1%

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Tom Russo Watch

  • AB Inbev and SABMiller Agree on Merger

    On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and SABMiller PLC (SBMRY) reported a merger agreement that would combine the world’s two largest beer makers. After nearly two months of negotiations, SABMiller has agreed to the acquisition which, at its final price, values SABMiller at $108 billion or $66.50 per SABMiller share.

    After board agreement, the acquisition will now undergo regulatory approval which could take up to a year to finalize. Under terms of the agreement SABMiller will be required to sell its MillerCoors LLC ownership and its Miller portfolio in order to reduce competitive hurdles that could slow the regulatory approval process.


  • Global Value Investing – Tom Russo Talks at Google

    Long-term patient value investing: The majority of the money that trades on the stock market every day is certainly not done so using that philosophy.

    Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio) is a proven long-term investor.


  • My Evolution as an 'Intrinsic Value Seeker'

    I’ve been asked many times, “What do you think the intrinsic value is for this company?” Two years ago my answer would be “the intrinsic value of this company is $50, if you assume x% of free cash flow growth in the next few years and y% terminal free cash flow growth and y% discount rate.” If you ask me this question today, I would say, “First of all, that depends on my opportunity cost, which is reflected in the discount rate I use and secondly, over what period of time?”

    This evolution comes from learnings from my personal experiences, and conversations with some of the best value investors such as Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio), Donald Yacktman, David Rolfe, etc. In the first few years of my value investing journey, I was a firm believer of the conventional wisdom, which says whatever method you use, be it DCF, liquidation value or the Multiple approach, one should calculate the range of intrinsic value of the security and apply a margin of safety when buying the security. If the intrinsic value of the company according to your calculation is $100 per share, you pay $70.


  • Tom Russo Adds to Long-Time Holding in Philip Morris

    Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio) looks for value and price when making stock selections. If the firm in which he is a general partner with responsibility for $3 billion, Semper Vic Partners, can be said to reflect the influence of his investing philosophy, its success is undeniable. Semper Vic Partners has produced returns of 6.1%, 21.9% and 24.4% in the last three years.

    Russo’s most significant second-quarter acquisition was his addition of 334,598 shares to his stake in Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM), a cigarette and tobacco company headquartered in New York City and a fixture in his portfolio, for an average price of $82.16 per share. The deal had a 0.24% impact on Russo’s portfolio.


  • Value Investor Tom Russo on the Power of Consumer Brands

    Early in his career, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) achieved tremendous investment returns by purchasing cheap but not great companies, and then waited for the market to properly value the company.

    Later in his career, Buffett moved toward buying high quality companies at reasonable valuation metrics because these companies could reinvest capital at high rates of return for decades.


  • Nestle and Capacity to Suffer

    It is no secret to the readers on this forum that I am huge admirer of Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio) and the idea of the “capacity to suffer.” Businesses with capacity to suffer are rare to find so once you find one, you would want to keep them for a very long time. The question then becomes, how can we identify businesses with the capacity to suffer when we don’t have access to management team the way Russo does? Here I am reminded of the answer Tom Gayner gave to a question he was asked on the Google Campus (link to the article):

    I spent more time reading about people using the exact same resources that you would have access to as well as annual reports, proxy statements and magazine articles. And I try to think and just look and get a gut feeling and make some judgment and discernment whether these people are acting in a way that’s reasonable. I encourage you to think about things in that dimension.


  • Tom Russo on Wealth Track – Long-Term Value

    I’ve written in the past on what I have learned from one of the greatest global investors – Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio). I think the concepts of “capacity to suffer” and “capacity to reinvest” are profound. In this outstanding interview with Consuela Mack, Mr. Russo generously shared his further thoughts on “capacity to reinvest.”


  • How Harley-Davidson Stumbled – Value Investor Tom Russo

    A strong brand name is a powerful moat abound a business.

    Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) has one and that is why it occupies a permanent position in the Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) portfolio. Ditto for American Express (NYSE:AXP).


  • Value Investor Tom Russo Discusses Portfolio Management And His Favorite Valuation Metric

    In 2008 Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio) was able to take profits on several of his core U.S. focused businesses and redeploy those proceeds into bargain international operators.

    Now those international companies represent a large percentage of his portfolio.  

  • A Weekend in Omaha

    This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend my fourth Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. A few readers that I regularly talk with wanted to know how it went in addition to my takeaways from the weekend’s events; those are the things the remainder of this article will focus on.

    My weekend started Thursday night with a dinner at the University of Nebraska at Omaha put together by Value Investor Conference. The speaker at the event was Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio), portfolio manager at Gardner Russo & Gardner, an investor that I’ve considered well worth listening to for some time; unsurprisingly, he didn’t disappoint. Much of his speech focused on the concept of “capacity to suffer” – essentially, the willingness of management (in this case, at publicly held corporations) to act in a manner that may negatively impact short-term results.


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